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God Emperor of Dune
Herbert, Frank.
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Publication Information:
[New York] : Macmillan Audio ; North Kingstown, R.I. : Distibuted by BBC Audiobooks America, [2008]

Physical Description:
13 audio discs (16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Leto II, God Emperor of Dune, trades his humanity for immortality and, as the magnificent sandworm of Dune, desperately attempts to save humankind.
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Audiobook on CD

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More than three thousand years have passed since the first events recorded in DUNE. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species. But to achieve his final victory, Leto Atreides must also bring about his own downfall . . .


In the fourth installment of Frank Herbert's Dune series, Leto Atreides II, the God Emperor of Dune, has ruled for well over 3,000 years. Under his reign, he has quashed all other bids for power and ruled his empire with a tyrannical fist. Fearing the stagnation and decline of humanity, Leto plans to breed a new race of humans to succeed him. However, wearied of his cruel reign, those closest to the God Emperor plot his demise.

Author Notes

Frank Herbert was born Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington on October 8, 1920. He worked originally as a journalist, but then turned to science fiction. His Dune series has had a major impact on that genre. Some critics assert that Herbert is responsible for bringing in a new branch of ecological science fiction. He had a personal interest in world ecology, and consulted with the governments of Vietnam and Pakistan about ecological issues.

The length of some of Herbert's novels also helped make it acceptable for science fiction authors to write longer books. It is clear that, if the reader is engaged by the story---and Herbert certainly has the ability to engage his readers---length is not important. As is usually the case with popular fiction, it comes down to whether or not the reader is entertained, and Herbert is, above all, an entertaining and often compelling writer. His greatest talent is his ability to create new worlds that are plausible to readers, in spite of their alien nature, such as the planet Arrakis in the Dune series.

Frank Herbert died of complications from pancreatic cancer on February, 11, 1986, in Madison, Wisconsin. He was 65.

(Bowker Author Biography)