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Paul of Dune

Written by: Brian Herbert,Kevin J. Anderson
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Paul of Dune is a sci-fi adventure novel everyone will want to read and no one will be able to forget. "Scott Brick delivers a powerful and entertaining reading reminiscent of a theatrical performance in a brilliant one-man show. Brick's voice is ideally suited to this extraordinary tale; no doubt he studied the prose of each novel to capture the dialect perfectly. This is a superb, solid reading that will appeal to fans and newcomers alike." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Frank Herbert's Dune ended with Paul Muad'Dib in control of the planet Dune. Herbert's next Dune book, Dune Messiah, picked up the story several years later after Paul's armies had conquered the galaxy. But what happened between Dune and Dune Messiah? How did Paul create his empire and become the Messiah? Following in the footsteps of Frank Herbert, New York Times best-selling authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are answering these questions in Paul of Dune

The Muad'Dib's jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies - those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands...

And Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?

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Bridges the gap rather well

Really enjoyed this one. Definitely should be read after reading Dune 1n2.

After reading the prequel novels, we see more of Paul leading up to Dune 1. Then with the shifting of time eras of Emperor Muad'dib to younger Paul Atreides, this novel adds to the hype of the 'Rise of Paul Atreides'.
Younger Paul has it going for him. He has excellent tutors, strong parents in their own right, and that atreides code of honor. This gives way to the Rise of Paul Atreides to become Emporer Muad'dib. Which makes it harder for me because of the 'Ultra Agressive path' he had to take for humanity's sake. I still wish that wasn't the case. He could have been an amazing King Arthur type of leader.
Emporer Muad'dib almost feels like a different identity than Paul Atreides. It's the version of him that he presents due to the culmination of his experiences as a youth, through the annihilation of his house, his journey through thr desert, the awakening of his precient abilities, and his final trance experience upon injesting the water of life. These events plus his exenteded view of the future sets his determination and bears all the responsibility upon himsekf to save humanity in the long run. It's a lricess which requires the deaths of billions to save trillions, which I feel is ultimately ultra sad. Did it really have to be that way, considering all the possibilities, considering all the eventual outcomes?
Is it destiny or do we make our own destiny?

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Fills in a lot of gaps.

Great book. jumps back and fourth between the early life of Paul Atredies and the time directly after the events of the original book.

Narrator Scott Brick kills it as always.

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  • lee
  • 2008-09-17

Great Listen but...

This will get slammed by some because it's not Frank Herbert, well guess what? Frank is long gone and there was only one of him.
Brian and Kevin are their own writers and they carry on the Dune experience in their own very exciting fashion, I really like it because while reflecting Franks original concept they really add some great ideas into the original story line. So from some of the purest I think there will be alot of gripes but for the rest of us we shall just enjoy a great book that carries on the amazing world of DUNE!

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  • nancy campione
  • 2008-10-23

JUST OK, reluctant 4 stars....

Decently written but unremarkable Dune rehash, meant to pick up where Dune left off, that never manages to engage. No further insights into the vividly drawn characters from Dune, in fact they all seem rather sterile. Paul & company are disenchanted with the direction things have taken, and you will be too. If you're a Dune junkie, you may want to read this. Otherwise, probably wise to skip.

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  • Elizabeth Kingswood
  • 2008-10-23

Why oh why did Frank Herbert die

I foolishly keep hoping that these guys will improve and pay proper homage to Frank's masterpiece. But again I am sorely dissapointed. I don't understand how you can take characters that we have come to love and them them so unloveable. If you love Frank Herbert, don't bother with this.

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  • Aaron
  • 2009-01-02

Good back stories but not much more

A significant portion of this book where back stories of young Paul usually consisting of events that occurred prior to Dune. As others have said there is very little that adds to the story that skipping this book will make you miss. This book was written as an insert between Dune and Dune Messiah and it is clear in that respect. I think of this book as Dune 1.5 if Dune Messiah is Dune 2.

I see this book as a summer extension of a TV series. Missing this book will not cause those who follow the real seasons (Dune) and (Dune Messiah) will miss.

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  • Andre L. Gray
  • 2008-10-31

Paul of Dune

This book is excellent in that it tells of the events in detail to set you up for Dune Messiah and the rise and fall of Paul M'uab dib. All the problems and challenges he face as the new emperor of the known universe. I have to say I really didn't like Paul in this book but it was so exciting to listen to!!!

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  • Truth Seeker
  • 2018-11-26

this is the worst book out of the dune series.

seriously don't even bother. story jumps around and feels like they are just bringing up characters to get lovers of the series into it. avoid at all cost.

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  • K. Howe
  • 2011-06-18

Could Paul have forseen this narrator?

When it comes to audiobooks, there are two essential parts - first, that the book be a good book; and second, that the narrator is a good one. I made the mistake of buying this on the merits of the book, and didn't check the narrator.
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The narrator, Scott Brick, is dreadful. After I bought this, I lasted about 5 minutes before his singsong reading with dramatic emphasis on words that don't deserve it drove me to distraction. Then I realized that I had bought one of his readings before (Darwin's Children - also lousy). The narrator disappointed several of that recording's reviewers, several describing his reading as overly melodramatic on every sentence. Every. Single. Sentence.
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Brick has 393 books listed on Audible, and it seems to me that this is part of the problem. I suspect that every read he does is the first time he has seen the text, and although he is trying to do a dramatic reading, he doesn't know how the current sentence is going to end, let alone how it connects to the next one. I think he's reading the words, but not the story. It's like watching a soap opera with the actors reading off teleprompters because the scripts weren't ready for them to read ahead of time.
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It's a shame, really. I learned my lesson on this one and now check the narrator and listen to the sample on every book I am considering. It means, however, that some very good-sounding books (e.g., the Quantum Thief) are now ruined for audio listening - I doubt very much that Audible will re-record them with a competent reader. I do know that were I an author, I would be devastated to find out he was reading my book.

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  • Mara
  • 2008-12-07

It took me two tries ...

It took me two tries to start listening to this book - I just couldn't stand the religious zealots...then it got good - I really liked the intricate story around the Fenrings and bitterness of Shaddam. I have been a fan of the Dune universe for a very long time and I really enjoy the expanded universe that has been woven with the prequels and now this interstitial tale - and it looks like more to come. I think this story was needed - and it helped to make sense of the jump from the noble son of a duke to a messiah for which a jihad is fought.

Had some problems at first with the 2nd and 3rd parts as my bookmarks on the Zune (kept showing me Chapter 1) and my machine was not holding my bookmark when I shut the book off and had to fast forward to my position everytime I restarted.

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  • Mayday
  • 2020-04-02

Poor writing, a book for dude bros

I'm definitely struggling to finish this one. Definitely a boring listen. The pacing is poor and the story disjointed. The authors clearly don't know how to write multidimensional women, and they make an absolute mess of the one ostensibly gay character. Paul is slightly better written, but still highly one dimensional. Finally, which is one of the books greater sins, is that if you've just read or listened to Dune, you'll notice several inconsistencies in the plot and other details. The narration was good overall, but there was no female voice actor and the narrator did terrible female voices.

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  • Matt Moore
  • 2017-09-01

A Prescient Filling in of the Gaps in Dune Lore

A strong, well-paced story that leaps back and forth provides a deeply and richly layered history of what made Paul Atreides the Kwisatz Haderach and a flawed, even tormented, but ultimately decisive emperor of the known galaxy.

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