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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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Classic story with very talented narrators

The narration was very well done. The use of multiple narrators brings the story to life. I highly recommend it.

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Science Fiction at its best

The quality of this audiobook is spectacular. Each character gets a truly unique voice with a larger cast, and the music that cues up in critical scenes complements the narration incredibly well. Dune itself is a masterpiece, I've read it many times before, but listening to it like this was a riveting experience. This is one of the best fictional worlds ever built.

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Dune

Love it the start to finish will crafting storie
great narration and voice actor will perform

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Classic.

A wonderful way to enjoy this masterpiece: Dune. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample recording. If you like how the cast SOUNDS, pick this uppppp dawgggggggg.

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Old but still good

I first read this book shortly after it was first published. I enjoyed it then and it fanned my love of si-fi that continues to this day. The re-reading of the book in audio form has opened subtlety s of plot and characters that I could not grasp during my long ago youth. Thank you for including these old favorites for our enjoyment.

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Simon Vance is wonderful

no idea who made the decision to have an ensemble cast when you have simon vance narrating. vance's parts are excellent, but the ensemble cast sound bits are put in every other chapter inconsistently so it's disjointed and a bit confusing to follow, and they're not as good at the voices as Simon Vance is.

the story itself is excellent. very enjoyable.

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great story, slightly confusing narration

Maybe I missed a detail that would explain why the producers chose to do this, but the story was narrated strangely - in some chapters, the characters' words are read by the narrator, while in other chapters they're read by a voice actor. Some characters are portrayed by multiple actors. Definitely made things more confusing, but once you accept this, it's well read and a great story. don't give up on it!

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A classic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely yes. Dune is a classic, like Star Wars.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jessica. She's so strong, fighting against all odds, and she suffers a lot but is capable of facing it.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This book is narrated using different actors. The result is awesome except that... (and this is the reason for my 4 star grading) only some parts of the book are narrated using different actors. By using different actors for different characters, the experience is enhanced, and it feels move lively. However, because only some chapters are read using different actors, part of the experience gets lost.

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

This is a classic, even though it's difficult to read (or listen too) because of the language and the many plots within the plot. The reader must immerse herself into the Dune world, and this is not something easy.

The above doesn't mean I'm not recommending the book. On the contrary, only that the readers must have their eyes, ears, and mind alert when reading Dune or otherwise it's easy to get lost.

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Great audiobook

well read and a great soundtrack aswell. Not just plain reading. awesomme. I reccomend this book

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My favorite read book... great listen

I have the book Dune 12+ times but listening to the Audible version brought more understanding that I must have missed.