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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (912 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Herbert Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A psychologist sent to investigate a quaint yet oddly isolated town finds himself in danger in this novel by the author of the classic Dune.

Santaroga seemed to be nothing more than a prosperous farm community. But there was something different about it.

Santaroga had no juvenile delinquency or any crime at all. Outsiders found no house for sale or rent in this valley, and no one ever moved out. No one bought cigarettes in Santaroga. No cheese, wine, beer, or produce from outside the valley could be sold there. The list went on and on and grew stranger and stranger.

Maybe Santaroga was the last outpost of American individualism. Maybe they were just a bunch of religious kooks … or maybe there was something extraordinary at work in there—something far more disturbing than anyone could imagine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Herbert does more than carry events forward: he deals with the consequences of events, the implications of decisions.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Herbert is one of the most thought-provoking writers of our time; by focusing on an ‘alien’ culture, he makes us examine what the true definition of ‘human’ is.”

    San Rafael (CA) Pacific Sun

  • “Herbert may be one of our major prophets.”

    Berkeley (CA) Barb

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Janet | 2/3/2014

    " Pure pulp, from my perspective. The writing was pedestrian, and characterization shallow and unbelievable. Dasein acted like a tantrumy toddler, Jenny was an early version of a manic pixie dreamgirl, and most of the rest of the characters were cardboard cutouts. Plus, I just never could get past the thought that the real threat, in this story, is the idea that people have no right to refuse to buy commercial products, or to reject their marketing efforts. Both the "market study" that Dasein was undertaking, and the reaction of a traveling salesman who had been unable to make sales in the valley struck me as exemplary of the evil sense of entitlement that corporations seem to feel they have to our collective dollar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Becky | 1/17/2014

    " Not as good as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/1/2014

    " A great book that says something about how closed societies can have a great deal of power over their population. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bria | 12/5/2013

    " This book kind of turns into 'Frank Herbert's Final Destination.... with acid.' "

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