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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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    R D CO. 11-15-09
    R D CO. 11-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Haruhiko TokyoJapan 10-16-09
    Haruhiko TokyoJapan 10-16-09
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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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    Michael 09-14-09
    Michael 09-14-09
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-27-09
    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-27-09 Member Since 2017
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    "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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    liveon2legs St. Louis, MO 06-09-09
    liveon2legs St. Louis, MO 06-09-09 Member Since 2008
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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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    J. Issler 01-13-09
    J. Issler 01-13-09 Member Since 2016

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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
    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 12-11-08 Member Since 2013
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    "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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    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 07-15-08
    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 07-15-08 Listener Since 2006

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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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    VICTOR 07-01-08
    VICTOR 07-01-08
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    "Dune-various readers"

    Unabidged Dune is always a good listen but i liked George Guidall as the reader-version better. He has very good character inflection as a reader.

    A long story certainly but well worth the listen. I first saw the movie in the 1980's which certainly would have ruined it for me if I'd read the book first but as it was made the book much better.

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    Andrew Lucas Oklahoma City, OK 06-23-08
    Andrew Lucas Oklahoma City, OK 06-23-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Wonderful Production ok a wonderful book"

    I agree with some of the reviewers that the constant changing of voices were confusing. You couldn't get used to whom was portraying whom. But that fact beside this is a wonderul production of a wonderful book

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    9/5/16
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    "Gripping from the start"

    At first it took me a little while to get used to so many voices but it very quickly becomes easy and in my belief, makes the story all the more enjoyable as each character is more identifiable.

    The story is all out sci-fi, a genre I don't tend to read, however the story is gripping and the fantasy world created is one that although extreme, is believable, at least as much is needed to enjoy the book.

    Will definitely be getting the next in the series.

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  • Pod
    9/2/16
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    "Great story, good narration, poor editing."

    Suffered from dodgy editing. The actors were often louder than the narrator. In some chapters the narrator did all of the voices for all of the characters, and in other chapters the other actors would do some of the voices for the same characters.

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  • rory
    8/31/16
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    "New favourite book"

    More of a theatrical performance than jut an audiobook. Really great story, perfectly executed. Love it 100%

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  • Chinknits
    8/23/16
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    "Dune - the Spice world"

    This is the first Audible book I have really enjoyed. The performance was amazing. I have wanted to read the Dune books for a long time so was pleased to find the Audible version. Great to listen to while dog walking.

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  • Swanny
    8/18/16
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    "Good narration but inconsistent"

    Took me a few hours to get into it, but enjoyed it once it got going.
    Would say though that having a large voice cast is fine, but you have to be consistent. There were many occasions where even in the same chapter the same character would be first voiced by the narrator, then by a different actor... and Scott Brick has such a distinctive voice that if he's going to do several characters he really needs a different accent!

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  • Nathan
    8/17/16
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    "Interesting story, appalling audiobook"

    I'm not sure what I think about the story itself. The science of it is very interesting, but there's a lot I didn't like at all. Namely Lady Jessica being a colossal Mary Sue.

    However, this recording is, by a wide margin, the worst audiobook I've ever listened to. Half of it is recorded by a single narrator and the other half by a full cast, and absolutely no attempt is made to match the tone between them. The single narrator simply cannot do the voices of either women or young people, which makes up most of the main characters. It's fragmented and distracting and I strongly suggest that no one ever buy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paulius
    8/16/16
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    "loved it"

    only thing that I didn't like was different voices for the same characters in different chapters

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  • Sebastian Greaves
    8/8/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    Focuses heavily on human drama, personally prefer a more science focused Sci fi. Still excellent!

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  • Claire
    7/31/16
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    "spoilt"

    a decent story but often muddy.
    the performace one of the worse ive listend to.
    in particular i became confused when the baron harkonans voice actor kept changing and found it ruined the characters value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DF1980
    7/18/16
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    "Took a while to get into but..."

    I had been meaning to read Dune for years but never got round to it, so when I spotted it on Audible I gave it a go. Took me quite a while to get into it and I did consider retuning it. The story and the setting is quite unique for sci-fi. Still I pushed on and I'm glad I did. The unusual names and culture start to make sense to the reader after around a third of the way through. Interesting story, certainly something different and I will probably stray into the Dune universe again soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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