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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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    Darrell Christchurch, New Zealand 11-19-12
    Darrell Christchurch, New Zealand 11-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very well recorded audio production"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    Very clear narration and voice acting


    Any additional comments?

    Not a complete cast as I expected form the description. E.g. some of the female roles are voiced my the male narrator. Nevertheless, this did not distract from the the story.

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    Michael A. Malik Washington, DC USA 11-19-12
    Michael A. Malik Washington, DC USA 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A performance that is up to the challenge"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    the performance rises to the challenge of this classic novel so that you can feel the tension between the path that they must take and the knowledge of where this path leads.


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    Michel 11-10-12
    Michel 11-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb Narration + Classic = Must Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is more than a narration, its a great production. Well, there are periods of times when it is narrated and others when the story is actually acted. However, the narrator does a superb job on his own, so even then the book is excellent. I felt somewhat disappointed every time it was narrated because the acting is just so well done and brings the story to a whole new level.

    But I've never enjoyed another audiobook as much as this one. Of course, the classic that is Dune has a lot to do with it.

    There is no other audiobook I would recommend as much as this one.


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    Winemaker Australia 11-05-12
    Winemaker Australia 11-05-12

    the good doctor

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    "Brilliant...Just brilliant"
    What did you love best about Dune?

    I loved the performances ...it bought this classic to life


    What did you like best about this story?

    Frank Herberts complex yet plausable world of dune is richly believable.


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

    I was in awe of the mastery of the direction and performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Glencoe, IL, United States 10-31-12
    Stephen Glencoe, IL, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What is up with the character narration"
    Any additional comments?

    I've listenened to a couple hundred books and I've never had a book with 15 narrators. I was excited about that prospect but for some unknown reason the various actors entered into the narration on no particular schedule. Sometime the main narrator does a voice, the next time the actual actor who was suppose to do the voice. They just kept changing who did it. If you're going to have 15 actors narrating, have the SAME person do each voice ALL THE TIME. Super confusing and it frankly really killed the book for me.

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    Greg Laabs Novato, CA, United States 10-31-12
    Greg Laabs Novato, CA, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Not a robot. End of line.

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    "Seemingly random switching between readers"

    While the story was unsurprisingly fantastic, this is the first audiobook that I listened to where I was never able to figure out what was going on with the characters' voices.

    The book switches, seemingly at random, between using a traditional single narrator who does distinct voices for each character, and a full cast where each character is done by a different actor.

    It was very confusing for a while to have to remember two completely different voices for each character. It also messed with the "mental image" of the characters, because I would involuntarily imagine a character looking very different depending on who was doing the voice.

    I've listened to other audiobooks where entire chapters have different readers, depending on the perspective the chapter is written from. That has never bothered me, but unfortunately that's not what Dune was doing. Even by the time I finished the book, I had no idea why certain conversations were full cast and others were not.

    I still enjoyed the book quite a bit because the story more than made up for the performance gripes.

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    Rioux 10-25-12
    Rioux 10-25-12
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    "Amazing Book, depressingly random narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    I love Dune...listened to it and read it a couple dozen times. i bought this version to replace my copy that only had Scott Brick as the narrator as i was curious of how the other readers would at to it.Honestly, it was deplorable...there was no pattern to who was reading what character, they would switch mid-way through a scene and i would have to figure who's voice is which character all over again. Frankly they sucked at putting emotion and inflection into the character's lines.Scott Brick only recording is amazing as he never changes voices for anyone and he does a wonderful job at putting in emotion to his characters..


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    I will always look for Scott Brick for a narrator


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

    No...because of the narration from the other people my enjoyment of this book was far less than ever before.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cathy CULVER CITY, CA, United States 10-21-12
    cathy CULVER CITY, CA, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A World Well Imagined"

    Fantastic to listen to in audible format; even more enveloping than reading it. Herbert created such graphic world I could envision the worms, the landscape and the characters in my mind's eye. The detail and the thought he brought to living in a world living where every drop of water counted was just one of the great aspects of this book. The analogy with oil is precient.

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    Allison 10-20-12
    Allison 10-20-12
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    "Amazing story, amazing performance"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    I've listened to this audiobook twice already--back to back. The quality of the production is excellent, and the voice actors are marvelous.


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    I think the closest comparison I can make to the Dune series is something like the original Star Wars trilogy mixed with Lord of the Rings, mixed with a political thriller by Tom Clancy, draped over a subtle underpinning of the religious skepticism of someone like Richard Dawkins.


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    Rae 10-19-12
    Rae 10-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Narration, well told story"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    I've read the book probably five times so far, so I thought I'd try out the audiobook. This audio book is quite well read. The narrator does an excellent job especially as there is quite of bit of language in here. While this is a "full cast" type audio book, only some of the chapters use the cast. Most of the time the narrator does just as good a job voicing a character as the cast member does. I'm not sure why only some of the scenes are full cast, but it wasn't too disruptive unless the side by side scenes were voiced differently.

    Overall, highly recommend this audio book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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