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Heretics of Dune: Dune Chronicles, Book 5 | [Frank Herbert]

Heretics of Dune: Dune Chronicles, Book 5

On Arrakis, now called Rakis, known to legend as Dune, 10 times 10 centuries have passed. The planet is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying, and the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax struggle to direct the future of Dune. The children of Dune's children awaken as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love.
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On Arrakis, now called Rakis, known to legend as Dune, 10 times 10 centuries have passed. The planet is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying, and the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax struggle to direct the future of Dune. The children of Dune's children awaken as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love.

©1984 Frank Herbert (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    John APO, AE, USA 12-11-08
    John APO, AE, USA 12-11-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Mixed Feelings"

    This series is addictive despite how disjointed the stories are as a whole. It is difficult to reign in the concept of thousands of years passing from one book to the next. Especially since with the exception of Duncan Idaho, there is not one character from the last book remaining and keeping track of who is who and how they fit into the overall plot, is a daunting task.

    That said, this is not a stand alone story. The main issues posed by the storyline are not resolved and this is the first book in the series that ends in a way that is incomplete without the next book in the series. That was a bit disappointing.

    It also needs to be said that there are graphic descriptions of a sexual nature that border on the pornographic. I am not a prude and was not disturbed by these descriptions but in retrospect, I don't see how these sequences advanced the storyline. They could have been done with a bit more finesse and I have no doubt that there are people who would be offended by them.

    The subtle complexities of political maneuvers by the major characters provide the most intrigue of this book. Frank Herbert managed to hold my attention through the end despite the tedium of Miles Teg and Duncan Idaho spending 3/4 of the book trying to get off the planet Gammu. This reminded me of Indiana Jones trying to escape the mines in the claustrophobic "Temple of Doom."

    Obviously, I have mixed feelings about the book but I enjoyed it overall and consider it a worthwhile read, if only to complete the series.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 01-10-09
    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 01-10-09 Member Since 2005

    I read and listen to books as much as possible.

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    "Good Book"

    And a great reader. This was my least favorite of the Dune books when i read them and I listened to an audio version I got from the library a few years ago. But this reader drew me in to this story like never before and I caught more of it than i ever did before. I look forward to hear Chapterhouse.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    spacecasecake west coast, usa 12-01-09
    spacecasecake west coast, usa 12-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Beautifully written but slow"

    I'm torn about my final thoughts on this book. Herbert is a sublime writer first of all. After a spate of rather thin books, I was really excited to get into Heretics after my first few chapters. However this book ended up being SLOW. Not much happens for the majority of this novel and you spend an inordinate amount of time with the inner thoughts of certain Bene Gesserit characters. Apparently all Bene Gesserit characters think about is how their mystical training has made them particularly awesome humans and how they're going to double and triple cross everyone they see.

    The last 2 hours of this book finally reach the point where all these double crosses have been leading . Unfortunately there are several clashes/battles/incredible happenings that you are eager to experience and all of a sudden Herbert jumps to a new chapter which glosses over the whole event. SPOILER FREE: Character A is about to mount an incredible ground battle against Faction B while Characters B & C are desperately trying to get Item C into a starship so they can escape the planet and save Humanity..... and the next chapter suddenly starts with said characters several weeks in the future getting on with their lives. It was a little bit of a letdown - I've waded through hours of internalized political maneuvering, thoughts, fears, and trechery.... let's see some lazer beams for a just a couple pages :)

    The narrator does a very good job and his voices aren't too over the top. But I think he could have picked up the pace 20% and it would have helped keep the book moving. There were literally moments during my commute where my attention had wandered for several minutes and I just turned it off and switched to FM (gasp!)

    So in the end I cannot recommend this book as an audiobook. I think it would have read better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 02-09-09
    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 02-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Disapointing and disjointed"

    As nother reviewer has commented due to the time lapse between book 4 and 5 that the continuation of the story is difficult. I enjoyed the first four books as I was able to follow persons from the pervious books. With this book it seems that Duncan was tossed in for good measure. I never really understood why he was included in this book.

    I found myself acutally wanting this book to end. The only reason I finished it was because of the investment I had made in the other four books I figured I should continue the series to its end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    nofrettin Vancouver 03-15-10
    nofrettin Vancouver 03-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Herbert is a genius"

    This is my favorite book so far, it didn't seem slow to me at all. There's so much to these books, maybe they aren't full of hollywood style action, but the plotting and psychological action is intense, as with all the dune books (at least to me). Awesome stuff, and Simon Vance rocks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joel D Offenberg 02-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The opera continues"

    Operatic. That's the Dune series...lots of machinations over long periods of time, interrupted by brief spates of action. More happens in Heretics of Dune than in the last few books, but most of the activity occurs off-stage, as it were.

    First off, this is the fifth in Frank Herbert's Dune series; they won't make much sense if you don't experience them in order.

    It is 1500 years since the death of Leto II, the God Emperor (a/k/a the Tyrant), and the planet Arrakis/Dune is now called Rakis and is desert once more. The factions of the Duniverse (mostly the Bene Gesserit, the Tleilaxu, the priests of the God Emperor and the newly arrived Honoured Matres) are maneuvering for control of the all important spice. The balance is upset when a young girl who can commune with the worms arrives from the desert.

    As is the case with all of Herbert's Dune books, Heretics is a slow-mover. The story is the characters and their machinations, rather than starship and laser battles. There are more "action" bits (i.e. the starships and lasers) than the previous few books, but they are mostly referred to after the fact and not narrated directly (which is irritating).

    My opinions on this book are mixed. The story itself is interesting, but slow. The prose is great but the story feels disjointed in places.

    I still like Simon Vance's narration.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Milford, PA, United States 03-24-14
    Robert Milford, PA, United States 03-24-14
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    "A Marked Departure"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    CAUTION: For those of you who have not read/listened to the Dune series, do NOT start with this book.Though I was looking forward to the last book written by Herbert himself, the thread of continuity between the central themes seems to have been broken after God Emperor.


    Any additional comments?

    What I find most out of character is the overt gratuitous sexuality that reared its head toward the end of the book, and was nowhere to be found in any of Herbert's other works previously. It's almost as though someone took over for him at the end, or the publisher said: "Frank, we need some sex in here or it won't sell."

    Yes, I'll listen to it again, but the core trajectory and central theme of Herbert's original story line seems to have gotten lost in the sauce somewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. L. HURLEY Phoenix, AZ USA 01-14-13
    J. L. HURLEY Phoenix, AZ USA 01-14-13

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    "Another great Dune story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heretics of Dune to be better than the print version?

    I've read all six now of Frank Herberts Dune series. One was of course, the best, 2 pretty good, but not quite as good as 1, 3 Basically a history listen for things to come. 4 Very long and hard to follow, 5 Now it's getting good again and I liked 6 even better.

    Sorry, don't want to provide spoilers.


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

    The end


    What about Simon Vance, Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    They do a good job, but it's a little hard to follow who's character they're portraying at times.


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for Dune-heads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nelson ROLLA, MO, United States 10-30-12
    nelson ROLLA, MO, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    Where does Heretics of Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Dune series is an old favorite. I have read them many times, but never had them read to me. What a delight.


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

    I think it was the final attack on Leto. His pain and fore knowledge. Maybe even relief.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance, Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Duncan in all his incarnations, is my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Even God Worms get the blues.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to all of the Dune books. Their are 6 books before the book Dune. It is great to have all the background before the Rise of Paul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 07-11-12
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Setting the stage again"

    Here we are now 5,000 years after Paul led the Fremen and 1,500 years after Leto II. We see that those scattered in the scattering are coming back with a new enemy. This new enemy thinks that they can conquer the old empire quickly and easily. Gee, if that was true then there would be no story would there. They also have a secret. Here we also learn all the side effects of Leto II golden Path when he took over the breeding program. There are many moving parts that help set the stage for the rest of the books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Another 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.

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