God Emperor of Dune

God Emperor of Dune

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by Frank Herbert
     
 

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Centuries have passed on Dune, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune's savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice...

"Rich fare...heady stuff."—Los Angeles Times

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Centuries have passed on Dune, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune's savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice...

"Rich fare...heady stuff."—Los Angeles Times

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“Veterans of the entire series, narrators Simon Vance, Scott Brick, and Katherine Kellgren are so familiar and comfortable with the extensive vocabulary and world of DUNE that they effortlessly bring the many characters, philosophical discussions, and diary entries into an incisive sonic whole.” —AudioFile

“How does Herbert's text come off when read aloud? Superbly!...The listener falls under the mellow sway of these talented voices. The production values here are top-notch. The sound is crystalline...But perhaps the most impressive thing about this production is the way all the neologisms and foreign terms sound so natural and flow so easily--and consistently--off the tongues of the performers.” —SciFi Weekly

“Vance imbues each character with a distinctive voice: his Duncan is a truculent Clive Owen sound-alike, while his Leto (suitably) has the stentorian tones of a self-absorbed Shakespearean actor.” —SciFiDimensions

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441294671
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1987
Series:
Dune Series, #4
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
80,124
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 4.14(h) x 1.17(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs—including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers—before becoming a full-time writer. He died in 1986.

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God Emperor of Dune 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking place 3500 years after ther first 3 books and 1500 years before the last 2 books in the series'*', this book requires more thinking and offers a lot less action than the other books but, gives you a look at the 'Golden Path' chosen by Leto II and the sacrifices he made in order to save mankind from itself. At first look it appears Leto II seems to be a tyrant 'the nickname the Bene Geserit give to him in the future' and murderer but later you begin to realize he is only acting like a concerned parent towards the rest of the universe. This book gives you an idea of what life under the guidance of a living omniscent god might be like and how unpleaseat life might be like in a utopian society. WHile doing the peviously stated the story makes it possible to understand the evolution of man through the 5000 year period the series takes place in. * 'As written by Frank Herbert his son Brian and Kevin Anderson have witten 6 prequals and 2 sequals to the original series produced by Frank Herbert, the total time included with these new books brings the timeline up to 15,000 years long. All the new books are very good but written in a different style than the original with a less subtle, more 'action packed' style.'
DrewHappy More than 1 year ago
First, I absolutely loved the Herbert's original Dune trilogy, and never moved on because a good friend of mine didn't like this book. I guess it took a while for his warning to wear off, and I am glad it did. Admittedly, I love Herbert's writing because of the interesting ideas he weaves throughout his narratives, ideas about religion and belief, politics, what makes a person human, fanaticism and plenty of other things. While I was originally concerned because of the book's distance from the earlier storyline, a few millennia having passed, this was soon abated as I found the new characters very compelling. I recommend this book highly. This is still my favourite series when if comes to cerebral writing.
Ryan Levin More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. The continuing adventures of the ghola Duncan Idaho bring him to the edges of loyalty and beyond. fans of Dune should not find themselves disapointed. fans of Clancy or Grisham might find themselves hopelessly unable to process the contents of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still relivant views on current world/government issues.
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great
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GrahamCDowns More than 1 year ago
This one is the best Dune yet! I've had a love/hate relationship with this series since I finally managed to finish the first instalment last year. Some of the books have bored me silly, but the ending has been just enough to make me want to read the next one.  God Emperor of Dune, however, had me hooked from the very first page, and didn't stop! It's the story of Leto Atreides II, some 3000 years after the ending of the previous book. Leto's transformation to sandworm is almost complete, and the book is full of his philosophies on politics, systems of governments and religions, formulated by him over the past few thousand years. I found God Emperor of Dune to be a gripping read, with characters that sucked me in and made me really care about what happened to them. I lost the plot somewhere in the middle, but picked it up again really quickly. If you're struggling through the Dune series, I urge you to stick it out until you've read book 4!
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This book is good and will satisfy you. I would however venture to say that it reads much longer than what it is. I love herbert but this book makes you think a whole lot more than the other ones. takes time to really dive into what this book is and understand its complex ideas and themes. Over all i loved it
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Masterpiece
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conta More than 1 year ago
I would like to copy what author said about this series, because it's true: "It was to be a story exploring the myth of the Messiah. It was to produce another view of a human-occupied planet as an energy machine. It was to penetrate the interlocked workings of politics and economics. It was to be an examination of absolute prediction and its pitfalls. It was to have an awareness drug in it and tell what could happen through dependence on such a substance. Potable water was to be an analog for oil and for water itself, a substance whose supply diminishes each day. It was to be an ecological novel, then, with many overtones, as well as a story about people and their human concerns with human values, and I had to monitor each of these levels at every stage in the book." I love these kinds of books - great psychology, storyline, philosophy - all is in there. I saved dozens of quotes from this book for myself, there's a lot of true in there.
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