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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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    Mike 08-10-12
    Mike 08-10-12

    Stumbled upon audio books a little while ago and I enjoy them now. I mostly listen to books related to science, Buddhism, and some fantasy.

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    "A Classic."

    A true classic.

    I had never read the book, and see now why this book can still stand on it's own, and probably will for a very long time. The style of writing is a bit different in the varied way things & events are described which I learned a lot from.

    The full cast performance, or half performance, was WAY below par. Either make a full cast production, or don't, but this half & half production was very confusing. Main narrator was excellent, but the constant mixing of him doing all the voices, and then going to a full cast was very distracting.

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    DSD Georgia 08-10-12
    DSD Georgia 08-10-12 Listener Since 2009

    Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.

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    "Just doesn't sit well with me."

    I thought the movie was bad, and so I thought: give the book a try. Hell, why not, the books are always better than the movie. Don't believe everything you tell yourself. :-)

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    Michael WORCESTER, MA, United States 08-06-12
    Michael WORCESTER, MA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book, Good Production Value, Weird Readings"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    The story of Dune is clearly what excels here, as it is probably the best Science Fiction saga ever written. In terms of the audio book quality, I think that some elements of the reading style worked -- like chapters being broken up by Princess Irulan's reading of, say, "The Sayings of Moab'dib, etc."


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    There are plenty of memorable moments


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Difficult to follow


    Any additional comments?

    The reading style is bizarre, with some sections dramatized with actors and others not. It made following sections of the book very difficult, and some of the characters were laughably bizarre caricatures. The Baron Harkonen's voice was such a caricature and so overly done that it detracted from the story, and then when the narrator read certain parts, followed by the voice actors in later parts, it made it very difficult to follow... until I figured out that they voice acted "dramatic" scenes, I would sit there wondering, "wait, is this a different character?" The Baron's mentat assassin, peyter, or whatever his name is, was probably the worst. It sounded like something out of HE-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

    I could stand the voice actors if they did it consistently, but breaking it up in an arbitrary way made it difficult to note characters.

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    Jeff Louisville, KY, United States 08-06-12
    Jeff Louisville, KY, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, excellent performance"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dune is one of my favorite all time books and this audiobook does it proud.


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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 08-05-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "SF doesn't get better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent story that sweeps you into another world. Very well drawn out characters. Believable personalities. What more can you ask for?


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    ken pittsburgh, Panama 08-01-12
    ken pittsburgh, Panama 08-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "All around exelent"

    Overall a great book, the naration is exelent, riveting with a story that makes it hard to stop listening, I would suggest listening to the "house" trilogy first, as it is an exelent introduction to the characters and gives the backstory to many of the key characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Lees Summit, MO, United States 07-25-12
    Andrew Lees Summit, MO, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I don't understand why everyone loves Dune."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend because I know of so many other (newer) books that are much better. My opinion is that this was a good and ground breaking book back in the day, but the genre has evolved a lot since then. I appreciate this book, but I don't like it a whole lot.

    My complaints:
    -It sounds kind of dated
    -The story is okay, just not that great compared to today's standards
    -Its very slow, and at times hard to follow

    I liked:
    -The production
    -The story was not that great, but it did hold my interest

    I think I just expected a lot more out this book since it is considered a classic and has such high ratings.

    Books I recommend:Anything by Neal Stephenson especially Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Anathem, Reamde, and anything by Orson Scott Card especially, Enders Game (and the whole two series that follow), The Worthing Saga, and Treason even though there is not yet an audio book for it. I'm currently listening to Hyperion (Dan Simmons) and I'm liking it a lot.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Why did the reader for Vladimir Harkonen change? I liked the first reader, not second one it changed to later in the book.


    Could you see Dune being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The movie was so bad it was funny. You should see it. It made me laugh out loud.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marion Melbourne, Australia 07-22-12
    Marion Melbourne, Australia 07-22-12
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    "Imaginative ...."
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to 2 of the three download parts - in the end I didn't find the characters compelling enough to find out what happened to them.

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    Kenneth 07-19-12
    Kenneth 07-19-12
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    "An epic masterpiece, awkwardly presented."
    What did you love best about Dune?

    It has been a long time coming to this story. I was way too ADHD to sit and read this when I was younger. Now I have avoided phone calls and ignored work to listen to this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    When Gurney held Jessica hostage.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The bounce between single narrator and cast performance was disconcerting. Either presentation would have been acceptable, but both didn't work well.


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    E. M. Countryman Sacramento, CA 07-16-12
    E. M. Countryman Sacramento, CA 07-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Auntie E

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    "Except I never got thirsty"
    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I think the performers did an excellent job with their characters and am looking forward to the rest of the books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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