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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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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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    esa621 Stafford, Va 10-03-08
    esa621 Stafford, Va 10-03-08
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    "Wonderful story"

    always have been a huge scifi fan. i read dune and loved it, saw the first movie and was so let down (the part where paul thinks even my name is a weapon reminded me of kids playing cops and robbers, pointing their fingers and saying bang you are dead) any way...

    the narator's voice is easy to listen to, and the changing of the characters voices can be a bit distracting, but since i tend to listen to the words and let my inner eye create the scene and character it didn't bother me all that much.

    after listening to several different audio books before this one, i came to expect the narator either to change thier voice or just read with a slightly different cadence.

    i also read the revies, which helped with the changes. but all in all it is well worth listeing to.

    it has help make several long drives (400 plus miles) less tiring.

    just one question, why do audio books in a series out of order? start at the begining, it does help with the developing story. now if they would just get chapterhouse dune on audio. hunters of dune and sandworms of dune are already and they took place AFTER chapterhouse dune. btw, they are good too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer South Africa 08-28-08
    Amazon Customer South Africa 08-28-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Too long"

    Great story line, have always wanted to read/listen too Dune, being a SciFi fan. This book in parts was great but oh so long and boring in places.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Dover, DE, USA 08-25-08
    Joseph Dover, DE, USA 08-25-08
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    "A modern classic"

    I had read Dune as a teenager, but I did not appreciate the depth and scope of the book. Listen carefully to this one; every sentence and word creates an impacts on the story and the characters.

    The reading and production of this book is excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Eureka, CA, United States 08-17-08
    Kenneth Eureka, CA, United States 08-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Dune"

    This book was wonderful. But I could have done without the poorly recorded character cast. But the Narrator was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Manmit Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates 08-13-08
    Manmit Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates 08-13-08
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    "Great Book... Inconsistent Narrative"

    Its frustrating how narrators playing certain key roles change throughout the reading, especially because you are expecting to hear one voice that has been presented as that character. Very disappointing, since this is otherwise a 5-Star book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-31-08
    Jason Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-31-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story...a little long."

    I didn't know much about Dune before I listened to this audio book. I tried watching the movie once, but didn't really understand it. However, this book is good. The reader is great and the story keeps your attention. I wasn't really satisfied with how it ended...but I suppose it had to end the way it did. I'd recommend it...now I'd like to rent the movie again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leo Free Fort Worth, TX USA 07-30-08
    Leo Free Fort Worth, TX USA 07-30-08 Member Since 2008

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    "AWE some"

    One of my very favorite books. Audio, print, '84 movie. Most Excellent.

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    Asa odessa, NY, USA 05-29-08
    Asa odessa, NY, USA 05-29-08
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    "Amazing. Brilliant. Beautiful. Exciting."

    I love this book, it's by far one of my favorites. It's refreshing to read (or hear) a book from someone who clearly has a deep understanding of the human mind and experience. Someone who can convey depth of emotion and intrigue, macro, and micro scales.
    Dune is a world imagined so thoroughly it's like I'd been there myself. A romantic vision of an unromantic affair.

    All I can really say is that Dune is stunning and brilliantly written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Davis Los Angeles, CA 03-22-08
    J. Davis Los Angeles, CA 03-22-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Phenomenal"

    One of the single best audiobooks I have ever listened to.

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    12-29-07
    12-29-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Dune - Fabulous"

    I'm just listening to the book after having read it many years ago. I had enjoyed it so much then and my opinion has not changed. It's a terrific book.

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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!

    68 of 68 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.

    11 of 11 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!

    6 of 6 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
    7/2/07
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    "Belive the hype"

    Dune is the ultimate SciFi classic and deserves the tag.

    The story is rich, complex and chronicles the life of the royal families of the worlds of Dune. The story is filled with intrigue, paranoia and challenge.

    Great story.

    11 of 13 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
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    "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
  • 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.

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