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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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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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    Amber DeSadier Atlanta GA 02-03-12
    Amber DeSadier Atlanta GA 02-03-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazingly done"

    This political science fiction drama is an amazing book. Frank Herbert wrote a fascinating tale about how Paul Atreides came to become Muad'dib and the Emperor of all the galaxy. IT is full of mystery and political intrigue, a flight from death, survival in the desert. Unlike many authors of his time, Herbert brought forth strong female leads in addition to his strong male leads. Simon Vance does an amazing job narrating this book and bringing it to life. His voice is smooth and pleasant to listen to. The rest of the cast add contrast and color I was not expecting and was happy to hear. They worked well together, blending the story into one cohesive oration. Loved!

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    Christopher MARBLEHEAD, MA, United States 02-01-12
    Christopher MARBLEHEAD, MA, United States 02-01-12
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    "I must have missed something"

    I feel like I have to give this another shot at some point in the future - other reviews are practically glowing, but that's not how this story struck me.

    The story is exceptionally dense and, at least the way I was listening, it was very difficult for me to slide into understanding the various settings, back stories, characters, etc. This audio book really seems to demand more focus than I'm typically able to give. For most other audio books I've listened to, this is usually not a problem, but for Dune that lack of sustained focus made me feel lost.

    The multi-actor cast was used inconsistently, with some passages being read by the respective characters, others being simply read by the "main" reader. I think it would have helped to stick with just the reader. Particularly since some of the actors were exceptionally annoying.

    I grant this review is not entirely fair - I only got about halfway through the book before abandoning it, so anyone reading this should understand I can't judge it fully. Do know that this is a complex story and it demands more attention than other audio books.

    When I do try this again, I'll amend or revise this review.

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    Clint 01-29-12
    Clint 01-29-12
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    "An excellent performance of a classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    For me, it was the cast who performed all of the different characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    Where do I begin? There are too many. I particularly liked the scene in the 3rd Part where Paul invites the emperor and his entourage to meet. In this scene Paul kills Feyd-Rautha.


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

    Probably Stilgar. I liked the narrators performance as I thought he did well to instill a sense of dignity into his voice.


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

    There are too many to name.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DeadSpace4 01-24-12
    DeadSpace4 01-24-12
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    "It's Dune... 'Nuff said."
    What did you love best about Dune?

    C'mon... if you don't know Dune, you don't know Sci-Fi.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oddly enough, the Baron. He is evil and perfectly so...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Way too many to epic scenes to pick just one.


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

    Not possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike most Sci-Fi novels Dune offers a look into the personal motivations and thoughts of it's major players... it's less about blasters and battles and more about the political wranglings that take place in the hostile environment of Dune. The spice, the worms, the betrayals... it's more of a thriller than a Sci-Fi book... and Herbert executes his story like Tolkien did with the Lord of the Rings. A true epic tale. If you like George R.R. Martin than you'll love Herbert... and you should check out Philip K. Dick.

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    E. 01-23-12
    E. 01-23-12
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    "Who knew? A riveting performance."

    I remember, years ago, finding Dune hard to get into and hard to stick with -- it's one LONG book, not to say interminable. This version is one of the best performances I've heard on Audible. It brought me through the book smoothly, allowed me to enjoy the details (did you know that the cone of silence in Get Smart is a clever reference to this book?) and made Dune absolutely riveting. The performers gave depth to the rather stylized characters and plots and let me thoroughly enjoy the book. Nice work.

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    Lorelie 01-22-12
    Lorelie 01-22-12
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    "excellent reading of a classic sci-fi novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dune to be better than the print version?

    No, probbaly the pring version is the best of all because you imagine the characters' voices. and nothing beats your own imagination. Nevertheless I very much enjoyed the recorded version.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator{s) did a fine job of keeping the voicex of the chracters clearly delinieated, and moving the narrative forward. This is a long book, yet it never seemed to bog down. Plus I liked all the voices in this recording once I got used to the difference between the recording and how I imagined the voices would be.


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

    Oh god, they did make a film of it - avoid avoid avoid it at all costs!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Danville, CA, United States 01-01-12
    Mark Danville, CA, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Science Fiction - Fantsy Book Every"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    I have listened to the book maybe a dozen times? and it is over 21 hours long. But the Audible version is just as good as the original print version of this book. I read when I was in high school 40 years ago, and the plot line of new world, religion, messiah, danger, family love, and loyalty was woven together with the thought-lines of Paul Atredies, and his family, and enemies in such a way, that you knew they believed in themselves, but yet there were doubts about their future together on this new planet of Arrrakis, Dune - Desert Planet. I read and reread the book dozens of times, and now I have the Audible version. Excellent book, and if you are new to science fiction, this is the first book on your shelf.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    The time when Paul faced his fears over and over again. Especially the first instance when he faced the gom jabbar of the reverend mother.

    I must not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear.
    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
    And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
    Only I will remain.


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

    The character of Paul was performed excellently, and was the character of the Baron Harkonnen. Piter DeVries gets an excellent performance, too.


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

    I took from it a sense of history, since it was written from a historical point backwards from the Princess Irulan, Paul's wife in name only.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book, it is well worth the credit, and you listen to it over and over again. For fans of the book, you will not be disappointed, like the original movie.

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    Anders Olofstorp, Sweden 12-25-11
    Anders Olofstorp, Sweden 12-25-11
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    "A classic that really is good"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    Yes, an interesting world where the best of the best are. A reality which you feel could be real for people of that stature: The leaders of the Universe. Dune is painted as an intriguing planet of sand with interesting people in it.

    The plots and plans within plans can be hard to follow so a second run through could reveal more of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    It is not a particular moment. The whole atmosphere is the best in the book.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    inconsistent, voice, good


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

    No idea, something that would play on the opposing words: a colourful desert


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Listen to the book rather than read it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dune to be better than the print version?

    I've heard so many people say the book was so hard to get through it. After hearing Steve Gibson and Leo talk about the audio version I decided to give it a try.


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    None.


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

    Yes, and it makes it like a movie.


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

    The whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've seen the movie, then it's time to learn the real story. The movie wold have to have been 6hrs long to follow the book.

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    Aaron Calgary, Alberta, Canada 12-20-11
    Aaron Calgary, Alberta, Canada 12-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Dense material, odd presentation"

    I suspect that this book might come across better in print than read aloud. I found the number of names, terms, organizations, and characters that are thrown out a little difficult to follow at first.

    I think the readers did a good job for the most part, but the split between a full cast presentation and a single narrator, either one of which I would normally enjoy, made this an awkward listen. In particular, when characters' voices -- and in some cases characterizations -- change half-way through a scene (Baron Harkonnen, I'm looking at you) it really took me out of the story.

    Overall very imaginative, but when it was all finished I didn't feel quite as satisfied and/or impressed as I would have expected given the book's reputation.

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    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!

    71 of 71 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.

    12 of 12 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    6/21/11
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    "Rather fragmented production of a wonderful book"

    I read 'Dune' in my teens and adored it - the complexities of the story and the depth to which the eco-system of the desert planet is planned are quite breathtaking. So I was looking forward to having the audiobook so I could re-live the wonder. Unfortunately this is a bit of a fragmented production. The main narrator has a voice fitting to the scope of the book and reads well. However, my guess is that originally the production company brought in other actors to read the dialogue - but for an ABRIDGED version. But they didn't bother to use them to complete the unabridged recording. Therefore, at some points, we have dialogue of the main characters read by other actors (often with some annoying 'atmospheric' sound effects, music or irritating echoic effects in the background). Then at other sections of the story all the voices of dialogue are provided by the main narrator, which makes the whole thing sadly disjointed. Ironically, I think it works far better with the narrator alone providing all dialogue - so the company could have saved themselves the cost and trouble of getting other people in and would still have ended up with a better, more choherent performance of the book. I will still finish listening to the audiobook, just to enjoy the marvellous story, but I feel the oddities of the recording will always keep me from being completely immersed in the tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lal-Akash
    London, United Kingdom
    1/1/11
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
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