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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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    Scott P. Baltimore, MD 10-08-12
    Scott P. Baltimore, MD 10-08-12
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    "One of my favorite novels"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Epic, sci-fi, amazing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    The transformation of Paul from a child to a religious/political symbol for a people was truly amazing.


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

    I have never heard an audible book with different readers for different characters. I was blown away.


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

    I couldn't stop listening to this book and as soon as I finished it this morning, I immediately started the next in the series - Dune Messiah.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy sci-fi and love large engrossing worlds, you can't go wrong with Dune.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-04-12
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Performance!"

    Dune is one of my favourite books and I was not dissapointed with the performance by the narrators in this audio book. I re-read this book every few years and I thought I'd try the audible version of it to keep me occupied during my commute. I am sure glad I did! This book is well worth the credit for how many hours it keeps you entertained - pick this one up and transport yourself to Dune!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jbasbecca Anniston, AL 10-03-12
    Jbasbecca Anniston, AL 10-03-12 Member Since 2012

    Taking over the world, one page at a time.

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    "Wonderful Listening."
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have enjoyed Dune, but this was a wonderful listening experience with an ensemble cast which made the listening a diverse experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ensemble cast of many voices.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The voice narrator of Paul Atrides.


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    Deepti United States 10-01-12
    Deepti United States 10-01-12
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    "Loved it as an ender's game fan!"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Gets interesting after 2 hours in to it.


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    Ender's game - top sci fi novels!


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

    All the voices are well done!


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

    No! 21 hours!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 09-26-12
    Anna 09-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Did they run out of budget?"

    The main narrator guy was great, but the swapping between the whole cast with effects to the more typical single narrator struck me as the same as watching a movie where it swapped between a sweded version. I just couldn't get past it.

    I never read Dune and I thought the story was intriguing, but I am only moderately interested in reading on to know what happens next (in particular, with Alia). I would recommend reading the book over listening to this audio book as it took this audiobook to make me realize how much I value having a consistent voice (and pronunciation) for a book, let alone a series.

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    Paul Adelaide, Australia 09-20-12
    Paul Adelaide, Australia 09-20-12
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    "Fantastic Rendition"

    I was extremely impressed by this word perfect reading/performance of Dune.
    The various voices, the slight use of sound effects, tone etc made this a great book to listen too.
    Amazing value for a credit - It's a huge book which makes for many hours of enjoyable listening.

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    Griffin Klema Miami, FL 09-11-12
    Griffin Klema Miami, FL 09-11-12
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    "Odd, inconsistent narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Be more consistent with what person is reading the lines for each character. Mostly it was the narrator reading the lines, and only sometimes were the other performers reading the dialogue of their character. This made following the story more difficult. Also, I didn't think he did a very good job with varying his voice to read the dialogue of the characters, especially the female characters.


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    Jeffrey 09-10-12
    Jeffrey 09-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book! Too many narrators"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Legendary Science Fiction


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    One of the best comes early-the gom jabbar!


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

    Too many narrators


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

    Dune: The Center of The Universe


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

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    Triple J Indiana 09-10-12
    Triple J Indiana 09-10-12

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    "Dune"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. If you have seen the movie this will help fill in a lot of details.


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    Eric Rising Sun, MD, United States 09-10-12
    Eric Rising Sun, MD, United States 09-10-12
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    "Really great story"
    What did you love best about Dune?

    The story is so captivating and interesting, really a great, worth the listen.


    Any additional comments?

    My only critique is at first I was a little confused, the book is narrated by different actors for different characters. But at other times the narrator voices the characters. It can be a bit confusing. Other than that, it's a really great book and the narration is really well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    73 of 74 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.

    13 of 13 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 3 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
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    "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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