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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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    Ouch 01-20-16
    Ouch 01-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "wow!"

    I didn't think it was possible to enjoy a novel more than I enjoyed reading Dune, but listening to this wonderful audiobook production was an even greater pleasure!

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    Lauren 01-18-16
    Lauren 01-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    Classic story, performed excellently. I read Dune when I was in middle school, probably 20 years ago, and didn't really retain much. Listening to the audiobook was a completely new experience. Having multiple voices completely changes the feel of the story, and makes is much more engaging. Overall a great experience.

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    S C 01-18-16
    S C 01-18-16

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    "Epic storytelling BUT..."
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to it again because the story has so many interesting layers to it's story. I would not mind continuing to the next in the series.


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    I normally don't listen to fiction but I enjoy sci-fi movies and Dune is a classic in the genre.


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

    The performances are great BUT it bounces from one narrator reading all parts to a theatrical type with multi readers then back to single narrator then back. They should have stuck to one or the other. It is very distracting. I don't know why but Scott Brick is narrating in half my library. I wish he was the main narrator in this one. He has a certain creepiness in his voice that fits this story.


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

    It is an epic tale and could not be completed in one sitting. The story has a great flow so you look forward to the next listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself looking deeper into Herbert's universe online and learning the timeline of the back story and characters. I like philosophy, religious studies, social structures, and this book has it all.

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    andrew Reserve, LA, United States 01-13-16
    andrew Reserve, LA, United States 01-13-16 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy history, biographys, and nerdy/ dorky things.

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    "The father of all modern science fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    The many differing voice actors used for different characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realizing how much of modern science fiction is taken from this book.


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

    The differing voices made understanding each character much easier.


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

    Don't watch the 1984 movie, it doesn't do the book justice.


    Any additional comments?

    Star Wars, Star Trek, BattleStar all take some inspiration from this book. For a book first published in 1965, Dune is truly ahead of its time.

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    Edwin Li Fremont, CA 01-09-16
    Edwin Li Fremont, CA 01-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good, but I wouldn't recommend it heartily"

    My opinion may be colored by the bulk of my for-fun reading being epic fantasy.

    Firstly, the story and writing. I found it spare, with occasional time jumps that I didn't expect, but they weren't particularly damaging to the experience of the story. Rather, it feels a symptom of maybe a need to be as short as possible: some avenues of exposition were left unexplained, some aspects of personality, character, or other such context were described rather than shown, etc. Ultimately, it felt a little like reading a Cliff's Notes version of a longer work, with a missing glossary or background section.

    Despite that, it was intriguing, if not enough to inspire research on the world's background or to inspire a desire to read the sequels.

    On the performance front, with multiple narrators, it was too inconsistent. Sometimes, it was narrated by one person doing all the characters' voices and that person changed over the course of the story, but other times, some characters got a single voice actor, so that some chapters/scenes had multiple people performing them together being specific characters. This inconstency was jarring and disorienting; sometimes one character was voiced by someone who sounded like James Earl Jones, but other times, it was someone else who was reading all the characters in that section.

    So, I didn't like the performance aspect of this audiobook. yet, I liked it overall enough to get all the way through it. That was a near thing, though. I considered bailing.

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    jennifer hansen riverton, ut usa 01-08-16
    jennifer hansen riverton, ut usa 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Characters change voices occasionally"

    This is a great book with good performances, however on occasion the characters will be voiced by two different people. Sometimes this occurs even within a single chapter, or from one sentence to the next.

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    THOMAS 01-08-16
    THOMAS 01-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just as I remember..."

    Great book with a epic story. The only thing that got me was the change in Narrator... going back and forth between a full cast of characters and a single narrator doing all the voices...the single narrator was my least favorite.

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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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