Continuing the events leading up to Frank Herbert's immortal Dune saga, the exciting conclusion to this trilogy finds the cruel Tleilaxu overlords on Ix manufacturing a synthetic form of amal to supplant the spice from Dune. If amal is accepted, Emperor Shaddam IV will gain absolute power. But if the plot of the Imperial House Corrino succeeds, the result may be the end of civilization itself.
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"[A] fully satisfying conclusion (after Dune: House Atreides and Dune: House Harkonnen) to the authors' "House" trilogy....The inevitable derivative features aside, this is a good, steady, enjoyable tale, and readers who haven't read the first two books can easily follow the plot." (Publishers Weekly)
"[T]his complex and compelling tale of dynastic intrigue and high drama adds a significant chapter to the classic Dune saga. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
This prequel series has a wonderful narrator who allows you to focus on his words versus getting distracted by voice changes. The series itself is amazing, yet detailed. be prepared to pay attention. this is not a throwaway read. this book is a bit more challenging to finish; nearing the end the pace moves fast.
I think Scott Brick has done such an amazing job with the narration of Dune. When I read the regular books now, its in his voice.
More details and back story about the characters and what led up to the original Dune series.
He just seems to "know" the characters.
Yes the losses on Ix were sad.
I've never read Dune so I had no high expectations for these authors to stay true to its original authors storyline. I can't compare the two or judge them for what they did or didn't do. All I know is that I couldn't put this down. I listened to all three almost 75. hours worth of recording by an amazing narrator. I've never read Sci fiction before and I wanted to start with something classic and amazing. A new world built . I can't believe they finished in three books and it rapped up well. It didn't feel rushed at all. I'm ready to jump right into Dune but I'm hesitate because I know it will be the end of it all. But if I continue the Dune series by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson the large world of Dune will have developed so much in my mind that i ll be ready to see it go.
House Corrino finally tells the complete story that leads up to the events in Dune.
It was interesting to find out just how much of a buffoon Shaddam really was. No wonder he lost his throne to Paul Atreides.
I loved the way Fenring spoke. All of the HMMM's after every other sentence made for some pretty good chuckles from me.
Thufir Hawats quick thinking that saved Caladan from invasion; disguising fishing vessels as battleships to frighten off the invaders was brilliant, and spoke to just how useful a mentat could really be.
There was no way I could listen to this book in one sitting. I was afraid I'd miss something if I tried. It's so much more enjoyable to listen to several chapters then ruminate on what happened.
I should have said it resembles tea.
If you love the Dune universe, you should definitely read this (and the entire "House" trilogy). Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert are NOT Frank Herbert, and while they continue to produce stories that are worth telling, the style is not the same. The thought provoking themes that seem to be a pervasive undercurrent in Frank Herbert's novels do not seem to come through in the stories written by Kevin and Brian. Also, they have a habit of "filling in" the audience on events that most readers already know. The trilogy is written so that someone who never read Dune could read it and follow along.Regardless, I've read (or listened to) nearly everything the Kevin and Brian have written in the Dune universe. Taken for what the House Trilogy is, the series tells a good story which adds to the original dune series. In fact, having completed House Corrino, I've already started reading the Original Dune again, because I think it has added a lot of depth to Leto I, Jessica, Baron Harkonnen and others. If you take this trilogy for what it is, and understand that it was not written by Frank Herbert, I think anyone who enjoyed Dune would also enjoy this book.
Now, just to get them to write the other two novels planned in the Heroes of Dune series...
Questions are answered
It tied up the trilogy well
He is my favorite narrator.
Prelude to the Dune Saga
While the additional information of this space is greatly appreciated, Scott Brick is becoming tired with the series. His voice is wearing out, and he appears to have lost interest.
Perhaps it is time for a new reader for the Dune series?
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