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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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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Philip
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 05-05-08

5 star book, 3 star reading

What has frustrated me endlessly with this reading is that they switch the voices around. So for 6 hours one guy will be the voice of the hero and another the voice of the villain, then suddenly a new chapter will begin and they switch over.

I'm not sure what sort of socialist experiment they were thinking of when they decided that the actors should all share the role equally, but its the stupidest thing i've encountered with an audiobook yet.

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  • Conook
  • Hoopa, Ca USA
  • 04-29-08

FIVE STARS

FIVE STARS. the only reason I gave it 5 was because the scale wont go up to 10.

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  • Joseph
  • West Covina, CA, USA
  • 03-08-08

Best Story Experienced in Years!

This audio book was sooo good. I fell in love with it. I consistently think of the book, I've listen it 3 times already. I applaud both the Author and the excellent Narrators, for the descriptive actions of the characters and the descriptive landscapes. I was able to see "Dune. The Desert Planet" with such clarity! By day and by night I was right there, right beside the characters. Through a little research I found out that this story paved way for such stories and movies as Star Wars, The Matrix, and so many more! After listening to Dune you will not have a problem believing the last sentence.

I really praise this audio book and hope you are able to experience it the same way I have.

FYI - I've watched all the different movies, and was very disappointed. The audio book guides your imagination so good, the story is complete, unlike the movies that have time constraints.

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  • Tony
  • Giddings, TX, USA
  • 02-16-08

Dune (unabridged)

Worth every penny. This story is a classic that predated the manipulations of OPEC and the oil rich families and corporations which have played dangerous games of power, greed, and corruption in our world, and which are echoed in the universal empire of our future; 10,000 years in the future. This story relates the power schemes within schemes revolving around a desert world commodity to which the whole human society is addicted and dependent upon, and the neo-Islamic desert people that will defend it or destroy it to a dramatic conclusion, between empiralism, corporationalism, and religion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Six out of five stars

There are many voices on this production, which makes the listening experience much richer than expected. If you liked the book, you will love this audio recording.

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This book

I never got around to reading Dune. I saw the movie some time ago... blah. The book was outstanding! The reading was excellent.(I found the cast mostly superb) I was disappointed I hadn't read this earlier. This book is worth every penny(or credit). This would be considered a great novel if not labeled sci-fi. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to anyone (everyone).

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Masterpiece

I was never one for sci-fi, so I was a bit apprehensive. After about 30 minutes I was hooked. I was even late for work one morning because I sat in the car unwilling to turn it off. I have heard many audio books but none compare to the production of Dune. With over 12 readers it is a theatrical performance. BRAVO!!

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  • Jerome
  • Quezon CityPhilippines
  • 11-05-07

Fantastic experience!

Dune has always been a fantastic experience, and the audiobook only reinforces that fact. The narration and acting is very strong but it could have been much better if the voice talents were consistent to their characters. I remember having one chapter with a very very good Baron Harkonnen voice then the next became entirely different, so I got confused a bit who was talking what.

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  • Jim
  • Batavia, IL, United States
  • 11-04-07

Great!

I read this book years ago when I was in college and enjoyed it then. And I've reread it at least once since then. But now that I'm older, I got a lot more out of the book and really enjoyed it as an audio. I probably will listen to it again in a few years.

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  • M. J. Williams
  • 12-31-16

Classic!

Excellent...read wonderfully with excerpts acted out by the cast...(which at first was a little confusing)

This book is the god father of all sci fi/fantasy books to come!

Onto the next book now please!

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  • Lulwah
  • 12-21-16

good audio version of the book

i have read the book a few years earlier, now listened to it. I like the story and i really liked the audio book version too. sometimes the switch between actor and narrator enacting the same character is disorienting a bit, but that was my biggest problem. I enjoyed the performance of all actors. I think listening to this i a great way to enjoy this book.

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  • robert brooks
  • 12-20-16

loved it

good performance by all
wasn't a fan till I listened to this
and have now listened to it dozens of times

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  • Vladimir Duret
  • 12-17-16

Timeless classic

I've read the book 3 times and watched the movie and the series. The audio unabridge version of the story is well worth it. Made me relive the story. Only gripe would be that the voice actors should have remained constant through the story. Vladimir Harkonnen was fantastically sinister (you'll know what I mean if you chose the audio book). Some of the voice actors wohld be perfect in a ceature film remake. Gurney Halik could have been a better choice,made me think more runt than elite fighting man.

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  • Sonardestruction
  • 12-06-16

Great

Top quality book and well read! Perfect for listening to at night at the Cho Oyu Base Camp and beyond

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  • PL
  • 12-06-16

Great audio book

I wish the voice acting was 100% throughout the book but regardless this book is great. One of the sci-fi daddies. One of the originals. So many sci-fi movies and novels have been inspired by this novel.

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  • DEAN BOOKER
  • 11-25-16

Strive for perfection.

You know who will win each battle, no luck involved. So no twists very predictable.

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  • themattdaniels
  • 11-18-16

Story of a lifetime!

This was recommended by my Dad as a book as significent to sci-fi as Lord Of The Rings is to fantasy. I was not disappointed and burnt through the 21 hour epic within a couple of weeks of commuting. The only thing that let it down was the constant changing of voice actors playing the main characters, switching from the actors to the narrator doing the same characters, it was quite detaching from the story.

But still, a fantastic fantastic book.

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  • Paul Farmer
  • 11-17-16

I brilliant peice of scifi

I have tried to read Dune quite a few times after watching the completely bewildering film and the decent TV adaptation in the early naughties. I could never get past the first two chapters as it felt so alien, I couldn't connect. The performances in the audiobook got me passed this however and the portrayal of Paul Atredies, his ups, downs and whatevers were excellent! If you haven't read the book try this, an excellent example of how an audiobook can bring to life an alien world, accessible to all.

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  • Rachael McKerr
  • 11-16-16

Great audio, poor story

Herbert fans will be aghast but I find his story telling long winded and lackluster. The concept of a desert planet and how people adapt was great, but the rambling monologues and lack of plot twist left me bored. I felt no suspense or joy or fear for any of the characters despite the great voice actors. I finished it but will listen to no more of the series, time to move on to something new.