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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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    Larry L. Saxxon San Francisco, CA, US 02-04-13
    Larry L. Saxxon San Francisco, CA, US 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dissapointing Narratives"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The Narrrator did an overall appealing job but ehr est of the characters seems grossly outof place. It was very dissapointing overall and not inconcert with Frank Herbert's excellent writing effrots.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Narrator


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The Narrator's was the only believable character in the entire book. The rest of the characters sounded like they were picked up off of the streets and given a script to read.
    Very flat characterizations, no passion, and definitely no character at all.


    What character would you cut from Dune?

    None, but I would have chosen a different cast to speak the parts.


    Any additional comments?

    It is worthwhile to spend a bit more and hire character actors that can really get into the part. These individuals ruined what is a one of a kind science fiction saga! Very dissapointing indeed.

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    KENNETH bristol, CT, United States 02-04-13
    KENNETH bristol, CT, United States 02-04-13
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    "Very Imaginative"

    A nice set up for the sequel novels. A good Science Fiction story with a unique, imaginative believable world.

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    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 01-25-13
    Erik MANSFIELD, TX, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful Classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    The characters dramatized were done well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Paul of course.


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

    The dramatization helped in getting through this book. It's a great story, but I wouldn't be able to read it.


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

    Sometimes. I would get home from work and sit in my car a bit longer to find a reasonable stopping point.


    Any additional comments?

    My only problem I had, which seemed to significantly effect my rating, is the narrator would change, and it was the voice of Paul, so it was confusing for a while trying to adapt to the new voice and figure out who I was listening to. Dramatization is great, but you have to maintain the same narrator. And, if you are going to do the dramatization, do do some, and not all. Just do it all.

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    Tadek United States 01-23-13
    Tadek United States 01-23-13
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    "Truly the best science fiction novel!"

    This is an en-genius story that I can not stop thinking about. The writing style and author's imagination is out of this world!

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    Terrymuse Plymouth, MN USA 01-23-13
    Terrymuse Plymouth, MN USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Epic - the creation of a world"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are like me and have heard about Dune for years and wondered if you'd like it, or just what all the hubbub is about, let me tell you this - it's the creation of an entire world. It's Herbert literally takes you into a world all its own, confusing you, confounding you, and you wake up at its center even weeks after you've finished it, thinking about it... at least it does with me. Listen to the breadth of voice actors, the huge array of storyline, and how it never ever overdramatizes the scene. It's beautifully understated, and I'm onto the next book...


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is the closest thing to it, simply because of how complex the world is, and what a great picture you have of it after listening.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There are so many, and they work congruently with each other so well.


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

    Not a chance - way too long. But a great listen.


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    C. Nemirovsky 01-07-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A Sci-Fi must, a classic, a magnificent story!"

    In my view one of the greatest Sci-Fi classics of all time. A complex story (and series) that's incredibly well written. Truly magnificent!!
    A war of intrigue and open battle between noble houses in an empire that expands the galaxy. A mythic and philosophical journey to change human kind. The development of a young man with abilities that take him further and set him apart at the same time. A world beyond your imagination. A Masterpiece!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Jones Maple Valley, WA United States 01-07-13
    D. Jones Maple Valley, WA United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Unsurpassed imagination"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    Probably, love the story.


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    Lord of the Rings, complexity of plot originality of story.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Good characterizations, overall.


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

    DUNE


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating story made easier to understand by listening.

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    Erica Junginger San Diego, CA, USA 01-06-13
    Erica Junginger San Diego, CA, USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "It was like listening to a play! Great casting."
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    Yes, I would. The performance was great by all of the characters and the story had so many twists, that it would be great for a re-read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alia Atreides. How she came to be and how she interacted with people was interesting.


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

    no.


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

    I would if I could. This book is very long, but I never wanted to stop listening!


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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 01-03-13
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Narration!"

    After listening to this book I realized I am not a sci fi fan. I am a Star Wars fan. This is one of the most highly acclaimed sci fi books ever made, and I just don't like it. If you are into sci fi this is a must listen fantastic voice work, but for me a very hard to follow story.

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    Amazon Customer 01-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic!"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read Dune and its sequels many times in the past and decided to add it to my audible library. My only complaint on this recording is the narrators seemed to change for some characters throughout the book. This was particularly noticeable for the Baron Harkonnen whose voice changed completely shortly after the Harkonnens attack Arrakis. Overall not a big deal I just missed the original voice as it was so well played. All in all its a great listen even for those familiar with the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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