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Dune Audiobook

Dune

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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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    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"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Matt
    7/10/15
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    "Dune"

    Amazing book. Better than I remembered from when I read it at school. This particular audio book is strange. It cuts between two different recordings/narrators. One does all the dialogue himself. The other has various actors doing the different parts. Both are great, but the combination is bizarre.

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  • VonRichtoven
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    7/4/15
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    "can't download, or deliver to my kindle fire"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Had some emails calling me back from help desk but it still doesn't change the fact it doesn't download in useable form to my PC (no itunes option) or Kindle fire, These gaps are surprising: It would make everything so easy to have a 'deliver to device' button like kindle books. I have tried to download special audible softwear, but then it clogs up my PC my being permanently on in the background even if I am not reading. I hope it is upgraded sometime soon.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hope to be able to find out after compatibility is resolved sometime soon


    Any additional comments?

    One of my top 10 all time books

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  • Rose-marie Weywadt
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    6/28/15
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    "Highly recommended"

    love this story and the perfomance of it
    I have listen to this story many times, and its one of my favorites.

    If you love sci fi you probably going to love this...

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  • Alistair
    KIRKWALL, United Kingdom
    5/29/15
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    "Maud'dib! Maud'dib!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    This audiobook was a true masterpiece of audio entertainment. The ethereal music did seem to suit the world of Arrakis as did the excellent voice. The way this story was both written and told allowed me to fully envelop myself in the world of Arrakis. One of the best audiobooks I have every enjoyed.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book did make me have an emotional reaction but it was one I found odd. I couldn't resist the urge to smile as I became addicted to the tale like I was in an audiovisual trance. It did make me cry. Tears of joy from moments of triumph, rage from the sickness of the Harkonnens', gentle smiles from moments of tenderness.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook is a masterpiece just as the original novel of Frank Herbert was. A true perfect tale. Unmatchably highly recommended! 10 out of 10.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. C. A. Martin
    Surrey, UK
    5/28/15
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    "a must listen!"

    any GoT fan or iany scifi fan will thoroughly enjoy. definitely worth your monthly credit

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  • Teresa Cooper
    5/25/15
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    "Thanks for the introduction."

    I must admit to having avoid the Dune series, put off by the size of the books, but listening to the audio version was fantastic. The narrators were super, the author a word crafts master who moves the listener along with the characters from a beautiful world with water for all to a dry mostly baron planet with a beauty all of its own. With the need to protect the precious resources of Dune.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ruuman
    UK, Surrey
    5/4/15
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    "more like a play"

    very impressive production. but be warned this is a long book. well worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alasdair
    4/30/15
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    "great audiobook"

    I have listened to this 3 times now it is incredible! Brilliantly read - great story with a wide cast of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B. J. Taylor
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    4/13/15
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    "Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!"

    What the hell were they thinking??? The cast only narrates through roughly a quarter of the book, the rest of the time the narrator muddles his way through...the voice of the baron changes from a strong American accent to a olde British one and then back again in no time at all! This makes the listening experience extremely annoying and I would recommend this version to no one!!!

    The story itself, although a classic, is somewhat muddled and takes ages to make a point on anything!! There is the seeds of something great, but it's too confused with its own self importance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andreas
    4/4/15
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    "Great book"

    Fantastic story.. All sci fi fans must listen 2.. Even non sci fi fans will like. 10/10 5 star

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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