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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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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

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.

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  • CO.
  • 11-15-09

Best ever

As a child of the fifties I was in a prefect place to be the beneficiary of the best science fiction ever written. By age 15 I had visited many fantastic worlds in My imagination, and by age 18 I was becoming a bit jaded with the current offerings. Enter Frank Herbert and "Dune". His creation blew My mind with its detail, especially at a time when environmental awareness was beginning to come into fashion. I had no idea that such an elaborate world could be contained between the covers of a paperback novel.
In the mid seventies I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Herbert at a science fiction symposium at Colorado State University, and it was an experience I will always treasure because Mr. Herbert turned out to be just the nicest down to earth person You would ever want to meet.

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A superb presentation of a masterpiece

Needless to say Dune is one of the most important science fiction novels ever written, which is faithfully presented in this audiobook. What I must comment here is the fact that this is performed by several talented narrators, providing the vividness of a radiodrama, while keeping the authenticity of an unabridged audiobook. Very splendid and highly recommended.

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How do you say classic?

I remember all my friends going crazy over the book when I was in high school. I didn't read it at the time...I was much too busy with other pursuits. I really wish I had. Talk about expanding vistas. I really find it interesting that Mr. Herbert seated the story in an arabic world with a unique resource that in many ways mimics oil. Very awesome, very cool, very good read with all the characters well represented and easy to follow. This is what we should have read instead of Lord of Flies!

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  • Noah
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-27-09

One of the great ones

When it comes to audiobooks, there's two things that matter: the book itself and the audio presentation. This book excels at both. The book is deservedly an all-time sci-fi classic and the presentation uses multiple narrators, music and sounds. It feels like you're listening to a movie.

I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a very enjoyable "read"!

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A great listen

This was my first Audible download and it was a great choice. I had never actually read any of the Dune novels despite having seen both the original movie and the miniseries that came out a few years ago. The story has always fascinated me and I am glad I finally got the chance to experience the full text. It is so much more than just some sci-fi series.

The only reason I am not giving the review 5 stars is because I found the narration distracting. The full cast segments are wonderful and I loved the voice of the Baron Harkonnen, and the segments with the lone narrator were really good also, but when you put them together it makes the narration feel disjointed. For example, because the full cast segment of the Baron was so good, I couldn't help but compare it to the narrator's version of the Baron, which was not nearly as powerful. And since they seemed to randomly jump from using a full cast to using just one narrator and back again to a full cast, I found myself thinking more about the narration than actually following the story.

Despite the small gripe, the overall experience has been my favorite foray into the Dune universe.

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My New Favorite Book!

The experience of listening to this audio rendition of Dune has far surpassed that of watching any movie I have ever seen! My only regret is that this book is only 21 hours long and had to end. I am now listening to it for the second time and loving it even more!

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  • Aaron
  • Staunton, VA, United States
  • 12-11-08

A must read for sci-fi fans

I had heard the hype about this book and wanted to give it a try. I found the first bit of the book confusing as I learned about the author's style. Once I got a grap on his writting style I found the book a great experence. As the book progressed and the various factions of the Dune universe played out. I was left wanting to hear more. My experence listening to Dune was the my first Audible book. Now I am more than hooked.

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Brilliant

I have read the book 3-4 times and I still got so much from this audio book. The narrator and voices do changes but its not too hard to follow. If you love the book you'll love the audio book its very well done. Its great to hear all the words, which are so unique to the book, spoken out loud. You really get immersed in the Dune universe. I listened to it in the car and it passed the time wonderfully.

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  • PixelPole
  • 03-16-17

Shows its age, inconsistent narration and self indulgent writing tempered with great world building


Inconsistent voice acting makes for a sometimes disorientating listen. For large sections of the book, a single narrator voices everyone, but for small (seemingly random) scenes, a whole (skilled) cast is employed to good use.

In terms of writing however, the style is self indulgent on the part of the author, and feels the need to repeat and reiterate lore and background constantly, if nothing else, perhaps because he likes the spelling he's given to aspects of his world-building.
Repeated instances of Paul and his mother, (and other characters for that matter) reading into one another's behaviour and praising and appreciating, each other etc. is annoying to say the least. Eventually too, the training and escalation of powers starts to feel like it might lead to some DBZ-like escalation, if nothing else, just to try and maintain the reader's interest.
On the other hand though, the scope and vision of the world Frank Herbert has created is captivating, and probably the thing that makes this a worthwhile read in terms of the writing.

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  • Ben
  • 03-14-17

its a slow starter but give it chance

I wasn't much for this when I started to listen but seeing as I had bought it on the recommendation of its ratings I thought I'd see it through and listen much more often as I thought I might as well get through it. I ended up really enjoying it in the end, probably not enough to get the sequels as it turned out not to be my kind of book but I definitely don't regret it.

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  • Liam O
  • 03-07-17

meh

A woolly story and a Paul who sounds like a shrill child. Was the original this bad?

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  • M. Mower
  • 03-05-17

Brilliant

The story is magnificent and the delivery is grand. The narrator is excellent and the intermixture of narration and voice acting works well. True some of the voices I had imagined a little different but they all work well. The actor playing the Baron is especially good, i missed him in the narrated parts. Listening to this was time well spent and I suspect now i will have to buy the other 5 as well.

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  • smithy1
  • 02-22-17

The best

The best book ever. Epic story, inner sense, like the people of the world throughout history across the universe

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  • Fathands
  • 02-21-17

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
  • 02-19-17

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.
  • 02-07-17

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
  • 02-01-17

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
  • 01-30-17

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.