Dune : Legends of Dune

  • by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Legends of Dune
  • 24 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fifty-six hard years after the events of The Machine Crusade, after the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. The human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.
Unfortunately, Omnius has one last, deadly card to play. In a last-ditch effort to destroy humankind, virulent plagues are let loose throughout the galaxy, decimating the populations of whole planets. The war that has lasted many lifetimes will be decided in the apocalyptic Battle of Corrin.
In the greatest battle of science fiction history, human and machine face off one last time....And on the desert planet of Arrakis, the legendary Fremen of Dune become the feared fighting force to be discovered by Paul Maud'Dib in Frank Herbert's classic, Dune.

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What the Critics Say

"Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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The Battle for Corrin

Brian Herbert and Anderson have done Frank proud. This last installment of the fascinating prequel to Dune is as rich and detailed as the previous works. The complexity of characters and development of simultaneous plots provides an exciting read. These authors truly make the Universe of Dune come alive for the reader in a way unparelled since the original series. I cant wait for another chapter of this series.
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- Eric

You know you'll read it anyway

If you are a fan of the original Dune series (like me), you will probably buy this book no matter what anyone says - the prospect of reading about the Butlerian Jihad and the beginnings of the Guilds will be too much to pass up. However, you will probably grit your teeth through the entire book. I want to be clear that I have read many of Kevin Anderson's other books (notably the Star Wars titles) and enjoyed his work very much. However, although the basic plot outline that he and Brian Herbert have come up with are intriguing, I find their collabarative writing style very off-putting. In a post-book interview Anderson even states that many fans have thanked him for creating a series more readable than the original. Unfortunately, if you liked the original, these books seem like the 'young reader's edition' of a more literary work. The prose has none of the style and granduer of the original writings; it seems to me they take fifty words to say what Frank Herbert said in ten. Plot points are often repeated over and over again, to make absolutely certain you realize that this is how something in the original series originated. All this being said, I view the Dune prequels in the same way I view Clive Cussler novels - I can't stand the writing, but the plotlines are interesting enough that I buy them anyway, and then later swear that I won't do it again. If you are NOT a particular fan of the original novels, then you will probably enjoy the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson books a lot more than I did. It's sort of like old Star Wars movies vs. the new Star Wars movies.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2004
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio