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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 thirty years ago.

Full Synopsis
Frank Herbert's award-winning Dune chronicles captured the imagination of millions of readers worldwide. By the time of his death in 1986, Herbert had completed six novels in the series, but much of his vision remained unwritten. Now, working from his father's recently discovered files, Brian Herbert and bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson collaborate on a new novel, the prelude to Dune—where we step onto the planet Arrakis decades before Dune's hero, Paul Muad'Dib Atreides, walks its sands.

Here is the rich and complex world that Frank Herbert created, in the time leading up to the momentous events of Dune. As Emperor Elrood's son plots a subtle regicide, young Leto Atreides leaves for a year's education on the mechanized world of Ix; a planetologist named Pardot Kynes seeks the secrets of Arrakis; and the eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho is hunted by his cruel masters in a terrifying game from which he vows escape and vengeance. But none can envision the fate in store for them: one that will make them renegades—and shapers of history.

"[Fans] rejoice in this chance to return to one of science fiction's most appealing futures." ---The New York Times Book Review

"A good introduction to the world of Arrakis for first-timers and a welcome return for series fans.... Highly recommended." ---Library Journal Starred Review

"Devious and complicated...with gratifying inventive touches." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"The attendant excitement and myriad revelations not only make this novel...terrific...in its own right but will inspire [audiences] to turn, or return, to its great predecessor." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Dune: House Atreides

Author Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert

Narrated by Scott Brick

Publication date Aug 31, 2009

Running time 27 hrs

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