Dune Saga

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Dune: The Butlerian Jihad Publisher's Summary

Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Decades after his original novels, the saga was continued by Herbert's son, Brian, in collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson. Now Herbert and Anderson, working from Frank Herbert's own notes, reveal a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe: the Butlerian Jihad, the war that was fought ten thousand years before the events of Dune - the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines."

We learn of the betrayal that made mortal enemies of House Atreides and House Harkonnen. Herein are the foundations of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, the Suk Doctors, the Order of Mentats, and the mysteriously altered Navigators of the Spacing Guild. Here is the amazing tale of the Zensunni Wanderers and here, too, is the planet of Arrakis, where traders have discovered the remarkable properties of the spice melange...

To emerge victorious over their brutal adversaries in the Jihad, the human race and its leaders have only the weapons of imagination, compassion, and the capacity for love. It will have to be enough.

©2002 Herbert Limited Partnership (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
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  • Book 1

    • Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

    Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Now Herbert's son, Brian, working with Kevin J. Anderson and using Frank Herbert's own notes, reveals a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe: the Butlerian Jihad, the war that was fought ten thousand years before the events of Dune - the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Just a hint of melange.

    • By Kevin S Williams on 03-23-03

    Regular price: $42.52

  • Book 2

    • Dune: The Machine Crusade

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 27 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 962
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 968

    More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat. Get ready for Dune: The Machine Crusade.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Upon listening

    • By Milton O. Goodwin on 10-13-03

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 3

    • Dune: The Battle of Corrin

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 922
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 938

    Fifty-six hard years after the events of The Machine Crusade, after the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. The human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Battle for Corrin

    • By Eric on 09-05-04

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  • Book 4

    • Sisterhood of Dune

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

    It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is the First Need to Listen for 2012

    • By Clydene on 01-03-12

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 5

    • Mentats of Dune

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 956
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 955

    In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues. Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok story, but very flawed.

    • By Cliff on 04-16-14

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 6

    • Navigators of Dune

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 984
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 917
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 916

    The story line tells the origins of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood and its breeding program, the human-computer Mentats, and the Navigators (the Spacing Guild), as well as a crucial battle for the future of the human race, in which reason faces off against fanaticism. These events have far-reaching consequences that will set the stage for Dune, millennia later.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing conclusion to the Great Schools of Dune

    • By Charles on 09-16-16

    Regular price: $23.62

  • Book 7

    • Dune: House Atreides: House Trilogy, Book 1

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

    Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than 30 years ago.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maybe better than original Audible production.

    • By Robert on 04-25-13

    Regular price: $38.49

  • Book 8

    • House Harkonnen: House Trilogy, Book 2

    • By: Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 26 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

    Returning to the vivid universe of Frank Herbert's Dune, this title continues the saga begun in Dune: House Atreides. As Shaddam sits at last on the Golden Lion Throne, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen plots against the new Emperor and House Atreides - and against the mysterious Sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maybe better than original Audible production.

    • By Robert on 04-25-13

    Regular price: $38.49

  • Book 9

    • Dune: House Corrino

    • House Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 903
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 907

    Continuing the events leading up to Frank Herbert's immortal Dune saga, the exciting conclusion to this trilogy finds the cruel Tleilaxu overlords on Ix manufacturing a synthetic form of amal to supplant the spice from Dune. If amal is accepted, Emperor Shaddam IV will gain absolute power. But if the plot of the Imperial House Corrino succeeds, the result may be the end of civilization itself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of the more illuminating later Dune books

    • By Jeff on 03-29-10

    Regular price: $38.49

  • Book 10

    • Paul of Dune

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 908
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 672
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 674

    The Muad'Dib's jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies - those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • JUST OK, reluctant 4 stars....

    • By nancy campione on 10-23-08

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 11

    • The Winds of Dune

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 602
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 440
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443

    Where Paul of Dune picked up the saga directly after the events of Dune, The Winds of Dune begins after the events of Dune Messiah. Paul has walked off into the sand, blind, and is presumed dead. Jessica and Gurney are on Caladan; Alia is trying to hold the Imperial government together with Duncan; Mohiam is dead at the hands of Stilgar; Irulan is imprisoned. Paul's former friend, Bronso of Ix, now seems to be leading opposition to the House of Atreides.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good, but with reservations

    • By Retired in Texas on 09-09-09

    Regular price: $47.93

  • Book 12

    • Dune

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37,904
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,317
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,382

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book!

    • By Scott on 04-10-08

    Regular price: $47.93

  • Book 13

    • Dune Messiah

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8,193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,693
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6,712

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A nice continuation

    • By Andrew on 01-06-09

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 14

    • Children of Dune

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Simon Vance
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,065
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,082
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,098

    The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great story, more production problems

    • By Ziya on 04-22-08

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 15

    • God Emperor of Dune

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,781
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,105

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Almost as good as the original

    • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-03-09

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 16

    • Heretics of Dune

    • Dune Chronicles, Book 5
    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Scott Brick
    • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disapointing and disjointed

    • By Aaron on 02-09-09

    Regular price: $47.93

  • Book 17

    • Chapterhouse Dune

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Euan Morton, Katherine Kellgren, Scott Brick, and others
    • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story! Horrible way to compile a narration.

    • By chris on 05-23-14

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 18

    • Hunters of Dune

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 796
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 794

    At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. Hunters of Dune is the exotic odyssey of the crew as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • If only I liked Dune a little less...

    • By James on 09-14-06

    Regular price: $47.93

  • Book 19

    • Sandworms of Dune

    • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 900
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 905

    Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • You'll buy it anyway

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-19-07

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Dune Audio Collection

    • By: Frank Herbert
    • Narrated by: Frank Herbert
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Read by the author, this compilation of key excerpts from the brilliant Dune trilogy is melded with connective text written by Frank Herbert specifically for these recordings. Includes selections from Dune: The Banquet Scene, Sandworms of Dune, The Battles of Dune, and The Truths of Dune: Fear Is the Mind Killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • incredible

    • By Techventus, LLC on 10-27-16

    Regular price: $17.10

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