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God Emperor of Dune | [Frank Herbert]

God Emperor of Dune

More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.
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Publisher's Summary

More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

But to achieve his final victory, Leto Atreides must also bring about his own downfall.

Don't miss other titles in the Dune series.

©1981 Frank Herbert; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"A fourth visit to Arrakis that is every bit as fascinating as the other three - every bit as timely." (Time)
"Rich fare...Heady stuff." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Uncle Mikey 08-30-15
    Uncle Mikey 08-30-15

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    "A profound example of the value of a told story"

    Read the book, and you certainly experience a profoundly alien viewpoint and a story that is both epic and deeply personal.

    Listen to Simon, Scott, and Katherine read it to you, and the personal dimension deepens further without eliminating the epic. The book is reputed to have originally been written entirely in the first person, and later rewritten into its current third person limited form, with the chapter quotations from the Stolen Journals retaining the original subjectivity. As a narrated story, you really feel the subjective, emotional nature of this story.

    The narration of this entire series sets the gold standard. The narrators all take their material seriously, and seem to understand it. With Herbert, that's not easy!

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    Jacob G Ward 08-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Just let Simon Vance do the whole thing!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Simon Vance is a master narrator. He gives each character distinct voices that are instantly recognizable. You can tell who is talking without even the need to be told. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and may just be the best narrator I've ever heard.

    Scott Brick is the guy who does the narration for the stolen journal entries. It always sounds like he's trying way too hard; way too melodramatic. Every time he comes on, all I can do is imagine him in the recording booth shaking his fists in the air while he reads every line like some crazed dictator addressing his minions. His performance becomes predicable. Simon Vance makes him look like an amateur.

    Katherine Kellgren's "chapter" comes out of nowhere, and I'm still scratching my head as to why she was used for that one short section. Her narration is irritating to listen to. There's no distinction between the characters or the narration. Sometimes you can't even tell when a character is talking. This was a huge production mistake.

    Overall, this production would have been better off just using Simon Vance for the whole thing.


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    Teill Claassen 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome book"

    great boom with an awesome storyline. frank has a wonderful way of making you think while being entertained

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    rene zamic 08-01-15
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    "Puzzle Player Piece"

    A thought-generating ending of a journey to the stars. One universe ends, while another begins. More arrows to the future...
    The forbidden land. Long live the D Wolf
    Magnificent structures.


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    Diego Nei de Brito Santos Salvador, BA Brasil 06-17-15
    Diego Nei de Brito Santos Salvador, BA Brasil 06-17-15

    Audible on My BlackBerry Z30. Life doesn't get much better than this.I usually go for Sci-Fi and business oriented books.

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    "The Highly Underrated Sequel"
    Would you listen to God Emperor of Dune again? Why?

    God Emperor has all the elements that made the original Dune a fantastic experience... But the radical departure from the usual themes that settled the Dune trilogy seem to take something back from most hardcore readers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I actually think this the second best book in the series. If you want a great sci-fi, political read with enough plot twists and an ending to make you think, this is the book.


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    John BALTIMORE, MD, United States 05-17-15
    John BALTIMORE, MD, United States 05-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, Vance's narration is good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Emperor of Dune to be better than the print version?

    Scott Vance's narration enhances the performance. Some areas of the book are dry, but the narration flows well enough to capture the listener.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

    Smooth, clear, strong


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't have strong emotional reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick's interruptions are grating.

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    "Another favorite book."

    Well done! The original Dune series has always been a favorite of mine. I've read & reread them for over 30 years.

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    Chris 04-20-15
    Chris 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A bird's eye, only narrowed in"

    The story continues. The flavor remains Herbert, and he did not disappoint. The tangled narrative of Lato and his newest Duncan pushes your desire for some sort of resolve. For me, and my first read through, I couldn't help but wonder where Herbert was taking Arrakis and his beloved Dune. Never did I think I would miss the desert of old, but this entry into but a small period in that large expanse of time pushes the theme of human emotions and capitalizes in ways I didn't expect. All in all, the story continues and expecting Herbert style, Herbert came through.

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    Henrik London, United Kingdom 04-14-15
    Henrik London, United Kingdom 04-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "In the echo chamber of Frank Herbert"

    It is a well constructed story, but it lacks characters to care about. It feels like watching at a far distance realising the overall premise and plot of the series. A bit like Tolkiens Silmarillion.

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    gdinolov 04-13-15
    gdinolov 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice!"

    I liked this quite a bit. I'd recommend if you're a Dune fan, and you're spending too much time commuting.

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