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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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    Justin Springville, UT, United States 07-03-13
    Justin Springville, UT, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "21 Hours I'll never get back"
    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book based on some of the positive reviews I've read. Wow, I've never been so happy to finish a book. I really tried to get excited and caught up but it's difficult listening for hours at a time to two people having an exchange or an hour listening to a character analyze their inner thoughts. Move on already. Very slow. I think I needed some of that spice they talked about so much to ease my pain. Very disappointed. I should have ended it earlier but I kept thinking how good this is supposed to be and its coming. But hey, can't please everyone.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Geoffrey A. Alhambra, CA, USA 02-09-09
    Geoffrey A. Alhambra, CA, USA 02-09-09
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    "DUNE (Draft?)"

    The narrator was good. The side characters were so inconsistence. Some of the readers did theirs version with an accent and then no accent and lower (Stilgar) some had a high voice and then a low voice (Gurney Halleck). Some of female characters were done by the narrator and then by woman and back and forth. Only Princess Irulan was done well

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Volo, IL, USA 06-10-08
    Ryan Volo, IL, USA 06-10-08
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    "not my type"

    This book is just not for me. It seemed like the author kept trying to find more and more words that were just a bunch of jumbled letters. Ive heard this book is great, but I just dont see it.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Alex SeregnoItaly 02-19-08
    Alex SeregnoItaly 02-19-08
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    "Like Star Wars? Avoid Dune"

    A slow epic novel, lacks rhythm if compared with most modern books. Herbert "paints" a universe, characters and a unique planet, Dune and makes you believe in it! The reader is indeed fine but sometimes lacks empahasis, and this slows down the listening a lot, specially in a book like this, which is already slow and ponderous. The cover is in very low resolution and looks poor on your screen. As for the book itself, it is a classic, so if you want to liten to a weel written sci-fi book go for it. Especially interesting is how well you come to understand and know the Fremen religion.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-19-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Not as good as all the hype."

    This book was a selection for my book club. I have always wanted to read this book, so I was excited to have this book selected, I just wish it had lived up to the hype. I know this book is widely loved but it just wasn't for me. I liked the world that has been built in the book, unfortunately the story line was mostly boring. Frank Herbert is defiantly a pioneer for fantasy/sci-fi. I see his influence in many things, but having an idea and pulling it off are completely different things. I am a fan of fantasy and I know I am in the minority here but I couldn't get excited for this book once I started reading.

    It was a bit slow at first and it took me some time to get through it, although it does pick up slightly about 7 hours into the book. My biggest complaint was the beginning of chapters sometimes summarized the story so there was no surprises. It felt like reading pages from the back of the book, which annoys me. There was lots of build up for action but ultimately it was anticlimactic. There was a little too much politics, which may be great for some but I tended to zone out at those times. Sorry but I don't like politics, poetry, or drawn out epic stories that are snooze worthy. There needed to be a better balance for politics, action and character development.

    The characters are mostly unlikeable. Jessica did seem a bit self-righteous and I wasn't a fan of hers. Her character seemed to switch back and forth from strong willed to weakling. I could not see Paul as a great prophet. I'm still not sure what it is that bugs me about him, I just know I didn't like him. He was almost an anti-dooms day messiah not one who is supposed to save the world. To me the best character in the book was Paul's sister Alia, she had spunk. Unfortunately she was only in it the last two hours or so.

    I did enjoy the narrations, which to me helped keep me focused on the story. The back ground noise was subtle and added depth to the audio. I personally don't like dual or multiple narration, so I don't get why there is so many complaints about in for this audio. My only complaint would be that sometimes the voices would be out of character, like the narrator forgot to change their voices for a specific person.

    Anyway if you are a die-hard fantasy/sci-fi fan this book may be for you. I think the vast majority of fans for this book are those who read this book at a young age. As for me I won't be continuing on with the series. The buck stops here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 07-10-14
    Stephen 07-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "DUNE–A well conceived, poorly written novel"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It chooses to immediately bury you in technical knowledge instead of interesting characters. It’s the equivalent of a sci fi tech manual. It’s like Star Trek with 73 times the tech chatter. It’s so respected... how the hell did anyone read it long enough to respect it?


    What could Frank Herbert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    “You do not drool very prettily, Baron...” “Get on with it, I DEMAND IT!” Say something immediately about the characters. Rise from the grave and rewrite act 1.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful actors. Wonderful casting of voices.


    Do you think Dune needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Dear heavens, I think I'd rather read a lawn mower owner's manual.


    Any additional comments?

    So much great about this book; unfortunately it's just dull to start.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 06-17-14
    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 06-17-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Boring!"

    I like SciFi, and this is supposed to be a classic, so I kept listening for 10 hours! what a waste! I kept thinking it had to get better. Even the action was boring. Slow story, laid back reader, sleep inducing!
    Why was this a classic???????

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marco United States 03-19-14
    Marco United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Tired story, odd performance and bad direction"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    They should have utilized the full voice cast for more than 10% of the narration. Simon Vance's voices don't match the other voice actors, making the overall performance disjointed and distracting. The story has also not aged very well and has lost a lot of luster over time.


    Has Dune turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I will not be pursuing the rest of the series and will be a lot more aware of how narration by a "full cast" is actually performed.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The cast only appears in 10% of the full read, so I didn't understand why they were there in the first place. Simon Vance's own voices for the characters in the rest of the book didn't even come close to what the other voice actors were doing, so it was very distracting and badly directed.


    What character would you cut from Dune?

    The characters all serve their respective purposes, though most of them aren't fleshed out as well as they could have been.


    Any additional comments?

    Sadly, the story just doesn't hold up as well as it did on the first read. A lot of the culture and character development needs more explanation or work; it feels like a lot of ideas are unfinished, glossed over, or just left up to inference, leaving the reader to make a lot of extra leaps that ultimately leads to dissatisfaction with the story as a whole.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mika Oulu, Finland 06-05-13
    Mika Oulu, Finland 06-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very well made audio version of the space epic"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dune is similar to Game of Thrones in a sense that it describes a grandiose play of politics between power mongering houses, albeit in an intergalactic setting. The book is very recommended read for the young audience who became excited about GoT. The book is mostly set in a distant desert planet and the narrative captures the life in a desert planet Arrakis well. The story of Muad'dib is an allegory to our world which gives deeper context to the story, as any profound sci-fi story should.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 05-28-13
    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 05-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book - Great narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    I'm not quite through listening to the entire book. Today I was reading some of the other reviews and realized that I hadn't even noticed the discontinuity of voices that bothered some other listeners. To me the entire performance seems outstanding. The book is one that I've read many times however, and maybe my brain is editing out incongruencies because I already know who's saying what.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

    68 of 68 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.

    11 of 11 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!

    6 of 6 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    11 of 13 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
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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
  • Peter
    Petersfield, Hants, United Kingdom
    8/16/10
    Overall
    "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.

    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
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