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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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Good book for your morning commute

I listened to this book during my morning drive to work, 10-15 minutes at a time. The story and format are perfect for this. The narration is very good, but the production sometimes uses character voices and then goes back to using a single narrator.

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Only One Major Gripe... Otherwise wonderful

I have a 3 hr round trip commute, so I am a die hard audible listener. I am used to our wonderful readers playing all the parts. Therefore, listening to a multiple reader production was awkward at first. It became even more so when the voice of Barron Harkonnen kept changing from this wonder oily bassoon of a baritone to a flat weasel. There were several voice actor changes and the quality/clarity/crispness of the recording segments showed that it was recorded in several different studios. I'm not sure if the voice of Paul changed, but all of a sudden he picked up an accent that he didn't have before.

All these inconsistencies in production muddled a clear presentation. I was often confused about who was talking.

PLEASE re-record this wonderful book!

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Superb... and sublime

The marrying of voice narrator Scott Brick with Frank Herbert's magnum opus was match made in paradise! This audible book was very well done and highly enjoyable!

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pretty good

Good book. Engrossing world, interesting cultures and ideas. Recording leaves something to be desired; characters switch voices, sometimes in the middle of a scene, which can be confusing until you get used to it

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Even a bad audio performance can't ruin Dune

I really enjoyed the book, but the audio performance was just horrific. The full cast recording was really distracting and not consistent - some characters who sound old with British accents in some scenes are young with American accents in others. The main narrator is great, but the acting in those full cast scenes is just plain bad. HOWEVER, having never read the book, I still found it an awesome read. Enter at your own risk! Audible should really update this recording.

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good book bad recording

Dune was a great book but the audio recording kept switching between a single narrator and a narrated cast

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Good sci fi.

Listening to this narrator's voice was very pleasant. Characters and story better than the movie.

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A classic

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

Yes, it's Dune. I took so long to listen to it because it's daunting, but it's worth it, once you're ready

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

It was good. The production was good too. But there were moments, when I think they over or under produced certain characters

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FASCINATING TALE, EXCELLENT NARRATION

initially, I found it difficult to get into this book but after the first hour, I was hooked. It an engulfing saga filled with intrigue and adventure.

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great book, good performance but..

the performance is inconsistent. Sometimes it's fully casted and sometimes the narrator voices the people. I don't really understand why someone would only deliver half the lines of a character. That's my only gripe. Still great and would recommend.