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Dune Audiobook

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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    Erik M 04-04-14
    Erik M 04-04-14
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    What did you love best about Dune?

    Thr story is great


    What did you like best about this story?

    Many diverse characters made the story that much more enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    My complaint with the audio is this: some dialog was narrated (very well by the way) and some was dramatized. The problem arose when the story transitioned from narratiom to dramatization. The voice used by the narrator was obviously different from the actors and sometimes it was confusing to follow. Not a huge deal but it could be distracting at times.

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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-02-14
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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    "Probably My Favorite Audiobook of All Time"

    Everything about Dune, the audiobook, is great. Tremendous, epic sci-fi story. Really outstanding narration by Simon Vance (primarily), in it's unabridged glory. I've listened to it 3 times now over the years (more than any other book) if that tells you anything. Get it!

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    Weezum Jeezum Hayward, CA United States 03-26-14
    Weezum Jeezum Hayward, CA United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A science Fiction Classic"

    I admit that I'm biased for this book I've read it more times than I can remember. Each time I do, I get more from it. I got even more when I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew GLASTONBURY, CT, United States 03-14-14
    Andrew GLASTONBURY, CT, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful Story. Mediocre Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is classic, smart Science Fiction. Where technology is seen more as a religion and myth than science and progress. To see how people survive and live in these hostile condition will entice any reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationships that the characters have with one another are fascinating. The closer they are to power, the further they are to ones they love.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Dull. Dry. Inconsistent.


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

    It's hard to. If it stayed with the full cast play, then it could be listened in a day. However, Scott Brick takes the majority of the book and he cannot hold listener's attention when they have been exposed to the other, more talented, actors.


    Any additional comments?

    More consistency with the narration could be nice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bassam LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-13-14
    Bassam LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-13-14
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    "Classic Book, decent narration."
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Science Fiction, Thought provoking, mind blowing


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thought provoking


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    He wasn't bad. The problem is sometimes all voices were in the narrators voice and some were in other actors' voice. I would have preferred the narrator stick to third person narration and internal thoughts, while speech were acted out by other actors.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    "I am the Kwisatz Haderach"


    Any additional comments?

    I see a lot of parallels between the spice and certain plants like cannibis, psychedelic mushrooms and Ayahuasca (DMT containing plant). Like the spice, these drugs don't dull your senses, but open your mind and make you think in ways you never thought possible( yeah, yeah it sounds like hippie Bullsh*t...but it is true!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Estelle Tokyo, Japan 02-25-14
    Estelle Tokyo, Japan 02-25-14

    Avid reader, audiobook lover, BookTuber.

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    "The Sci-Fi Classic comes alive!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    Rediscovering, in a different language, format and years later, my favorite piece of science fiction.


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    It has often been compared to LOTR for creating an incredibly complex and detail new world. I would also compare Dune to A Song of Ice and Fire for its political intrigue, its characters and some of the characters relationships.


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

    Loved all of them, but my favorite had to be Paul Atreides and his mother Jessica.


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

    If it wasn't 21 hours long, I would listen to it in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    Frank Herbert's Dune is my favorite work of science fiction and easily one of my favorite books of all time. Not only it has shaped me as a reader, but it started my love for the genre when I was a teen.
    Listening to it as an audiobook has been an absolute delight, the whole cast did a phenomenal job and literally gave voice to some of my favorite characters, making Dune alive.
    Couldn't recommend it enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan 02-02-14
    susan 02-02-14
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    "mea culpa"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    i wasnt able to follow the denouement, and blame myself. i wanted to read this in the sixties and since, and hoped i would be grabbed by the audible version; but no.


    Would you recommend Dune to your friends? Why or why not?

    i think sci-fi fans will have read it by now
    there is a lot of foreign vocab invented for the book, and too many names;
    somehow without seeing them i couldnt learn / interpret them


    Any additional comments?

    i dont mean to put anyone off, but it isnt for everyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter kessel-lo, Belgium 01-28-14
    Peter kessel-lo, Belgium 01-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Dune as it should be"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dune to be better than the print version?

    This audio version actually does create an interesting athmosphere for listening. You will be absorbed by the story and the ones who tell it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Duke Leto.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They are superb actors who really bring this story to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dune, Arrakis, desert planet.


    Any additional comments?

    It is really an audioplay, not a audiobook. Its a great listen of a great story and I loved every minute of it, moreso because of the athmosphere created by sound and voice from the very start.

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    Joseph 01-27-14
    Joseph 01-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, bad production"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For some reason the voices of the characters changes, I was confused sometimes if I was really listening to the Barron or someone else at times. It's still a great book, if you enjoy the movie you'll like the book.


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    Al 01-25-14
    Al 01-25-14
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    "Terrible Audio Recording"
    Any additional comments?

    This book has good ratings but the narration sounds terrible. The characters have low and high recorded voices making the audio sounds horrible. You find yourself increasing the volume so you can hear the story but then lowering it because it is too loud. I do not call that easy listening. I gave up after 3 hours. I have downloaded over 50 books so far and this is the first for me.

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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!

    75 of 76 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.

    14 of 14 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!

    7 of 7 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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Petersfield, Hants, United Kingdom
    8/16/10
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    "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.

    4 of 4 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
  • 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
  • Roy
    derbyUnited Kingdom
    9/9/08
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    "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
  • Clive
    PitsfordUnited Kingdom
    2/8/08
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    "A new dimension"

    When I was a teenager I thoroughly enjoyed (and found myself transported to) Dune and appreciated it as much as Catch 22 and Asimov's Foundation series. When I was a thirty-something I tried to enjoy the film version without much success. As a fifty-something I am amazed by the richness of the experience provided by this audiobook. The combination of straight narrative and dramatisation works to bring the book to life in a way I did not expect. I recommend listening via an iPod/MP3 player with headphones. If the spoken word can evkoe pictures in your mind, your are in for a cinematic treat!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
    7/2/07
    Overall
    "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.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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