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Dune | [Frank Herbert]

Dune

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: This full-cast recording of Dune succeeds in every way the now-infamous movie version failed. The alien landscapes emerge in your imagination, while the complex plot lines and complicated relationships gain clarity. Through the talents of a marvelous voice cast, which includes Scott Brick and Simon Vance, Dune sheds the daunting burden of its epic richness - and becomes a powerful story of personal conflict and heroism. Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

Frank Herbert's death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.

©1965 Frank Herbert; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Science Fiction, 2008

Nebula Award winner, Best Novel, 1965
Hugo Award winner, Best Novel, 1966

"Unique...I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings." (Arthur C. Clarke)
"One of the monuments of modern science fiction." (Chicago Tribune)
"Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious." (Robert A. Heinlein)

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    Joseph West Covina, CA, USA 03-08-08
    Joseph West Covina, CA, USA 03-08-08
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    "Best Story Experienced in Years!"

    This audio book was sooo good. I fell in love with it. I consistently think of the book, I've listen it 3 times already. I applaud both the Author and the excellent Narrators, for the descriptive actions of the characters and the descriptive landscapes. I was able to see "Dune. The Desert Planet" with such clarity! By day and by night I was right there, right beside the characters. Through a little research I found out that this story paved way for such stories and movies as Star Wars, The Matrix, and so many more! After listening to Dune you will not have a problem believing the last sentence.

    I really praise this audio book and hope you are able to experience it the same way I have.

    FYI - I've watched all the different movies, and was very disappointed. The audio book guides your imagination so good, the story is complete, unlike the movies that have time constraints.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Giddings, TX, USA 02-16-08
    Tony Giddings, TX, USA 02-16-08
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    "Dune (unabridged)"

    Worth every penny. This story is a classic that predated the manipulations of OPEC and the oil rich families and corporations which have played dangerous games of power, greed, and corruption in our world, and which are echoed in the universal empire of our future; 10,000 years in the future. This story relates the power schemes within schemes revolving around a desert world commodity to which the whole human society is addicted and dependent upon, and the neo-Islamic desert people that will defend it or destroy it to a dramatic conclusion, between empiralism, corporationalism, and religion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William 01-09-08
    William 01-09-08
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    "Six out of five stars"

    There are many voices on this production, which makes the listening experience much richer than expected. If you liked the book, you will love this audio recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Bohn 12-22-07
    T. Bohn 12-22-07
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    "This book"

    I never got around to reading Dune. I saw the movie some time ago... blah. The book was outstanding! The reading was excellent.(I found the cast mostly superb) I was disappointed I hadn't read this earlier. This book is worth every penny(or credit). This would be considered a great novel if not labeled sci-fi. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to anyone (everyone).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nomad 11-11-07
    Nomad 11-11-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Masterpiece"

    I was never one for sci-fi, so I was a bit apprehensive. After about 30 minutes I was hooked. I was even late for work one morning because I sat in the car unwilling to turn it off. I have heard many audio books but none compare to the production of Dune. With over 12 readers it is a theatrical performance. BRAVO!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerome Quezon CityPhilippines 11-05-07
    Jerome Quezon CityPhilippines 11-05-07
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    "Fantastic experience!"

    Dune has always been a fantastic experience, and the audiobook only reinforces that fact. The narration and acting is very strong but it could have been much better if the voice talents were consistent to their characters. I remember having one chapter with a very very good Baron Harkonnen voice then the next became entirely different, so I got confused a bit who was talking what.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Batavia, IL, United States 11-04-07
    Jim Batavia, IL, United States 11-04-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Great!"

    I read this book years ago when I was in college and enjoyed it then. And I've reread it at least once since then. But now that I'm older, I got a lot more out of the book and really enjoyed it as an audio. I probably will listen to it again in a few years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond GROTON, CT, USA 11-03-07
    Raymond GROTON, CT, USA 11-03-07
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    "Back in Time"

    I thought this book was great. I had read it a long time ago and was able to listen to the Audible copy my wife got for me. The audible edition was outstanding I could listen this book over and over. If you like Science Fiction this is a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Mesa, Azerbaijan 11-01-07
    Jason Mesa, Azerbaijan 11-01-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    This audio book was my first dive into science fiction--all I can say is WOW.

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    Christine Guilderland, NY, United States 10-31-07
    Christine Guilderland, NY, United States 10-31-07
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    "Classic with Prescient Themes"

    Wonderful book with audio to equal it. Herbert's Dune is amazing in its prescient themes of water shortages, ecologic short sightedness and corruption of institutions.
    The audio is wonderful. The many voices and sound effects enhance an already marvelous book.
    Basically, a real treat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Dr Zube
    Ross on Wye, United Kingdom
    9/30/12
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    "Good, amazing story, somewhat strange style"

    So, i have read dune a while again, and some of the sequels and prequels and in general really loved Herberts work. This is a LONG audio book and it tends to drag in the middle, but the first and third parts are well paced. Some sections are read as dramatisation and others (the majority) the narrator reading all the parts. This is slightly unusual and off-putting at times, with the switch between the two styles seeming to be quite random. Saying that if you are unfamiliar with Dune then give this a go, the audio book could be better but the story is amazing, hence the 4 rather than 3 stars.

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  • P
    Foscote, United Kingdom
    9/5/12
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    "Brilliant Book done extremely well"

    Since I first discovered this story I loved it, its so good that it can be read/listened to again and again each time gaining something new.
    This audio book is really well done, I love it, I'm half way through and as soon as I finish I will start again.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    7/2/12
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    "Excellent Enhancement"

    I read Dune when it first came out and really enjoyed it. It has been sitting in a cupboard gathering dust ever since. Now I'm into audio books I've been looking for titles I know. I thought I'd give Dune a go in the enhanced format. What a difference. It adds a totally new dimension. Dune was good before but now it's amazing and grabs you from the beginning. I could keep on adding superlatives but let me just say it's a great story and told in this way you become part of that story and you are transported to the location through the special effects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    6/17/12
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    "Great beginning and middle, wears a bit at end"

    I love the world of Dune, and the strange near super-human characters. It has a great story and plot, and it is also a classic well forth reading. However, towards the end, I was getting a little bit tired of the writing style with its emphasis on how the characters could read a persons's entire history in the twitching of a finger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Wareham, United Kingdom
    4/10/12
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    "A Fantastic Story and a Fantastic Audiobook"

    It's been a few years since I have read any of the Dune books, and I decided to make the most of the never ending road works between my home and my workplace by working through them in Audio form!

    Dune is a complete Sci-fi classic. Perhaps THE Sci-Fi classic. It is to Space Opera, what Lord of the Rings is to Sword and Sorcery. This fantastic tale of political intrigue, manipulations, superstition and nobility in an incredibly detailed and complex universe makes it a joy to read and explore.

    The tale of the Lisan al Gaib being brought to life by a family trying to survive is a fantastic exploration of religion and the people who control it. It also is in my mind the best vision of an evolved human kind. Different people all super specialised into roles that have been developed and improved on over thousands of years to make every "Human" a force to be reckoned with.

    The production of this book is also incredible. Simon Vance reads the story fantastically, and the book combines several voice actors for the different characters in key scenes, with Simon Vance doing the voices really well the rest of the time.

    All in all a complete joy to listen to. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gregory
    London, United Kingdom
    4/8/12
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    "Great Value"

    I read this a long time ago, and this was a fantastic chance to relive the story, brought alive by narration. The plot is very rich and diverse, and the narration splendid. A classic science fiction tale that deserves its fame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Herts, United Kingdom
    2/19/12
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    "Another great read"

    I have all the books in this series and have had them for many years, if your in to sci-fi then you can't go wrong.
    I must have read this book 10 or more times over the years and never get board of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S Wood
    2/18/12
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    "Epic"

    If you like your sci-fi as a mixture of philosophy & action you will enjoy Dune. This is a wonderful rendition as the different readers bring this epic novel to life. I didn't want to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    2/2/12
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    "Breathtaking"

    If you haven't already listened to this audio book I cannot urge you strongly enough. Not only is the production of the highest quality but the story is gripping and fast paced.

    The characters are very original and interesting and are really put through their paces in this book.

    Do not be put off by the 20 hours run time it will fly by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. G. Gilbert
    UK
    1/24/12
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    "Classic SciFi still better than most"

    If you are looking for Science Fiction and have not already read 'Dune', then this is a must download. In this epic tale of competing houses Frank Herbert brings to life a planet that is both alien and somehow familiar. Superbly written in a style that at times resembles Homer's Iliad, it traces the history of an Agamemnon-like dynasty as they first come to grips with a desert planet and then, with unforseen consequences, turn its bedouin-like people into the most powerful, military force in the galaxy.

    This long book is but the first volume in a series. The audible version is particularly appealing as it mostly features a whole cast of actors giving voice to the various characters. This added to my enjoyment as it sounded more like a radio play than a simple reading. I downloaded it to my kindle and found myself glued to it for days.

    Be prepared, however, for long periods of inaction while the narrator gives voice to pages and pages of either description or philosophical speculation. Although it does have its moments, Dune is by no means a fast-action novel. One suspects that its writer, Frank Herbert, was not altogether unfamiliar with psychedelic drugs; sometimes the book appears somewhat unfocused, as if viewed through a smokey haze of 'melange': the spice-drug to which everyone on Dune is addicted. At these times I was grateful that the kindle was doing all the work and I could just let the words flow without having to wear out my eyes reading them! Thank you audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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