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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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    Jennifer MARION, IL, United States 12-24-12
    Jennifer MARION, IL, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Best sci-fi ever written"
    What did you love best about Dune?

    It's the best sci-fi ever written. Should be required reading for everyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Timeless


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Story came to life


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

    The first sci-fi classic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris La Crescenta, CA, United States 12-21-12
    Chris La Crescenta, CA, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!!!"

    Wow. For the longest time I heard this was a good book but I wasn't really into science fiction. My friends father growing up was really into this book and I kind of dismissed it. Never really thinking I'd be into it.

    But I just listened to it based on the "how should I use my credit list" and WOW. Amazing. I don't think I would have read it if I picked it up.. but the performance was AMAZING.

    This is a MUST LISTEN. AMAZING AUDIO BOOK.

    Mwadeeb!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mustafa Sydney, Australia 12-18-12
    Mustafa Sydney, Australia 12-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "anticlimax"
    What disappointed you about Dune?

    I cannot accept that such primitive societies will rule the universe in the distant future. May be this was seen as a good story when it first came out a long time ago but it is hard that some thing like this will be popular at all in this day of age.

    Also the religious mambo jumbo is very hard to digest.


    Has Dune turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the story telling is okay


    What character would you cut from Dune?

    most of the characters are extremely unlikely and annoying


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francis Paranaque, Philippines 12-12-12
    Francis Paranaque, Philippines 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book! Superb narration!"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dune currently ranks at the top of all the audiobooks that I've listened to so far. The narration was superb (kudos to the cast) and coupled with music and sound effects makes for a great listen.

    Two thumbs up!


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

    Yep


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raquel 12-11-12
    Raquel 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "May Fall Asleep Behind the Wheel"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The storyline was slow starting. Four hours into the reading I still felt like I was waiting for something engaging to happen. I wanted to be interested, but couldn't find anything about the storyline that was compelling enough to keep me listening.


    What was most disappointing about Frank Herbert’s story?

    The character development seemed lacking. A lot of attention was paid to the landscape and the history, but I could not identify with the characters.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I thought the narration was well done.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Considering that this book has been a movie, I am not inclined to go and watch it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie 12-11-12
    Maggie 12-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A Classic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dune to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! Even though I had heard of Dune I had never read it... once I listened to this audio version I was hooked into listening to the rest of series. The background music and sounds added tremendously to the experience. Even though I listened to this book years ago I can still hear the sounds of Arrakis.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This production was so well done and I enjoyed hearing each interpretation.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    All of them!


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

    Yes and I tried... I would listen at every chance I could, in the car, shopping, falling asleep and so on.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a classic and well done by each of the narrators... I always recommend this book to friends new to Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-10-12
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    "A joy to listen to one of my all time favorites"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    masterpiece of world-building


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica is my favorite because of her faith and love for Leto and Paul - though she is overtaken by the enormity of what she created.


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

    The different voices really bring the characters to life.(Though it would have even been better if they had dropped all the "he said", "she answered" etc. from the reading and just spoken the dialog uninterrupted).


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

    No - I know it too well for that


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Gabbert 12-08-12
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    "Great book; switching readers is very distracting"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Sci-fi Tolkien


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    Lord of the rings for the depth of its world.


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

    Any of the well reviewed readers, but use JUST ONE. The switching of readers really brings this recording down. VERY distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never listened to a book where switching the readers worked. Why do you allow this?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel midland park, NJ, United States 12-06-12
    Daniel midland park, NJ, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic story, great performance"

    The story is a great mix of Sci-Fi and mysticism. The plot follows the creation of a jihad and is a great inside view at "the other side" of the story. Seeing the motives and tactics of the Fremen (the desert people) is like seeing OIF and OEF through the eyes of insurgents. This rendition is also very high quality and includes different actor/actresses for the different characters as well as some limited sound effects and background music. The combination is quite gripping. I highly recommend this recording and am personally looking forward to getting the next books in the series Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.

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    Ehoud 12-05-12
    Ehoud 12-05-12
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    "great performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you know or heard about t he Dune series you want to listen to this one.


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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
    Overall
    "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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