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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Herbert Narrator: Simon Vance, Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dune Chronicles Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781427205070
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Heretics of Dune, the fifth installment in Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi series.On Arrakis, now called Rakis, known to legend as Dune, ten times ten 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.

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

    " A good read. I've been having "issues" with staying interested in this epic, but this book renewed my interest in the series. Can't wait to finish Chaperhouse Dune "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian Ciuleanu | 2/7/2014

    " First thing let me say that I've read this book three times over the years and in my opinion Heretics of Dune is one of the best books in the saga, up to par with the first one. While the previous book, God-Emperor was quite philosophical heavy and some might say action-less, the fifth book is nothing like that and returns to original form, with lots of action, different character focus, various plots, combined with the mysticism, religion and philosophical discourse we were used to. The events in the book are some thousand years after the death of Leto II and this time the main focus of the book is on the Bene Gesserit. Old players like Bene Tleilaxu, the Guild, Ixians and Duncan Idaho (who is yet again resurrected as a ghola) are still present. However, we also have some new ones, like the Priests of Rakis and the Honored Matres (which are the main evil characters of the book). All of them have their different schemes and goals, they plot and fight against each other and it all culminates with quite an unexpected outcome. But, the best thing I liked about this book is Miles Teg, Bene Gesserit’s veteran Bashar. He is my favorite character from all Dune books. Heretics of Dune is a must read and people who by any chance stopped reading the saga after God-Emperor of Dune are making a grave mistake. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayme | 2/4/2014

    " Not my favourite Dune book, that's for sure. It feels like each one I read gets further away from the storyline that I fell in love with. I can only hope that the last book will wrap it up half decently. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Juanes | 1/30/2014

    " jesus people i can't follow this crap anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Baller | 1/9/2014

    " another great Herbert masterpiece. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 1/8/2014

    " And I've officially stalled out on this series. I really wanted to dig these, despite all I'd heard about the letdowns of the later books. Such a fascinating universe. A shame it becomes such an exercise in tedium. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madalina | 12/19/2013

    " People don't seem to apreciate the classics nowadays. Herbert's Dune Chronicles is classed right along Asimov's Foundation series and is good. It wasn't as entertaining as the first, and the leaps between different times can be annoying at first but I guess it keeps the interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Jones | 12/18/2013

    " Heretics of Dune reinvogorated me. The conflict between the Bene Gesserit and the Honored Matres was interesting, Miles Teg and Darwe Odrade were great characters, and the scope felt epic again. Great ending, some interesting twists, and strong characters helped this one be one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Rivard | 12/13/2013

    " Not bad. Introduced some interesting new twists. But not my favorite of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Wayne | 12/9/2013

    " One step closer to the end... an end I don't want to see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruno Days | 11/27/2013

    " The saga continues, outstanding as usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorena Drapeau | 11/21/2013

    " according to my book journal this took me 12 days to complete. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 10/20/2013

    " The saga continues with the introduction of new characters and fulfilling predictions made in previous books. Onward! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/16/2013

    " This was the best book yet! Frank Herbert left the story hanging so badly and I eagerly anticipated the next book when I learned of Frank Herbert's death. I was devestated to realize we would never have a conclusion to the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Ware | 3/11/2013

    " This is my favorite of Frank's Dune books. It finally shows what I wanted to see from the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/7/2013

    " Back to form. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noel G | 11/1/2012

    " As bad as Dune was good. Just awful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 10/7/2012

    " If you don't read Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles, then you might as well not have learned to read at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/9/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book's jump further ahead in time and also it's focus on the Bene Gesserit, who I have always found the most mysterious and compelling group in the series. I appreciated Herbert's scrutiny of the consequences of actions in his plots and how they play out in the future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 7/20/2012

    " Hated it. This series just god worse and worse. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Comedian999 | 4/22/2012

    " Started this no less than four times over the years (Bought it in it's first trade paperback edition). Never was able to get into it. Baffling how uninteresting this is compared to the genius of the first few books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 1/25/2012

    " Finally, the final pieces are starting to fall into place. Heretics is filled with great action, and some interesting new characters. The changes in the dune universe since the time of Leto II provide an excellent backdrop for the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen Petro | 8/26/2011

    " Here is where the series takes a dramatic drop in quality. Not a bad read, has a shocking ending, but the characters are not as well developed, and hard to care about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Comedian999 | 5/17/2011

    " Started this no less than four times over the years (Bought it in it's first trade paperback edition). Never was able to get into it. Baffling how uninteresting this is compared to the genius of the first few books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DeCarabas | 5/10/2011

    " This series just keeps getting worse. I'd been hoping God Emperor was a fluke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannine | 4/20/2011

    " This focuses more on the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax far into the future from the era of Muad-Dib. Familiar faces emerge (Duncan Idaho, re-incarnated again as Ghola), and locations. Easy to jump right in, if you have followed any of the Dune series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 2/9/2011

    " The Bashar Miles Teg is what my old college roommate strives to become. If you have to nuke a planet to take out a single man, that's a bad man. I'm not convinced they got him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 1/7/2011

    " Which character do you hate the least? Really, I stopped being emotionally involved with the characters after Children of Dune. I find it difficult to find anything redeeming in anybody. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 1/4/2011

    " I love the new perspective that this story took on the Dune legacy. From beginning to end the level of intrigue, action, and depth doesn't let up for a second. Would recommend to anyone to start reading the series just to get to this point, a very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henk | 11/24/2010

    " What is there to add to all that's been said about the dune series. Simply at a lonely height as a work of science fiction. "

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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 Narrators

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.

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.