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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Herbert Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than 30 years ago. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/16/2014

    " The plot was engaging, but the prose was some of the most poorly-written tripe I had seen in my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 2/10/2014

    " Finally done the first prequel written by Frank Herbert's son Brian and his collaborator Kevin J. Anderson (this one took me a while, lots of distractions...). I went into the book having read many reviews deriding it. The naysayers state that Brian is milking his father's legacy, destroying it in the process. They say the writing is subpar and there are many inconsistencies with the six Dune books that Frank wrote. Now, granted, Brian and Kevin have published about a dozen Dune prequel/sequel books since around 2000, twice the number that Frank wrote, and they show no signs of stopping. Do I feel that they are raping Frank's legacy? Not really. I don't doubt Brian's wish to continue his father's greatest opus in a faithful and well-thought-out manner. But sometimes his execution is a bit lacking. There are some inconsistencies to be found, and the writing is no where near the realm of his father's literary skill. But so far, I am enjoying the experience of reading the Brian/Kevin version of Dune. I consider the reading rather light, a stark contrast from the depth of the six original Dune books, which were quite a slog at times, but worth the effort. The new Dune books are sort of like space opera for the beach, in my opinion. Well, on to the next one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Birgitt Williams | 2/9/2014

    " I have read this book and all of the Dune series more than once, each time gaining new insights as I read and as I simultaneously understand more about life on earth. These books read as though the story is down-loaded, 'channeled'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginseng05 | 2/5/2014

    " The beginning of the first prequel of Frank Herbert's Dune series. Learn WHY Jessica had a sin instead of the ordered daughter. Why Duncan and Gurney were Atreides men forever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ratiocination | 1/28/2014

    " It's a shame Frank Herbert didn't finish the Dune series, but the prequels his son and Kevin Anderson have been writing add little or nothing positive to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Brehm | 1/26/2014

    " If you are a fan of the original Dune series then you will enjoy these stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting that the son, reviewed his fathers notes and continued the saga of dune with much detail and never missing a beat of the original characters. A great SCI Fi read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/17/2014

    " I find Brian Herbert's books much more accessible than his father's. I love House Atreides and have eagerly read everything afterward. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caryn | 12/17/2013

    " no need to butcher the "dune" universe like that... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 12/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed this whole series of the Dune House Trilogy, which takes place before the actual Dune series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 8/12/2013

    " finally took the plunge on brian herbert series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Hertel | 3/3/2013

    " Another great prequel from Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 10/8/2012

    " For those who have seen the movie "Dune" this series leads up to that. My husband and I are reading this together. Enough drama, action, and intrigue for both of us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/5/2012

    " LOVED it, and the next 3 also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/24/2012

    " Very good, though House Harkonnen was better. There's quite a bit of violence in this one that disturbed me, but that's Dune I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jules | 6/20/2012

    " It`s like Star Wars reloaded: of course I wish I knew all this stuff BEFORE actually reading the main Dune sixtology; septology, actually, if I get my hads on Dune 7 *g*. Buuut. I`m glad I got the chance to find out all the extra stuff and explanations even now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Urbanski | 4/7/2012

    " Not as good as Frank, but fun to see all the characters and places again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 9/29/2011

    " "A beginning is a very delicate time . . . " "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/21/2011

    " I'll read anything Dune and this was worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kthunter | 7/13/2011

    " An exciting tale of the family politics that led to the events in "Dune". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rene | 6/30/2011

    " I enjoyed this more than the original Dune. The backstories to the Dune series add an amazing dimension to the whole Dune universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 V3_Shae | 6/29/2011

    " Page 194, the description of the Sorceresses, is the only reason this book didn't get 5 stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Endre | 6/3/2011

    " I think it is safe to say that with the death of Frank Herbert, there would be no more books set in the Dune universe. I really gave his son a chance, but his prequels are best left on the shelves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 4/22/2011

    " After the Titans overthrew the old Empire, one of them is careless and allows the thinking machines to take control. Serena Butler, Xavier Harkonen, and Vorian Atreides play inmportant roles in the beginnings of the jihad whcih will put humans back in control. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conor | 2/28/2011

    " This got kinda bogged down at points, but all-in-all I'm still happy with my Sandwormery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 2/23/2011

    " Enjoyable prequel, probably the best 'grouping' of Dune books after Dune itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 aimee | 2/17/2011

    " An interesting background story to a pivotal event, but it's not Frank's magic (then again, could it ever be?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abiel | 2/7/2011

    " Frank Herbert was so great creating the Dune universe that anything besides his work seems just ok or aceptable. I'm reading The Butlerian Jihad because Im a big fan of Dune and is a good idea to tell the stories pervious to Frank's Dune universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/11/2011

    " Dune between book 1 and book 2 of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 12/22/2010

    " The only reason this book is so good is because this is the ORIGIN of the whole DUNE universe! Without this story, there would be no DUNE! This is the only prequel novel that needed to be written at all! "

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About the Author
Author Brian HerbertBrian Herbert, the author of numerous novels and short stories, has been critically acclaimed by leading reviewers in the United States and around the world. The eldest son of celebrated science fiction author Frank Herbert, he, with Kevin J. Anderson, is the author of Hellhole and continues his father’s beloved Dune series with books including The Winds of Dune, House Atreides, Sandworms of Dune, among other bestsellers. He also wrote a biography of his father, Dreamer of Dune. Herbert graduated from high school at age 16, and then attended U.C. Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. Besides an author, Herbert has been an editor, business manager, board game inventor, creative consultant for television and collectible card games, insurance agent, award-winning encyclopedia salesman, waiter, busboy, maid and a printer. He and his wife once owned a double-decker London bus, which they converted into an unusual gift shop. Herbert and his wife, Jan, have three daughters. They live in Washington State.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.