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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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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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    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!

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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.

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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.

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-27-09
    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-27-09
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Mr. Daniel J. Crowther
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    1/12/15
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    "A classic"

    A fantastic book brought to life through a great performance. Brilliant voice acting with subtle musical additions to really help set the tone. Couldn't recommend it more.

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    Belfast, County Antrim Northern Ireland
    1/11/15
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    "a personal classic."

    A personal favourite from childhood with good voice performance. I enjoyed this version and will look forward to listening to it again.

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  • Flink
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    "Wonderful"

    That was a radio play, not an audiobook. A large cast, the sound of desert winds and prose full of rich detail. I found it difficult to stop listening. Truly wonderful. I can't wait to return to this universe.

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  • C. Lambert
    1/3/15
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    "Great Book - Bewilderingly poor production."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book itself is great, and this is apparent although I had not read it before. It is rich and gripping, with memorable characters and real drive to the plot. However, the narration is a seemingly random mix of a principal narrator (who does a decent job) and a cast of voice actors. Characters are therefore not rendered with a consistent voice - it becomes difficult to work out who is speaking, an unforgivable flaw in a book as complex as this. I'm surprised it got through whatever quality control system the publisher uses, and if I'd paid the full ticket price I'd feel I'd been conned. An amateurish rendition of a classic book.


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  • alexstone
    12/29/14
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    "I love this book it's wonderful"

    This is one of the books I turn to when I want to re-read an old favourite, it's great

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  • Fiona
    12/1/14
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    "Classic scifi!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because the story is so involving and well read, with a complex plot and fascinating characters.


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

    Asimov's Foundation and Empire as it has the same sweeping grandeur and complete imagined universe.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Having read the book previously, hearing someone else's interpretation of it was intriguing and gave me a different view.


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

    They have made a film of it! But the tag line should have been "Fear is the Mindkiller".


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book everyone should experience at least once. And it doesn't stop there - there's the rest of the classic series, plus the add ons Brian Herbert wrote with Kevin Anderson - immerse yourself in Dune!

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  • Colin
    newcastle emlyn, United Kingdom
    11/16/14
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    "enacted like a play"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it's a classic, so it has to rank high.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all the characters are great for different reasons; it's just a great book, that's why it's lasted.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    there are many 'narrators'. sadly, there are a couple of criticisms. the baron switches from 'john earl jones' to 'ian mckellen', which is to say the least a little perturbing the first couple of times it happens. this happens, less noticeably, with other characters too. it would have been better a better experience for the listener to have kept the voices consistent. thankfully though, scott brick didn't do any long sections.


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    PORTHCAWL, United Kingdom
    11/6/14
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    "A great telling of an epic story"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 easily.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The performance of Thufir Hawat was the most consistent.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The changes of characterization between different chapters was grating.


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

    A world that holds creation's greatest treasure... and greatest terrors.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great and very complete version of a complex story, and is very atmospherically told. It's a mix between a straight reading of the book and a sort of audio play with different people voicing the characters. A lot of the story is told in narration or internal monologue which lends itself well to an audio book.

    The slightly disconcerting thing is that it moves between two different styles from chapter to chapter and the character's voices change. In some chapters they are voiced by some American-sounding voice actors of variable quality and in others by english voices (which are generally better). It doesn't ruin it but it is distracting, and lessens the impact of some passages where the american voice acting isn't very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mo
    County Kerry, Ireland
    10/14/14
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    "I thought it was very good"

    So it's proper science fiction, with it's own map of a far flung place inside the front cover (I had hardback and audible on the go at once) for you to get to grips with this new galaxy. Normally I don't read si-fi so hard-core that it requires it's own map, preferring dystopian tales set in future earth...but hey, It's a classic so I gave it a go. It's about a young fella who gets chosen to control the destiny of a entire race ultimately, and his journey from being an ordinary boy to a superhuman man. I won't lie, I had to really concentrate at the beginning to get my head around the strange places, types of people and the whole culture of this world really. There was a bit of an adjustment curve, getting to grips with it all, so be prepared for that in the first section of the book. Some of the new 'species' introduced to us in Dune were marvelously inventive and the nuances of their culture and habits were beautifully rendered. Due to its length, I was a bit fatigued by the end of it and I really should have put it aside and finished it later when I could appreciate it more...but I wanted to know what happened. A sign of a good book. Give it a go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • redfeend
    10/11/14
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    "Loved it."
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    Yes. A gripping, complex story. Lots and lots of detail. I'm sure if I listen to it again I'll realise I missed bit s the first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    When Jessica and Paul realise who the traitor in the House is.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Help bring the characters to life


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

    Several!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Dune so much that I didn't want to have to stop listening. If I could, I would have listened to it in one go, but thats not practical:-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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