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Chapterhouse Dune Audiobook

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

What the Critics Say

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

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    chris la vernia, TX, United States 05-23-14
    chris la vernia, TX, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    7 of 7 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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 12-09-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "…..Bucket list complete....."

    Back in the day I read the original DUNE and then followed with DUNE MESSIAH and CHILDREN OF DUNE, but then I stopped because I didn't like the direction the series was going. Over the intervening years I kept hearing high praise for the rest of the series. I just wasn't motivated enough to undertake reading all six books. But now that they are available on Audio I thought I would give it a try. After all I had been richly rewarded in a similar situation involving the works of Neal Stephenson. (I had avoided The Baroque Cycle after loving Snowcrash but disliking The Diamond Age) So, in the case of the Dune novels I felt compelled to check off this nagging omission from my bucket list. I was hopefully expecting a buried treasure. Sadly, my original estimation was confirmed. The original DUNE is wonderful and inventive, fresh and new. The balance of the Dune novels are slow plodding—focused too much on fanciful, imagined philosophy. The second book, DUNE MESSIAH, reads like an outline—just advancing the plot so the third, CHILDREN OF DUNE can be told. This third book has some mildly interesting characters and promises a Space Opera scale expansion of the story for the remaining novels. The fourth, GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE, documents the tyrannical reign of human-turned-worm Leto II but does not make good use of the vast scale of a multiple-planet empire. The creepy giant larvae-like emperor, and his entire dialog, seems less then majestic or oppressive, as later recollections will portray his reign. The idea is there but the execution is lacking. The next, HERETICS OF DUNE, advances the plot but leaves much to be desired when it comes to holding my interest; which it could have done with more interesting people or with witty dialog (Again the reader is referred to The Baroque Cycle). And this last novel is no improvement. Mercifully, Frank Herbert ended his series with CHAPTERHOUSE DUNE. This last novel has the same feel as the previous two books. I did not like it. And unless someone can convince me that the other Dune books, written by Frank Herbert’s son are of a completely different quality, my exploration of Dune is at an end.

    As a public service I can say that if you enjoy exploring the outlining of a future society based on treachery and long range planning—but without fleshing out the characters or establishing an engaging storyline, then the last five Dune novels may be for you. My chief complaint is that the new characters which necessarily populate the later novels are just not very interesting. I was never made to care about them and so had a hard time following their concerns.

    I sympathize with the plight of the narrators. The dissertation-like nature of the text as a sociological treatise demands a slow monotone reading, and the narrators faithfully comply.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Quentin F. Stockwell 04-13-16

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    "wow!"

    This is a great ending to a fantastic series. A little issue with pronunciation continuity, but amazing job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian H. 02-13-16
    Gillian H. 02-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent way to end an excellent series."

    Those that complained about there being multiple readers were kind of unfounded. Each actor did a really good job (I especially enjoyed Katherine Kellgren) and it's mostly read by Euan Morton who has an enchanting British accent and only changes when there are chapters from a different characters point of view.

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    Ashley 02-10-16
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    "epic"

    one of my favorite scifi writers and storylines. it's. pretty darn dope reading . .

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    john 10-13-15
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    "Great Dune story"

    As with all the Dune books, the voice actors help bring the great story to life

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    Teill Claassen 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great series good readers"

    I love this series! Frank Herbert writes wonderfully and it is greatness!
    the narrators are good. it takes some getting used to as they rotate chapters versus voicing specific characters but it is a great book!

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    dave macdonald 09-06-15
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    "amazing"

    amazing finish to an amazing series. the performance in these nooks was great. highly recommended

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  • Adrian
    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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • TANYA
    Dublin, Ireland
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KiLLiNG-TiME
    4/15/16
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    "Pronunciation.."

    I just wish the readers could agree on using the same pronunciations.
    Other than that I have loved them all from start to finish. Great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jem
    3/24/16
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    "Great Story, Great Performance"

    Story is awesome, the readers are great at their performances and bringing the story to life. It's very long, but at no point did I feel it to much. I was sad when I'd finished the "book"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    7/20/15
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    "Excellent, as usual."
    What did you like most about Chapterhouse Dune?

    Fabulous continuation of the epic Saga, and tragically Frank Herbert's last book in the series. After listening to other books in the Dune series continued by his son, Brian Herbert, it's only now I truly appreciate the beauty of Frank Herbert's writing style.


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

    Simon Vance is a perfect narrator, and I find his portrayal of the characters and his conveyance of complex concepts to be fantastic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • redfeend
    1/8/15
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    "Brilliant"

    I enjoyed this last instalment of the Dune books and am sorry there are no more. I really didn't want it to end. This, and the original Dune are by far the best two books in the series.
    The story and sub plots are engaging and the characters interesting.
    Ultimately there is an age old struggle between good and evil. The book ends with questions hanging in the air, and had the author lived there was scope for more. However, I can live with the ending, imagine the possible outcomes and didn't feel dissatisfied or cheated as I sometimes do. Get it, but listen to the series first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
    12/12/14
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    "a great book"
    What made the experience of listening to Chapterhouse Dune the most enjoyable?

    I found this to be as engaging as the original dune book. Really kept me enthralled the whole way through


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I generally followed all the lead characters, a strong cast made it difficult to pick any single character out


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final twist was a perk, was it all going just a bit too well


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not massively, I was hooked from beginning to end


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Herts, United Kingdom
    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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