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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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  • 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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ziya
  • San Anselmo, CA, USA
  • 04-04-08

great novel, poor production

Dune is a classic of science fiction - relying on character development and an intriguing plot instead of techno-magic to capture the reader. So the book is outstanding. The reading of the book is also very well done. The problem was in the production (as others have mentioned) - it switches between a traditional audio book (one person reading everything) and a dramatization (different actors reading different characters) without rhyme or reason. The Baron Harkonen is read most often by a talented, deep voiced actor, however sometimes in the next chapter or page the narrator takes over. It can be very confusing (especially if you never read the book). Unfortunately this problem continues on in Dune Messiah, the second book in the series. One really has to wonder: WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Good Listen

Overall this was a very good audiobook. The sound quality is very good. The narrator is very good. However the character actors were intermittent. Sometimes the narrator would do the voices, sometimes the actors would. It would even shift within paragraphs. The actors were very good, it just would have been nice if it was either all actors or all narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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huh?

first, the quality of the book is excellent. It's very complicated, though, and I found having my husband with me (who had read the book previously) to explain things was helpful.

second, the dramatized voices were excellent. Scott Brick is my absolute favorite reader, and I was very pleased with his work as well as most of the others.

My complaint is that the dramatized voice actors were only in about 1/4 to 1/3 of the reading. The rest was read by the narrator. I'm used to this format (a single reader) for audiobooks and it normally wouldn't bother me, but it was VERY annoying to be "teased" with the actors only to be let down with the narrator's lame accents through the majority of the story.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Yamhill, OR, United States
  • 11-06-10

Great and yes inconsistent

This offering has been well reviewed and there is nothing I could add. I will confirm, however, in my own humble opinion, this is one great book. The characters are well developed and the story unique. I agree with what some have said that this book is the bar to which all other sci fi must be measured.

As to the production? Well, it truly is inconsistent. There are parts, particularly in the beginning, where the actors are superb. The music and loops are always well placed and add tremendously to the ambience and telling of the story. However, things then change. The voices initially acted out by others become the single, strangled voice of the main reader himself for no rhyme or reason and with no obvious logic.

Given the story and all that is positive about the offering is so incredible, I still have to give it 5 stars.

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peter

The book series were great, enjoyed the film but this audio presentation of the book is fantastic. if you have read the book then I can't believe you won't enjoy this. The way its read and the atmosphere created when listening really brings it to life. Hope the rest of the series come out on audible soon.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant Setting, Boring Book

Ok, so I understand this book is cherished by countless Sci-Fi fans and is considered a masterpiece, although as a whole its really not that good. But, but, Its DUNE, THE DUNE you say. The book universally adored by legions of rabid fans, a "classic" even. Well, sit down, we need to have a talk...

First off, Frank Herbert is a brilliant writer. He created an amazing, intricately detailed universe full of wonder and inhabited by equally interesting cultures in constant conflict . Unfortunately that's where the brilliance ends. Its not very accessible, and frankly, the story just isn't that interesting. I've been hearing about how great this book is for years, so the disappointment is all the more depressing.

Herbert created a great setting and wasted it by focusing on the inner musings of every single character ad nauseum. The vast amount of character development overshadows the interesting parts of the plot to the point that the brief bits of excitement are constantly paused just to explain what everyone is thinking at every turn. I'm sad to say, most of these peoples thoughts aren't particularly interesting. Now before you discount me as philistine who needs constant action, I love Tolkien, George RR Martin, Neal Stephenson, and many other "long winded" authors.

If your a Dune lover, please don't hate me. I get that this holds a special place in the hearts of many. Honestly, a lot of people who's opinions I cherish love this book, but I kept asking myself if I was reading the same Dune as everyone else. I can't recommend this to anyone who didn't grow up with the tale, but who cares I'm clearly in the minority here.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Malcolm
  • Hagensborg, British Columbia, Canada
  • 06-03-07

Good Listen

A well paced and engaging story in spite of being dramatized. I usually only buy unedited and undramatized audiobooks but I must admit this dramatized version is not bad. However, I still prefer a good single narrator without sound effects.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Good book bad performance

This book and the story it self are wonderful it pulls you in for the long haul and has a great plot. However the performance is very sub par. Every character has 2-4 voice actors reading for them it constantly changes. For example the main character Paul is read by at least 3 different people randomly through out the story. It gets confusing and annoying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Dune

Any additional comments?

Written by Frank Herbert, narrated by Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance, Iliana Kadushin. This unabridged version of Dune is 21 hours in length, book one in a series. Narration is fun – lots of readers! Only one element of narration confusion, it seems a single character is read by more than one narrator.<br/><br/>In the style of the time it was written, 1965, Dune is verbose, loquacious, and long-winded. But, that was popular at the time … think James Mitchener, John Jakes, James Clavell, etc., big sweeping novels. Such is Dune, but contrary to his contemporaries, Frank Herbert is deep into Science Fiction with Dune. There are many, many reviews – like over 20K – ergo, there is little I will add.<br/><br/>There are a handful of books that are must reads if one is to consider themselves well versed in a variety of genres, i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird, The Old Man and the Sea, many more. If you want to include SciFi in a well-rounded literary mind – include Dune. <br/><br/>A plethora of characters – considerable re-winding. The story is confusing, especially to a reader not fully open-minded to inventive world-building and considerable stretching of the imagination.<br/><br/>If you enjoy SciFi, you will enjoy and must read Dune. If you do not enjoy SciFi, skip it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dr
  • 12-08-07

A wonderful listen

I intially thought that I had made a mistake in trying this sci-fi genre,the unusual names and places would surely be impossible to overcome. However, with a wonderful narrator, sound-effects and added voices, I was soon transported to the terrain and culture of Dune, absorbed by the politics, intruiges, ambitions and dangers encountered by the characters. I was dissappointed when I came to the end.

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  • Beverley
  • 10-09-07

Brilliant

Brilliant story and great recording. This is one of the best downloads I have had from Audible. What a pity I can only give it 5 stars!

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  • Christopher
  • 09-20-07

Brilliant

Absolutely worthy of the other excellent reviews, the reading by Vance is perfectly pitched and the other characters voiced either by him or other actors are wonderfully realised. The 'sound effects' (often really intrusive in American productions) add to rather than detract from the atmosphere, and the music is also good but not over-used. It has taken me three weeks to listen to all of it, but it is well worth the time and is a completely enjoyable experience for fans of either the book or even the TV mini-series. Excellent stuff!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-17

sublime<br />

what can you say about such a classic apart from it's exactly that a classic. sublime from start to finish.

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  • alwyn
  • 12-01-17

<3

if you can get used to the strange names and words, this is one of the best stories of ever read/heard. however I have had friends who gave up on the book as its 'deep syfy'

the backing music (when used) sets the atmosphere perfectly

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  • Edward J. Lucas
  • 12-01-17

A timeless classic

What did you like most about Dune?

The captivating story of Paul and his rise to power.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Vladimir Harkonnen

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh and it gave me frisson chills at various moments.

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  • martin harrison
  • 11-25-17

listened intently

loved the film the book was far better looking forward to the next book it would be difficult to match this one

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  • EDWARD
  • 11-23-17

dull and very dated

Not a timeless classic. shows its age. but that is purely my opinion. I know many like this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-17

Amazing narration of a legendary book

it is an amazing narration of a legendary, powerful and moving book. Voice actors are talented and committed to the accuracy of the characters motives. The book is a must read for any science fiction admirer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-17

outstanding! however...

loved and longed for every moment of this book! excellent choice of voice actors. my only complain is that there was not enough of them! I loved Jessica's and Paul's voice, but so much of their speech was just done by the narrator, who can only so much...

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  • rory
  • 10-30-15

Exceptional

Narration it top quality, very exciting story with a depth of human emotion that's conveyed very cleverly.

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  • Szymon Szukalski
  • 08-20-15

Presently Perfect!

Great book. I loved it! Some of the best audio book narration I've heard to date.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lyndon
  • 08-17-15

awesome

Great performance. a little confusing with the actors only performing parts of their story and the narrator performing the rest, though you get used to it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • 07-28-15

A great story for audio

Very entertaining and hard to stop listening to. I enjoyed the narration.

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  • Aaron
  • 05-21-15

A beautiful story, worth listening to.

I am amazed at how much someone can put what I emagine as themselves into a story and make it so worth while. A great adventure and well thought out.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-24-15

The greatest sci-fi novel I've ever heard.

Dune is a phenomenal classic. One of the most original and inspired books I've ever read our listened to.

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  • Brian
  • 02-27-15

Dune

It was interesting to hear the story compared to the movie / TV series.

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  • Richard Try
  • 10-27-14

Great story

Great story, well read with some nice touches of music at times. This added to the atmosphere. However, at times, certain scenes were performed by actors and this seemed random and distracting. I would recommend this though!

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  • Michael Zhu
  • 08-10-17

A wild ride and epic performance

Such a high quality production with dedicated voice actors for each character, brought to life.

No wonder Dune is considered one of the classic sci fis. Its a grand tale of climbing back from nothingness, of political deceit and powerplays. Im no sci fi fan but this title has been thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Deanna
  • 10-14-15

amazing story need more women

Oh gosh, how do I start? it was a great book, fantastically written and strong amazing themes. it's just... the women suck

0 of 1 people found this review helpful