I can't think of a better way to make a fantasy story irresistible than to add the intricate interplay of politics and religion. The story crosses boundaries of time and planets and remains relevant whenever you choose to read it.
Dune is one of my favourite books and easily one of the best science fiction books ever written. At the time that Dune was written, most science fiction futures were written from recognizably American or Western European points of view with few, if any, nods to Earth's other cultures. Herbert, on the other hand, wrote about a future that recognized at least some of Earth's varied cultures (the Fremen are clearly descended from Islamic Arabs). Dune was a landmark book that remains relevant today; it is, perhaps, more important today than it was when it was written. (For another science fiction look at Islam, read George Alec Effinger. Only a short story, "Schrodinger's Kitten", is available on Audible.) Dune is often maligned, usually by people who have not read the book, but have only seen David Lynch's movie (flawed in almost every respect) or the Sci-Fi Channel's television adaptations (much better than the movie, but still flawed).
This audio production does the sweeping scope of Dune justice in nearly every way. The use of multiple voice actors and limited effects paints the action deftly and skillfully. If there were anything to complain about, it's that the different voice actors weren't used consistently to represent their characters. The primary narrator does a great job of representing all of the characters, but some consistency in the use of the voice talent would have been preferred. As is common with other audiobooks, "unabridged" here means that the main body of the text is complete and unabridged; appendices (and there are several in Dune, all of which are worth reading), are not included.
Those quibbles aside, this is a stunning rendition of an amazing book.
It should be emphasized that this book is not pure geek sci-fi. It is a masterfully written drama and epic not too dissimilar from something like Lord of the Rings. The characters are well-developed and dialogue is tight. The narration is nothing short of outstanding. I cannot imagine anyone who would not like this, regardless of taste. Highly recommended. Please give it a try - you will be happy!
Hi I'm Regina and I'm a Bibliophile.
I tried to read this book back in high school and was board out of my mind but the full cast in this audio really brings the book to life and it is now one of my all time favorites! Thank you audible for bringing me another classic book that I was able to listen to on my mp3 player.
The basics of the story (strong young man comes in and saves primitive but good people upsets the world as we know it) are not exciting but the story is mostly well done. The world is well created and the detailed. The book doesn't feel dated as many sci-fi books often feel. Well done as an audiobook as well, great narration.
I was listening to this book in the car and I heard this strange sound. At first, I thought there was a problem with car and turned down the sound, then realized it was coming from the recording. It didn't really add any ambience to the story.
The book does make use of other actors to portray different characters. Yet the main narrator also reads entire chapters himself, without using the other actors. This gets a bit disconcerting after awhile. I would have preferred one or the other. The narrator is adequate, when he is reading solo.
The narrator's recording is clear enough, but the recorded actors sounds a bit tinny and metallic. Could have used a bit more filtering.
Be forewarned: The audiobook claims that it is "unabridged," but does not include any of the appendixes at the end of the novel (the dictionary, the religion history, etc.) If you've read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about.
I had not revisited Dune since college. This was wonderfully put together and narrated like a play. Just ordered number 2!
Brilliant book to begin with. Well narrated, several different people do various characters giving depth to the experience. No extraneous music. The strong narrative of the story makes it easy to pick up where you left off.
A very good story with an enormous amount of detail, which would have been easy to get lost in, but the narrators kept everything moving very smoothly. I highly reccomend this story.
I learned very quickly that without the various voices, this complicated network of pieced efforts from several characters would be outrageous to follow and keep up. Amazingly told and it brings a very modern feel to Frank Herbert's classic science fiction that will likely keep this forever timeless with efforts like this. Still confusing at times, but really unless you go through the book a few times you won't catch everything but bare with it, you will follow just enough to catch the main theme. Very well done and told.