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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)

What Members Say

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    marc Sunninghill, South Africa 04-14-13
    marc Sunninghill, South Africa 04-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Timeless"

    For some reason I missed the whole Dune thing when it originally came out. I was dubious about buying the Audible thinking it's going to be dated and may loose me up front. Well, I was genuinely surprised! The multi narration and use of mystical ambient sounds and voice effects drew me in and I became submersed into a story of betrayal and revenge set to a timeless backdrop that is so rich in detail it's no wonder they made strategy games about it! Unlike other sci-fi titles I've listened to, the author achieves this without dragging the audience through technological waffle but rather refers to earthly class, cultural and religious aspects of a people surviving in harsh conditions. A true classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 04-09-13
    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 04-09-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Epic story, but some confusion with voices"
    If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Enthralling Epic Escapism


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was hooked from the first word. It was great to have a different reader for each character, but at some points they seemed to switch the narrator for a character which totally changed the effect of the story - the voice didn't match up with the character you had created in your minds eye. Disappointing, but the overall story was still brilliant. Thoroughly recommended.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen South Korea 03-04-13
    Stephen South Korea 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As an intro to sci-fi no. While it's got a lot of good elements, it moves a bit slowly. But if they were already familiar with the genre but hadn't yet come across this one, I would recommend it just because it's considered such a classic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Honestly, I wouldn't say I had a favorite character.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    The main narrator, yes. The man who did the voice of Baron Harkonen, no.


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

    No, it's a bit dry for that.


    Any additional comments?

    The multiple narrators was not used to full effect in this audio version. I never could figure out any pattern of when they brought in the cast to do the voices and when they allowed the main narrator to read all parts. There were times when I thought it would have been better to bring in the full cast to better capture the mood but they didn't, and then in shorter exchanges between multiple characters, they do allow the rest of the cast. And the characterization differences between the main narrator and the cast are wildly different and can be a bit jarring at times. Especially when they switch back and forth in the same scene. I wish it had been more consistent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bjorn Lehi, UT, United States 06-16-12
    Bjorn Lehi, UT, United States 06-16-12
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    "A true Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dune to be better than the print version?

    I would not consider it to be better, but it is more accessible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    To me it is the paradigm shift when the true role of the worms is revealed.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was solid, my only complaint was that the reader jumps some times did not make any sense, though they all did a good job individually. That was what lost the 5th star on performance.


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

    To me it isn't a laugh or cry book, but it does fill me with a sense of wonder, I love how Frank Herbert made the setting come alive for me.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a Science Fiction Classic. I recommend it for anybody who is interested in the genera.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mommyhuff04 06-07-12
    mommyhuff04 06-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Well -"

    The story could have been shortened without losing any content. The characters were easy to confuse because the same narrator read the part of more than one person in the story. I liked the book overall but it does not rank as one of my favorites.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline 05-12-12
    Pauline 05-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Story. Excellent Reading"

    They brought together a wonderful collection of Narrators and brought to life a story that was excellent to begin with. You are enveloped in this Dune world and the characters and individual stories come together into a wonderful audiobook.

    Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valerian MADISON, WI, United States 06-11-11
    Valerian MADISON, WI, United States 06-11-11
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    "Only one problem"

    Main characters are sometimes voiced by different narrators. Randomly, the main narrator takes over and reads everything. Then back to different narrators. It is confusing and annoying. But overall this is a lively audio book and worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Frankston South, Australia 10-19-10
    Ian Frankston South, Australia 10-19-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Close, but no cigar"

    The book needs no introduction but the narration falls short. When it's good, this audiobook of Dune is very, very good indeed. A memorable cast of characters each memorably cast with a unique voice amidst swirling sound effects and high production values.

    But then, often apparently at random, the overall narrator picks up dialogue where, just a sentence or two ago, that character was voiced by someone else entirely. It's a baffling way to go about things and one that has the annoying trick of pulling you back right as you were getting sucked down into the epic tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-05-10
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-05-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Shameful production values"

    One of the best sci-fi novels ever, and a great novel even outside that genre.
    This production sometimes uses two VERY different voices for the same character! Duke Leto is voiced by an American-sounding actor in one scene and then a Brit in the next. Later, it will be back to the American! The same with the Baron Harkonnen: two very different voices.

    This is a very confusing state of affairs and I can't imagine why it was done. Oddly, the two actors voicing the same character don't even try to sound alike at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Compton Blountsville, AL 05-04-10
    R. Compton Blountsville, AL 05-04-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Inconsistant - but passable"

    The story was there - the emotion was there ... but as for the overall presentation, kind'a sad. They had one great voice for the Baron, another great voice for Jessica, another for Paul and many other great voice renditions! Sadly, there was little or no consistency in their use! I was a bit jarring to hear a voice say a line and have to wait for that voice or the sotto voche announce "... the Baron said" to know who was speaking. I'm not sorry that I bought it - but it could have been done much, MUCH better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Fathands
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    2/21/17
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    "excellent. deep layered, poetic, entertaining"

    great reading, great performance. brilliant story well told. holds up really well despite being 50 years old

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  • Coralie
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    2/19/17
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    "I liked the movie better"

    This was good but super long and most of the action is packed in the last 2 chapters. Most of the book consists in the main characters having inner monologues and wandering about Dune. The sleeper must awaken, indeed. zzZZZZzzzZZZZ

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  • Mr S.
    2/7/17
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    "amazing story"

    overall great, wish there was more of the baron harkonnen voice actor though! he was fantastic, but it seemed he was switched out partway through. otherwise fantastic story very well told.

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  • David
    2/1/17
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    "Great Story bad performance"

    Great narration but the voice actors making sporadic appearances spoiled the flow leaving the listener confused on who was talking or contributing in the scene. Great Story though.

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  • George
    Saltcoats, United Kingdom
    1/30/17
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    "Classic SF well dramatised"

    This 1965 story has stood the test of time. Frank Herbert's interesting take of using ecology as the science with genetics tied into the structure is still as thought provoking now as then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SHIVARAM THIRUNAVUKKARASU
    1/26/17
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    "Awesome book"

    Gripping narrative ,very good store telling both in terms of the story and the reading itself

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    1/24/17
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    "Good book, but inconsistent narration"

    The character voices switching from voice cast to narrator was too distracting - good book regardless

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D. Thompson
    leeds
    1/24/17
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    "WARNING - this is a performance, not a reading"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if it was read by one narrator and not performed by several actors with background music.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I prefer to listen to one voice.
    the acting was hackneyed and personally I couldn't bear to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I was intrigued to listen to what is known to be a sci fi classic - but I wasn't expecting a theatrical performance, with bad accents, over the top performances and awful background music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
    1/20/17
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    "Gripping to the last"

    Go in with an open mind cos the concepts need it, but it'll pay you back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    1/1/17
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    "Cracking listen"

    really enjoyed listening to this. well narrated and produced. ready for more dune now books now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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