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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)

What Members Say

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    al Newport Beach, CA, US 12-21-15
    al Newport Beach, CA, US 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Golden Path"

    Hands down the best sci fi story ever. Dune stands alone as a great novel , but with the other 5 Frank Herbert books it is a masterpiece. Don't even bother with the new Dune books, they suck.

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    Jay Jennings 12-19-15 Member Since 2015

    A Cognitive Science Master's student who loves learning more about his field, but has a great love for literature and science fiction.

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    "Couldn't stop listening! Epic!"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic Science Fiction!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alia Atreides. A child with the knowledge of countless lifetimes.


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

    The emotions of each character. Surprise, terror, etc.


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

    No. But listen to it constantly.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the voice actors would change for certain characters (e.g. Vladimir Harkonnen) which made some of the plot hard to follow at times.

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    J. King 12-19-15
    J. King 12-19-15
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    "Great novel, odd narration choices"

    One of my all-time favorite novels. Excellent read.

    Only complaint:
    At "key" scenes in the novel, they chose to break out of the single narrator style and have a cast read a few pages of dialogue. It was not clear why the passages chosen were and why others were not. It was also very jarring each time it happened. Plus, unnecessary-- Scott Brick has a wide range of vocal talent and does well distinguishing characters. It doesn't detract from the excellence of the novel, but it can be pretty distracting.

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    M. Bischoff 12-17-15
    M. Bischoff 12-17-15
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    "Great, with a small caveat"

    I really enjoyed this book! The best part about it was the world created by Herbert.

    It took me a little while to figure out that the "key" moments were done by several voice actors, while the rest of the book was done by one. It was fine, but I was pretty confused for a bit.

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    JDunlap 12-17-15
    JDunlap 12-17-15
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    "Fantastic"

    The story is great, the main narrator is fantastic. My only gripe is that sometimes in this narration, it switches between actors doing the voices and the main narrator, which gets very confusing. However, this is not a huge drawback and I still strongly suggest you give Dune a listen.

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    MS Nevada 12-16-15
    MS Nevada 12-16-15
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    "The Ultimate in Sci-fi fantasy"

    The book is well written and very thorough. You feel as though you are there. The reading of the book by the narrator and character players is superb. I'd even give it 6 stars!

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    Jonas Rapid City 12-11-15
    Jonas Rapid City 12-11-15 Member Since 2015

    I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!

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    "Star Wars & Game of Thrones Had a Baby"

    This was a monster of a story, but one that was very worthwhile. Dune is basically like taking Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and putting them in a room together and making them have a child before they can leave. Combining elements of mystic power along with treacherous villainy, it keeps the story thriving.

    The audio book had some flaws in my mind. They jumped around narrating in really odd placed and if you have a hard time following multiple characters, this isn't your bag. Anyone loving a flair for mystery, dukes, barons, emperors and interplanetary commerce will truly enjoy this. And then try to keep in mind it was written 50 years ago and the tech will blow your mind!!

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    Tanya Roswell, GA, United States 12-11-15
    Tanya Roswell, GA, United States 12-11-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic recording of a great book"

    I can't imagine a better recording of this sci-fi classic. Truly well done. The sound effects and voice actors enhance the book rather than distracting from it. Well cast and an excellent production.

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    Audie Ray Garver II 12-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best sci-fi novel"

    I've heard so much about this series, my friend read the books for years so finally I decided to start listening to them, and I must say I am not dissapointed. Probably one of the best science fiction novels I've read.

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    Shaun 12-09-15
    Shaun 12-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Still the greatest"

    If the cast of this could only do Moby Dick... I'd be a happy man abandoned on an island with these as my only source of entertainment.

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