Paul of Dune: Book One of the Heroes of Dune Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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 bestselling 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?
Paul of Dune is a novel everyone will want to read and no one will be able to forget.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 36 minutes|
|Author||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson|
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 16, 2008|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #13,312 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#350 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#477 in Adventure Science Fiction
#942 in Space Operas
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The book has two interwoven parts, before and after the events of Dune. The chapters set before Dune are less interesting and resemble the more space opera aspects of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Dune Prelude Trilogy. Also, there were quite a few pointless contradictions, most notably the fact that we see Paul traveling off Caladan before Dune took place (Frank Herbert's original novel clearly states Paul had never been off world).
However, the scenes set AFTER Dune did hold my interest. I thought the authors actually did a decent job balancing the tyrannical aspects of Paul's reign with his inner emotional struggle. While not portrayed subtly, it's a fascinating dynamic. We also get further character development for Stilgar, Gurney, and Irulan. My favorite part was the subplot with Count Fenring. I was always intrigued by him in Dune and am glad to see his story finally resolved.
Does this book really add much to your understanding of the Dune universe? Not really. Most of the important plot aspects are told or strongly implied in Dune Messiah. However, if you want to see more of Dune during the period after Dune and before Dune Messiah, those parts of the book at least hold some promise. Just go in with your expectations low and you might just get something out of the book.
As I read, I was reminded of the feelings I had in first reading Frank Herbert's Dune saga as a kid, feelings which surfaced again a few years back when I began re-reading the 6-book series...those feelings were tied to the massive jump we experience going from Dune to Dune Messiah. In this work, Paul of Dune, I believe that Brian and Kevin have done a good job in explaining the transition from Dune to Dune Messiah. I just finished it tonight and was absolutely pleased with the tale.
I know that a lot of people are bent out of shape because of the new Dune novels that Brian and Kevin have written, but this is a not unexpected reaction. One thing to keep in mind is that NONE of these books would have been written without the Herbert Foundation's blessing. Further, Frank didn't just write six books and the outline for Dune 7. The man created a vast new universe and from all that I have read, he kept tons of notes. So what you are reading in the new novels is not whatever Brian and Kevin decided to pull out of thin air. For me, I was thrilled that I would finally get to read the final Dune novel nearly 20 years after being left hanging by Frank's tragic death. What Brian and Kevin are doing is wonderful, welcome to a Dune fan such as myself and is something I would do were I in their shoes.
In short, if you don't like the new books, don't buy them or read them and stick with the six original Frank Herbert Dune novels. Otherwise, I think that if you are a Dune fan, you will relish this look inside Paul's character. I think that Brian and Kevin have come very close in matching the style of Frank's writing and I applaud them for it.
Write on, gentlemen...please write on.
By otto skorzeny on April 2, 2022