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Dune Audiobook

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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    satya 08-10-14
    satya 08-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "One incredible production"

    An Incredible production,an exquisite performance and a fantastic story. This is my best audio book yet!

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    Mike 08-02-14
    Mike 08-02-14
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    "One of My Favorites ..."
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Epic , visionary, art


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    There are so many! Paul awakening from the spice coma, the final battle...the death of the baron.


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

    Paul


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

    A story beyond time, beyond Earth, a human filled universe.


    Any additional comments?

    I look up in the sky at night and I see the majesty above. The words be fruitful and multiply....come to mind.

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    austin 07-31-14
    austin 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "DUNE!"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    I don't listen to books twice but if I were to this would be high on my list


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    Chicago IM Resident Chicago area, IL 07-22-14
    Chicago IM Resident Chicago area, IL 07-22-14
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    "incredibly annoying music/acting throughout."
    What would have made Dune better?

    There is droning, electronic music throughout . Not "read" but acted as some sort of audio play.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Not a narrator. Not unabridged.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. I couldn't listen to more than 5min of it due to the loud droning and crummy "acting". JUST READ THE BOOK.


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    Jack 07-16-14
    Jack 07-16-14
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    "Great story, medicre performance."
    What did you love best about Dune?

    This was not my first time completing this novel. The first time through I had read it as a paperback a decade ago. I thought it would be fun to re-experience the story with various talent reading different characters.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I purchased this audiobook expecting to hear a performace where certain characters were voiced by different talent. This doesn't hold true throughout the reading and at some times this was confusing. More often than not, the narrator, who I don't think was Scott Brick, is reading the parts of various characters that had already been introduced using other talent. The narrator gives them different accents than the various talent did. To further add to the confusion, the chapters which are voiced by various people, the narrator voices everyone's thoughts. It's not that this is incorrect, but I got used to hearing the narrator reading everyone's speech and sometimes mistook the thoughts being read as speech being read.


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    Matthew 07-15-14
    Matthew 07-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful and refreshing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This book delves into the human soul and incorporates the right amount of tech without being burdensome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    I don't think I can answer this without spoilers.


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

    The narrators add value to the text with their accents and inflections that may be missed when reading the text alone. All around a good reading of the text.


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

    Yes. I do some traveling for work and found myself uncharacteristically wishing for longer travel times.


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    rah 07-13-14
    rah 07-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "UGH so dramatic"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    i HATE all the narrators. all i can picture is some cartoon from the 80's with doofy bad guys and confused but good intentioned teenagers. super annoying. and the music? i dont need the dramatic sounds. it's a book. i'm looking for the reading experience. not the movie watching experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    nothing because i couldnt listen to anyones annoying voice for long enough.


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

    ONE PERSON


    What character would you cut from Dune?

    THE NARRATORS


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    Chris 07-06-14
    Chris 07-06-14
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    "Superb Production!"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is top of the list. This book was produced with the utmost care.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica is my favourite, maybe because I am a mum.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dinner party at the Count's residence after the family had just moved to Arrakis. The intrigue and plotting left me dazed!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Count Leto's betrayal by the doctor


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I have encountered this book. It has aged well and is worth the listen.
    Complex, rich and satisfying!

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    Jason 07-04-14
    Jason 07-04-14
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    "Excellent Story, Good Performances, One Drawback"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would certainly recommend this audiobook. Dune is a fantastic story that draws you into an immersive world and the performances were very entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Unless something really outrageous happens with the tone or plot of a story, I usually stick with the protagonist as my favorite character. I feel most connected with Paul as I travel along this story, though at times it is hard to relate to him. And Alia was awesome-wasn't expecting her.


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

    I laughed in several places and felt strongly for characters as they went through their trials. The performances were great at tugging on heartstrings as well as making you clench your fists in rage-it would have just helped if they were consistent.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I don't give this excellent book a perfect score is because of its inconsistent use of performers. In some chapters the narrator will only read the action while other actors will voice the characters' dialogue, in other chapters the narrator will voice those same characters. It gets distracting. Almost as if randomly-half way through a movie-the actor for a main character was replaced by someone else. Don't get me wrong, the performances are good. The narrator and other actors are all talented performers that give great renditions of the characters. It would just feel more professional if the production chose a style and stuck with it.

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    Peter 06-27-14
    Peter 06-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Mostly tedious and devoid of drama"
    What did you like best about Dune? What did you like least?

    Herbert's created an interesting world that's based in large measure on the desert peoples of Earth, who have found interesting ways of adapting to their harsh desert environment. Unfortunately characters are thin and undeveloped and the story offers few surprises or even interesting set pieces. There are no cliffhanging scenes. Important characters die offstage. Misunderstandings that could be vital plot points (was Jessica the traitor?) are quickly resolved without resorting to drama or conflict. Overall the book could've used a stricter editor (it was originally published by Chiltons, the company that usually publishes car-repair manuals, so perhaps their editor wasn't up to the monumental task of taking a red pen to this huge tome). To me the book was nearly devoid of interesting conflict and drama, and Herbert didn't establish strong viewpoint characters and stick to them. Even worse, characters think things and then say what they've just thought, a la: "Jessica thought that Paul's course was dangerous and worried about what might be the result. 'Paul,' she said. 'Your course is dangerous. What may be the result?' That kind of writing is particularly true for Jessica, who always thinks things first and then says what she was thinking.


    What was most disappointing about Frank Herbert’s story?

    It bounces between various characters and conspirators, all of whom are not particularly sharp or sympathetic or even likably unlikable (see The Blade Itself for nasty characters who have depth and somehow evoke sympathy despite their nastiness). Herbert's multiple and quickly changing points of view are also very distracting. Within a single scene, you'll hear Paul, his mother, and two other characters thinking. With so many viewpoint characters in one scene, but not a real omniscient narrator present, the writing leaves few surprises. How is character B going to react to character A's actions? No worries. Herbert's given you their internal dialogue so you know exactly how they'll respond. All this results in an often tedious listen.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    Some good narrators here but some characters change voice--dramatically--through the story. Most obvious is Baron Harkonnen, who at times sounds like Darth Vader, and at other times like Simon Vance. The audiobook started off with lots of separate readers but many of them seemed to drop out of the project along the way. Maybe they got bored, too.


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

    It has and I haven't.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps it just didn't age well but I was delighted when I saw I was on the last chapter. It's a very long and unsatisfying 20 hours.

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