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Chapterhouse Dune | [Frank Herbert]

Chapterhouse Dune

The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power, have colonized a green world - and are tuning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. Chapterhouse Dune is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death and stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever.
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The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power, have colonized a green world - and are tuning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile.

Chapterhouse Dune is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death and a stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever.

Don't miss other titles in the Dune series.

©1985 Frank Herbert; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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"Compelling...A worthy addition to this durable and deservedly popular series." (The New York Times)

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    N. Geninatti U.S.A. 09-04-12
    N. Geninatti U.S.A. 09-04-12

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    "Exciting all the way to the end."
    If you could sum up Chapterhouse Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, Engaging, Thrilling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chapterhouse Dune?

    I found the moment when O'drade took to the failing sea for one last swim to be the emotional low of the book.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Duncan Idaho is the character who is most interesting as a person. His unwavering morals make him my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I use audio books to get through long sessions such as those in a work environment which involves repetitive labor.


    Any additional comments?

    Chapterhouse Dune ends the Dune Chronicles nicely and gives the reader a sense of completing a great epic journey through humanity's common history in the universe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Loren A Goodwin OAKLAND, CA, US 08-06-12
    Loren A Goodwin OAKLAND, CA, US 08-06-12
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    "Unchallenged Series Finale"

    Have read this book many times along with the rest of the Dune Series. First time listen on the audio format and all of the books were great. Could have done with out the female narrator of Chapterhouse however. She needs some serious work on tonality and timing. Other than that small irritation all was splendid!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chris la vernia, TX, United States 05-23-14
    chris la vernia, TX, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Story! Horrible way to compile a narration."

    I love the story. I been reading all the dune series that Frank Herbert wrote and been doing the audio books too. The worst narration was Dune Messiah. This narration has the same problems as Dune Messiah. Instead of using differ narrators for differ characters they just had them all narrate random chapters. Like they are all practicing narrating and not taking this one seriously. A message to whoever produces this audio book: We do not want random narrations that are disjointed. We want a male narrator doing male voices and a female one doing the female voices. Quit messing up our audio books. These narrators are great but who ever produced this is dumb as all can be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erich Walther Murfreesboro, Tennessee United States 07-16-14
    Erich Walther Murfreesboro, Tennessee United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Stop here if you love Frank Herbert's writing....."
    What made the experience of listening to Chapterhouse Dune the most enjoyable?

    The narrative cast for this audiobook is excellent, especially the chapters from Scytale the Tlielaxu POV. Would reccommend the whole series up to this point.


    What other book might you compare Chapterhouse Dune to and why?

    Game of Thrones on a galactic polictical scale, the Bible on a religious scale, and The Republic on a philosophic scale.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They provide the little inflections on some of the lines that would normally just be read w/o any emotion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO. It being over 15 hours is the only reason I would not listen in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    After this book, the series really goes downhill. No malice to Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, they are just not Frank Herbert. While listening or reading Frank's work I felt like I had to have a Thesaurus handy. Every page would have a particular word on it that was waaaay outside my vocabulary and perked my interest to look it up.
    -The continuation books/stories feel like action adventures to me, and lack any deep dialouge or monologue's. It's just missing something.
    -The work of Brian and Kevin take HUGE liberties with whether the Atreides got all the way back to Ancient Greece, or just the "Cymek" era of Aggamemnon the Titan. Frank books are pretty clear on that subject, even characters with the genetic memories state it......

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    D. M. Wright Marshall Twp, PA 07-01-14
    D. M. Wright Marshall Twp, PA 07-01-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Did the narrators talk to each other?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book would only make sense to someone who has read the other books in the series.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrators used different accents for some of the characters; for example, one narrator gave Murbella a generic Eastern European accent, while the others used their own accents. The character Scytale was pronounced as "Skytale" by one narrator and "Sigh-tale" by another. It was distracting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all of the Dune books.

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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 02-28-12
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good Listen"

    The reading of the book was consistent with the rest of the series. I went back to finish this series after six months of reading other material. I've listened to the whole series and not read one book. If you haven't made it to this book yet and are still on Dune then unless you want a great series that goes down hill with this book avoid it. I still have two left to go and they are by Brian Herbert. I hope he can write like his father.

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    2/17/09
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    "Compelling Socio-Political fantasy drama"

    Dune was a magnificent book; but it pales in comparison with the final two books in the Frank Herbert timeline - Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune.

    These two books stand together and follow on one from the other. The story focuses around the struggle of the Bene Gesserit (post Dune), the race to establish a supply of melange and a new threat that has merged from the scattering.

    The best part about these books is the ingenious social insight that Frank Herbert displayed as he explored principles of power, control, and minority rule. He teaches through the story also - principles of a supply and demand economy, different political and social structures, ecology....

    The Saga could not have finished in a finer way. The Author's family should be very proud of this accomplishment because it is far more than a compelling story.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • TANYA
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    5/17/13
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    "Worth a revisit"

    Having read the Dune series years ago I wanted to re-visit my favorite book, Chapterhouse. This installment focuses on the Bene Gesserit with all their political scheming. The multiple narrators really helps make this audio book version come to life. Overall I was not disappointed.

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  • Susan
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    2/19/12
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    "a great read"

    I have all the books in this series and have had them for many years, if your in to sci-fi then you can't go wrong.
    I must have read this book 10 or more times over the years and never get board of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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