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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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    Oliver 06-01-16
    Oliver 06-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book as always"

    Weird voice actor switchs from paragraph to paragraph. over all OK, but definitely jarring at times.

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    audrea 05-31-16
    audrea 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful cast!"

    very well directed and perfectly capable of whisking you away across space and time. I highly recommend to anyone curious about this franchise.

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    Scott 05-29-16
    Scott 05-29-16
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    "long, but amazing!"

    Don't let the runtime on this book startle you, it'll feel like an instant. I listened to this to and from work, on my breaks, or any free time I had in the car. the performance is fantastic, the story even better. I immediately downloaded the sequel, and I'm sure I'll do the same for the third book, and so on. If you're debating on whether or not you want this audio book, I offer you this advice: do it.

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    Rachael 05-29-16
    Rachael 05-29-16
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    "I found it to drag in the middle (the story)."

    My experience of the book was that I liked some aspects of the story, but the way it's told is kind of boring and hard to get through for me. I quit listening about halfway through because I kind of stopped caring that much. I liked the politics and the interesting ecology of the planet Arakis, but the incessant barely relevant prattlings of the princess Irelan (or however it's spelled) who never seems to shut up are a stumbling block to enjoying this narrative. It's almost like there are two books being written in one, and they interfere with each other. In some places, her varied musings sound completely unrelated, making you wonder why Herbert wastes so much of the reader's time with them. In other places, they seem like too much foreshadowing. Either way, you kind of end up wishing that the princess Irelan would just shut the bleep up and stay in her own damn story. Some of the laid-on-thick foreshadowing made certain events so obvious that the story stopped being interesting or fun for me. They tell you pretty much everything that's going to happen before it happens. I quit listening because I quit caring because of it. It's also kind of a dense book, I think without the narrators being so good at what they're doing, I wouldn't have gotten into this snoozer at all. Never read something just because people tell you it's a classic. I could find ten little-known sci-fi books that are better than this. It's a nice story concept, but it's not executed well.

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    Andrew 05-28-16
    Andrew 05-28-16
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    "Worthwhile listen"

    The overall story was very good and the experience overall was very worthwhile. Though, in an attempt to be dramatic, the narrator shift with the different characters dialogue was a nice concept it was ill performed. The shifting narrators wouldn't be consistent and would pop in and out of the story. Sometimes the characters would be voiced by the main narrator and sometimes they would be voiced by a completely different narrator. This added more to confusion than immersion or entertainment. The main narrator was strong enough to do the whole story by himself and should have. Narrator issues aside, I recommend this book.

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    Adrieanna Prickett 05-26-16
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    "inconsistent narration"

    I found it distracting to use different narrators for the same character. It would have been better if the narration were consistent.

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    Mr. Holmes Arkansas, USA 05-24-16
    Mr. Holmes Arkansas, USA 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It's a superb novel. The best science fiction story of all time."

    An expertly narrated and acted audiobook nearly fitting of the immense quality of the book itself (which is a tremendous complement). Get it. And go on a great journey.

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    Kara 05-23-16
    Kara 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    Exceptional production of an audio book! One of the best I've heard so far. Can't wait to "read" the others!

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    Amazon Customer 05-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "original Dune"

    The audible version was acted well and beats all the video vesrions; I enjoyed the entire journey.

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    Amazon Customer Berkeley, CA United States 05-23-16
    Amazon Customer Berkeley, CA United States 05-23-16 Member Since 2016

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    "strange mix of narration and performances"

    There is no rhyme or reason to the way this audio book has been put togeyger. some sections or chapters are simply narrated, while others use a host of performers. This is jarring.and sometimes confusing.

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