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
Nebula Award winner, Best Novel, 1965
Hugo Award winner, Best Novel, 1966
"Unique...I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings." (Arthur C. Clarke)
"One of the monuments of modern science fiction." (Chicago Tribune)
"Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious." (Robert A. Heinlein)
The story was there - the emotion was there ... but as for the overall presentation, kind'a sad. They had one great voice for the Baron, another great voice for Jessica, another for Paul and many other great voice renditions! Sadly, there was little or no consistency in their use! I was a bit jarring to hear a voice say a line and have to wait for that voice or the sotto voche announce "... the Baron said" to know who was speaking. I'm not sorry that I bought it - but it could have been done much, MUCH better!
the book narrated by several men and they did a great job. I heard a lot about this book, now I listened the book itself. If you like the science fiction, you will love it.
As a child of the fifties I was in a prefect place to be the beneficiary of the best science fiction ever written. By age 15 I had visited many fantastic worlds in My imagination, and by age 18 I was becoming a bit jaded with the current offerings. Enter Frank Herbert and "Dune". His creation blew My mind with its detail, especially at a time when environmental awareness was beginning to come into fashion. I had no idea that such an elaborate world could be contained between the covers of a paperback novel.
In the mid seventies I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Herbert at a science fiction symposium at Colorado State University, and it was an experience I will always treasure because Mr. Herbert turned out to be just the nicest down to earth person You would ever want to meet.
Needless to say Dune is one of the most important science fiction novels ever written, which is faithfully presented in this audiobook. What I must comment here is the fact that this is performed by several talented narrators, providing the vividness of a radiodrama, while keeping the authenticity of an unabridged audiobook. Very splendid and highly recommended.
I remember all my friends going crazy over the book when I was in high school. I didn't read it at the time...I was much too busy with other pursuits. I really wish I had. Talk about expanding vistas. I really find it interesting that Mr. Herbert seated the story in an arabic world with a unique resource that in many ways mimics oil. Very awesome, very cool, very good read with all the characters well represented and easy to follow. This is what we should have read instead of Lord of Flies!
When it comes to audiobooks, there's two things that matter: the book itself and the audio presentation. This book excels at both. The book is deservedly an all-time sci-fi classic and the presentation uses multiple narrators, music and sounds. It feels like you're listening to a movie.
I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a very enjoyable "read"!
This was my first Audible download and it was a great choice. I had never actually read any of the Dune novels despite having seen both the original movie and the miniseries that came out a few years ago. The story has always fascinated me and I am glad I finally got the chance to experience the full text. It is so much more than just some sci-fi series.
The only reason I am not giving the review 5 stars is because I found the narration distracting. The full cast segments are wonderful and I loved the voice of the Baron Harkonnen, and the segments with the lone narrator were really good also, but when you put them together it makes the narration feel disjointed. For example, because the full cast segment of the Baron was so good, I couldn't help but compare it to the narrator's version of the Baron, which was not nearly as powerful. And since they seemed to randomly jump from using a full cast to using just one narrator and back again to a full cast, I found myself thinking more about the narration than actually following the story.
Despite the small gripe, the overall experience has been my favorite foray into the Dune universe.
The experience of listening to this audio rendition of Dune has far surpassed that of watching any movie I have ever seen! My only regret is that this book is only 21 hours long and had to end. I am now listening to it for the second time and loving it even more!
I had heard the hype about this book and wanted to give it a try. I found the first bit of the book confusing as I learned about the author's style. Once I got a grap on his writting style I found the book a great experence. As the book progressed and the various factions of the Dune universe played out. I was left wanting to hear more. My experence listening to Dune was the my first Audible book. Now I am more than hooked.
I have read the book 3-4 times and I still got so much from this audio book. The narrator and voices do changes but its not too hard to follow. If you love the book you'll love the audio book its very well done. Its great to hear all the words, which are so unique to the book, spoken out loud. You really get immersed in the Dune universe. I listened to it in the car and it passed the time wonderfully.
A fantastic book brought to life through a great performance. Brilliant voice acting with subtle musical additions to really help set the tone. Couldn't recommend it more.
"a personal classic."
A personal favourite from childhood with good voice performance. I enjoyed this version and will look forward to listening to it again.
That was a radio play, not an audiobook. A large cast, the sound of desert winds and prose full of rich detail. I found it difficult to stop listening. Truly wonderful. I can't wait to return to this universe.
"Great Book - Bewilderingly poor production."
The book itself is great, and this is apparent although I had not read it before. It is rich and gripping, with memorable characters and real drive to the plot. However, the narration is a seemingly random mix of a principal narrator (who does a decent job) and a cast of voice actors. Characters are therefore not rendered with a consistent voice - it becomes difficult to work out who is speaking, an unforgivable flaw in a book as complex as this. I'm surprised it got through whatever quality control system the publisher uses, and if I'd paid the full ticket price I'd feel I'd been conned. An amateurish rendition of a classic book.
"I love this book it's wonderful"
This is one of the books I turn to when I want to re-read an old favourite, it's great
Yes, because the story is so involving and well read, with a complex plot and fascinating characters.
Asimov's Foundation and Empire as it has the same sweeping grandeur and complete imagined universe.
Having read the book previously, hearing someone else's interpretation of it was intriguing and gave me a different view.
They have made a film of it! But the tag line should have been "Fear is the Mindkiller".
This is a book everyone should experience at least once. And it doesn't stop there - there's the rest of the classic series, plus the add ons Brian Herbert wrote with Kevin Anderson - immerse yourself in Dune!
"enacted like a play"
it's a classic, so it has to rank high.
all the characters are great for different reasons; it's just a great book, that's why it's lasted.
there are many 'narrators'. sadly, there are a couple of criticisms. the baron switches from 'john earl jones' to 'ian mckellen', which is to say the least a little perturbing the first couple of times it happens. this happens, less noticeably, with other characters too. it would have been better a better experience for the listener to have kept the voices consistent. thankfully though, scott brick didn't do any long sections.
"A great telling of an epic story"
Top 5 easily.
The performance of Thufir Hawat was the most consistent.
The changes of characterization between different chapters was grating.
A world that holds creation's greatest treasure... and greatest terrors.
It's a great and very complete version of a complex story, and is very atmospherically told. It's a mix between a straight reading of the book and a sort of audio play with different people voicing the characters. A lot of the story is told in narration or internal monologue which lends itself well to an audio book.
The slightly disconcerting thing is that it moves between two different styles from chapter to chapter and the character's voices change. In some chapters they are voiced by some American-sounding voice actors of variable quality and in others by english voices (which are generally better). It doesn't ruin it but it is distracting, and lessens the impact of some passages where the american voice acting isn't very good.
"I thought it was very good"
So it's proper science fiction, with it's own map of a far flung place inside the front cover (I had hardback and audible on the go at once) for you to get to grips with this new galaxy. Normally I don't read si-fi so hard-core that it requires it's own map, preferring dystopian tales set in future earth...but hey, It's a classic so I gave it a go. It's about a young fella who gets chosen to control the destiny of a entire race ultimately, and his journey from being an ordinary boy to a superhuman man. I won't lie, I had to really concentrate at the beginning to get my head around the strange places, types of people and the whole culture of this world really. There was a bit of an adjustment curve, getting to grips with it all, so be prepared for that in the first section of the book. Some of the new 'species' introduced to us in Dune were marvelously inventive and the nuances of their culture and habits were beautifully rendered. Due to its length, I was a bit fatigued by the end of it and I really should have put it aside and finished it later when I could appreciate it more...but I wanted to know what happened. A sign of a good book. Give it a go!
Yes. A gripping, complex story. Lots and lots of detail. I'm sure if I listen to it again I'll realise I missed bit s the first time.
When Jessica and Paul realise who the traitor in the House is.
Help bring the characters to life
I enjoyed Dune so much that I didn't want to have to stop listening. If I could, I would have listened to it in one go, but thats not practical:-)
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