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3.51636363636364 out of 53.51636363636364 out of 53.51636363636364 out of 53.51636363636364 out of 53.51636363636364 out of 5 3.52 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dune Chronicles Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593970420
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Frank Herbert’s Dune series is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Selling millions of copies worldwide, it is science fiction’s answer to The Lord of the Rings, a brilliantly imaginative epic of high adventure, unforgettable characters, and immense scope. Decades after Herbert’s original novels, the Dune saga was continued by Frank Herbert’s son, Brian Herbert, an acclaimed SF novelist in his own right, in collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson. Their New York Times bestselling trilogy, Dune: House Atreides, Dune: House Harkonnen, and Dune: House Corrino, formed a prequel to the classic Herbert series that was acclaimed by reviewers and readers alike.

Now Herbert and Anderson, working from Frank Herbert’s own notes, reveal a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe, the chapter of the saga most eagerly anticipated by readers: The Butlerian Jihad. Throughout the Dune novels, Frank Herbert frequently referred to the long-ago war in which humans wrested their freedom from “thinking machines.” Now, in Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring to life the story of that war, a tale previously seen only in tantalizing hints and clues. Finally, we see how Serena Butler’s passionate grief ignites the war that will liberate humans from their machine masters. We learn the circumstances of the betrayal that made mortal enemies of House Atreides and House Harkonnen; and we experience the Battle of Corrin that created a galactic empire that lasted until the reign of Emperor Shaddam IV. 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, who escape bondage to flee to the desert world where they will declare themselves the Free Men of Dune. And here is the backward, nearly forgotten planet of Arrakis, where traders have discovered the remarkable properties of the spice melange . . . .

Ten thousand years before the events of Dune, humans have managed to battle the remorseless Machines to a standstill . . . but victory may be short-lived. Yet amid shortsighted squabbling between nobles, new leaders have begun to emerge. Among them are Xavier Harkonnen, military leader of the Planet of Salusa Secundus; Xavier’s fiancé, Serena Butler, an activist who will become the unwilling leader of millions; and Tio Holtzman, the scientist struggling to devise a weapon that will help the human cause. Against the brute efficiency of their adversaries, these leaders and the human race have only imagination, compassion, and the capacity for love. It will have to be enough.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a good, steady, enjoyable tale...Fans who will be sorry to see the end of this series will be heartened by the hint that the Dune saga is far from over. Publishers Weekly on Dune: House Corrino

  • Rich interweaving of politics and plotting made tbhe Dune novels special. And Dune: House Atreides does its predecessors justice. USA Today
  • A spirited and entertaining adventure...The real pleasure here comes from watching the authors lay out the plot threads that will converge in Dune. The Philadelphia Inquirer on Dune: House Atreides

  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2003

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed this collaboration between the two authors. It describes the period leading up to the machine wars which predates the Dune story by 11,000 years. It also sets the background to the Spacing Guild, the Suk doctors, and the Bene Gesserit, as well as the Freemen. One challenge I had near the end was the connection of jihad with the League of Nobles. The notion of a holy war in a society (Nobles) without any faith seemed odd. How are they going to bridge the gap between the Zensunnis and Zenshiites who shaped the Freemen and the rest of society? Then 11,000 years later society is stratified as before the machine wars at the commencement of the Dune series as we know it. I supposed I will need to read the sequel to this one to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/14/2014

    " I cheated, I listened to this on tape (to and from work), its good, if you like to know more about the Dune world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Navarra | 2/4/2014

    " I really wish I could give this author a negative star rating. With the exception of reviews on this book, mostly for the purpose of warning people who liked Frank Herbert's Dune series, I will pretend that these books do not exist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricco | 1/22/2014

    " The Dune Saga is a must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Barrentine | 1/20/2014

    " These books never get old as they explain some of the things that led up to Dune. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jim Esposito | 1/5/2014

    " Horrible beyond belief as someone who's read the original 6. Barely got 30 pages in before I stopped. Not willing to finish. To think Herbert's own son could sign off on this must have Frank spinning in his grave at excessively high RPM. Yes, it's that bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 12/19/2013

    " I don't care what the purists say....these are great reads!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 12/5/2013

    " I found this book a bit slow to begin with but this appears to be a theme with the author. It wasn't a problem as the plot was extremely deep and intriguing, and the characters were easy to identify with, given the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ike | 12/1/2013

    " Not quite as good as the original Dune book, but pretty good for a prequel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Woods | 9/23/2013

    " Literally the worst book I have ever read. It was a synopsis, not a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 V3_Shae | 9/16/2013

    " Page 194, the description of the Sorceresses, is the only reason this book didn't get 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Neuvirth | 4/16/2013

    " Helped tell a story that was really missing from the original books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trenton | 2/4/2013

    " Fantastic prequel to the Dune saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 12/27/2012

    " Good use of the story and characters, but the verbal "melange" is just not there "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kurt | 11/18/2012

    " OK, compared to Frank's run on Dune, this book straight-up sucked, compared to the average run of SciFi, this book was alright. There it is. Now having said that, I can't say I won't read the rest of the series. God, I love a pulpy series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawson | 10/12/2012

    " Was quite good. Brian was getting a better feel for the material, I think, and started writing more like himself, and less of a pale imitation of his Father. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Endre Fodstad | 9/21/2012

    " I think it is safe to say that with the death of Frank Herbert, there would be no more books set in the Dune universe. I really gave his son a chance, but his prequels are best left on the shelves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Takim Williams | 4/30/2012

    " I've read the first 3 books of the Dune Chronicles, and Brian may not have his father's writing style, but this book was still a lot of fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/13/2012

    " This explains lots about Dune "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Birgitt Williams | 10/14/2011

    " I have read this book and all of the Dune series more than once, each time gaining new insights as I read and as I simultaneously understand more about life on earth. These books read as though the story is down-loaded, 'channeled'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice Bear | 9/26/2011

    " Enjoyable prequel, probably the best 'grouping' of Dune books after Dune itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 8/3/2011

    " I am not a huge fan of the Dune books but I read them all... so they nust have been good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rene | 6/30/2011

    " I enjoyed this more than the original Dune. The backstories to the Dune series add an amazing dimension to the whole Dune universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 V3_Shae | 6/29/2011

    " Page 194, the description of the Sorceresses, is the only reason this book didn't get 5 stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Endre | 6/3/2011

    " I think it is safe to say that with the death of Frank Herbert, there would be no more books set in the Dune universe. I really gave his son a chance, but his prequels are best left on the shelves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 4/22/2011

    " After the Titans overthrew the old Empire, one of them is careless and allows the thinking machines to take control. Serena Butler, Xavier Harkonen, and Vorian Atreides play inmportant roles in the beginnings of the jihad whcih will put humans back in control. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conor | 2/28/2011

    " This got kinda bogged down at points, but all-in-all I'm still happy with my Sandwormery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 2/23/2011

    " Enjoyable prequel, probably the best 'grouping' of Dune books after Dune itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 aimee | 2/17/2011

    " An interesting background story to a pivotal event, but it's not Frank's magic (then again, could it ever be?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abiel | 2/7/2011

    " Frank Herbert was so great creating the Dune universe that anything besides his work seems just ok or aceptable. I'm reading The Butlerian Jihad because Im a big fan of Dune and is a good idea to tell the stories pervious to Frank's Dune universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/11/2011

    " Dune between book 1 and book 2 of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 12/22/2010

    " The only reason this book is so good is because this is the ORIGIN of the whole DUNE universe! Without this story, there would be no DUNE! This is the only prequel novel that needed to be written at all! "

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About the Author
Author Brian Herbert

Brian Herbert, the son of Frank Herbert, is a New York Times bestselling author who has won the New York Times Notable Book Award. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards. In 2003 he published Dreamer of Dune, a moving biography of his father that was a Hugo Award finalist. Two of his recent novels are ecological thrillers—Ocean and The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.