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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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    JB 08-31-15
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    "Excellent story with great dramatic performance."

    The dramatic performance was excellent and the story well-deserving of its accolades. I only wonder why I didn't read it while I was younger.

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    W. New Market, TN, United States 08-28-15
    W. New Market, TN, United States 08-28-15
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    "Great book, mostly great narration"

    Everything is perfect, a great narration for a great story, EXCEPT for some weird reason, parts of the text have each character narrated by a different voice actor, and other parts, those same characters, they are all narrated by the primary narrator. Weird because there are two different voices for each of the main characters. Very odd.

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    Dani Smith 08-28-15
    Dani Smith 08-28-15
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    "Great story, inconsistent narration style"

    This is an epic tale, no doubt about it. It's thoroughly engaging for all 20+ hours, which is pretty impressive - that's a lot of book! Finishing it with a resolution but also many questions was satisfying, but also made me ask "done with that, where's the sequel???"

    The problem with the narration style is a bit annoying. Some chapters have a full cast of narrators to play out all the dialogue, while in others the narrator speaks all the dialogue, including for some people who have other voices in other chapters. All the narrators have good voices (well, the Shadout Mapes doesn't have my favorite voice, an intentionally squeaky style, like she's trying to imitate someone who's inhaled helium), but it would have been better if they just picked one - always the full cast, or always the main narrator.

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    James McDermott 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book mediocre recording"

    I read this book 35 years ago and it's still great and relevant. I enjoyed the voice actors employed but I thought they were inconsistent in the voices they used for different characters. I didn't like the way the Baron was portrayed.

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    Stephen P Anderson 08-27-15
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    "THE Sci-Fi Standard"

    Sure, the movie was excellent, and ahead of its time. This book, however, was rich in characters, imagination and descriptive prose. It makes you realize the difference between visually telling a story and describing it with words. Simply legendary!

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    David 08-26-15
    David 08-26-15
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    "Unfortunately Confusing Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is classic science fiction and a must listen for anyone new to the genre or even a long time sci-fi lover like myself.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was intermixed with performed sections so characters ended up with two different voices (the narrator in one chapter and an actor in the next chapter). At one point, once a major character is killed off, that actor takes on a new character (in the same voicing) taking away the continuity of the characters. The narrator did a fine job and should have had control of the entire reading.


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    Preben 08-19-15
    Preben 08-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best performence, great story! "

    I absoluty loved the story! But the performence of all actors made it fabueless! Superb!

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    Chris 08-19-15
    Chris 08-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic sci-fi story; Narration was distracting"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dune was a good book; a classic sci-fi tale worth listening to. My problems with this publication of the story is with the narration. They slip back and forth from a dramatization to the typical narration format, and I found it distracting. It doesn't happen very often, but when it did, I found myself paying more attention to my annoyance than the story. All that being said, the story is worth listening to. I'm looking forward to buying the sequels and seeing how they measure up.


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    Colin ODonnell 08-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "too many voice actor changes"

    good story, but the same characters are voiced by multiple actors. it creates confusion and the performance seems disjointed

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    Mary McKnew 08-17-15
    Mary McKnew 08-17-15
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    "Still epic"

    I first read Dune almost 40 years ago. But reading it a second time, and by means of audio performance, has given me a better understanding of some of the philosophic/religious/evolutionary ideas. It is well written and well performed. Worth the 17 hours.

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