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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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    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 04-09-13
    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 04-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Reader / writer. @timosolo

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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

    Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.

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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.

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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!

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    Victor Novosibirsk, PA, USA 12-12-09
    Victor Novosibirsk, PA, USA 12-12-09
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    "Fascinating"

    the book narrated by several men and they did a great job. I heard a lot about this book, now I listened the book itself. If you like the science fiction, you will love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ben
    11/12/16
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    "Terrific book, well read with excellent character."

    I'm not the best at book reviews but when I finally got round to listening to Dune, I'd happily say this is an excellent series. The narrator and other voice actors help bring it to life and help to conjure up a far more real image of the places and people.
    It's by no means a short book, given it is a series of them. Yet I found myself wanting more and the 20+ hours are over in days.
    Do yourself a favour and put this on your list, you won't regret it.

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  • Miskatonic
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    10/19/16
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    "Inconsistent use of cast members lets it down"
    What other book might you compare Dune to, and why?

    It most readily bears comparison with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, as countless others have suggested. This is chiefly because of its clear focus on a battle between Good and Evil, and the fact that Frank Herbert goes to great lengths to create a universe with a full, intriguing and frequently referred-to history (something his son has made a career out of capitalising upon, though I find those books awful compared to the grandeur of his father's works). Language also has an important part to play in both Tolkien's and Herbert's creations, though Herbert falls short of creating his own (his apparently left-field use of the German "spannungsbogen" notwithstanding).


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance might you have changed?

    The voice actors changed frequently throughout the reading, with only the text narrator remaining the same throughout. This led to a disappointing lack of continuity in character voices. For example, the Baron Harkonnen was initially portrayed by a voice actor with a resonating bass voice. This voice actor then disappeared for much of the rest of the book, appearing sporadically later on. In the meantime he was voiced either by the narrator or whichever voice actor was currently in the studio. This lack of consistency made it difficult to follow the narrative by voice alone. This was a pity, as the greater characterisation would have lent a touch more depth to the audiobook as a whole. I deducted two stars from the Performance rating as a result.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't honestly think a better reading is available on Audible, so this is the one to get. For those of you who've see the David Lynch adaptation (or the Alan Smithee hatchet job), the pronunciations may cause a little consternation (for example, in this audiobook the stress in Harkonnen is on the first syllable, whilst in the film it's on the second), but I found this simply helped to differentiate the two works from each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/18/16
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    "great... but"

    the combination of a narrator and then actors for the same characters was confusing and a popr decision. overall it was amazing but felt the actors voices should have been used throughout. however the narrator was perfect aswell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    10/16/16
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    "Fantastic performance - by the main narrator"

    Great novel, beautifully read for the most part. But why the American actors too?! Highly confusing to have two voices for each main character, and some sections fully acted with others read. A bizarre decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howard Sinden
    10/14/16
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    "Great! highly recommend!"

    Only marked down a star on performance due to the changes between narration/full cast in some scenes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Wheeler
    10/14/16
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    "A wonderful audiobook"

    As a long time fan of the Dune saga I had always been slightly disappointed by the film and TV versions of the book. In their own right they were good for what they were, but limited by how short they had to be. They could never properly capture all the complex storylines of the book. This audiobook is magnificent, brilliantly read and performed. This is where books or audiobooks excel, by letting the reader or listener conjure up visions of what they are reading or hearing in their own minds. Altogether excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    Dukinfield, UK
    10/10/16
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    "in awe! this is so absorbing, a thrilling journey."

    this books has so much happen during the telling of it. I won't spoil it but it is both thrilling and
    Emerson. the description and pace of the book is testament to its aclaim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/7/16
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    "Character voices inconsistent"

    Generally very good, but the voices used for some characters vary constantly - even within a chapter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    10/3/16
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    "Best Sci Fi audio book on Audible"

    As the title says. This book has everything. I've listened to it 3 times now and it just gets better. The performances are great.

    If you like sci fi this is a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James B
    10/2/16
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    "Great book"

    Performance only 3 stars as the characters voices sometimes change from one voice to an other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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