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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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    Mark 02-28-15
    Mark 02-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a journey!"

    Indeed I learned why this is a classic! The writing style is phenomenally detailed! Lived through this book! Loved it

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    A User 02-26-15
    A User 02-26-15
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    "Vivid, well constructed, but dull."
    What did you like best about Dune? What did you like least?

    The scenes are portrayed vividly, I was taken to another world


    What was most disappointing about Frank Herbert’s story?

    Meh. Maybe it had too much build up for me. I found the politics to be overbearing and dull, and craved more action and varience in scene than was presented.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This is a quality production, all the narrators were a joy to listen too


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

    It is, I have, I wouldn't again.


    Any additional comments?

    Game of Thrones. In Space. Without the sex and a lot less violence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 02-23-15
    Nicholas 02-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent performances for a great story"

    Herbert's sci-fi political thriller performed at its very best. It takes a while to get into the terminology of the universe, but after a few hours in you'll be wanting to get to the end like a Harkanen Baron gets through a feast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arize Houston, TX 02-23-15
    Arize Houston, TX 02-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The best audio performance by a wide margin"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dune to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul because of his extreme intelligence and sense of logic


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

    Simon Vance


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

    Mind of the universe


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really just leaving this review to remark on the amazing audio performance. The narrators are all very good but the combination of the narration and the occasional background score really sends the listening experience into the stratosphere. The listening experience is completely immersive. I'm absolutely convinced the audiobook experience is superior to me reading the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Algonquin, IL, United States 02-21-15
    John Algonquin, IL, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2011

    Any fool can know something the point is to understand!

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    "The Science Fiction Classic"

    Wonderful performance of arguably the greatest work of science fiction.

    This was a pleasure to listen to and the performance made the story come alive

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    S. Richardson 02-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story! "

    Great production. Narrator was especially emphatic and background sounds were wonderful. Just a terrific tale.

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    pokoj118 02-19-15
    pokoj118 02-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing narration for an amazing book!"

    All my Bene Gesserit training didn't prepare me for the outstanding performances herein. I found myself revisiting passages just to experience them again and maybe take away a little more emotional context.

    Great voice work by all!
    (Now, onward to the inevitable let down from the film adaptation. Haha)

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    jake 02-19-15
    jake 02-19-15
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    "Fantastic story. Not so performance"

    Dune is an amazing story with a complex but elegant narrative. The voices for the characters sometimes just didn't fit and where confusing however the overall narration was ok. Still i would recommend it.

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    steven 02-18-15
    steven 02-18-15
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    "Very good."

    The narration was very good. the closest you're going to get to reading yourself, using your own imagination

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    LeeAnn Voisinet 02-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Better than I remembered."
    What did you love best about Dune?

    The story is absolutely amazing. Love the intrigue and the different-ness of the setting. I had read decades ago, it's so much better than I remembered.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    Some moments that I'd totally forgotten and have a great impact: when Paul discovers Gurney with the smugglers, the whole description of riding the worms, the romance!


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

    I think all of the women were voiced wonderfully well. I appreciated that their voices were different and allowed me to tell them apart easily.


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

    It's far too long to listen to in one sitting. I spread it over several days. Finished knitting 2 pairs of socks and two jumper sleeves.


    Any additional comments?

    The voice of Paul never changed. He's supposed to cross that boy-to-man threshold, it would have been nice to hear his voice become more steady and less boy-like. Some of the "sound effects" echoes and music and things, were sometimes distracting. With Audible's desktop application, it's really hard to back up a few minutes, so they became a bit annoying I prefer clear voices to voices polluted with background noise.

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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!

    75 of 76 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!

    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.

    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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