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4.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 5 4.34 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Herbert Narrator: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance, Ilyana Kadushin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dune Chronicles Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781427201447
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious. Robert A. Heinlein
  • A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed...a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas...An astonishing science fiction phenomenon. The Washington Post

  • One of the monuments of modern science fiction. Chicago Tribune
  • “Unique...I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings. Arthur C. Clarke

  • Among longlisted titles for Audible.com 100 Audible Essentials, 2007
  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2008
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for Audible.com Best of the Year, 2007
  • Winner of Hugo Award - Winner

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 2/16/2014

    " Better than Wheel of Time, but, like that series, an incredibly rich world filled with characters I have a hard time caring about. Stuffy and humorless. If I hear the word "prescient" again it will be too soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/11/2014

    " Dune ranks in my top three of favorite science fiction novels. The allure (at least for me) was the prospect of human evolution and how the one who achieved it first was a threat to some and a savior to others. The ultimate result was a Greek tragedy-because as humans we cannot be predictable and free of our own unique flaws and agendas.. Dune has a lot of depth including religious and feminist themes. Anyone who enjoys science fiction should read Dune. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Walters | 2/3/2014

    " One of my absolute all-time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Hudder | 1/25/2014

    " The first book in this series is phenomenal. It makes you kind of understand Dune the movie. This book is unfilmable and I am not sure what Lynch was thinking. This book is a deep environmental novel that has political intrigue at its core. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 1/7/2014

    " My first science fiction read. Absolutley brilliant! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laetitia | 1/5/2014

    " Best science fiction i ever read. My favorite of all time, read it 6 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Brown | 10/19/2013

    " classic SciFi - great read. On to Dune Messiah... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah Langhoff | 10/11/2013

    " I was excited about reading Dune and thought some of the elements were fascinating - sand worms, Fremen culture, and so on - but the execution disappointed me. I need strong characterization. Long involved descriptions of Spice-harvesting machinery just aren't going to cut it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faysal Subhani | 9/28/2013

    " Fantastic book, could have been one of my all time faves. But what brings it down from a 5 to a 3 star book is that the excessive mysticism really becomes annoying. What makes it an amazing book is the realistic play of politics, and then the mysticism has to go and make it all surreal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 9/12/2013

    " I liked it - very different from a lot of the more modern scifi i've been reading in terms of the setting. I'm still confused about the life cycle of a sandworm even after reading the appendices and the wikipedia entry. Complicated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 8/21/2013

    " This is one book I read 2 times. And I'll probably read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Palmer | 6/8/2013

    " I tried reading this book a few times after seeing the David Lynch movie when it came out in the 1980's. I never made it much further than 100 pages into it. Years later I revisited it, and I did enjoy it. But, I think I like the extended version of the David Lynch movie better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skipp Darby | 6/8/2013

    " Have read this book numerous times. One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oisin | 2/7/2013

    " One of the best science fiction/fantasy out there. A bit of an ecological thriller which I think may be based on the rise of Islam, to some extent. The later books in the series are a bit disappointing though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Yelverton | 11/15/2012

    " A incredibly well done literary achievement as this author creates an entirely new world, and does it without boring the reader to death. There is an unsatisfactory ending, but I guess that's why the author wrote so many sequels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Allen | 8/16/2012

    " very entertaining. there's a reason this is one of the sci-fi classics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim Boyle | 8/6/2012

    " This book was recommended in H.S.by a friend. Bad friend, no cookie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerald | 4/21/2012

    " One of my top five of all time. Everything you could want in a book. Incredible detail puts you in another world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/29/2012

    " I read this during my science fiction phase. Very good creation of a believable other world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Bush | 6/13/2011

    " A big novel in every sense of the word. Just a pity there are so many sequels as it stands on it's own without the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mette | 5/22/2011

    " I probably would have liked this novel more if I had read it when somebody gave it to me almost 40 years ago. Now I found it too much acid, too much Star Wars, which isn't really fair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 5/21/2011

    " Great read to start the Dune stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/21/2011

    " I started reading it once...it was too strange at first. Then I got bronchitis and started reading it at 9 AM finished at 10 PM that night!
    Loved it!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 5/20/2011

    " Dune still is one of my most favorite books I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 5/18/2011

    " One of my favorite sci-fi books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/17/2011

    " A long time favorite. Just the first few lines draw you in... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy | 5/17/2011

    " This is an epic SF book that is not easily forgotten. Probably should have 4.5 stars because the characters take themselves a little too seriously but on the desert planet there is no time for frivolity. Appropriate for all ages and highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicolas | 5/14/2011

    " Anyone who as any sort of interest in Science Fiction MUST read this book. A shining example for all SCI-FI that followed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/12/2011

    " One of the all-time great sci-fi stories. Being a PoliSci major, I particularly appreciate the complex political landscape that Herbert created. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mab | 5/12/2011

    " My fave book since age 11!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schwebs | 5/12/2011

    " Possibly the single most engrossing book I have ever read. It has a huge scope, great worldbuilding, and fantastic settings. The characters are so-so, motivations are strong but they rarely go past two dimensions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 5/12/2011

    " I was completely enthralled by this book. I can see why it is considered the best science fiction book ever written. Even though I have read few SciFi books I can't imagine a better one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 5/11/2011

    " still one of my favorite books. I love its epic scale and the complexity of Herbert's characters. His language is poetic and compelling. best of all the dune books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/10/2011

    " Couldn't put it down. I never considered myself a sci-fi reader before but I loved this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 5/10/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of sci-fi and/or fantasy. It was really confusing for about the first 20 pages or so, getting familiar with the terms and whatnot, but after that it really picked up and had some really interesting story and scenery. "

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About the Author
Author Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert (1920–1986), winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards and a #1 New York Times bestselling author, was born in Tacoma, Washington, and worked as a reporter and later as an editor for a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. His first science fiction story was published in 1952, but he achieved fame more than ten years later with the publication of “Dune World” and “The Prophet of Dune” in Analog. The stories were amalgamated in the bestselling novel Dune in 1965.

About the Narrators

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

Orlagh Cassidy is an audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.

Euan Morton is an audiobook narrator and winner of three Earphones Awards. As an actor and singer, he is best known for his role as Boy George in the musical Taboo. His performance earned him many accolades, including nominations for a Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award. Other theater credits include The Silent Treatment at London’s Finborough Theatre, Brundibar at the New Victory Theater, and Measure for Pleasure at the Public Theater.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.

Ilyana Kadushin was born in Miami and raised in the rural cornfields of Maryland. She attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York City and has performed in many theater productions. Kadushin wrote and performed a one woman multimedia musical called Devour the Apple. Her narration of In the Age of Love and Chocolate won an AudioFile Earphones Award.