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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, 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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A fantastic story ahead of it's time

Fantastic book. I loved every moment of it. I highly recommend this book to all scifi lovers out there

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  • John
  • LOS ANGELES, CA, US
  • 08-16-17

Classic Book, Awful Production

They seemingly switch between voice actors amd narrator at random. They couldnt afford the voice actors for more than a day apparently and they only do dialogue on maybe 1/3 of the book, but sporadically. Chapters would start with voice actors but then just be the narrator for the rest. Pick one and stick with it. Either no voice actors or the entire thing. They listed like 10 names in the beginning but there were maybe 3 or 4 actors that played different characters without a change in voice pattern. I think 2 actors played the Count too. Not to mention some effects they'd use were just laughably bad. One part where a character is having a death dream sounded so silly I could barely listen. It was cringeworthy. Music they used in the beginning was cheezy as hell too but like the rest I guess they got lazy and couldn't put it in the entire thing (thankfully). The guy who produced this should be demoted or fired. At least shamed. Horrible, terrible, distracting production.

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Annoying switching of voice actors

The story itself is great, but it is extremely annoying how the same characters are voiced by different actors throughout the book, switching many times. This makes it quite difficult to follow/enjoy, because sometimes the different voices for the same character are quite incompatible.

I don't understand how audible is actually selling this - the way I see it, this audiobook is unfinished product, or at least a flawed one.
I understand there may have been difficulties in getting all actors for all chapters, but it's no excuse for not getting consistent voicing.

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Very good.

I really liked the book but I didn't love it. The narration is very well performed.

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Awesome in every way!

I first read this book in 1976 when I was supposed to be studying. :) I enjoyed it more now.

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masterpiece

Absolutely inspired genius work that will keep me coming back for repeat listening and learning new lessons with each playthrough.
the voice acting is totally immersion and allows for tge listeners to dive deeply into the sand dunes of the desert planet. special thanks to comic book girl 19 for rekindling my love of this work.

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Great book, poor production.

Production was attempted to be large and with many voice actors - however this ended up being its pitfall as characters voices are inconsistent and end up adding confusion.

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great story, annoying voice switching

voices change from actors to narrator randomly. other than that, great story. recommend it a lot.

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i want the physical copy now

don't make me have a minimum word review they're going to regret it and I'll say some mean things

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Dune

a little boring and a very predictable story for the most part

but still enjoyable in short bursts