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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)

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  • Londell
  • DALLAS, TEXAS, United States
  • 01-11-14

I finally know the full story!

What did you love best about Dune: House Corrino?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the way Fenring spoke. All of the HMMM's after every other sentence made for some pretty good chuckles from me.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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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...

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  • George
  • Harlingen Tx., TX, United States
  • 07-27-12

A lot of questions answered

If you could sum up Dune: House Corrino in three words, what would they be?

Questions are answered

What did you like best about this story?

It tied up the trilogy well

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is my favorite narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Prelude to the Dune Saga

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Getting tired

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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