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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

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  • Audie Award Winner, Science Fiction, 2008

Nebula Award winner, Best Novel, 1965Hugo 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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  • Ruy
  • Wolfenbuettel, Germany
  • 06-22-07

great work

I am a great admirer of Frank Herbert's work, and I got this book without hesitation. The audio is a high quality dramatization, and I enjoyed it very much, but there were some details that a production as well devised as this should have taken care of, such as speakers switching the role they had previously, so, suddenly the baron Vladimir Harkonnen has the voice of Thufir Hawat, which I found unsettling. Besides minor points like this, it is a great work.

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Absolutely loved it!

I can't believe I've never read or listened to this before. Wow! What a great book! I will definitely be getting every book in this series! The narration was superb and the story itself was amazing. Frank Herbert does an excellent job of creating this alien world and describing it in such a way that I can clearly see this planet and all of its oddities. I can't wait to enjoy the rest of the series!

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  • Jacobus
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 01-18-14

A Muhammad-like story on galactical scale

I remember reading ‘Dune’ the first time in secondary school when I borrowed a copy of the book from the local library. Though I don’t return to most novels once read or listened to, ‘Dune’ have been one of the exceptions. My second acquaintance was during my study of Hebrew and Classical Arabic during postgraduate studies at university.

My third meeting with Frank Herbert’s Sci-Fi classic was when I listened to it in audio book format. While it initially was just a great story, and during my years of study a feudal-Arabic desert mixture, the religious aspect of the novel intrigued more this time. Though the quotes by the princess Irulan felt at times as if it took away some of the suspense in the book, it had the function of giving the story the feel of a memoir.

Paul Arteides the son of the duke Leto Artreides becomes the Mohammad-type prophet of the desert planet Arrakis, filled with dunes and huge sandworms which rules its surface. The story plays out around his transition from a duke’s son to a prophet, religious leader, genetically engineered oddity (the Kwisatz Haderach of the Bene Gesserit) and political force against the evil Harkonnen house who have been extorting the local population of the planet. It is a story filled with treachery, slyness in which good and bad, right and wrong blurs. Herbert has the ability to drag the reader or listener into a story in such a way that you change with Paul Artreides and accept the idea of a jihad against even the Emperor Shaddam IV. I was trying to think of a close parallel to what the story is about and the best I can come up with is the idea that a European kingdom loses its rightful heir just to discover that he has not died but turned Muslim and yet it is open to accept him and swear absolute loyalty to him.

While Simon Vance reads the story, his reading is enriched with various voice actors that acts out important characters and scenes. These are also complemented with certain background sounds. Although some reviewers complained that some of the interpretative reading didn’t sound natural and sounded forced I there was nothing that hindered me. If there is something that I would change in the way the novel is read, it would be Vance’s pronunciation of certain words like “Lisan al-Gaib” to sound more Arabic. Then again there is nothing that says it must be pronounced the way I would like it to be pronounced.

This 1965 Nebula and Hugo Award winning book is still a worthwhile and intriguing book to read. In some ways the story is straightforward, yet it has its surprises and it is a worthwhile Sci-Fi classic to listen to.

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  • Stephen
  • west pymble, Australia
  • 11-10-11

What an epic tale

I must admit I am a Science fiction person, so was always going to like the story... having read the book when younger and watched the TV show. However the Audio book was just amazing, it has been produced in an epic manner and it is impossible not to get dragged into the story.
I used it to pass time on two very long trips and it made them fly past, the first leg of 13 hours I was almost disappointed to arrived as it meant I had to put a hold to listening to the book

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Well-Read Betrayal, Ecology, & Revenge on Arrakis!

This is an excellent audiobook of a classic sf novel. The story concerns economics, politics, religion, gender, ecology, fate, and free will, not to mention love and hate, concubinage and marriage, loyalty and betrayal, and more besides. The arid planet Dune (Arrakis) is a magnificent creation, with its vast deserts, stunning storms, and intricate ecology driven by the giant worm ???makers??? and the ubiquitous and addictive spice. I respect Herbert's focus on intrigue and relationships between people rather than on large scale space operatic battles. I admire his intelligent, brave, capable, resourceful, and feminine female characters. The Harkonnens are perhaps too grotesquely and pervertedly villainous, but Paul, Jessica, Chani, Gurney Halleck, Thufir Hawat, and Dr. Yueh are all interesting and convincing.

The audiobook itself is compelling, with occasional ambient minimalist music effectively heightening the mood of key scenes without distracting from the words of the story, which are read by excellent readers. Some reviewers have been bothered by Simon Vance usually reading everything, while other readers sometimes read the conversation lines of the main characters. I'd prefer the entire book to have been done one way or the other, Vance only or Vance doing the narration and other readers all of the characters' conversations, because it is jarring to hear Vance speaking, say, Paul's lines one moment and the Paul reader speaking them the next moment. Furthermore, I am unsure as to the criteria by which one scene is completely read by Vance, while another is read by Vance plus different readers doing the dialogue. But that is a minor quibble about what is a gripping, affecting, and well-made audiobook.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Denton, TX, USA
  • 07-07-10

Satisfying Adaptation of a Sci-Fi Classic!

I first read my now well-worn paperback copy of Dune in middle school and became a lifetime Frank Herbert fan. I've seen the movie and mini-series adaptations as well. This first book in his now classic series is still my favorite, and I found this multi-reader adaptation satisfying. While there were places in the narrative that I might have wished were interpreted differently, overall the characters were presented as individuals, the cultures of Caladan, Geidi Prime, and Arrakis were explicated, the rivalry between the Atriedes and the Harkonnens was developed, and the climax on Arrakis was appropriately intense. If you like Frank Herbert and love "Dune," I think you will enjoy this audio book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Wonderful Version - WELL DONE!!

Being a big fan of the book, the movie and sci-fi in general I had high hopes for this audio book and it didn't let me down one bit. Many of the words and names in the book are tongue twisters and the readers (actors) did a splendid job in voicing tham. This was closer to a radio play than an audio book. This is the best audio book I have listened to and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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Fantastic, Period

Dune easily stands as one of the great works in Sci-Fi, with good reason. Frank Herbert had a unique ability to tell stories, and an even more unique view into the human psyche.

Much to my surprise, I saw that many reviews complained about the audio. My experience was just the opposite - I have found this recording to be one of the best on Audible. With a full cast of characters I though the voice work was all very well done. The one valid complaint that I have seen is that character voices are sometimes read by the narrator rather than the actor who has been portraying the character - this is somewhat jarring at first, but I ultimately found it forgivable.

As for the story itself, many dozens of reviews and reviewers have done a far better job than I ever could of explaining why Dune is such a classic. If you've never experienced Dune (and no, none of the movies or mini-series even get close), do yourself a favor and get this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Again!

I first read Dune the regular way in 1979, watched the 1984 movies and the SyFy minis 2000/2003. I started reading it again in 2006. I found this audio version even better than the reading and watching.

The actors/readers lend dimension to the scenes and characters that for me are missing from my personal reading of the book, the two versions of the 1984 movie and the various SyFy mini series.

The epigraphs by Princess Irulan are great as is the music that is featured at cetain times throughout the work.

Both my understanding and imagination are much better now making the listening a much better experience. I listen on two diff PMDs and a docking appliance with good speakers - a must in my opinion if you're not on the road.

Dune is a great story to be told and in the case of this version the story is told in a great way!

It is simply excellent - again.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • APO, AE, USA
  • 07-29-08

A Pleasant Surprise

This is the kind of shock I like. Instead of being disappointed that a story doesn't live up to the impossibly high standard that has been set for it, I was drawn in by this book so much that I hated every time I had to stop without finishing. I didn't really expect to like this book at all but it was great.

Makes you wonder about a place like Mars which has little or no water. What would it take to live there? This book makes an interesting case of what such a life might be like (sans the absence of oxygen), especially in the context of how we take water for granted.

Probably one of the most original and creative stories I've ever read.

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  • Lulu
  • 07-07-14

Definitely in a League of its Own

I'm a sci-fi lover and would like to think I have read a range of books in this genre. However, I was yet to read a book of this calibre and sophistication. I now appreciate some of the reviews I read on this book. Many reviewed this book as part of the old style, unique and captivating in its own right, a foundation from which the epic sci-fi fantasy books of George R R Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie and the like evolved; I totally agree. If you bear this at the back of your mind, you will go with the tempo and accept the distance. For those who like fast paced, all action or streamingly eventful stories, the pace of this book may appear quite slow and they may not endure its length. They may also fail to appreciate the role of narrated thoughts heavy laden throughout the book.

However, if you are one who appreciates the role and dynamics of thought processes in outlining the different possible causes, paths and consequences of human interactions; who appreciates the dynamics between politics, economics, religion and culture - then this is the book for you. There's lots of unbelievable, almost magical stuff too (of course, being a sci-fi) that connects to issues of the environment and survival. I found this book to be pleasant/gratifying in all these respects.

This book was very well written with the sophistication, intrigue and research into scientific and cultural issues. There is no doubt that some prequels would have shed more light on some issues and characters, but, even on its own, the book left me intellectually intrigued/engaged the whole way through and satisfied with the ending. For all these reasons, I can say that I have some reverence for the author, Frank Herbert, and I consider the purchase of this book to be well and truly worth it.

The only way this book was a let down for me, and this shortcoming I found forgivable as long as I kept track with the various characters, was the inconsistency in the voices attributed to the different characters...

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  • Mr. R. J. King
  • 03-31-14

I just can't get into this book

I've tried this book three times now, on paper, on my Kindle, and lastly in audio format, and every time I come up against the same problem. I just don't get into it. I'm sure it's a great book. Certainly a lot of people say it is; but it does little for me. In fact, I found this dramatised version even less appealing than the written versions.

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  • dean
  • 11-01-11

Dune not bad

I have read the book many times but thought i'd treat myself to this audiobook.
Although it is true to the book the voices especially Gurney's are very annoying to american for me but overall worth a punt.

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  • Annette
  • 02-04-09

Loved it

This is part one of three and it is excellent.
I have already read the book and found this an absolutely brilliantly read book. The characters are played with charisma while the narrator does a fantastic job. The book is read in a calm unhurried fashion and is very easy on the ear.
This one I will definitely listen to again

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  • Matthew
  • 05-12-08

Fear is the mind killer

It's difficult to not give 5 stars to this as it's such a classic sc-fi read, George Lucas later pinched the basic plot for his Star Wars saga. There's a great cast of characters to meet, all well represented vocally, this is one book to totally immerse yourself in. Is it as good as it's hyped up to be? Well, not entirely for me, Herbert does like to think himself as something of a sage a bit too often for my liking, it's almost his 'bible' at times and can get a bit pious in a zen-like way. If I'd read it as a teenager, I'd probably have thought it the best thing ever, but as an adult I take it all with a small pinch of salt, but go with the swing of it and you'll enjoy it. A story most people will get something out of, sci-fi fans or not.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 04-22-08

Totally Addictive

My Dad recommended this book to me many a year ago, and when I saw it on audio I thought that it would be an ideal way of enjoying the story. I couldn't stop listening.....doing my housework for a week with my earphones on constantly!!!!
The narrative was brill, and the change in reader helps to hold your concentration. I've bought the next 2 audio books for my holiday next week......I can't wait!

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  • Mr David Newton
  • 02-15-08

What a great experience

This reading drew me in to the story in a compelling way. Each character in this complex story was clearly dlineated in both the main reading and the full cast areas.
The story had changes of pace and intensity which allowed the listener time to take in the full sweep of htis marvellous story.
i look forward to the sequel.

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  • Philip
  • 02-04-08

Keeps going right to the end

My wife bought me a SatNav for my birthday which is a great present but which could find its self used only occasionally. However it came with a built in Audible player and so I decided to give it a go. I use it on my way to and from work and I've even used it whilst mowing the lawn. Dune is the first book I've listened to on it and it was superb. I could write pages on all the twists and turns ( within turns within turns ) but the best part for me was that it keeps you going right until the very end. I read lots of books and I'm quite used to guessing the finale several chapters from the end but with Dune, even as the last scene played out, I had no idea how it would end...I'd recommend it to anyone sci-fi buff or not.

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  • Martin
  • 01-15-08

Dune

It feels almost superfluous to review this book given all the previous positive reviews but I made a new year's resolution to review each audiobook I listened to so here goes. The book itself is recognised as a classic of science fiction. I had previously read the book and suffered through the movie version. I would strongly recommend this audio version of it to anyone, even those averse to SF. It is the first multi-voice audio-book I have bought and I thought this added significantly to the quality of the narration. All voices were excellent and with such resonance that I could hear them in my head when I later read through the wikipedia entry for the book (well worth looking up if you start getting confused about the plot). Great start to the New Year!

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  • Melanie
  • 01-06-08

A timeless classic read well

I have read this book in paperback form, watched the tv series and the rather flawed movie but was anxious to try out the audiobook and see how it compared. Well it is by far the best way to experience Frank Herberts Dune. The voices are fantastic and fit the characters very well as does the narrator. I loved this book have read, watched and listened to this book many times and can honestly say it stands the test of time. If you like epic scifi then you will love this.

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  • Daniel
  • 12-17-16

incredible!

Deserves all the acclaim it received.

The charactera are richly portrayed, the story captivates throughout.

Worthy of the attention The Lord of the Rings received.

I'll be rereading.

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  • Samantha
  • 12-08-16

Great performance by voice actors

Well read. I would have never been able to finish the written book otherwise.
The chapters are broken up by different actors, a woman reciting poetry then an reading the book so you don't get confused.

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  • angus
  • 10-27-16

it's not unabridged

wow I feel like an idiot. I thought that it was an unabridged reading. I wish there was a full copy of this book that I could listen to because I love the story.

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  • Raymond J. Hicks
  • 10-25-16

great reading, but actors come and go.

this was an excellent reading of this classic. unfortunately every so often the characters will be read by voice actors rather than the narrator. they do an excellent job characterising the personas, however it is not consistent. this threw me off a few times. this is particularly frustrating towards the end where it occurs multiple times within the same scene. otherwise an amazing job setting the mood of this spectacular world.

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  • Kim
  • 10-22-16

A classic sci-fi

A classic sci-fi. Story line has dated badly in some areas (cringeworthy regarding women characters) but it is a classic.

Performance would have been of different character were consistent.

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  • Terrence
  • 09-28-16

Just phenomenal.

Was a truly great listen, couldn't find enough excuse to drive so I could power through it.

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  • Brody
  • 09-20-16

Stellar, but disjointed performance

The book was (of course) a classic, however the performance was broken up between actors and the narrator voicing the same characters. They all did a wonderful job, it was occasionally jarring.

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  • Stephanie
  • 09-11-16

Overall great read(listen)

Been meaning to read this book for ages, being in audio definitely helped to get through it faster than I would otherwise be able to. Overall very good narration. Although I did find it was odd that sometimes the narrator would do all the speaking voices when in other sections they had voice actors doing each part.

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  • Ethan williamson
  • 09-03-16

An engrossing audiobook.

Although it was sometimes hard to get a grip on which person was which person I cannot help but give this book 5 stars. The narration was great and I look forward to more. A great introduction to the series

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  • Pomanjou
  • 09-02-16

Good narrator, random use of voice actors

The narrator is pleasant to listen to, however the somewhat random use of different actors for different characters is badly done. They are only present in some chapters and there are odd pauses within the reading that take some getting used to. The music appears at odd moments too.