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God Emperor of Dune Audiobook

God Emperor of Dune

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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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    Steve Delmar, NY USA 12-21-09
    Steve Delmar, NY USA 12-21-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen!"

    This is a great story - in my opinion, only the original Dune novel was better. Simon Vance was, as always, excellent. There weren't really that many parts read by Katherine Kellgren, which was a shame, but my major narration revelation was...

    Scott Brick is the narrator equivalent of William Shatner as an actor. Melodrama? I think yes.

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-22-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-22-15 Member Since 2016

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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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    Luke 08-12-17
    Luke 08-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Least favorite so far, but still good."

    If you're into dune you'll like it. It's not nearly as good as the last three books though.

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    Kindle Customer 08-04-17
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    "love the struggle"

    possibly the most difficult of the series to follow in parts as it ends one story history to make way for the next. this book fills out Leto II plans, personalities, control, sacrifice and even mistakes. It rushes to a crescendo while providing time to digest personalities in depth. I truly enjoyed it. It held my interest to the end where most books written in this manner do not. Frank Herbert was a brilliant writer, dreamer, story teller and author. There is a difference and few hit all the marks within a series as full and engulfing as this one. This series has often been my best friend and 5 decades later I still find them so.

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    Scooter Rider 07-31-17
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    "Nice conclusion"

    Enjoyed the storyline and it puts a nice bow on the original books. The actors did a great job in keeping the voices easy to follow and the story flows well enough to keep track of both as main or background audio source

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    Joseph Marowe 07-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A Masterful Performance -- Praise for Simon Vance"

    God Emperor of Dune is less a novel than it is a powerful Shakespearean play full of monologues and powerful ruminations on the human condition. And Simon Vance has done an incredible job bringing Frank Herbert's book to life. Here he is less of a narrator than he is an actor giving a one-man play. Reading the physical copy of the book can be a tiring experience given the lengthy monologues Leto will speak, but Simon Vance infuses such rhythm and intensity into the character's voices that you are constantly riveted. Highly recommend this one, and a serious treat to any fan of Dune

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    "another great book!"

    i couldn't believe how much i enjoyed this book, i didn't expect to be so drawn in because of the years of separation from the previous books. i will definitely be revisiting this book and the series!

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    Djordje 06-13-17
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    "amazing as all dune titles"

    it was a great listening, easy to follow yet I listened to several chapters over and over again

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    Victoria 06-08-17
    Victoria 06-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "If you want politics Dune this one is for you. "

    Fantasy politics, slow calculating omnipresent demagogue, capricious retainers and so much more! An albeit negative view of the circumstances, I really did enjoy this. I did frequently take breaks, but it has occupied my thoughts bringing me right back to it.

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    The Water Nerd 06-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book, bad recording"

    The story is fantastic. The recording, however, has some skipping and odd breaks. The chapter demarkations are incorrect.

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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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