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Dune: The Duke of Caladan

Written by: Brian Herbert,Kevin J. Anderson
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

This program includes a bonus conversation between Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Scott Brick.

A legend begins in Dune: The Duke of Caladan, first in The Caladan Trilogy by New York Times best-selling authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. 

Leto Atreides, Duke of Caladan and father of the Muad’Dib. While all know of his fall and the rise of his son, little is known about the quiet ruler of Caladan and his partner Jessica. Or how a Duke of an inconsequential planet earned an emperor’s favor, the ire of House Harkonnen, and set himself on a collision course with his own death. This is the story.

Through patience and loyalty, Leto serves the Golden Lion Throne. Where others scheme, the Duke of Caladan acts. But Leto’s powerful enemies are starting to feel that he is rising beyond his station, and House Atreides rises too high. With unseen enemies circling, Leto must decide if the twin burdens of duty and honor are worth the price of his life, family, and love. 

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

"The audio version is an easy listen. The quick, action packed chapters are well performed, and as the disparate story lines begin to come together it's hard to press pause. Narrator Scott Brick's deep and interesting voice adds more pull to the quieter parts of the story.... All in all, a fun book and a great performance." (Booklist)

"Characters are imbued with heroic voices, delivering colorful cadences that catch the ear. Scenes are masterfully undergirded by mounting tension and sinister manipulation...[narrator Scott] Brick turns in a rewarding performance." (AudioFile Magazine)

©2020 Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Events in the few years leading right up to Dune 1

Overall it was enjoyable to witness the relationship between Leto and Paul as, father and son, and as Duke and Heir. This was something that felt lacking due to the outcome of events in Dune 1.
Also it is great to get an insight to Paul before Dune 1. We get to witness his experiences and tutelage which allows him to be that mature 15 yr old in Dune 01.

As the Great Houses trilogy came to an end, I felt confident that I could see how the events would take place leading up to House Atredies attaining the Arrakas Feifdom. I was greatly surprised with how the major empirical events occured in this novel because they weren't anything close to what I had expected. I enjoyed this book.

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I love everything dune but this is a skipper

very short. nothing new learned in this book. I'm very disappointed. this is the only Dune book ever that left me bored and I've read/listened to every single book in the series

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HUGE DUNE Fan - fair review

I'm a HUGE DUNE fan for over 30 years. I've read all the books more than once and several of them on audio. I'm not one of those DUNE fanatics who hates anything that isn't Frank Herbert, (While the original Frank Herbert material is IMO better than most Brian/Kevin combos) I greatly appreciate the continuation of the series and the prequels put together by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson. I tell you this so you can understand this is a fair review of the quality of this portion of the story from someone who enjoys both the classics and the new books.

This one, however; felt extremely incomplete at the end. NO SPOILERS I new the end was drawing near but the resolution felt like... McDonalds being out of French Fries. I still had a tasty unhealthy meal, but it wasn't what I really wanted and I expect McDonalds to have French Fries, just as I expect a book in the DUNE series written by Herbert/Anderson to have MORE to it. I know it's book 1 of X but I still wanted it to feel like it had bigger ending... not like I'll tune in next week. Bigger ending. BIGGER! Didn't need to be Shai Hulud big but yeah.

Felt a bit hollow. That said, still enjoyable and I still enjoy filling in the time gaps and back story of the original DUNE series. Makes the original seem so much more full.

It's worth reading, but don't get overly excited like I was. Hopefully the movie series is better!

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Interesting retcon

It has a lot of interesting new situations with the original Dune characters that makes it a must for Dune fans, but not sure how good it is as a standalone story.

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Continuing the Adventure

I've enjoyed the Dune series since I was a teen. Herbert and Anderson drew me back into it as an adult, with their stories filling in pieces of the history of the Dune universe. Given how much is known to fans I'm always impressed when these authors can form a storyline that is both interesting and yet manages to shine a light on a part of the universe which had previously been summed up in only a line or two of text. Brick has a range that makes the presentation feel natural to the wide variety of characters he brings to life in his narration. In the end, the best sign, as I encountered here, was after listening for hours, hearing the credits and realizing with disappointment that the last pause spelled the end to the book and not the start of the next chapter.

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