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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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    M. Diaz washington, dc 09-04-14
    M. Diaz washington, dc 09-04-14
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    "Generally good narration. Book needed an editor!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The author meandered so much that it was difficult to stay awake listening. So much of the story could have been cut and edited to be more streamlined and also to close up loops and ideas that the author began but never finished.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I saw someone else's comment about this author needing an editor and I agree. The circumstances of this publishing make sense that he didn't have a good one to rely on. The story had great bones but required some serious connective tissues to make it more alive. Less paragraphs about time traveling and zen states of the mind - they didn't make any sense sometimes - and more about the impact of those zen states on the story. I think the author was just kind of mesmerized with the idea of zen and kind of went overboard. Oh and the use of real Arabic and Persian words was totally annoying.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    The narration was confusing - sometimes the narrator would speak as a character and then sometimes an actor would play the part of the same character. It was jarring at first because I wondered if it was a different character altogether, but then I realized it was just a choice the production had made.


    Did Dune inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, try and find a more enjoyable book series to get into.


    Any additional comments?

    A waste of so many great ideas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 06-14-14
    Diana 06-14-14 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Classic Sci-Fic Epic, well worth a revisit"

    It's been quite a while since I read the Dune books, but the reviews of the Audible edition made it tempting to do it again.

    The narration is excellent and made it more fun listening to rather than reading the book.

    This one book can stand alone, so it is not necessary to listen to the entire series, but this classic example of Science Fiction is so deep, well constructed, layered, and brilliant it should not be missed.

    For listeners who need to get right into action in a book, hang in there. Like a train pulling out of a station, this book takes off slowly and builds up speed and power. The ideas put into this book are intricate and subtle, yet deep in amazing thought-out future possibilities.

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    Mikey G San Diego, US, Canada 02-24-14
    Mikey G San Diego, US, Canada 02-24-14

    Dreamer, lover, geek

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    "Book remains powerful, performance is a mess"

    "Dune" is a literary landmark and is a must-read for more than just science-fiction fans. That said, I can't recommend this audiobook for fans or those new to the book because of the disjointed presentation. While the "Narrated by" in the info hints at a full cast, that's true only of passages comprised solely of dialogue, and there are very few in the book. The vast majority of the novel -- dialogue included -- is read by one narrator, and a very bland one at that. Worse, this combined approach to the performance results in two people reading dialogue by the same character, sometimes within a page or two, with no attempt to keep the performances alike. The cast performer will give his character an accent, for example, while the narrator doesn't. This cutting back and forth between two styles is jarring. It's as if two completely different audiobook recordings have been cut together. As fine as the full cast was (with one exception), it was ultimately wasted; this book *needs* one narrator...just not the one it got. I would've preferred Brick, who narrated some of the later books in the series. If you're already a "Dune" fan, don't be drawn in by the promise of a full performance recording. And if you've never read "Dune," don't let this awkward, boring presentation serve as your introduction. Such a book deserves much better treatment. Here's hoping it will get it in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 02-12-14
    Sean 02-12-14
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    "No one knows who narrates this book"

    This book switches randomly between Simon Vance as the narrator for all of the characters, and individual voices for each of the characters. Its switches back and forth, and back and forth sometimes in the same chapter. Its really confusing, and takes away from the experience.

    If you read reviews from the Dark Messiah and other books, this feature of the Dune audio book series continues, gets stranger, and makes some of the books unreadable.

    It would have been better to pick one narrator or a bunch. This really is the strangest feature I've seen in a audiobook to date.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 01-09-14
    Joseph 01-09-14
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    "Only one gripe"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    Yes, there is a lot of interest and plenty to enjoy. Admittedly I would wait a few years to listen again, but it's nice to revisit books later in life.


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    I guess Ender's Game, just from the standpoint of Science Fiction, in which the primary character is especially proficient. Couldn't say I prefer either one, they are rather different works outside of that.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Inconsistent character narrators


    Any additional comments?

    The one specific gripe is they did a weird thing with the narrators, where they did not have the same voice actor/narrator narrate the same character throughout the work. One voice can be three different characters, and one character might have three different voices through the recording. This in confusing until you realize that this is what is going on, otherwise it feels like Duke Leto comes back to life Piter the mentat for no reason.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 10-27-13
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 10-27-13 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Most memorable line - Fear is the Mindkiller"


    I haven't read Frank Herbert's magnum opus since I was a teenager some 45 years ago, but I really enjoyed revisiting such a finely hewn science fiction classic via Audible.

    For more than four decades the book's admonition that "fear is the mind killer" has stuck with me as an important life lesson, and it couldn't be more applicable than in today's context of constant fear mongering in the media which seemingly threatens to turn us into a society of shut-ins.

    That lesson not withstanding, the story of how prince Paul Atreides becomes Muad'Dib, the leader of a jihad against the galactic Emperor, is an imaginative story from the distant future that is very engaging.

    The narrators do a fine job.

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    Susan Baker City, OR, United States 10-04-13
    Susan Baker City, OR, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes....because it's a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    Even tho I liked the audio version of this book.... after having watched the movie, a friend loaned me her hard bound copy of the book....which included a dictionary of "their language" I became sooo hooked....I bought every new soft cover that came out, following Paul's journey..........but, I never bought the final book.....it started going waaaaaaay out in left field, and I found it hard to understand! But this listen is very good!

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    Seth St. Charles, MO, United States 08-31-13
    Seth St. Charles, MO, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Greatest Sci-fi novel. Amature performance."
    How could the performance have been better?

    Oh my god, the actors were so bad that the producer could not decide to use them or not. They really broke the performance badly. Thankfully, he resisted the temptation for 90% of the novel which was read by a competent reader.


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

    I read Dune when I was 17. I remember the sadness of finishing a book I did not want to have end. I felt that sadness again.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid using actors. Even good actors just ruin the flow of reading.

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 05-12-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 05-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Masterpiece"

    I read the book many years ago and had forgotten how good it was. Great character development and very good story. Interesting how this book has not become dated by technology. Herbert has written a book for the ages.

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    marc Sunninghill, South Africa 04-14-13
    marc Sunninghill, South Africa 04-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Timeless"

    For some reason I missed the whole Dune thing when it originally came out. I was dubious about buying the Audible thinking it's going to be dated and may loose me up front. Well, I was genuinely surprised! The multi narration and use of mystical ambient sounds and voice effects drew me in and I became submersed into a story of betrayal and revenge set to a timeless backdrop that is so rich in detail it's no wonder they made strategy games about it! Unlike other sci-fi titles I've listened to, the author achieves this without dragging the audience through technological waffle but rather refers to earthly class, cultural and religious aspects of a people surviving in harsh conditions. A true classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • robert brooks
    12/20/16
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    "loved it "

    good performance by all
    wasn't a fan till I listened to this
    and have now listened to it dozens of times

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  • Vladimir Duret
    FPO, AE, US
    12/17/16
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    "Timeless classic"

    I've read the book 3 times and watched the movie and the series. The audio unabridge version of the story is well worth it. Made me relive the story. Only gripe would be that the voice actors should have remained constant through the story. Vladimir Harkonnen was fantastically sinister (you'll know what I mean if you chose the audio book). Some of the voice actors wohld be perfect in a ceature film remake. Gurney Halik could have been a better choice,made me think more runt than elite fighting man.

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  • Sonardestruction
    12/6/16
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    "Great"

    Top quality book and well read! Perfect for listening to at night at the Cho Oyu Base Camp and beyond

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  • PL
    12/6/16
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    "Great audio book"

    I wish the voice acting was 100% throughout the book but regardless this book is great. One of the sci-fi daddies. One of the originals. So many sci-fi movies and novels have been inspired by this novel.

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  • DEAN BOOKER
    11/25/16
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    "Strive for perfection."

    You know who will win each battle, no luck involved. So no twists very predictable.

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  • themattdaniels
    11/18/16
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    "Story of a lifetime!"

    This was recommended by my Dad as a book as significent to sci-fi as Lord Of The Rings is to fantasy. I was not disappointed and burnt through the 21 hour epic within a couple of weeks of commuting. The only thing that let it down was the constant changing of voice actors playing the main characters, switching from the actors to the narrator doing the same characters, it was quite detaching from the story.

    But still, a fantastic fantastic book.

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  • Paul Farmer
    11/17/16
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    "I brilliant peice of scifi"

    I have tried to read Dune quite a few times after watching the completely bewildering film and the decent TV adaptation in the early naughties. I could never get past the first two chapters as it felt so alien, I couldn't connect. The performances in the audiobook got me passed this however and the portrayal of Paul Atredies, his ups, downs and whatevers were excellent! If you haven't read the book try this, an excellent example of how an audiobook can bring to life an alien world, accessible to all.

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  • Rachael McKerr
    11/16/16
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    "Great audio, poor story"

    Herbert fans will be aghast but I find his story telling long winded and lackluster. The concept of a desert planet and how people adapt was great, but the rambling monologues and lack of plot twist left me bored. I felt no suspense or joy or fear for any of the characters despite the great voice actors. I finished it but will listen to no more of the series, time to move on to something new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Lancashire, UK
    11/16/16
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    "Captivating from the start"

    Much much better than either of the tv series (old and newer). I love the storyline ... a good deal of political intrigue mixed up with fantasy. Love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rohan Tharakan
    11/13/16
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    "fantastic"

    brilliant book
    great narration
    timeless classic.
    I would thoroughly recommend reading this book. you won't regret it
    fantastic quotes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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