House Atreides is given governance of the desert planet Arrakis, an unforgiving planet with critical water shortages, however the only source of the extremely valuable spice melange. Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice, and the previous custodians, House Harkonnen, plot against the new incumbents. Arrakis is a tough home and assignment for the Atreides family, perhaps most of all for young Paul Atreides, of whom great things are expected.
At the higher level, the story revolves around the escalating feud between Atreides and Harkonnen. The feud is made all the more interesting with a number of powerful factions involved, each with their own motive.
At the lower level, the story is about Paul Atreides putting his extensive training to use in finding and fulfilling his destiny.
The story has fantastical elements but it is so well written that they feel real. It is as if you’ve been transported to Arrakis and into the world of House Atreides.
There is a lot to this story and the way it is all brought together is a wonder to behold.
A large array of key characters make up this novel and they are all remarkable. Easy and early favourites are the Atreides family members including Duke Leto, the perfect lord and father, his wife Lady Jessica of the exclusive Bene Gesserit sisterhood (where she learned particular powers), and their son Paul. There are also numerous members of the Atreides household including guards and advisers, conflicted and uncertain Arrakins who now work for House Atreides, and the native people of Arrakis – the Fremen. There are a number of stand-outs among these, resulting in a superb supporting cast.
This is a full-cast recording performed by Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Orlagh Cassidy and Euan Morton and it is AMAZING. The quality of the reading not only matched the quality of the writing but enhanced it, certainly contributing to the world and events feeling real.
Themes/Issues/Historical Parallels/Historical References
Environmental sustainability, social inequality, loyalty and betrayal.
Where To Find It
If Dune read by Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Orlagh Cassidy and Euan Morton forms part of your future, here is a link to it at Audible.com.