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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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Very good reading of a timeless classic

What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

Readers are generally quite good at distinguishing characters and turning the written text into believable conversations.

What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

Children of Dune and Dune Messiah because you have to read them to get the full story.

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

Not the narrators, but the sound effects during transitions were particularly effective.

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

No laughing or crying, just thinking. This is my nth time reading Dune and I learn something new every time.

Any additional comments?

Readers made occasional errors like "secreted" = hidden away being pronounced as the word for oozing from a pore or gland. homographs are the bane of the readers existence.<br/>

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Superb story!

Loved it!I would have preferred a single talented narrator, rather than a cast. But the privilege of hearing this thrilling highly imaginative tale was worth that small irritation.

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Great story

The story and language are amazing. The performance, on the other hand, leaves much to be desired. It's hard to keep the characters straight when the voice actors change seemingly at random.

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Great Bood

I have read or listened to this book at least three times and it gets better each time!!

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love,love,love!!!

a book far beyond it's time!! a wonderful masterpiece, for the warrior and the lover!!

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What a classic.

Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best, so far.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The various voices and character definition is wonderful.

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

After listening to this book I want to know more about this world.

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Fantastic book, but...

They removed some very interesting appendices. I especially missed the story of the ecologist and father of Liet, Pardot Kynes.

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Unfortunate voice acting for a masterpiece

The substitution of strong voice actors for imitations by the narrator were jarring and hurt the performance.

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The Sleeper Must Awaken!

There is a truth in this saying. The minds of humanity must awaken to the ultimate realities of our Universe. All true information is sacred and should be discerned to each individual life for our own Souls progression towards Perfection. Guiding us the only true direction in this vast creation, Godward.

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Liked the story, performance was mixed

For some reason, some of the chapters are read only my the narrator while others are acted by multiple people. The change from one chapter to the next was jarring to me.