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Dune | [Frank Herbert]

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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    Cesar Zabala California 09-04-12
    Cesar Zabala California 09-04-12

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dune to be better than the print version?

    Yes, with Simon Vance as the main narrator and with the spial sound effects, the story is very mesmerizing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    "There is a Harkonen among you, him him a blade and let him step forward". He did not have to do that but he had to take pride in fulfilling his promise to avenge his father's death and get rid of all Harkonen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Father The sleeper has awaken.


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

    I was very emotional during scens when his father is killed and when he promises revenge.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it could go on for ever, Simon Vance is the best narrator

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    Harold 09-04-12
    Harold 09-04-12
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    "half expected"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The dramatization started out excellent but ended rushed


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the characters' voices kept changing, leading to confusing dramatics


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    there were too many narrators, there should have been only one lead narrator with the others supporting his narration


    Do you think Dune needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    they should do this one over with more thought


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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-31-12
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "beyond bored"

    I have no idea what makes this book a 4.4; Herbert failed to make any kind of meaningful connection to any of the characters, by the end I was cheering for the worms to devour everyone. I forced myself to finish this book it was more like getting through a long & tedious task.

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    James 08-31-12
    James 08-31-12
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    "Great world, good story, excellent audio"

    If I boil the whole plot down to its bones, I start to feel like I'm missing some major elements and struggle with the motivations of the antagonists that really drive this whole engine. However, it's so well written, and the world it's set in is so cunningly explained that I am able to forget about some of those hang ups and really enjoy this book. The cultures, religion, mystique, and characters are well done. Good long book, too - really gives one their credit's worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark MENDON, NY, United States 08-24-12
    Mark MENDON, NY, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Too much melodrama, laughable voice performances"

    I quit about half-way through this audiobook -- I couldn't take any more.

    The story is overrun with tedious melodrama. I thought it was a great book when I first read it as an adolescent, but now that I don't find the cool things quite as mind-blowingly cool as I did the first time, all the crud is exposed. (I bumped my Story rating up to 4 stars to compensate for my being jaded.) Every time something cool happens or is revealed, the Fremen will have a ritual about it, and Jessica will remember Bene Gesserit sayings about it, and Paul will have a prescience about it, and some Atriedes dude will have a quote or a song or a lesson about it, and person X will stare at person Y, and everybody will do a lot of soul-searching... Puhlease, can't we just move on to something interesting? This book could be so great with a severe edit.

    For some chapters, the narrator performs all the voices, and for other chapters, other people perform the voices. The narrator (I think that's Simon Vance) is fine and does a good job on the voices when he gets to do them -- I'd give his performance 4 stars. However, the other voice performances are terrible! They are laughably bad! Negative stars!

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    UsuallyHappy Thousand Oaks, CA 08-20-12
    UsuallyHappy Thousand Oaks, CA 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fine Performance for a Classic"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Epic Classic Timeless


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    The Oydessy - A hero's tale


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

    Gurney Halleck


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A book you will want to listen to many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin manchester, Jamaica 08-13-12
    Gavin manchester, Jamaica 08-13-12
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    "a timeless classic"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    when the forces of dune overwhelm the helpless sardurkar


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

    too long for that but i looked forward to my next session of listening


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    Sam PROVO, UT, United States 08-13-12
    Sam PROVO, UT, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "AMAZING voice acting"

    This is the most engaging audiobook I have ever listened to. The sheer number of voice actors, and the enthusiasm they put into their work, still blows my mind.

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    Gavin 08-13-12
    Gavin 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant! Still one of the best books ever!"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As an audio book pretty bloody good though the extras involved in the reading were sparodically involved wich was a little dissapointing. Other than that was very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    The whole book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What happens when human society stagnates? What happens when the opressed find a Messiah? What happens if the oppressed controll the most valuable substance in the known universe? Dune!


    Any additional comments?

    Read it before you die. A definite bucket list item!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 08-10-12
    Mike 08-10-12

    Stumbled upon audio books a little while ago and I enjoy them now. I mostly listen to books related to science, Buddhism, and some fantasy.

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    "A Classic."

    A true classic.

    I had never read the book, and see now why this book can still stand on it's own, and probably will for a very long time. The style of writing is a bit different in the varied way things & events are described which I learned a lot from.

    The full cast performance, or half performance, was WAY below par. Either make a full cast production, or don't, but this half & half production was very confusing. Main narrator was excellent, but the constant mixing of him doing all the voices, and then going to a full cast was very distracting.

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  • Peter
    Lymm, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    7/21/07
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    "A superb production of a sci fi classic!"

    I won't dwell on the book itself - it is for many the highwater mark of the sci fi genre; superbly written, richly detailed, boiling with wonderful ideas and concepts, and giving an impression of historical depth that (almost) rivals Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Rather, I'd like to comment on the audio presentation. Potential listeners should have no hesitation in downloading this immediately! Simon Vance is the main reader, and - as always! - his reading is of the highest calibre - clear, faultless pronounciation, and with a fine balance of character voicing without over-acting. Although it's billed as a full-cast reading (from the superb Audio Renaissance team), the full cast are only used on some chapters, while Simon Vance reads many chapters solo. And while I love the Audio Renaissance team, I actually found the solo Vance chapters even better. A very highly recommended listen! And what great news that the sequels will be available over the upcoming months!

    72 of 72 people found this review helpful
  • Apollon
    Caterham, Surrey, United Kingdom
    11/26/10
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    "Dune is to SciFi, as what LOR is to Fantasy"

    I loved the 1984 film adaptation of Dune as a child, but I have never read the book.

    I went through this audio book, Twice! In one week. What a story and to think it was published in 1965.

    I really loved the way this book is written and audio production is the best I have every heard, and adds to the entertainment value.

    There is a the main narrator Simon Vance who is brilliant, but the additional narrators and ambient sounds used add more colour to the sound.

    Scifi may be back drop to this story, but the main drama is in the relationships and the characters. I urge non Scifi readers looking for a good book with great intertwining plots, varied characters told in a oracle like voice to listen to this story.

    I enjoyed this more than Lord of the Rings, which I do like. I like a long story that is well written and this is one of the best.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Burnley, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    9/7/07
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    "read and heard now!!!!!"

    I first read this book years and years ago. After getting an iPod, to while away the hours at work, cnc programmer and operator, I decided to try an audio book. I went for Dune with the thought of 'I've read it, so lets see how it listens' so to speak. AMAZED. I loved every minute, got totally engrossed, beautifully read, good background mood music, thoroughly enjoyed it. Next audio book please!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    1/18/10
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    "High drama but more of it please"

    Dune is a book of high tension, filled with treachery, suspicion and dangerous characters with dark motives. The early scenes of this audiobook are dramatised and they capture the mood expertly. This is edge-of-the-seat stuff and makes for compelling listening. I could feel the 'gom jabar' at my own neck as my hands went all clammy! What a pity the dramatisation lessens, giving way to straight narration as the book progresses. It is read very well throughout but it could have been so much more gripping if the full cast had been retained. Another annoying gripe, common to so many audiobooks. Why can't the audio 'chapters' correspond with those in the book instead of ending randomly mid paragraph? It makes navigating a long book unnecessarily difficult.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Petersfield, Hants, United Kingdom
    8/16/10
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    "Outstanding"

    This is a superbly read, expertly-produced audiobook that draws the listener headlong into the world of Arrakis and the adventures of Dune. The narration, acting, music and effects all compliment each other beautifully to create an experience that does true justice to this Sci-Fi epic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    6/27/07
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    "Dune"

    This is a great book. One of the most detailed and compelling books i have ever read and now its even better to listen to. Frank Herbert(author) has created an entire universe with great detail helping you to imagine each environment easily. While it is generaly assumed that this is a sci-fi book there is no space battles and the way that Frank explains each place it is easy to fall into the assumption that its a simple fiction book.

    With voices that are very easy to listen to. You can have many an hour of fun enjoying the first in the series of books by Frank Herbert, there are also many books that continue the storyline layed out by Frank written by his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson. After listening or reading this book I can pritty much guarantee that you will want to read or listen to the next set of books.

    The only thing i would say is that currently audible uk does not have any of the other books available however they are very much worth reading.

    I hope you like this book as much as i do. Personaly i would recomend reading the books in the following order. I recomend this to help explain storylines. (the numbers is the number the book is currently in, in timeline order, not order of been written). Dune(7), (then jumping back in time about 30-40 years earlier) House Atredies(4), House Harkonen(5), House Corino(6), (jumping back to after Dune) Dune Messiah(8), Children of Dune(9), God emperor of Dune(10), (jumping back in time to many many years before Dune) The Butlerian Jihad(1), The Machine Crusade(2), The Battle of Corin(3), (now the grownding for the machines and the jihad has been established back up to after god emperor) Heretics of Dune(11), Chapterhouse: Dune(12), Hunters of Dune(13), (and the soon to be released) Sand worms of Dune(14).

    Anyway i hope you enjoy the series as much as i have and I look forward to more of the books coming onto this site.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    6/21/11
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    "Rather fragmented production of a wonderful book"

    I read 'Dune' in my teens and adored it - the complexities of the story and the depth to which the eco-system of the desert planet is planned are quite breathtaking. So I was looking forward to having the audiobook so I could re-live the wonder. Unfortunately this is a bit of a fragmented production. The main narrator has a voice fitting to the scope of the book and reads well. However, my guess is that originally the production company brought in other actors to read the dialogue - but for an ABRIDGED version. But they didn't bother to use them to complete the unabridged recording. Therefore, at some points, we have dialogue of the main characters read by other actors (often with some annoying 'atmospheric' sound effects, music or irritating echoic effects in the background). Then at other sections of the story all the voices of dialogue are provided by the main narrator, which makes the whole thing sadly disjointed. Ironically, I think it works far better with the narrator alone providing all dialogue - so the company could have saved themselves the cost and trouble of getting other people in and would still have ended up with a better, more choherent performance of the book. I will still finish listening to the audiobook, just to enjoy the marvellous story, but I feel the oddities of the recording will always keep me from being completely immersed in the tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lal-Akash
    London, United Kingdom
    1/1/11
    Overall
    "Excellent reading"

    This is a very good book and the reading is one of the best I have heard so far using a variety of people to produce the voices and the readers express the characters well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roy
    derbyUnited Kingdom
    9/9/08
    Overall
    "Epic"

    I have always meant to read the book, but on leafing through a copy in a shop it has always looked a bit dry, maybe a bit slow. I enjoyed the film years ago so I knew I liked the story.

    This audiobook is very long, sometimes quite slow and often repetitive but it is also epic and involving in a way that few books ever are. The production is fantastic, the main narrator has a clear voice and the use of actors to voice certain scenes just adds to the richness. The Barron Harkonnen is especially well voiced and far more threathening than in the film.

    I was sad when it ended and the sequel is already next on my download list.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clive
    PitsfordUnited Kingdom
    2/8/08
    Overall
    "A new dimension"

    When I was a teenager I thoroughly enjoyed (and found myself transported to) Dune and appreciated it as much as Catch 22 and Asimov's Foundation series. When I was a thirty-something I tried to enjoy the film version without much success. As a fifty-something I am amazed by the richness of the experience provided by this audiobook. The combination of straight narrative and dramatisation works to bring the book to life in a way I did not expect. I recommend listening via an iPod/MP3 player with headphones. If the spoken word can evkoe pictures in your mind, your are in for a cinematic treat!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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