This is a book I know well from reading years ago. I have also listened to another unabridged reading of Dune many years ago on cassette tape in the early days of recorded books.
This is an ensemble reading with some pretty weird production values. There are different readers for different characters, and sometimes the characters "thoughts," are in a different voice. Sometimes it works OK, at others it gets a little muddled. There are also sound effects, a little Star Trek Sci-Fi background noise here, maybe some middle eastern sounding music, maybe some real cheesy horror show special effect creepy sound, next it will sound like somebody is running a sweeper in the next room. The producer also has added a bunch of reverb to voices in places. It doesn't seem as irritating or intrusive as the book goes on, maybe you just get used to it.
I'm usually very anti music or sounds in book reading, but this is such an odd production that it really doesn't seem to damage much of anything.
I know the book contains a lengthy list of definitions in the back, these are not included. If you haven't read the book before, you may want to pick up a copy in a used bookstore, probably get one for less than a dollar.
If you are like me, and liked this book when you were in HS or college, it's a pretty good listen.
This is one of the rare books that teaches you about many things in life. I am grateful that I came across all the in-debt thoughts of what it means to be "something lesser than a god but more than a man".
Listen to it. Chances are you will look upon the world with different eyes!
Having only ever seen the David Lynch movie, I wasn't sure how 3 hours of somewhat okay content was going to translate into over 20 hours without seeming superfluous or worse. Was I in for a surprise. There was so much in this book that I didn't know about the Attreides family. I thought, as I said, that the Lynch film was okay, but now that I've read this, I don't think I'll ever be able to fully enjoy either video version as fully as I did beforhand.
There is not a lot of action but the characters are extremely well portrayed and the story is complex, original and suspenseful. I found myself transported, caught up in this world and isn't that why we like this genre? I am not ordinarily a science fiction buff moreover.
The book itself is an amazing read. Frank Herbert created a world that was not only believable but fantastically intriguing. The characters feel as real as the world they are living in. With Dune Herbert set the stage for modern science fiction as we know it. For a near 50 year old novel this holds up amazingly well and in fact surpasses any I have ever read.
That being said, the narration is odd. The narrators on their own are all very good. But when they are mixed and matched seemingly at random it can be a bit difficult to deal adjust to. When one chapter has one narrator voicing a character and the next has another in the same role, it is a bit confusing. I'd like to know the reasoning behind this type of audio.
With that being said, this audio-book is well worth the purchase and i would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone with an inkling of interest in science fiction or fiction in general.
I read Dune in '83 and have loved the myth of Dune. It's a great "read" and it's nice to listen to it since it is such a long novel.
As others have said, and I agree, it's a bit jarring to go from narrator to acted out scene. It felt like there were at least 2-3 recordings that were stitched together. If I'm going to listen to acted out scenes, I tend to take the voices as queues for the characters, and it was difficult for me to follow along in some passages because they kept switching amongst the recordings.
Quality wise, the recordings are clean and smooth and you don't notice any transitions.
Audio Renaissance knocked one out of the park. The basic story is a solid 4 stars, but when you add the tremendous cast of voices and subtle background sound effects this audio book vaults into domination of all others. Yes, there are times when it seems they cut corners by having the narrator do some voices that are normally voiced by any of their dozen cast members, and that annoyed me greatly. The overall quality however combined with the phenomenal length of this book (20+ hours of entertainment) for the price of one credit ($15 at my plan) makes this an "A lister."
This audio book spoiled me. I loved the Rachael Morgan series and I am listening to Shadowheart by Tad Williams now, but Dune was so good that I find my attention wandering. It doesn't just raise the bar, it places it out of reach. I am glad there is an entire series of Dune audio books and I look forward to buying them all. Previous to buying this book I had never been a fan of Dune. I had no interest in seeing the movie when it came out. I never anted to read the books. I could hardly care less who Frank Herbert was. Now I am a convert. His writing skills are a pleasant blend of narrative and action, poetry (very minor usages of) and prose. He doesn't show off his extensive vocabulary (unlike another author mentioned in this review). He explains, paints a world, tells the story--and leaves the rest to you.
This book is a must have. I hope I can find other audio books that hold up to this level of quality. I suppose I should probably look into other productions by Audio Renaissance.
Very interesting since its Sci Fi written in 1965. Good plot/character development. Author picks up on a lot of the subtleties of human interaction very well.
Very good. Several people read the text helping you to keep characters differentiated from each other. Music over scores dramatic scenes. Very well done.
This is by far the best narrated book I have heard. It is more a movie than a book.
Story is quite good but the real value is in the reading.
The story of Dune is a good one. The attempt by the director to use these fantastic readers was poorly done. In one chapter Scott Brick would read for one character, then 5 minutes later it is a different voice reading for the same character! It was confusing in a number of cases. The readers that were assigned to each character were well done, I just wish they had stuck with it through out the book. If they had each reader stick with the same character, this would have gotten a 5 star rating.