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Dune Audiobook

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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    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 Member Since 2011
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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.

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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 2015
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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 2015

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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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    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 07-15-08
    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 07-15-08 Listener Since 2006

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    "Brilliant"

    I have read the book 3-4 times and I still got so much from this audio book. The narrator and voices do changes but its not too hard to follow. If you love the book you'll love the audio book its very well done. Its great to hear all the words, which are so unique to the book, spoken out loud. You really get immersed in the Dune universe. I listened to it in the car and it passed the time wonderfully.

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    VICTOR 07-01-08
    VICTOR 07-01-08
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    "Dune-various readers"

    Unabidged Dune is always a good listen but i liked George Guidall as the reader-version better. He has very good character inflection as a reader.

    A long story certainly but well worth the listen. I first saw the movie in the 1980's which certainly would have ruined it for me if I'd read the book first but as it was made the book much better.

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  • Chris
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    3/3/14
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    "Still one of the best."
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    I would listen to the other stories from the Dune series


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

    Paul


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is way to long for that


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  • graham
    plymouth, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "do not buy this!!!!!!"

    AWFULL ACTING-yes it a dramatisation...bad start....dreadfull cliche'd sub Eno synth soundtrack..that distracts....the sound levels when a character changes...such shame because i want to hear the story-this about to be returned

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  • Steve Crowder
    London
    11/23/13
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    "An awesome and inexorable rise to power"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    It is written


    What did you like best about this story?

    The incredible level of detail of the backstories that explain what is really going on across so many different levels.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Paul meets the Emperor, the devious Harkonnen is killed and the Count refuses to fight on behalf of the Emperor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Paul sheds tears for the dead Fremen he has to kill.


    Any additional comments?

    Orlagh Cassidy's reading of the inter chapter join snippets are all outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    LINCOLN, United Kingdom
    9/18/13
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    "Sci-fi Royalty"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    Loved the film and book as a kid...the story was one that a close friend and I shared as children. Sadly, my friend has passed away...but the story we shared remains


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    Defeat of the Emporer


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have quite happily sat in one sitting, however, it's a long book!!


    Any additional comments?

    A great feat of sci-fi writing....brilliant in this form and in the movie. Another book I can listen to time and time again. Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    7/16/13
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    "A Classic book which is easier to follow than the"

    I hadn't read the book but I had watched the film. Having now listened to the audiobook I reckon it is the best format for this. The story flows -bizarrely at times - between conventional story narration to first person scene acting, sometimes during the same passage, making it entirely possible that one persons thoughts and speech are told by two different people: one narrator and one character actor.
    But I liked it. now that I have listened once, I will certainly listen again. It is a great book at bedtime.

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  • Andrew
    POOLE, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "Elaborate and well though-out sci fi"

    I really enjoyed this epic sci-fi audio book. I think the only issue would be that it was built up so much in the reviews that i had read that it would never be able to measure up to my expectations.

    I've been looking for a long time for a really well structured and cleverly written sci-fi and this was definitely it!

    On another point I personally find it difficult to concentrate on listening to any audiobooks that aren't super-fast-paced, and this book did have its slow parts, so quite often i found my attention wandering only to find myself rewinding the bits i'd missed! So if you're like me the print version may be easier to follow.

    Also really well narrated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jon D.
    6/27/13
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    "Awesome"

    This is one of the best audio books available. If you are a fan of science fiction, something deep or just love good performances then this is an excellent choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nikola
    Slovenia
    6/19/13
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    "Good, not excellent story, confusing performance"

    To be honest, I expected more from Dune, which I delayed reading for years. Story is good, world believable, but I think character depth is not on a level such classic should have. Also, in some ways, story is beginning to show age. I know it has been written 60 years ago, but still...

    Also, performance is bit confusing. Some of the chapters are acted and some narrated - and some even partly acted. In the beginning, this brings confusion at recognizing characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    North Shields, United Kingdom
    5/26/13
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    "Over-hyped"

    I found the pace very snail-like. Whilst Herbert can certainly conjure a believable and interesting universe the same can't be said for the story he constructs within it. The voice acting is however excellent and kept me going through to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B.A.HUTCHINSON
    United Kingdom
    5/10/13
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    "great story, shame about the annoying music."

    Having read the novel, I was eager to have it to listen to whilst doing housework.
    Yet the experience was spoilt by the frequent presence of poor quality background sounds, hardly music really.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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