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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,319 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Herbert Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN:
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America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects.

When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom's Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses - it could not be allowed to continue. What they discovered was a nightmare more horrific and hideous than even their paranoid government minds could devise.

First published in Galaxy magazine in 1973 as Project 40, Frank Herbert's vivid imagination and brilliant view of nature and ecology have never been more evident than in this classic of science fiction. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " I've known a few places that fit the description of Hellstrom's hive. Good book. Hard core classic sci-fi. Not for the casual reading fame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/13/2014

    " IMO, this was better than the Dune series in many ways. You can tell that the author has some favorite themes that get incorporated into multiple books (most obvious in this case is the idea of human breeding programs). There was so much that was both unsettling and thought-provoking in this book. It also seemed to be a product of its time (not necessarily in a bad way) regarding the Red Scare and people's general attitudes towards collectivism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 2/12/2014

    " It's OK, sort of dated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 2/11/2014

    " Summer 1982 Reading List #19 - 0 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik Graff | 1/26/2014

    " This is a suspenseful Frank Herbert science fiction/black operations novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda I | 1/20/2014

    " Very...interesting...didn't seem to conclude with a discernible ending, though. Not the best sci fi book I've ever read, but not the worst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 1/18/2014

    " Great speculative fiction about a future in which America has become a police state, but of course that isn't enough for Frank Herbert! You have to mix in some insect creatures trying to take over the Earth! Herbert is a master, and best of all, he's from right here in Tacoma. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 1/8/2014

    " Clever idea - lacks a bit in the telling "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Waltor | 1/2/2014

    " Well...it was ok, it didn't really creep me out like I think it was supposed to. I think is would be really hilarious to see this made into a movie by David Lynch in his more "Twin Peaks" style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huali Fu | 12/27/2013

    " Ending begged for more of a conclusion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kenny | 11/24/2013

    " pretty good story but the ending was lacking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Manning | 11/1/2013

    " It started out fairly intriguing, but seemed to fizzle toward the last quarter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 12/31/2012

    " This book started off slow but got really exciting at the end. I ended up really liking it, though it has a rather disturbing opinion of where humanity is going. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 10/23/2012

    " This would make an excellent sci-fi/horror film. Really fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gargravarr | 8/4/2012

    " It was okay. A better Frank Herbert book is The White Plague. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karl Leaning | 4/27/2012

    " I enjoyed many parts of it, parts of it dragged and the conclusion was anticlimactic, it almost felt like the book started life as a short story and needed to padded out to fit a novel format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cade | 3/25/2012

    " An exciting book. Government covert operations. Mysterious Religious Sects. World destroying weapons. Love. Hate. What else do you need to let your mind wander a little. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 2/7/2012

    " If humans wanted to model themselves after social insects, this could be one route to do so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 1/11/2012

    " Not as good as you would hope from Herbert, but still an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 1/23/2011

    " I've known a few places that fit the description of Hellstrom's hive. Good book. Hard core classic sci-fi. Not for the casual reading fame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 12/22/2010

    " It started out fairly intriguing, but seemed to fizzle toward the last quarter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 11/16/2010

    " Creepy. Great bio-speculation. Spoiler: reproductive stump. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 9/22/2010

    " Suspenseful and gripping. Hard to identify with any one protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huali | 7/17/2010

    " Ending begged for more of a conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 6/8/2010

    " If humans wanted to model themselves after social insects, this could be one route to do so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 4/25/2010

    " This book started off slow but got really exciting at the end. I ended up really liking it, though it has a rather disturbing opinion of where humanity is going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jawad | 1/31/2010

    " Nice idea, good read but disappointing ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Waltor | 1/6/2010

    " Well...it was ok, it didn't really creep me out like I think it was supposed to. I think is would be really hilarious to see this made into a movie by David Lynch in his more "Twin Peaks" style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/21/2009

    " Very...interesting...didn't seem to conclude with a discernible ending, though. Not the best sci fi book I've ever read, but not the worst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 10/3/2009

    " This is a suspenseful Frank Herbert science fiction/black operations novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 10/2/2009

    " Could read this book over and over again...one of my favorites of Herbert. Have read this one twice now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cade | 9/19/2009

    " An exciting book. Government covert operations. Mysterious Religious Sects. World destroying weapons. Love. Hate. What else do you need to let your mind wander a little. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kenny | 4/24/2009

    " pretty good story but the ending was lacking. "

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About the Author
Author Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert (1920–1986), winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards and a #1 New York Times bestselling author, was born in Tacoma, Washington, and worked as a reporter and later as an editor for a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. His first science fiction story was published in 1952, but he achieved fame more than ten years later with the publication of “Dune World” and “The Prophet of Dune” in Analog. The stories were amalgamated in the bestselling novel Dune in 1965.

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.