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Dune Audiobook

Dune

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: This full-cast recording of Dune succeeds in every way the now-infamous movie version failed. The alien landscapes emerge in your imagination, while the complex plot lines and complicated relationships gain clarity. Through the talents of a marvelous voice cast, which includes Scott Brick and Simon Vance, Dune sheds the daunting burden of its epic richness - and becomes a powerful story of personal conflict and heroism. Steve Feldberg

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

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    Jim Stanley 03-10-17
    Jim Stanley 03-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good, in spite of the performance."

    I've never been a fan of dramatized audiobooks. This one had potential to be a good one. Unfortunately, they decided to mix a sparing amount of an excellent cast with an excellent narrator, and the whole thing is a bit messy. The cast is only present for certain "scenes" and the rest of the time the narrator provides the voices. It seems the narrator was not a part of the cast portions; his voices are usually quite different. This is most evident in the Barron and Stilgar. Some my find it jarring, I was able to put up with it.

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    Josh 03-10-17
    Josh 03-10-17
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    "Amazing!"

    I've always heard about Dune and I finally decided to give it a shot. It was a little overwhelming at first with all the lore, but after a little listening, I was hooked. The narrators do a wonderful job as well.

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    fpl 03-10-17
    fpl 03-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting"

    very good readers. the story itself is very well written and I'm stoked for the series

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    S. Qumsieh 03-09-17
    S. Qumsieh 03-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Dune!!!"

    Simply amazing! one of the best narrations ever! and such an awesome story. now on to the next book!

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    Matthew 03-09-17
    Matthew 03-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My favorite sci-fi novel ever"

    Dune has always been one of my favorite stories. I struggle with reading and this audio book made it possible for me to fully appreciate this beautifully written novel.

    My only complaint is the fluctuation of speakers for the characters.

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    Michael 03-08-17
    Michael 03-08-17
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    "excelent book. weird narration direction."

    Was well done. 3 stars for performance because the narration was inconsistant. the narrators for the characters would change between and within chapters. was very jarring and odd.

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    Martin L. Rush 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic undiminished."

    some stories suffer from being read aloud. Whether it's annoying mispronunciations, an irritating tone of voice, or a pace that strikes the ear awkwardly, it's always a gamble.

    Dune, a classic sci-fi masterpiece which I have read several times was a considerable gamble. The chances of a dramatic failure were much higher than the chances of a brilliant success.

    I wish a single trip to the casino had paid off as handsomely as this audio book did for me. The performers seemed (rightly) confident in the story and never attempted to "improve" it woth over-acting.

    If this is your first exposure to the Dune series, I envy you. Enjoy!

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    Ben 03-07-17
    Ben 03-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An incredible story narrated in total confusion"

    An epic for the ages, Dune was one of the most entertaining books I have come across. Narration seems to have been left by the way side as the voices were great, yet without any sort of cohesion or consistency of the multiple characters entering and exiting scenes.

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    K P 03-07-17
    K P 03-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, poor narration"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, although it was a very slow start. Simon Vance did a wonderful job as narrator, but his performance was negated by the sporadic and awful "cast". The cast came in at random, and at many times when just Vance's narration would have done fine. The voices of baron harkonen and Paul were well done, but while more than half of the book had Vance giving British accents, the random, terribly dramatic American accents were grating to the ear.
    Overall it was a good story and I am interested to read more of Herbert's Arrakis

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    Hannah 03-06-17
    Hannah 03-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic Book, Botched Production"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They attempted to do a hybrid production of most sections being narrated with select sequences being voiced by a cast. One or the other would probably have had worked fine, but trying to interweave them just leads to many jarring sequences. One memorable sequence was when the Baron Harkonen was talking with Count Fenring. The narrator did the first part of the scene, and it sounded like a middle aged man (the Baron) talking with an older man with an appropriately foppish accent. The Baron is supposed to be a basso, and the narrator did not convey that, but I was not too concerned about that. The two characters walk into a cone of silence and then begin to talk business and abruptly we have voice actors doing the two characters, and frankly, it sounds like Darth Vader talking to a cowboy. Points for making trying to give the Baron a deep voice, but I believe they autotuned the voice deeper and it sounds artificial, and I have no idea what were they thinking with the Count's voice at that point.


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