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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

Critiques

"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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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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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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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Scott
  • 10/04/2008

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles
  • 18/09/2008

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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  • Michael
  • 06/10/2012

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joshua
  • 22/03/2009

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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  • Michael
  • 04/09/2014

Essential – more than once

If your only experience with Dune was the horrific movie, read on.
The mini-series was much better, but does not hold a candle to the original novel.
If you read and loved the original, you may be surprised how much you will enjoy this audible version.

Dune is more than great Sci-Fi, it is great fiction. I recently re-saw the mini-series and immediately wanted to experience the unabridged original again. The book was even better than I had remembered. The prose, the characters, and the story are all superior.

I was surprised there were quite a few subtle nuances in the story that I had not picked up on in my pervious several readings. I enjoyed this immensely as this is rare in all but the best of fiction.

Unfortunately the rest of this series does not live up to this powerful beginning, but not to worry, Dune stands alone. I strongly recommend this book even if you really disliked the movie. There are images and characters in this novel that have affected me strongly since my childhood and influenced me as a person. There are few works of fiction that I both enjoyed and appreciated as much as Dune.

I generally don’t like music or sound effects in an audio book, but here the sound-effect are light and don’t distract from the story. The narration, although not perfect, is quite good. This audio edition does the work justice.

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  • Global
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  • Zachariah
  • 20/05/2010

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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  • Global
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  • J. Liu
  • 23/03/2010

One of the all time greats marred by spotty audio

The story itself is fantastic. Deservedly hailed as one of the greatest stories ever told, sci-fi or otherwise. A fully realized and richly detailed alternate universe filled with science, religion and political intrigue. A must read.

Unfortunately, the audio recording does not fulfill expectations. While far better than the original single reader audiobook (be glad you didn't spend 25 hours listening to THAT) the 2007 version is marred by the bizarre decision to have each reader read a chapter or section rather than have each reader read a character's part throughout the book. In other words, the voices for each character change throughout the book!!! Why? Baron Harkkonen's voice suffers the most. At one point it sounds like Michael Clark Duncan is voicing him and others it sounds like a sleepy Orson Welles.

It's a shame that one of the greatest books ever written has never received a proper translation into another medium. David Lynch's movie was stylistically and visually fulfilling, but the story edited and changed dramatically. The Sci-Fi channel's 3 part miniseries held more closely to the original plot, but the budget and casting left alot to be desired. The original 1997 audiobook was read in a horrible monotone and finally the 2007 version's inconsistent readers. Hopefully someday Dune will receive a treatment that it deserves.

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  • Scott
  • 11/06/2007

Best Audiobook of the Year ... Decade?

I have listened to over 100 audiobooks on audible.com and can say, without reservation, that this performance of Dune is in my all-time Top Ten. If you have never read (or heard) Dune before, understand it as a masterpiece of future fiction. It is comparable to Lord of the Rings in its detailed other-worldliness and its steady hold on the reader. The book is of a sand world populated by evolved humans and replete with political intrigue, religious overtones, love, death and battle. This performance is rich and theater-like. Each character has a voice. It never sounds contrived or overdone. I know you will not regret purchasing this book.

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  • J. Rhoderick
  • 03/06/2010

Excellent! Don't worry about the narration

Dune is difficult to grasp at first and requires patience, even for an avid sci-fi fan like myself. Here's the trick to stories like this one: don't try too hard. You won't understand everything at first, but that's ok. Just keep reading. Everything will become clear soon.

Dune is a superb story and rightfully deserves praise. The setting is brilliant: the planet and its inhabitants are intricate and arcane. You can feel the sand in your shoes and your lips cracked with thirst. The characters are well rounded and the spice (and its effect) is truly creative.

Dune does have a few flaws. For one, Herbert's writing is a bit unpolished. One of his bad habits is the lack of a consistent viewpoint. Within one section, we may jump from Paul's perspective, to Jessica, back to Paul, and then into third-person omniscient for a bit of narrative. It is awkward and amateurish. The plot is detailed and well-paced and my only quarrel with it is that Paul's over-confidence and detachment made the ending feel somewhat anti-climactic. It certainly seems set up for a sequel (and there are many).

A lot of reviewers have complained about the narration but don't let this deter you. Most of the the story is read solely by Simon Vance (who, by the way, is an excellent narrator). Yet, sometimes, and without any noticable pattern, the dialogue is read by a variety of narrators with Vance only doing the narrative. I have no idea why it was done this way and it is indeed inconsistent. Once you learn to expect this, it isn't that bad. It certainly isn't as terrible as some reviewers are claiming it to be. Regardless, all of the narrators are talented and they make easy work of the complex pronunciation and accents. Also, the background sounds and music were excellent and they really added great effect. I absolutely loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. It is a unique and enjoyable production.

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  • Bill Kloss
  • 01/06/2007

Thoroughly Enjoyable!!!

Unlike Issac Asimov's "Foundation", this production of "Dune" is Thoroughly Enjoyable Listening. The full cast production brings the pages of this book to life. The music track is subtle in the background and enhances rather than detracts.

I've been waiting for this for over 5 years and I look forward to the next 6 in this anthology.
If your a lover of "Dune", you won't be disappointed. If not, Try it, good chance you'll like it.

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  • Momo
  • 09/04/2015

Dune narrated anew

I read the book watched the movie and series and listened to another version of the Dune audiobook. Usually I prefer audiobooks with solely reader but this version captured me nonetheless. The voice actors were chosen very well and fitting to the characters, even changing in tone and way of speech according to the character's personal development. Apart from a few passages that should have been read by these actors but were instead performed by the main voice this audiobook is a definite recommendation.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Leviathan07
  • 28/01/2018

Excellent production with only one small blemish

Excellent production. Excellent speakers. The story itself, one of the greatest sci fi novels of all time. But there is one blemish on this otherwise impeccable product: Whoever split the audio book in its "chapters" should be fed naked to a sand wyrm. How can you place chapter breaks so stupidly right in the middle of book chapters. The whole idea of the "stop at end of chapter" function is supposed to be that you can lay aside an audio book when the story makes a break, and pick it up later to resume listening with the beginning of the next story part. This is not the case in this audio book where the "chapter breaks" break actual chapters of the book in nonsense fashion, and will have the App end your session right in the middle of something happening, to resume the next time in confusion as you forgot what was the action that you are thrown in without introduction.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • André
  • 04/09/2018

ACHTUNG: Halbe Audioqualität zum vollen Preis...

Die Geschichte ist großartig, ebenso die teilweise Hörspielartige Lesung mit sehr guten Sprechern überzeugt mich.

Was mich dagegen sehr ärgert ist die halbierte Klangqualität die sehr an eine 70er Jahre Telefonverbindung erinnert!
Ein Blick in die technischen Daten offenbart:
Audio: aac, 22050 Hz, stereo, 62 kb/s - Normal wäre: 44100 Hz, stereo, 125 kb/s

Halbierter Frequenzbereich und halbierte Bitrate, was auch deutlich zu hören ist - und ja, ich habe beim Download "Beste Qualität" ausgewählt.

Für den vollen Preis finde ich das ziemlich unverschämt, daher nur einen Stern in der Gesamtbewertung.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Tim Werner
  • 15/04/2011

Fast perfekt

Zur Handlung will ich gar nicht viel sagen - die sollte nach fast 50 Jahren eigentlich fast jedem geläufig sein.
Wer den Plot nicht kennt, kann sich umso mehr auf eine sehr untypische aber faszinierende science-fiction story mit politischen Machtkämpfen, Betrug und Verrat, mit religiösen Prophezeiungen und der Ankunft des Messias, sowie ausgeklügelten planetaren Extrembedingungen freuen.

Das Hörbuch wird von einem angenehmen Sprecher in sehr gutem british english vorgetragen und ist somit auch für den Nicht-Muttersprachler mit hinreichend Vokabelkenntnis verstehbar.

Das Hörbuch wurde zudem streckenweise durch weitere Sprecher und Hintergrundgeräusche ausgeschmückt und wird dadurch noch mitreißender. Aber leider nur streckenweise - Ich schätze etwa 70% des Hörbuches werden von einem Sprecher vorgetragen, und nur der Rest wurde etwas aufwändiger produziert. Daher mein Kommentar "Fast perfekt" mit 4,9 Sternchen.

Viel Spass auf Arrakis

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • baldurslayer
  • 29/08/2008

bis dato beste Dune Audio Umsetzung

Dune ... ein überwältigend gutes Buch, eine Mischung aus Mystik, politischen / geschichtlichen Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy mit einem kleinem Schuss Philosophie. Diese Produktion ist einfach genial, fast schon ein Hörspiel, verschiedene Stimmen verleihen der einzelnen Personen mehr Eigenheiten und erlauben aber auch eine komplexere Persönlichkeit. Die Geschichte ist wie eine Welle die einen ergreift und mit sich reist aber dennoch nicht greifbar ist - denn genau das ist „plans, within plans, within plans" oder wie Churchill sagen würde a „a riddle inside a mystery, warped in an enigma"
Danke Macmillan Audio!!!!!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jose T. L. Miranda
  • 02/09/2018

Great book, great performance

Great reading, I only wish the appendix had been included. Flawless and unabridged reading otherwise.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/08/2018

erfrischend anderer SciFi

Ich habe das Buch gelesen und das Hörspiel zwei Mal angehört. Dune ist ein Meisterwerk, ganz klar. Die Handlung ist sehr komplex, das SciFi Universum einzigartig!
Die Erzählung könnte etwas lebhafter sein, ist aber qualitativ sehr gut.

  • Global
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Hans-Henning Vogt
  • 19/06/2017

Ein Epos wunderbar aufbereitet.

Den Sprechern gelingt es wunderbar die verschiedenen Charaktere einzufangen und zum Leben zu erwecken. Die Geschichte hat interessante Wendungen und die seltenen Perspektivwechsel verschaffen einen Einblick in die Motive der Opposition.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • ueber
  • 18/04/2017

Excellent book, excellent narrator


Just as the title says...an excellent book with an excellent narrator and cast. There is hardly a book holding such a convincing world. Every detail of this universe has been thought through. With the deep characters and the complicated intrigues it reminds me a lot of game of thrones.
The only thing that could be held against this audiobook is that only parts of it are read by a full cast with different actors reading the different characters. In other parts they are read by the narrator. While both parts are of excellent quality it is a little irritating to have a character switch voices.
Still if you hold only a little love for sci fi OR game of thrones - like intrigue ai highly recommend you get this.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/04/2017

Great story. Interesting narration.

The book deserves all the praise attributed to it, although some of the plotlines remain heavily unexplored.
As mentioned elsewhere, narration is done by several people, some characters narrated gaining two different voices. That was only a minor aspect and didn't impact my experience.