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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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    NewHighScore 10-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fabulous book, excellent recording except for..."

    Other actors randomly read the parts of certain characters and it's very jarring. Other than that, it's perfect.

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    Joseph Ouellette 10-21-16
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    "Great story, weird production"

    Simon Vance was great as always, but some of the production choices are strange... They would randomly have other voice actors do the voices of characters speaking. This would be fine if it was consistent, but they would just randomly decide to have Vance do some of them instead.

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    MattGus 10-21-16
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    "Errors in voice acting"

    A few times they used the wrong actor for a given character. Not a big deal, but annoying.

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    Angela 10-21-16
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    "the story is great, chopped narration"

    I didn't like that the different character voices more only voice to buy different people in certain chapters. The main narrator that did most of the chapters was wonderful but it was a bit confusing when a completely different person started voicing the characters

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    Ryne T. Gardner 10-20-16

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    "Great Story but Terrible Switches in Narration"

    The story was excellent, but the narration would jump randomly from narrator to full cast

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    "Undoubtedly Amazing!"

    A definite improvement from reading a physical book or even an e-book.
    Totally worth getting with a credit or purchasing!

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    Keith Hawn 10-18-16
    Keith Hawn 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    I've read my physical copy a dozen times, still the same great story. The performers really add just that extra little bit to it making it one of the best audio experiences I've had as well.

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    DJ Hernandez 10-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Let down by flip flopped performances"

    I'm not even going to bother going into detail on why Dune is such a fantastic novel that demands attention. Its legacy as a complex sci-fi epic speaks for itself. Instead, I mostly just want to discuss my displeasure at the odd way the performances are mixed up in this edition.

    There's a single narrator throughout the piece, which is the most consistent aspect of this audio book. When it comes to characters though, on some occasions the narrator performs all the parts on other occasions, the characters all have their own performers. There's no rhyme or reason for this and, on occasion, single scenes in the book will go from a cast performing the parts, back to the narrator performing the parts. To be honest, it's not too bad and doesn't hurt the overall story or experience, but it is an odd and very noticeable quirk of this audio book. It's most off putting when it comes to the Baron Harkonnen. When his VA is doing the parts, he has distinct, deep and commanding voice that recalls James Earle Jones. On the other hand, when the narrator does the parts, he has a different accent and makes the Baron sound more spineless and less commanding.

    It really seems like they meshed two different readings together, rather than the full cast production as I was lead to believe this would be. It's indeed an issue that might put people off more than it did me, especially since it's distracting and jarring. The performances are all excellent and when it's just the narrator, he does a great job giving a distinct voice to each character on his own. Still, I'd have preferred this recording either stick with just the narrator as the performer or the narrator with a cast. Flip flopping between the two is just weird.

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    saarilynn 10-16-16
    saarilynn 10-16-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent other world ideas and detail."

    This is a fantastic read. One you can revisit over and over again. The characters are varied and detailed.

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    "My opinion"

    Great story, nice "extra" story compared to movie or tv show. only issue some chapters only the one reader other chapters each character had its own reader so made it weird. Otherwise loved it alot going to continue reading the other two books!

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