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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,935 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Herbert Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781400175659
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The White Plague, a marvelous and terrifyingly plausible blend of fiction and visionary theme, tells of one man who is pushed over the edge of sanity by the senseless murder of his family and who, reappearing several months later as the so-called Madman, unleashes a terrible plague upon the human race-one that zeros in, unerringly and fatally, on women. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pauline | 2/17/2014

    " Don't get me wrong-the plot has momentum and is fairly original. But do we need a book that imagines a future where the worst misogynist impulses of society become the salvation of it? You could argue that The Handmaid's Tale treads similar dystopian territory, except that it is a cautionary tale. This novel lacks that redeeming quality. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Di | 2/15/2014

    " Couldn't get through it. A lot of it was technical, which I don't really understand. Think about it. Why get into the nitty-gritty of biology? If the reader knows a lot about the subject they will be inclined to point out all of your inaccuracies. If they don't know anything about it they will be bored to tears. Did not like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Rogers | 2/3/2014

    " 4 star science thriller (top 25% of the genre). Who knew the DUNE master wrote a science thriller, a very forward-thinking (for the time) bioterrorism tale about a pathogen that only kills women. For my full review, see ScienceThrillers.com "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/31/2014

    " Frank Herbert has a real way of creating new civilations out of thin air that just amazes me, but this one made me pause. I can't decide how I feel about it, but I could talk about it on a philosophical level for hours...weird? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat Sheely | 1/28/2014

    " I read this when it first came out and it was the first book that really got me thinking about genetics and genetic manipulation. Brilliant for it's time and I've re-read it at least 3 times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/23/2014

    " The premise was great. I felt Herbert spent too much time exploring very bleak philosophical thoughts, less time dealing with this horrible disease. I wish he'd shown us more of what it was like when women first started turning up sick. Also, I never understood why the disease was designed to target women. Women didn't destroy his family. Men did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Brimmer | 1/17/2014

    " Began the first chapter in Omni and had to read the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela J | 1/14/2014

    " If I did a class on dystopian futures, or literary "plagues," I would include this very readable, feminist text. Grateful to Stephen for introducing me to Frank Herbert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 angrykitty | 1/13/2014

    " i read this book when i was a senior in hs and it was one of the best books i'd read at the time. really good. sci-fi, but not really. really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Comedian999 | 1/4/2014

    " Pretty solid SF story that most recently got me through jury duty. Come see where Y: The Last Man came from! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie | 1/4/2014

    " I didn't finish the book. While the story intrigued me, when the F-word came up three times in three and a half discs, I turned it off. I'm sure the story was great...I just didn't appreciate the language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/30/2013

    " Not a bad book, but not as great as it could have been, either. It gets bogged down in too much detail at times, particularly with the science of how the plague works. If you're a fan of Herbert it's worth a read, but if you've never read him before, start with the Dune series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/29/2013

    " I read this book 20 years ago but still cannot hear a news story about bio terrorism without thinking about this book. It made me rethink using money too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 11/16/2013

    " I read this at quite a young age and needless to say it left quite an impression. I dare not reread unless my fascinated horror is lessened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather's Mum | 11/15/2013

    " Love F. H. but ... not my cup. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 5/31/2013

    " Reminded me of Stephen King's The Stand. Good read overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/28/2013

    " This is the worst apocalypse book I have ever read. All politics and suspense, and none of the survival stories. I could not finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 10/17/2012

    " Interesting concept, but, frankly, grossly overplays the cynicism about humanity in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica O'Leary | 8/9/2012

    " Even though it was written long before the sequencing revolution, his story still is a fun read and surprisingly relevant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mart | 5/26/2012

    " What would happen if a virus attacked and killed only girls and women? A very interesting concept. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Johnson | 11/11/2011

    " The ending was not what I wanted. It was as if he hadn't told the whole story but had to finish the thing by a certain page number. Too many issues left only scratched upon, not fleshed out. I enjoyed the book overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug Dandridge | 10/21/2011

    " Removing this review, as I obviously have a faulty memory of this book. Still remember it as being a stinker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Comedian999 | 5/17/2011

    " Pretty solid SF story that most recently got me through jury duty. Come see where Y: The Last Man came from! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 3/5/2011

    " This book is second only to Dune among Herbert's books (for me, anyway). I found the idea of grief gone wrong (mad) very compelling and with the genetic engineering that has taken place in recent years this is all-too possible. Very gripping story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 11/30/2010

    " Frank Herbert has a real way of creating new civilations out of thin air that just amazes me, but this one made me pause. I can't decide how I feel about it, but I could talk about it on a philosophical level for hours...weird? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/22/2010

    " Pretty good novel. I liked most the part where the 4 travelers are together, and the political intrigue that Herbert is so good at. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 10/16/2010

    " Not a bad book, but not as great as it could have been, either. It gets bogged down in too much detail at times, particularly with the science of how the plague works. If you're a fan of Herbert it's worth a read, but if you've never read him before, start with the Dune series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 8/31/2010

    " "The White Plague" took me MONTHS to read, not because it wasn't interesting, I just couldn't seem to get into the story enough to want to read it quickly. I enjoyed the plot and the characters, but it was a painfully slow read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 8/6/2010

    " Even though it was written long before the sequencing revolution, his story still is a fun read and surprisingly relevant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie | 6/30/2010

    " I didn't finish the book. While the story intrigued me, when the F-word came up three times in three and a half discs, I turned it off. I'm sure the story was great...I just didn't appreciate the language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 6/21/2010

    " In keeping the reader from feeling the absence of women, The White Plague fails its intriguing premise. Add to that the broadly painted and unsympathetic cast and stuttering pace, and The White Plague is a definite miss. "

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

    " This is the worst apocalypse book I have ever read. All politics and suspense, and none of the survival stories. I could not finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 5/29/2010

    " This book really pissed me off. Also, it just goes to show you what a miraculous fluke Dune was. "

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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.