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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephenie 12-12-11
    Stephenie 12-12-11

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    "Classic, but BORING"

    I tried to listen to this for a bookclub and just couldn't finish it. The strange names are confusing and I just wasn't drawn back to it like I have other audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-04-11
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "A STORY OF SURVIVAL"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The audio book is far better than the film. So many things were answered with the audiobook that I hadn't even thought of.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narration cast was fantastic and brought all the characters to life


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 12-02-11
    Dan 12-02-11
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    "Terrific Story - well done -- worth listening to"
    What did you love best about Dune?

    It's been 20+ years since I read the book.... really enjoyed hearing the story again. Well read. Good story that engaged me completely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story.


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

    One negative: It seems that the partucular actor reading the part of each character seemed to change from time to time. I'm not sure why, but the voice behind a particular character would change as the story went on. It was still easy enough to follow... but this was a bit annoying. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator.


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    Pat 12-01-11
    Pat 12-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Very well done"

    Dune has been one of my favorite books since it came out. This was very well done and I can't wait to hear the rest of the series.

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    Kathryn Salem, MO, United States 11-30-11
    Kathryn Salem, MO, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "The sound effects are terrific!"

    I loved reading the Due series back in the 80's. It's a good storie. The sound effects are great and trully add to the mode and feel of the narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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