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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: October 2010 ISBN: 9781400184866
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Santaroga seemed to be nothing more than a prosperous farm community. But there was something...different...about Santaroga. 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 Santaroga. Something far more disturbing than anyone could imagine. Download and start listening now!

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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 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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 Bria | 12/5/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Skotch Vail | 3/17/2013

    " Completely different style for Herbert, but I recall it being a fast read as a teen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/25/2012

    " A very compelling read. I enjoyed it, but It began to drag a bit at the end, but only at the very end. Still very worth reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 2/12/2012

    " moody! and the best explanation of moral relativism i have found to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Siemers | 9/24/2011

    " Cool and kind of creepy. It's fun peeling back the layers of the small town of Santaroga to see what the secret underneath really is... Quite a bit of psychology toward the end of the novel. Short, interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 4/25/2011

    " A pretty good science fiction piece "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 4/15/2011

    " This is a bizarre tale of a town that lives communally, and has no connection to the world outside of it because they maintain control over everyone by putting a hallucinogen in the food. It's somewhat anti-climactic, but pretty trippy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Spitzig | 3/7/2011

    " Good book. Of course, not up to the standard of the Dune series or (the 2-4th of) what might be called the "Pandora" series. Not as dense. It had a similar kind of "plan within a plan" plotting going on, cool conspiracy stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 2/21/2011

    " Honestly not as bad as I thought it would be; its a good easy read even if a bit transparent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/19/2011

    " Cool and kind of creepy. It's fun peeling back the layers of the small town of Santaroga to see what the secret underneath really is... Quite a bit of psychology toward the end of the novel. Short, interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 4/29/2010

    " Anyone who doubts SF can be produce mature fiction should read this tale of Mind-Forg'd Manacles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 4/19/2010

    " Good book. Of course, not up to the standard of the Dune series or (the 2-4th of) what might be called the "Pandora" series. Not as dense. It had a similar kind of "plan within a plan" plotting going on, cool conspiracy stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Skotch | 3/16/2010

    " Completely different style for Herbert, but I recall it being a fast read as a teen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 12/8/2009

    " Mushrooms?

    Go figure. A book written in the sixties about mushrooms that extend reality and makes you see things in a whole new way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bria | 10/28/2009

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnface | 2/24/2009

    " One of my favorit F. Herbert's books. I love stories about cults. I'm just drawn to cults for some reason.
    And intelligent hallucinogenic mushrooms guiding people's lives? Yes, thank you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/4/2009

    " A pretty good science fiction piece "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 4/23/2008

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

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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.