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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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    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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    Andrew Lucas Oklahoma City, OK 06-23-08
    Andrew Lucas Oklahoma City, OK 06-23-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Wonderful Production ok a wonderful book"

    I agree with some of the reviewers that the constant changing of voices were confusing. You couldn't get used to whom was portraying whom. But that fact beside this is a wonderul production of a wonderful book

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    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 04-29-08
    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 04-29-08 Member Since 2015

    Open up your eyes young one

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    "FIVE STARS"

    FIVE STARS. the only reason I gave it 5 was because the scale wont go up to 10.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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    1/5/15
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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
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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
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    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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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
  • David Bolton
    South Wales
    9/28/14
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    "A great read"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    Heard a lot about this book but never got around to reading it until now - an absolute must for all SFY fans, atmospheric and a great read


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    9/12/14
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    "Liked the book wasn't mad-keen on the reading"
    What did you like most about Dune?

    Obviously a classic in sci-fi so not reviewing the book but this was well paced narrations


    What did you like best about this story?

    Classic book well told ... surprising relevence to modern-day events given Islam references throughout


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance might you have changed?

    I liked the dramatisation of the other characters but the main problem is they switch constantly between being 'performed' by other voice-actors and being performed completely differently by the narrator.

    Baron Harkkonnen was a deep booming voice when performed and almost a weasely northern british accept ... its very jarring when its doing it paragraph to paragraph and means its easy to lose the plot of how a conversation flowed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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