Dune: The Butlerian Jihad: Book One of the Legends of Dune Trilogy

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2003
23 hours 59 minutes
Frank Herbert's Dune series is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Selling millions of copies worldwide, it is science fiction's answer to The Lord of the Rings, a brilliantly imaginative epic of high adventure, unforgettable characters, and immense scope.

Decades after Herbert's original novels, the Dune saga was continued by Frank Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, an acclaimed SF novelist in his own right, in collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson. Their New York Times bestselling Prelude to Dune trilogy (House Atreides, House Harkonnen, and House Corrino), formed a prequel to the classic Herbert series that was acclaimed by reviewers and readers alike. Now Herbert and Anderson, working from Frank Herbert's own notes, reveal a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe, the chapter of the saga most eagerly anticipated by readers: The Butlerian Jihad.

Throughout the Dune novels, Frank Herbert frequently referred to the long-ago war in which humans wrested their freedom from 'thinking machines.' Now, in Dune: Butlerian Jihad, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring to life the story of that war, a tale previously seen only in tantalizing hints and clues. Finally, we see how Serena Butler's passionate grief ignites the war that will liberate humans from their machine masters. We learn the circumstances of the betrayal that made mortal enemies of House Atreides and House Harkonnen; and we experience the Battle of Corrin that created a galactic empire that lasted until the reign of Emperor Shaddam IV.

Herein are the foundations of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, the Suk Doctors, the Order of Mentats, and the mysteriously altered Navigators of the Spacing Guild. Here is the amazing tale of the Zensunni Wanderers, who escape bondage to flee to the desert world where they will declare themselves the Free Men of Dune. And here is the backward, nearly forgotten planet of Arrakis, where traders have discovered the remarkable properties of the spice melange . . . .

Ten thousand years before the events of Dune, humans have managed to battle the remorseless Machines to a standstill . . . but victory may be short-lived. Yet amid shortsighted squabbling between nobles, new leaders have begun to emerge. Among them are Xavier Harkonnen, military leader of the Planet of Salusa Secundus; Xavier's fiancée, Serena Butler, an activist who will become the unwilling leader of millions; and Tio Holtzman, the scientist struggling to devise a weapon that will help the human cause. Against the brute efficiency of their adversaries, these leaders and the human race have only imagination, compassion, and the capacity for love. It will have to be enough.
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Keri B.

I do not know why there are so many bad reviews. Overall great book.

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Jack P.

Amazing novel loved every second...

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Very well narrated

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Justin T.

Despite it not being written by Frank Herbert, this book really hit the mark and satisfied a craving fan who just wanted more Dune. Amazing addition to the best scifi ever.

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Ang A.

A fun listen but I honestly think the musical interruptions are jarring and ultimately annoying.

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Tamerou A.

The recording simply put was awful. Many skipped places many garbled passages

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Could not finish the first disc. The apple fell far from the tree.

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kevin t

Eye-roll inducing 2-d characters for most part. Skip to third book Battle of Corrin which is actually not bad or so cringeworthy. This one unfortunately like most of Star wars EU books and a lot of B or C level sci-fi is what i call "bro-fiction." Most characters in this one are all good or all bad and a lot of it is stale. Read the third one though Battle of Corrin.

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Raymond R

It is a wonderful story however the book skips throughout the story in some places it skips full paragraphs.

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John O

I read the original Dune many years ago and loved that story so I wanted to read more on the history of Dune and have been very pleased with this audiobook.

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Brandon Baker

Great history of the Dune universe. Narrator has smooth voice with perfect enunciation.

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Diana Bennett

I was very preased wiht this title. It also is making some areas not understood before easier. I think that it would have been better to read this first before Dune it explains alot

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Clearly, in this first book/first CDs, the authors felt the need to 'set the stage' so to speak for all that was to come. Boring boring boring and confusing. Don't get me wrong: I love Dune, but Dune this ain't. The narration, to put it bluntly, stinks. He's got a droning voice, odd emphasis in the sentences that has nothing to do with what's actually going on and adds nothing whatsoever to the tale. Too many characters, too much boring narration of eons of history, and too much this-is-so-cool-I-can't-stand-myself grandstanding by the authors. That said, I sill want to see how it all turns out so I'm struggling through the rest of the CDs. After all, I'm stuck in this car, right? Gotta listen to something!

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Ronald Hayden

If you are a Dune fan, this isn't for you. If you aren't a Dune fan, this isn't for you. It's terrible writing with no thought given to either the plot or the characters. Dune itself had some wonky writing but overcame that with a fascinating backround, plot, and set of characters. This book has none of these, and is topped off with narration in which random words are emphasized in an attempt to make it sound interesting. It's the first audiobook I've returned without finishing...after thirteen hours, I couldn't take any more. It's really painful.

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I hate to say this, especially since the original Dune trilogy fascinated me when I first read it, but this prequel is a colossal bore. I trudged through it out of a sense of loyalty, but would not recommend it to anyone except very hardcore fans. The dialogue was awful, the characters numerous and forgettable, and the narrator detached and unexpressive.

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Jake MacMillan

This book is poorly written. I've been trying to think of a nicer way to say it, but that's it: it's poorly written. The dialogue is so stilted it comes off unintentionally hilarious. The plot is overly complex and yet only interesting in its relationship to Dune trilogy. The prose is of that school of sci-fi hackery that demands sentences be heavily salted with modifiers. Also, it's not read very well. The narrator seemed nearly as uniterested in what was happening as I was. Recommended only for the fedaykin.

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Shannon Lowry

This book has a fascinating plot with interesting characters that are easy to relate to. The only drawbacks are that its a little slow in plot developement and there are a large amount of characters. The characters that aren't as important to the plot are hard to keep straight.

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