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God Emperor of Dune Audiobook

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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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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    Lucy 05-26-16
    Lucy 05-26-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book, terrible reading"
    How could the performance have been better?

    God Emperor is one of Frank Herbert's best books. Everyone who is into science fiction should read it at least once. I've probably read it a dozen times or more -- I'm original Dune novels obsessed! But this particular production is terrible. Unfortunately, this is true of all the current Dune related audiobooks. Scott Brick is one of the worst audio performers in the history of audio performances. His wooden readings just destroy Herbert's nuanced stories in every way. I thought this would be Scott Brick free, but alas, while it says that this story is narrated by Simon Vance, it's actually narrated by three people of whom the atrocious Scott Brick is one. He just ruins everything he touches. My recommendation is just to read this one along with all of Frank Herbert's other amazing books as actual books. My recommendation to Audible is to toss all the Scott Brick production in the garbage and start over with better performers.


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    Andrew Carter 02-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Lore must drive you"

    I LOVED the first Dune book. All aspects of it drew me in and pushed me forward. The political, the mystical, the planet and it's ecology. Most of all, the characters and their struggles were truly enthralling. The first two sequels kept me going just as well, expanding on many of these matters.
    This title I found hard to get invested in. By the nature of it's progression, so much has changed. If you are not already deep into the background minutia of all that this series has to offer, you will not find an enjoyable story here. For the hardcore fans, this will certainly be the next great step

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-22-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Only for Frank Herbert devotees"

    The dyed-in-the-wool Dune fans give God Emperor of Dune very high marks. While I still enjoyed Frank Herbert's writing somewhat in this fourth book in the Dune series, I found the story unwieldy and too pseudo-clever its own good.

    Much of the plot seemed implausible or even pointless. The characters felt shallow and impossible to empathise with. The endless philosophising was unconvincing and tiresome. And I was also mystified by the seemingly random switching of narrators. (That said, they were excellent narrators.)

    For my part, I'm either done with the Dune series for good or at least taking a loooong hiatus before considering giving it another go.

    If you're a hard core Dune fan you will like this book --judging by other reviews-- and probably anything else Frank Herbert wrote. If you're not, I can't recommend this book to you.

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    Daud GeAzan 10-11-15
    Daud GeAzan 10-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book questionable appli of voice performance"

    Great book, great author. this performance would have been significantly better had the female orator performed the female parts.

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    Jonathan J. Zap Boulder, Colorado 09-04-15
    Jonathan J. Zap Boulder, Colorado 09-04-15 Member Since 2016

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    "spectacular!"

    loved every twist and turn, the new characters and as always, the narrator was exceptionally precise in emotional portrayal.

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    James 09-01-15
    James 09-01-15
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    "So good so good so good so yes suck the worm teet"

    it was so good and LetoII is so cool but i hate Duncan and Duncan sleeps with all the hot women.

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    Damien Callan 08-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "generally disappointing"

    practically nothing happens. too much waffle. regret buying all the dune books. pity about that

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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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