Dune: Book One in the Dune Chronicles

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Date: May 2007

Duration: 21 hours 2 minutes


NOW 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 Muad'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.

Motion Picture Artwork © 2021 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.


  • Marcus S.

    Good book. Audio quality must have been fixed after some of these other reviews. No skipping in 2020.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

  • Edwin Han

    Always a great read. Been a very long time since I read the book and listening this time made for a wonderful experience. I did not give a 5 star only because I encountered moments when the playback stuttered and I could understand what was said. It may be a product of my connection but I have not experienced it with my other books. Fantastic book!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

  • A Voigt

    Like so many others have said before, the story is great, the narrators/actors are great, but the skipping and jumping in the audio is terrible. Poor quality oversight on this. Audio starts skipping and repeating no less than 15-20 times throughout the book. Enjoy the story, but be cautioned on the quality of the file being used.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Ethan K

    The narrator and production are actually EXCELLENT, but this copy is TERRIBLE. It was clearly recorded from a CD, skips and all, and there are entire minute long sections where it just skips back on itself for a while. Dune is amazing. This audio production is amazing. But the copy of it on this app is unacceptable. Avoid It!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • David W

    Great book, a masterpiece of literature. This version is filled with audio errors. It sounds as if someone ripped this book from a scratched CD. Quality, 1/5.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Joseph K.

    Great book and narration. I was worried about the audio problems mentioned in other reviews but took a chance based on reviews that indicated the problem was fixed. No problems with the recording for me. I also liked the production of this audio book that included some background sounds/music. This is not something included in many audio books I have listened to but I felt it was done well and made the experience more immersive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Ian.smart8

    Awesome story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Great book! Love all the voices and sound bits. Problems mentioned in other comments must have been fixed. Nothing but smooth sailing and good sound in my read trough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Michael W.

    TECHNICAL ISSUES: - Data artifacts causing lots of record scratching type sounds ARTISTIC ISSUES: - They switch between the narrator doing all the voices and a series of voice actors, which I find unnecessarily confusing Otherwise, incredible book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Richard Murray

    I've been a lover of the Dune series for decades. I found the narration a bit confusing at times. It was hard to figure out who was talking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent world building. Intelligent charachters. Great all around storytelling. Get it if you're on the fence.

  • Jessica M.

    Great voiceovers and love the story! One of the best non-fictions out there. Don’t judge it by the movie. The book is leaps and bounds better. I didn’t have trouble with the copy like others mentioned.

  • Williongo M.

    I didnt expect it to be so bad. Maybe ill finish it to prove im smart and tell everyone its great so they have to go through this too.

  • Kanah F.

    Book's a classic, nothing I can add there. But the nerration is excellent. Well paced and engaging. If you've read the book you know there's quite a bit of description about tones of voice and the way in which things are said. The voice actors nailed it.

  • Saili C.

    all voice talents are excellent. I even prefer the barons voice and presence here over the one in the movie. I wish it would consistently use voices throughout the book

  • Anonymous

    A great performance and a plot that keeps you hooked!

  • Geremy H.

    Great audio book, the recent movie was good but this is much better.

  • Robert G.

    A classic, well told and very atmospheric.

  • Anonymous

    great book!

  • Manny O.

    I like to listen to this many times over and over

  • Richard Leonard

    Great book, audio version is well acted.

  • Jon E.

    A skip or two is still there but great book sometimes multiple people are doing voices some times not it’s very strange

  • James D.

    Just wow! This is what fiction is supposed to be! This work approaches such perfection that it is mind boggling to me. It seems to me that it is above criticism, that if you were to try it would be like trying to point out a flaw in a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Can you be so sure that what you see is a flaw? Or is the flaw your own inability to understand that one part? Anyway I am gobsmacked by the quality of this writing. I’m sci-fi fantasy there is always the danger that when you invent made-up words, that the writing will sound like gobbledygook. Herbert skillfully avoids this pitfall in ways I can’t even understand. What a master! The narration was mostly good. I can’t give it anything less than 5/5, as on the whole this is a 30/5 production.

  • Tanner T.

    i loved the 80’s movie as a kid, and decided to start reading the books after the new film came out. gotta say that i am pretty impressed with the world building and narration, and can’t wait to start the next book.

  • Luca

    Not for me. I get kind of bored with politics talk for 3 hours straight

  • Anonymous

    Great book and cool narration. About half the chapters have actors - those are the best. Unsure why they didn't do the whole book?

  • Anonymous

    Good story, but bad recording. Voice actors come and go for some chapters and some pages are being skipped completely. The narrator speaks well. I don’t mind the background music/sounds too much. I think it goes well with the story and keeps it interesting.

  • Penrsyh

    I loved the book. It helped me understand the movie better as well. Loved the music and changing narrators which helped keep me engaged.

  • Ray Gaetjens

    A science fiction classic!! Incredible density of world building. Love this series.

  • Matt Marvel

    was a great story and the narrators were done exceptional well, I seen reviews mentioning skipping did not experience any but on other books I did have that issue but was found that once downloaded doesn't so the skipping is most likely a connection issue. Really enjoyed this book I will definitely revisit in the future.

  • Carolyn F.

    It was my first audio book. A good experience. I am already on the second book.

  • Renny L.

    Great book and narration. Only jarring thing was how the narrators for some characters randomly changed

  • Anonymous

    Cool immersion but it was very hard to follow as you don't get a sense for when events take place years...min...hours... days. but overall story is pretty much GOT without sex and action. However the lore was really cool and certain scenes will stay with me for a long time. I'm considering reading the next books but I probably won't. Still worth reading!

  • Nichole Murphy

    Not my favorite story.

  • Tom D.

    Very annoying. More than one voice actor doing the same character. You’d hear the voice change mid-scene in some cases. Awesome book but terrible narration.

  • Daniel R.

    An excellent space epic woven with themes from every age of history. From "witches" to energy shields, from space travel to bone knives, Dune tells a deep story in a detailed world.

  • Anonymous

    There are some books that are just unmistakably treasures. Dune has captured the imaginations of many and inspired authors for decades for a reason.

  • Lindsay B.

    I really enjoyed this it’s a great production/narration of a brilliant book

  • Amber L.

    great sci-fi classic

  • Ryan S.

    Hands down my new favorite sci-fi novel. I wanted to listen to this before the release of the film adaptation slated to release later this year, and boy am I glad I did! A gripping tale that will leave you teetering on the edge of your seats for most of it. My only complaint is that some voice actors appear to change mid-read, causing some confusion during parts of dialogue, especially between Howat and Baron Harkonen towards the end.

  • Ian C.

    Freaking awesome!! Great story with fantastic narration and mood setting musical highlights

  • Irene C.

    loved it! not only is the novel intriguing and fascinating, but the narrator and the special sound effects made for a excellent sound experience.

  • Patrick S.

    idk if the book is good but I don't like it. put in about an hour and couldn't get into it at all. I don't even know what's it about writing this review after all that listening lol

  • Johan K.

    Well worth the time.

  • Morgan C.

    I loved this book, some of the words were difficult to understand at first. But once you get over that its easy to digest. Wonderful series, I really enjoyed this open into this dune universe.

  • Shawn Miller

    Classic book. love the storyline.

  • Alissa Pelland

    An absolutely outstanding listen. Worth it.

  • Jade C.

    love it wish there where more

  • Jim H.

    I read this series a couple of times in my youth and it has always been one of my favorites. This interpretation of the book is good, but not great. A lot of skipping during playback, but otherwise it’s good. I enjoyed it.

  • Anonymous

    Great listen!

  • Dragons & Wolves53

    Dune is an incredible book Frank Herbert is a master storyteller I love this book!

  • waywardheronstairs

    Brilliant, every bit worth the hype around the series.

  • Anonymous

    Enjoyed the book! The narration was very good.

  • DBShuler

    An awesome title that has clearly inspired some of the most well known science fiction. A must read for sure!

  • beckaboo2u

    I don’t read a lot of sci-fi but took a chance on what I’ve been told is a classic. It didn’t disappoint. Some parts were a little long, but the narration more than compensates. Listening to an audiobook with only one voice of won’t be as satisfying after a book like this with a great cast.

  • Colin W.

    This is amazing. The book has all the properties of a great page-turner and many of the earmarks of great literature. The main narrator is really all you need, but actors playing the other characters, especially Princess Irulan and Baron Harkonnen, are especially convincing.

  • Anonymous

    great book!

  • Erik Bliven

    Loved it, but i may be biased. Ive always loved this story.

  • Nishant Y.

    awesome...the inspiration for countless stories since

  • James G.

    A real si-fi classic and so much better than the film, as long as you have 20 hours or so!

  • Anonymous

    This book was amazing! It was easy to follow the story and the characters are compelling. The world building was also incredible.

  • Michel B

    I've enjoyed this book for decades now, re-reading it every four or five years. I give it only a four for the same reasons mentioned below. Also, I noticed that, in at least one place (at the end of the second last chapter), the text of the book was left out of the reading - I was following along with the book. Also, I found the interludes within some of the chapters (ambiance music or context related sounds) were both unnecessary and ill placed. But, aside from that, on the whole, the readers did a good job. I did find that Mr. Brick had a hard time with being consistent with the voices of the various characters, especially Gurney Halleck. Bottom line, it's worth getting and listening to.

  • Tyler F

    Of the more than 230 novels I've read throughout the years, this one was undoubtedly the best by an unimaginable margin. I don't know how to begin detailing my love for Dune. Somewhat glitchy recording of an otherwise neat-excellent narration.

  • Christopher l

    I downloaded using very good wifi. This helped with any skipping, yet there still were parts that skipped. Unavoidable. The book itself is amazing.

  • Antonis E

    While the book and the voice acting are excellent, this audiobook is plagued by technical issues such as audio glitches and skipping.

  • Karel B

    Rinse and repeat: The book is a classic and the narration is excelent. But there are skips and distortions and missing paragraphs that to someone who never read the book might even distort the understanding.

  • Lauren H

    Holy smokes I love this book!

  • Coni Y

    I loved the book and the movie. Sadly this version is very of poor quality due to skips and distortion. Was a number of spots that where parts were lost completely.

  • James jones

    Book and narrations were excellent audio skips a lot for the price look for another copy

  • Eric Letourneau

    The book itself was amazing. However there is a lot of trouble with the quality. It skipped a lot....

  • mason roberts

    This recording skips at :55 and at 2:12, hopefully it can be replaced with a good copy? The production and reading are excellent otherwise.

  • Mariejoe Chahine

    Good narration! It has some glitches though and sometimes it's hard to know which character is talking since it sometimes changes. If it wasnt for these issues it would've been perfect!

  • Paul Pickering

    The writer weaves a great tale that spans about a generation. Way ahead of its time and still has a nice current feel. The narration is excellent but there are many characters so following the story can be a little more difficult when just listening to the audio. There was some technical issue in the recording so various period had annoying skips in the story.

  • Laura Araneda

    Great read. Enjoyed the book and looked for the next book in the series but sadly iI could not find it on audiobooks

  • Nathan Lamp

    read many times. favorite book. this recording was a bit disconcerting with skips in the audio, as the details of interplay are so often vital to the depths of the story. also disconcerting was the random interspersed narrative of different voice actors and the main narrator. book 5. narration 3.

  • David Breeden

    Dune is a classic but having different voice actors is a bit confusing in a few places. Also, the recording skios in a few places.

  • Tim Johnson

    love the many voice actors, but book skips horribly in several places.

  • Rami Aboulhosn

    Great listen. It has random glitches but they are rare and far in between. Would have been a 5 for narration otherwise. Looking forward to listening to the entire series.

  • Mark Blaess

    I have always loved the movie but had never read the book. I chose to listen to Dune as my first book with the credit I got with my subscription. I found it to be a very entertaining listen. I am going to be sure to purchase a hard copy of this novel and probably the whole series. The book itself is a five star novel for sure. I would have given the narration five stars but there was some playback stutter that occurred and one character was narrated by two different people so his voice was not always the same but it was a minor issue and not one that caused any confusion. On the whole I thought it was a well narrated book with a pleasant voice and good character representation. I look forward to listening to the rest of the Dune series.

  • Frank Yi

    Different people narrating the same character is somewhat disconcerting. Besides these concerns, a good listen.

  • Jim McDougle

    Very well done. A dense and character rich novel brought to life by an excellent narrator n

  • Beau Davis

    As a young teen I avoided watching the new movie "Dune". I was not a big reader at the time either. This is a wonderful book and excellent reading. The one thing that kept cracking me up and breaking my concentration was hearing Scott Sowers voice as Gurney Halleck. Every time Gurney spoke I heard Hunter S. Thompson speaking from inside the Hell's Angels. That was a great audiobook too. I am now hooked and will listen to the rest of Frank Herbert's novels and probably his son's additions too.

  • corin Hale

    always a great book :) and the reading of it was so interactive and really brings the characters to life.

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