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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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    PinkTigerLilly 01-24-17
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    "Scott Brick and Sci Fi Fan"

    World building was interesting. Narration was... different, but not terrible. Overall I was disappointed. Book didn't live up to the hype. Sorry to say. But hey, now I can say I listened to it, in its entirety... so there's that.

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    Westley Giles NYC 01-24-17
    Westley Giles NYC 01-24-17 Member Since 2015

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    "This is a book all sci if fans should read!"

    The shear awesomeness of this story is unable to be professed in my words! Read/listen to the story. You will never regret the time spent doing so.

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    Max Witherspoon Chicago, IL USA 01-24-17
    Max Witherspoon Chicago, IL USA 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but inconsistent voice acting"

    I figured Dune was a book I should read, given its critical acclaim and cult following. The story was interesting and far more political than it was about adventure or action, which surprised me.

    But my problem with this audiobook lies solely in the voice acting. While the book begins with actors cast into each role, several minutes in all characters are assumed by the narrator who often has difficulty differentiating the various voices of each character. This lead to often confusing scenes that were difficult to follow. Then, randomly, the voice actors return for 5-10 minutes and disappear again. This was distracting and disappointing when compared to audiobooks like American God's by Neil Gaiman that retains the actors throughout the entire book. I'd still recommend this to science fiction lovers, but would warn against the inconsistent voice actors.

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    m. seed 01-23-17
    m. seed 01-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Only needs more consistency in voice portrayals..."

    Only fault is different voices for the same character. Otherwise, perfectly executed narration. Especially enjoyed the new age music accents.

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    Dylan Rickaby 01-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pay your voice actors!"

    If you're going to pay James Earl Jones to play your main villian, pay him enough so that he will voice act the whole book. it was very frustrating how the actors for characters changed between chapters

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    james gaetke 01-22-17
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    "Dune"

    This book change my life, and I'm happy audiobooks has it . Thank you audiobooks sincerely

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    K. Watts MD, USA 01-21-17
    K. Watts MD, USA 01-21-17 Member Since 2011
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    "The Performance I've Been Waiting For"

    I've loved this story since I was young, and always tried to hide my disappointment in the 1984 movie. Regardless, I spent decades hoping someone would produce a better version. Still, the 1984 movie, imperfect as it was, was the best I could point to. I didn't even think about trying the audiobook until just recently, but this is it. This is, finally, a journey I can take with my children (who seem to think that anything older than themselves isn't worth the effort). I'm very happy, if you can't tell.

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    S Wren 01-20-17
    S Wren 01-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite!"

    The combination of narration and production is done so well and is so enjoyable. Not my favorite book, but definitely my favorite audiobook.

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    jokeef 01-20-17
    jokeef 01-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "maybe a classic but eh"

    wasnt a fan of the cast reading and wasnt overly impressed by the story. i know it's a classic and maybe it was ahead of its time but when compared to other scifi novels I'm left thinking, "I've had better"

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    Scott Thomas Gray 01-19-17
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    "Dune is still amazing."

    Dune mixes science fiction, religion and ecology in a way that creates a fantasy world that is both wondrous and terrifying. One moment you will be swept up in the valorous call to follow a holy messiah and the next you will question the roles such super heroes play in our lives. The Dune series will make you question strong men and super heroes of all political philosophies. I will also make you rethink what role we all play in making such people so powerful.

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