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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling.

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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What listeners say about Dune

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Great story... but inconsistent voices?

Great sci-fi story. Rich & deep. My only issue was with the narrators... there are a bunch of different voices for different characters, but they change between chapters. So one voice you get to know for one character, is all of a sudden gone in the next chapter, or even once, the voice plays a different character. So, that was less than ideal.

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  • TJ
  • 2018-11-15

Very confusing production

This was a decent audiobook, but the production decisions made it super confusing. First off, there would be different parts in the book where the SAME character would be voiced by DIFFERENT people. Why??? Second, the division into 18 “tracks” makes zero sense since the actual book chapters start and end at random spot within the each “track,” with some chapters continuing over multiple “tracks.” Overall the voices/reading was great and the music was a nice touch, but the production decisions make this a very confusing listen.

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Drops the ball on narration

Each character's dedicated narrator/actor is only used about half the time. Every otger chapter the primary/omniscient narrator does all the dialogue, rather than the actors jumping in where their characters speak. Makes for an inconsistent listening experience.

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Story is excellent, audiobook is frustrating

This audiobook is billed as "full cast", but that's only the case half the time. The other half, the characters are voiced by the narrator. Both the cast and the narrator are excellent, but the switching back and forth is incredibly frustrating and took me out of the story so many times. It's a particular problem with the "Baron" character. The actor plays the character like a large muscly supervillain, and the narrator voices him like Winston Churchill. If they'd just picked one and stuck with it, it wouldn't be a problem. It's not even like they ran out of money half way through and had to can the actors because it switches back and forth constantly. They probably tried to voice as much as they could afford and just picked the most important scenes to use the actors, but man was it a bad choice. Either way, the story is incredible. If you can overlook the voice acting, you'll have a great time. Otherwise, find a different version.

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Different voices used for the same character

Awesome story. Really enjoyed the narrative. Note that for some odd reason they use a different voice actor for the same character. Very difficult and confusing to follow. Apart from that, this is a great book

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Dune is such a classic for good reasons

Excellent book, amazing story; it's no wonder Dune has a cult following The performance in this audiobook was excellent, my only criticism would be that, even thought voice actors were available for all major characters, it seems half the time they were not used but instead the narrator would fake a voice to mimic them

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Suddenly the actors disappear leaving one narrator

it is really annoying to follow the actors creating the voices untill suddenly all of it desapear leaving just one narrator. If you create a audiobook with one voice it is fine but don't star with several actors and the by no reason change for one voice doing everything. It is a shame I would love to see all these actors interpretating until the end.

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Lack of consistency is jarring.

The shifting voices in the narration are off putting and confusing at first, but the quality is such that by the end of Book 1 it no longer serves as a detriment beyond a lament of "what if the whole book was this good?".

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Lack of coherent actors

The story is breathtaking, but the voice acting flicks between one guy, and 5 people. The deep voice of the baron is sometimes a thing, sometimes it's just the one main guy.

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8/10 would listen again

The performances were great but the Baron's voice kept changing which was a little weird.

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  • Alex Pomeroy
  • 2019-10-24

This is NOT a faithful recitation of the book!

A lot of the reviews listed here slam the cast for inconsistencies with voices portrayed by certain actors, but I didn't have a problem following who was supposed to be talking. Anyone who read the physical book previously should be able to follow the dialogue easily enough. What caught me off guard is that this listing takes significant liberties with what is presented to us as consumers of this product. It does not follow all the characters like the physical book does, instead focusing on Paul practically to the exclusion of the rest of the cast. This presentation leave out roughly 50% of what is presented in the physical book (that is my estimation and not an exact amount). Therefore I feel that this audio book should be re-titled to "Dune, or the Story of Paul". This is not Dune as I know and love, and should at least be tagged as an abridged version of the story.

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  • PH
  • 2019-11-11

Leaves Out Descriptive Text of Dialogue

This leaves out all of the descriptive text surrounding dialogue so that you have to rely on the acting to understand to the dialogue, including knowing which character is speaking. I want to hear all of the author's words, not some actor's interpretation of the words.

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  • Donna Hopkins
  • 2019-08-26

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this is a dramatazation not a book reading. adding actors and music ruins it for me.

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  • Samb1992
  • 2018-04-30

Abridged version

Mistakenly bought this thinking it was an unabridged reading. Hopefully I can get my money back.

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  • Joshua
  • 2009-03-22

Wonderful production!

WOW!! The narration in this book is always good with segments that are GREAT. There were some complaints about the changing of accents or voices. I think of this in these terms. The normal narrator goes along telling you the story, and then at times there is an 'enhanced' scene, a scene where the voices are really acted out, usually with several different voice actors. I think of this as a picture in a book, this enhanced scene has a different set of voices because of the change in actors, but at these times you are also sucked into the story a bit more. Eventually the enhanced scene ends and the story is passed back to the standard narrator. As for the sound effects and the music, I think they all add to the richness of the story. I was never distracted from the story because of them. When I first heard the change between the 'enhanced' scenes and the standard narration, I was a little confused, but I quickly recognized the extra enjoyment I got from these enhanced scenes, and looked at them as a positive factor rather than seeing them as a negative. If I had known, going into the recording that it happened this way, I don't think I would have been confused at all. I think if you go into this thinking that the story was recorded with an excellent narrator, then the producers went back and 'enhanced' certain scenes for your enjoyment, you will be able to fully appreciate the wonderfulness of this recording.

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  • D. Murphy
  • 2007-10-08

Starts out great


Starts out great but then the narrations begins to vary, sometimes it sounds like a full cast performing, then it switches to a single narrator doing voices, then that narrator is switched with another who sounds totaly different. Then it goes back to the full cast w/ many voices. The changes are jarring and happen without warning often in the middle of a chapter so you are constantly confused as to who is speaking and what is going on. There is no consitency in the narration of voices- all very random and sporadic. A headache of a listen and considering the level of detail and involved plot elements this makes for a very confusing experience.
Not well executed.

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  • Michael
  • 2012-10-06

Please. Do You Really Need Another Great Review?

Frank Herbert, I OWE you. I owe you a LOT. This was one of the very first books that truly stirred my love for science fiction. You SPOILED me. You made me demand better writing from the authors I followed, and better development, as well. From this book on, I became harder on myself, to read works that challenged me, that made me ponder well after finishing the novel. I hungered for better writing that combined story, action, flow, cadence and for God's sake, CREATIVITY. Thanks, Frank.

THAT'S what good writing demands of us, and if the author excels at his or her craft, this book is the perfect example of what can happen.

In Dune, you get galaxy-sweeping politics, messianic jihads, genetically-enhanced warriors and spacefarers, pirates hiding ruling classes, clones that psychically destroy their victims, fantastic ecologies and creatures, religions that manipulate families and bloodlines, and countless castes intertwined with ruling houses that all depend upon a drug found only on one desolate planet - A planet with its own secret and massive agenda, hidden within the howling desert plains covering its surface. And wait, it's followed by yet ADDITIONAL novels in the series, some better than others, and then yet ANOTHER series by the author's SON, done decades later, that provides tremendous PREQUELS, based on his father's notes? Finally, throw in excellent male and female narrators that fit the characters they portray, and individualize each character.

Come on. Do you really need another great review to buy this audiobook?

Please.

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  • Charles
  • 2008-09-18

brought an old classic to life

I first read this book in 1980 in the back seat as my family did a two week camping road trip, and I loved this story. I must have read Dune over 20 times, it was that good to me. When I heard about the audio book I was a bit hesistant that they might ruin one of my favorite stories (like they did with the movie!!).
But the narration and characterization of the actors, were wonderful, giving the story a richness and fullness, a 3D immersive experience.
It made a great story that much better.

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  • Scott
  • 2008-04-10

Good book!

Overall this was a great listen. However, I was somewhat annoyed how sometimes the voice of different characters were spoken by different actors, and sometimes they weren't. At one point even within one chapter they switched back and forth which mad it somewhat confusing. I did enjoy some of the sound effects though. Great listen!

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  • Zachariah
  • 2010-05-20

Pretty Cool Story - Very Original

The story is fantastic.
The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the structure of this audio book.
It is theatrical with many characters (many voices) and then it changes to the main narrator who will also do his own versions of the character's voices.
It would have been better if it was either narrated by one person or a theatrical presentation with many actors, but not both.
I hope that I made this review clear.

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  • Leslie Solorzano
  • 2017-10-03

Many voice actors, sometimes not used

It is a wonderful book but sometimes they dont use the voice actors and it is annoying to asign a voice to a character in your mind only to have it then read by the narrator. Don't get me wrong, the narrator is good, but then you get used tohis voice for the characters and then boom! the actors voices again. It makes you think as if there were two of the same character. Kudos on the baron's voice actor.

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  • Nathaniel M.
  • 2016-08-22

impressive performance

the book itself is great
it was my first audiobook and I have to admit I am impressed
I wasn't too thrilled at the idea of someone reading for me
but here it felt more to like I was listening to a theater play !
great work !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-05

A fantastic read!

absolutely brillant, the actors, the narrator, the background music. i got completely lost on arakis myself. Thankyou all for the amazing experience!

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  • Hadoop
  • 2019-01-25

The performance is a disaster

Dune is one of my favorite books, I read it multiple times so I thought to give the audio version a go. What a disappointment. For whatever reason, and this is sadly continued throughout the series, they chose to use a lot of voice actors, some good soma bad. They also clearly didn't record them using the same quality and you can hear a disturbing echo with some voices. The main voice (I think he's Simon Vance) is great, they should have left him perform the entire book alone. But no, they added individual voices for each character... but only sparsely. For example: one chapter with the Baron would be read using different actors, another chapter using the main voice (Vance). Some chapters feature a voice actor for Paul, one for Jessica, another for Stilgar and so on... Others are Vance all alone. Clearly they cut Vance's performance and added the "theatrical" chapters after. Or vice-versa. It's a mess... and the only available version of a great book. If I hadn't read it beforehand, I wonder if I had liked it at all. Some of the voices seem fake... not believing what they're reading... I don't know. I would say avoid this version, look for something else.

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  • Bard Havers
  • 2020-11-05

Épique mais prétentieux

J'ai lu Dune ado, en reecoutant aujourd'hui je prends conscience que le souffle épique et la création d'un monde son gâchés par le ton prétentieux et les réflexions pseudo philosophiques permanentes. Mais bon, ça reste une référence. La lecture est très bien faite avec plusieurs voix différentes sur certains chapitres.

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  • Marc Vignal
  • 2020-08-27

Dune - a must read for the science fiction enthusiast

There are lots of good stories out there, but through DUNE, Frank Herbert has given the world a true blend of the fantastic, sprinkled with some reality. The beauty of an audiobook, is that it takes our consciousness back to the times when stories were shared mouth to ear. A great way to enjoy these stories!

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  • Paoli Patrick
  • 2020-01-13

le livre = le film

nb :ce ressenti n'engage que moi. ;-) je ne connaissais pas le livre et m'attendais à découvrir bcp de différences avec le film hélas on jurerait que le livre est une copie du scénario ...je n'irai pas plus loin dans la découverte de l'univers de Herbert ... et vous?

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  • Tanguy SAVINA
  • 2019-05-18

Excellent !

Livre excellent à la base et très bien lu par les différents narrateurs ! Très agréable à écouter

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  • Cholotoast
  • 2019-04-06

Great performance, poor Audible structure

The performance is great, and story of course is a must-hear. It is a shame that the title is not divided by chapter but by books. The navigation hinders a bit the experience. Still recommend it.

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  • toolized
  • 2018-10-22

the definition of fantastic

sometimes words are difficult to understand why when you're not english native (old fashioned language and theatrical approach). Anyway fantastic story with great characters and scenery.