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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)

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    Anthony 10-26-15
    Anthony 10-26-15
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    "writing inconsistent, narration intolerable."

    simon vance, the narrator, in my opinion is a struggle to listen too. not only is the writing style very jumpy which is confusing as it but its unclear why at times it seems the characters have their own voice actors and then seamlessly transition to everything and everyone being voiced by simon vance who makes everyone sound like they are 80+ years old. for years i was told to read this book, well here i am and i cant stand it. i love sci-fi and fantasy but this book seems very overrated. it feels like i've heard this story before many times, simply input feudalism in a setting on some boring ass planet with giant space worms. Simon vance puts me to sleep, this story puts me to sleep, if u have sleep depravation give this one a try.

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    2percentOwl Portland, Oregon 10-26-15
    2percentOwl Portland, Oregon 10-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Production is abysmal, narrator insufferable"
    What would have made Dune better?

    A different narrator, his English accent is smug and completely out of place. It really takes you out of the "mood" of the book. Also it's extremely bizarre to have only occasional "scenes" acted out by different voice actors, and abruptly go back to the annoying narrator doing all of the voices himself.


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    Dune is a phenomenal book, my review is only of the bizarre and downright awful production value on this audiobook.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Not sure. Just pick ONE and stick with it, don't switch between these two themes, it is confusing and unfortunate.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dune?

    None. I would have chosen almost anyone else to narrate the book, and a less jumbled production style.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my money back and find a different audio version of this wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 10-25-15
    Sean 10-25-15
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    "It was decent."

    For how many people were saying this was a classic, sure had trouble seeing that. I just felt Paul and his mother just complained the whole book. Besides that, it wasn't all too bad.

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    Pete C. 10-20-15
    Pete C. 10-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this audio book!"

    Loved the story, narration and the variety of voice actors. Highly recommend this one if you like the Dune story/movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JB 10-17-15
    JB 10-17-15

    Give me your tired heroines , your huddled hobbits yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse of your deleted pages, and I will read.

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    "Can we please just read the book?"

    Clearly, I'm in the minority: I can't stand the multi-player performance aspect. The material is dramatic enough without a gaggle of desperate dinner theater actors looking for their big break in an audio book performance. The rendering of Baron Harkonnen was especially dreadful. And just in case you can't figure out who the bad guys are, the sound production adds insult to injury by mechanically pinching, spreading, or hollowing out the voices to be even more ridiculous. For me, this turned a groundbreaking piece of literature into a gooey, melodramatic fairy tale.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin 10-16-15
    Dustin 10-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, but unbelievably slow going "

    The voice actors were absolutely amazing. And the ending was pretty good. I wouldn't recommend this book.

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    Linda Anderson 10-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable story of myths and adventure"

    The way this story caused me to think about Myth and truth and identity.
    The revelation the purpose behind the grooming of Paul came over time, but without surprise and long before the explicit explanation in the text. The voices were excellent, intonation, emotion and lack thereof at the appropriate places. Held my attention throughout, and the subtleties in building identity with the characters was engaging even into the final scenes.

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    Scott A Hernandez 10-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Masterpiece"

    Dune is a beautifully written novel with an epic scope and strong characters. I can't believe I've gone so long without having experienced it. Everyone should at some point in their life.

    My only issue with the audio book is that the performances by the actors were used heavily in the beginning for specific characters, and then only sprinkled throughout the rest of the book. While I appreciated the presence of such professional performances, they left me wishing that every line of dialogue was delivered by the appropriate actor, rather than mostly by the narrator. I have no issue with the narrator, but it did cause some confusion as to who was who in the beginning.

    All in all, I have to say this is a near perfect novel and I can't wait to experience the rest of the Dune series.

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    Eugene 10-13-15
    Eugene 10-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Renowned novel"

    Listened with great interest. Consider the ending somewhat too dense and abrupt but this does not influence storyline greatly.

    Performance is nice, yet I cannot grasp why voices constantly change through the book.

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    Christopher 10-08-15
    Christopher 10-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mixed voices"

    I found it very difficult to adjust to the changing from narrator to actors portrayals. The story is engaging enough to work past it, but it unfortunately pulls from the experience, distracts back into reality. Still a worthy purchase.

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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!

    75 of 76 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.

    14 of 14 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!

    8 of 8 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.

    7 of 7 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    17 of 21 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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