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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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    David G Mason 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dune"

    Great to listen to. Understood the story much more this time than when I first read it.

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    Shawn 01-05-16
    Shawn 01-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful story and masterful narration."

    One of my all time favorite storys. The historical naritive draws you in and makes you hungry to learn more of the universe of Dune.

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    Sarah 01-04-16
    Sarah 01-04-16
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    "Classic sci-fi"

    I've read other Dune stories when I was a kid but never actually finished this first book in the series. The audio cast was done very well except that some chapters didn't seem to use the full actor cast, and the main voice actor did the voices of the characters for those chapters. For example, it's obvious when the actress who was cast for Jessica actually says what Jessica says vs when the voice of Scott Brick (main narrator?) does her voice. So that was a bit distracting. But other than that, the story is good and epic sci-fi. I'll probably listen to the others in the series.

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    RA 01-02-16
    RA 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyed this!"

    It took me a few moments to get used to the style of this audio book. At first, I thought it seemed a little silly, as I am still fairly new to audio books, and the full cast and background music were a bit much for me in the first chapter, but I really grew to enjoy both the story and this performance of it :) The main narrator is fantastic, and the character voices are done really well, too.

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    B. Smith 12-31-15
    B. Smith 12-31-15
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    "Poor execution of group narration."

    Also, I may be the only person in the world who is irritated by Scott Brick's voice (sorry, Mr Brick)...it's a shame because he seems to be narrating a lot of the books I want to listen to. Dune is a classic of SciFi/Fantasy literature and a must read for anyone who is interested in the genre.

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    james messinger 12-22-15
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    "excellent listen"

    if you're a fan of high sci-fi, this book is a must have. I grew up watching the film but never read it, until I got it here for Audible. I didn't know what I was missing. the book starts a little slow, but boy does it pick up. I found myself frustrated at any time I had to praise to listen to somebody. if you don't have this in your collection, get it.

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    al Newport Beach, CA, US 12-21-15
    al Newport Beach, CA, US 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Golden Path"

    Hands down the best sci fi story ever. Dune stands alone as a great novel , but with the other 5 Frank Herbert books it is a masterpiece. Don't even bother with the new Dune books, they suck.

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    Jay Jennings 12-19-15 Member Since 2015

    A Cognitive Science Master's student who loves learning more about his field, but has a great love for literature and science fiction.

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    "Couldn't stop listening! Epic!"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic Science Fiction!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alia Atreides. A child with the knowledge of countless lifetimes.


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

    The emotions of each character. Surprise, terror, etc.


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

    No. But listen to it constantly.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the voice actors would change for certain characters (e.g. Vladimir Harkonnen) which made some of the plot hard to follow at times.

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    J. King 12-19-15
    J. King 12-19-15
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    "Great novel, odd narration choices"

    One of my all-time favorite novels. Excellent read.

    Only complaint:
    At "key" scenes in the novel, they chose to break out of the single narrator style and have a cast read a few pages of dialogue. It was not clear why the passages chosen were and why others were not. It was also very jarring each time it happened. Plus, unnecessary-- Scott Brick has a wide range of vocal talent and does well distinguishing characters. It doesn't detract from the excellence of the novel, but it can be pretty distracting.

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    M. Bischoff 12-17-15
    M. Bischoff 12-17-15
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    "Great, with a small caveat"

    I really enjoyed this book! The best part about it was the world created by Herbert.

    It took me a little while to figure out that the "key" moments were done by several voice actors, while the rest of the book was done by one. It was fine, but I was pretty confused for a bit.

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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!

    76 of 77 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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