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Dune Audiobook

Dune

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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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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-05-10
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-05-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Shameful production values"

    One of the best sci-fi novels ever, and a great novel even outside that genre.
    This production sometimes uses two VERY different voices for the same character! Duke Leto is voiced by an American-sounding actor in one scene and then a Brit in the next. Later, it will be back to the American! The same with the Baron Harkonnen: two very different voices.

    This is a very confusing state of affairs and I can't imagine why it was done. Oddly, the two actors voicing the same character don't even try to sound alike at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Compton Blountsville, AL 05-04-10
    R. Compton Blountsville, AL 05-04-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Inconsistant - but passable"

    The story was there - the emotion was there ... but as for the overall presentation, kind'a sad. They had one great voice for the Baron, another great voice for Jessica, another for Paul and many other great voice renditions! Sadly, there was little or no consistency in their use! I was a bit jarring to hear a voice say a line and have to wait for that voice or the sotto voche announce "... the Baron said" to know who was speaking. I'm not sorry that I bought it - but it could have been done much, MUCH better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victor Novosibirsk, PA, USA 12-12-09
    Victor Novosibirsk, PA, USA 12-12-09
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    "Fascinating"

    the book narrated by several men and they did a great job. I heard a lot about this book, now I listened the book itself. If you like the science fiction, you will love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R D CO. 11-15-09
    R D CO. 11-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Best ever"

    As a child of the fifties I was in a prefect place to be the beneficiary of the best science fiction ever written. By age 15 I had visited many fantastic worlds in My imagination, and by age 18 I was becoming a bit jaded with the current offerings. Enter Frank Herbert and "Dune". His creation blew My mind with its detail, especially at a time when environmental awareness was beginning to come into fashion. I had no idea that such an elaborate world could be contained between the covers of a paperback novel.
    In the mid seventies I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Herbert at a science fiction symposium at Colorado State University, and it was an experience I will always treasure because Mr. Herbert turned out to be just the nicest down to earth person You would ever want to meet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Haruhiko TokyoJapan 10-16-09
    Haruhiko TokyoJapan 10-16-09
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    "A superb presentation of a masterpiece"

    Needless to say Dune is one of the most important science fiction novels ever written, which is faithfully presented in this audiobook. What I must comment here is the fact that this is performed by several talented narrators, providing the vividness of a radiodrama, while keeping the authenticity of an unabridged audiobook. Very splendid and highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 09-14-09
    Michael 09-14-09
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    "How do you say classic?"

    I remember all my friends going crazy over the book when I was in high school. I didn't read it at the time...I was much too busy with other pursuits. I really wish I had. Talk about expanding vistas. I really find it interesting that Mr. Herbert seated the story in an arabic world with a unique resource that in many ways mimics oil. Very awesome, very cool, very good read with all the characters well represented and easy to follow. This is what we should have read instead of Lord of Flies!

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    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-27-09
    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-27-09 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the great ones"

    When it comes to audiobooks, there's two things that matter: the book itself and the audio presentation. This book excels at both. The book is deservedly an all-time sci-fi classic and the presentation uses multiple narrators, music and sounds. It feels like you're listening to a movie.

    I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a very enjoyable "read"!

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    liveon2legs St. Louis, MO 06-09-09
    liveon2legs St. Louis, MO 06-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A great listen"

    This was my first Audible download and it was a great choice. I had never actually read any of the Dune novels despite having seen both the original movie and the miniseries that came out a few years ago. The story has always fascinated me and I am glad I finally got the chance to experience the full text. It is so much more than just some sci-fi series.

    The only reason I am not giving the review 5 stars is because I found the narration distracting. The full cast segments are wonderful and I loved the voice of the Baron Harkonnen, and the segments with the lone narrator were really good also, but when you put them together it makes the narration feel disjointed. For example, because the full cast segment of the Baron was so good, I couldn't help but compare it to the narrator's version of the Baron, which was not nearly as powerful. And since they seemed to randomly jump from using a full cast to using just one narrator and back again to a full cast, I found myself thinking more about the narration than actually following the story.

    Despite the small gripe, the overall experience has been my favorite foray into the Dune universe.

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    J. Issler 01-13-09
    J. Issler 01-13-09 Member Since 2016

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    "My New Favorite Book!"

    The experience of listening to this audio rendition of Dune has far surpassed that of watching any movie I have ever seen! My only regret is that this book is only 21 hours long and had to end. I am now listening to it for the second time and loving it even more!

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    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 12-11-08
    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 12-11-08 Member Since 2013
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    "A must read for sci-fi fans"

    I had heard the hype about this book and wanted to give it a try. I found the first bit of the book confusing as I learned about the author's style. Once I got a grap on his writting style I found the book a great experence. As the book progressed and the various factions of the Dune universe played out. I was left wanting to hear more. My experence listening to Dune was the my first Audible book. Now I am more than hooked.

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  • Jamal
    9/13/15
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    "Classic Sci-fi Story"

    It's like Star Wars mixed with Game of Thrones, the audio its good but there are WAAAAY TOO MANY voice actors, it's not even consistent - sometimes British, sometimes American - very confusing

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  • Gary
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    8/24/15
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    "Always was a good book"

    and always will be a good audiobook.
    worth being in every sci-fi fans library.

    a pure classic.

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  • Stephen
    8/22/15
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    "Good story."

    The voices are a bit off at points. I think they also used different voice actors for single characters at points, got a bit confusing.

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  • Oscar Cassidy
    8/22/15
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    "Bloated, floating joyous spacemess"

    Satisfying. Every SF cliche is here. Space politics referencing 20th C business and historic European noble societies. Some of the names are laugh out loud silly. Futuristic duels. Spaceships and giant monsters.
    There are suggestions of depth and interesting themes, however. The hero is pretty deliberately unlikeable and shallow with a pleasantly unsettling Freudian subtext. It actively argues against colonialism and promotes ecological understanding. Every power bows to the space banks. I'll go through it again to confirm whether I think the book is terrified of powerful women or not.
    The performances are great. The chapters read by a single narrator are engaging and the full cast chapters equally entertaining. There is a slight jarring, though. Slight discrepencies between characters across the two presentation forms crop up so with each new chapter you have to reset your brain but this gets easier over time. It's a long book, so there's a lot of time.
    For example, Simon Vance portrays Gurney Halleck as a gruff SAS style Andy McNab ex soldier type while the full cast presents him as a cool, languid American.
    Unfortunately, neither the single narrator nor the full cast portrayed Gurney Halleck as Jean Luc Picard, which is a spaceshame.

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  • Mr Pax
    Nottingham UK
    8/13/15
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    "Still in my top 5 scifi of all time"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Having first read this at the bright young age of 13, I was in awe about the depth of the story and culture that I had not seen in many other scifi novels. 23 yrs later, its even better, viewed through the lens of many years of experience and development. Amazing. A must read / listen for anyone.


    What other book might you compare Dune to, and why?

    Read Hyperion by Dan Simmons, again a richer interplay of culture and character and less about lasers and ...technological things.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Paul meeting the Freman and discovering his true nature.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle Bryers
    Sheffield, UK
    8/12/15
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    "Unlistenable"

    Compelled by the story but poor production values and liberal use of background music distract from the narration. If I wanted background music to tell me when to feel foreboding, I'd listen to a radio play. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Ferneyhough
    Wales
    7/26/15
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    "A true classic gets a perfect audiobook treatment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Dune is one of the great sci-fi stories, and this audiobook brings it to life.


    What other book might you compare Dune to, and why?

    Very little compares to Dune - it is just so impressive in scope. Perhaps the Culture novels from Iain M. Banks have the same sense of grandeur, scale, and in some cases, decadence.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is easy to listen to, and the co-narrators add a depth of field to the story rarely presented in audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    On reaching the end, all you will want to do is listen to or read the end of the Dune series of novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    SE England
    7/24/15
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    "A classic sci-fi brought to life in audio"
    Any additional comments?

    Another good example of when an audiobook is 'better', more informative and more enjoyable than how I remember the original book. A classic sci-fi brought to life in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hezi
    7/23/15
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    "Awesome book"

    Awesome book, very good narration
    One of the best in the category by far
    Super fun to read and super interesting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yen
    7/20/15
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    "Still a great read"
    What did you like most about Dune?

    The intrigue kept me listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul's growth from a boy to a man was interesting


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Jessica


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Giant worms, beware!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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