The dramatic cast make listening to the unabridged version a true joy. There is a small, but growing number of titles that Audible carries that have a cast with numerous readers, not withstanding the complaints about inconsistency from other reviewers.
The power struggle between the Atreides family and the Harkonnen clan is a focused struggle between families fighting over the control of Spice Planet Arakis.
The spice is a highly addictive substance that only comes from desert planet Arakis and is coveted throughout the universe. Whoever controls the spice, controls the universe.
The development of young Paul Atreides from a teenager with his test of the Gom Jabbar box until he actualizes his full power is the heart of the novel.
No review should give away just what is the source of the spice.
Arakis is a tough planet. Only the Fremen are suited to live there.
There are many excellent ideas concerning planetary ecology, that we can actually apply to our own Planet Earth. Part of ecology is trying to modify a hostile environment. Fremen have hidden thousands of water stores which at the right time, they hope to activate to re-capture a part of the planet from desert. Fremen know how to work with the desert winds, using Still Suits, to get through the difficult desert day.
They don't get much better than this one folks. And I've been an audio book nut for close to 15 years, starting at the public library with cassette tapes. The heart of great science fiction is to transport you to see perspectives beyond which you usually see. Dune does this.
Get lost in the desert planet!
I was very excited through the first half of the book because of the vast range of creative ideas and thoughtful insights into human personalities & psychology. The influence on the author of WW2 and the cold war after it are evident, in stories of loyalty and betrayal and traitors within. The ending is a bit of a let down after such a beautifully crafted work. The narration which is by a cast, is also 4 out of 5. I think the book has been missed out on by a lot of people (like myself in the past) who dismissed the idea of a powerful novel within science fiction. It probably deserves to be in the top 40 books of all time.
I first read Dune years ago - and had since forgotten the subtle nuances and plot twists. Dune is really a genre bending story - while the settings are indeed a work of science fiction, the plot lines could easily adapted and placed in a historical or contemporary political thriller. As a result, I suspect that the "SF" label might restrict its audience appeal.
Listening to this audiobook was like a breath of fresh air. The casting truly made the book come alive and I found myself being drawn into the story. I've listened to a couple of dozen audiobooks over the past year or two, most of them good, many of them great but this is the most compelling production that I have yet encountered. I hope that the cast and production values return for subsequent books in the series.
I have been a long-time fan of Frank Herbert, and certainly Dune was my favorite. It is wonderful to listen to an audio performance that does it justice. The actor who plays the Baron in particular is delightful.
What a story! This is a complex and thought provoking fantasy filled with religious analogy. Some of the best fiction I have ever read.
The reading and voice acting was suburb. It is the definitely the best I have ever listened to. Unfortunately it seems that only parts of the book were done in this way, the rest was read (very well) by the narrator. Truly a work of art. They have enhanced the book.
I will search out other books read by this team.
This is well done without a doubt. I like the way it is read and acted out. Definately a good audio book. As an avid Dune fan I must say this book was very well put together and thought out for the audio version. I would give this five stars and any true Dune fan will enjoy this for sure.
It hardly needs to be said that Dune is a masterpiece of imaginative storytelling. Hearing the excellent dramatic rendering on this audiobook, I was struck by how much authors like Robert Jordan (in particular) and even the makers of Star Wars or JK Rowling must owe to Herbert's penetrating creation of the salvific hero who arrives as the culmination of an almost timeless process of formation shaped by an inexorable destiny. Herbert has a particular genius for creating the sense of Byzantine intrique where poison is an indispensible tool of personal and politcial relations--the two practically indistinguishable one from the other. One notable and I think laudable distinction of Herbert's created world from others like Tolkien's(the great one) and Jordan's is that while there are good guys and bad guys, there is no cosmic focus of either good or evil. Strength is the paramount virtue, and if within any individual good is the dominant motivating force, it is largely because he or she has learned that freedom from selfish motives is the greatest source of strength. Nietzche, one feels, would have no objection to this noble notion of the good and powerful. Herbert's use of the principles of oriental
martial arts, concepts of intensified awareness of the present and expanded consciousness of the
phenomenological shows no sign of an awkward selfconsiousness re the cultural popularity of these notions. Rather, he weaves them seamlessly into his narrative with expertise of an adept to whom they are second nature.
I think this book should be required reading when "SF and F" assumes its rightful place in the canon of
The cast of voices is mostly very good, with a few minor exceptions. Some ambient sounds and transitory music add to the experience without overdoing it.
The book itself is a classic. The characters are a little over the top, but the story is engaging and the world is beautifully painted. This one's well worth a listen
This book is by far one of the best that I have ever heard. I already knew I would like the book as I have read it in the past. This audio production brings the book to a different, more alive level. The different voices for the various characters is very well done.
There are very few Science Fiction novels that can measure up to the standard that Frank Herbert sets in this book. It is a must for any real sci-fi fan and a great addition to any library. After 40 years of reading this genre, I can honestly say it is an example of the very best that the genre has to offer.