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Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

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

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 21 hours and 8 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Release Date: 14 May 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQ5UD6
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115 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Dan Dean on 8 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
I know some people who hate the movie and will not touch this book. I know a few who own and love the movie but have never read the book. I have lent DUNE to friends who could get no further than page 20 because it was too "out there" or too difficult, with its array of characters and glossary of made-up terms. But of all the people who have gotten past page 20- I don't know one who doesn't praise it among their absolute favorites. I am no exception.
I love sci-fi but don't read much of it because I prefer fantasy. DUNE feels like a perfect blend of the two. A war of noble houses set in space. Paul Atreides is heir to the duchy- and to say that he is well trained for the job would be an understatement. His father, Duke Leto, is given charge of Arrakis- a hellish desert-world and the sole source of "the spice" which the entire universe needs. A very prestigious assignment, but treachery and peril comes with it. Paul finds himself thrown into the mystery of Dune and its fierce natives, the Fremen. Is he the savior their prophecy speaks of?
I was first blown away by DUNE at the age of 16, and have since considered it "the one to beat". In 8 years, very few books have made me question that judgment: Game of Thrones, Foundation, Lord of the Rings, Ender's Game. I had to reread it to be sure I wasn't just naïve at the time. Was it really THAT great? Absolutely.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A. Morley on 7 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Epic in scale. Epic in vision. Epic in ideas. Dune’s place as the greatest science fiction novel of all time can be attributed to these three phases. Whilst the other contenders that are frequently thrown around as the best ever (such as The Demolished Man, Ender’s Game, Foundation, 1984, The Forever War, etc.), Dune surpasses them in all aspects from writing style, story and, most overlooked in the genre, depth of character.
What really sets this apart from other books is its length. Whilst this has never ensured consistent quality (quite the opposite in many cases), Herbert has filled the 600-odd pages with superb prose that never wanders, never sags and always is delightful to read. The story is told from multiple points of view (often changes occur within a paragraph), so we learn effectively about the characters but we are never confused by this style. Every thought is recorded for our digestion which means the characters of Dune are wonderfully complex, each with their own nuances and failings. However I don’t imply that the book is full of dense, terse, symbolic writing that would make English graduates salivate. Rather the plot moves along with a large amount of dialogue and the subtle action sequences ensure even the most impatient reader is never bored.
The story revolves around Paul Atreides of the House Atreides. In a galaxy far away and far into the future, Dune features no aliens and few of the usual SF trappings. This is essentially a character-driven story so a hard SF fan may not enjoy it to the extent that I (and others) have. As we follow Paul and his family relocate themselves to the planet Arrakis/Dune as new rulers, much of the first act is concerned with the ducal court that surrounds Paul.
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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Stephen McNamara on 10 Sept. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read this book multiple times in the past and so won't comment on just how good the story is.

The low mark reflects problems with formatting on the Kindle version. Repeatedly, almost once per page, I find instances where quotation marks are missing. Speech starts from characters and I find myself not realising that the story has transitioned from description to speech, meaning I end up going back a sentence to get the full context.

Hopefully Amazon will get the publishers to update the Kindle version with corrected formatting.

In conclusion: great real book, not a great electronic book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dt Hawkins on 22 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
Even the name commands power, tells the reader that this is novel is something special...
The book details the story of one Paul Atreides, the son of a highly respected Duke in the far future society of the Landsraad and Padishar Empire, as he is caught betwixt the feud of his own noble house and that of their rivals, the Harkonnen. And yet, this is just the tip of iceberg as his family collapses around him, he comes to realise that the destiny he was bred for is much more sinister...
Words cannot do justice to the greatness of this book: there is just so much going on within its pages. The universe is just so elegantly realised, the story, just so epic in scope and the attention to detail of the ecology of the alien world, Arrakis...
What we end up with is a complex tale of politics, intrigue and warning: an over-reliance is the same as crippling oneself. From man's over-reliance of machinery to water and to the most important substance in the universe, the geriatric spice melange.
Dune is by far and away my favourite novel. The universe, the story, the ideas scattered throughout the prose...almost everything about it is just the pinnacle of literature. The only bad point is Frank Herbert's characterisation doesn't fully mature as a writer until the last two books in the sequence.
This book is sci-fi at its best but don't let the 'pigeon-hole' of sci-fi put you off: at the heart of this novel is an extraordinary tale which could take place in any environment.
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