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)
One of the best sci-fi novels ever, and a great novel even outside that genre.
This production sometimes uses two VERY different voices for the same character! Duke Leto is voiced by an American-sounding actor in one scene and then a Brit in the next. Later, it will be back to the American! The same with the Baron Harkonnen: two very different voices.
This is a very confusing state of affairs and I can't imagine why it was done. Oddly, the two actors voicing the same character don't even try to sound alike at all.
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.
"Wow...What a book"
I remember watching the David Lynch film as boy when it was first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. I was too young to stay-up and watch the movie but my minds eye does far more credit to a VHS recording than the reality of the technology ever delivered. This book conjured the same sense of magic I felt when watching and re-watching this movie with my older brother who'm did his best to explain the nuances of the story to a boy, who's parents said he couldn't watch it...
The story is excellent and captures the reader\listener from the very beginning. From the wonderful characterisations and exquisite (not verbose) detail of the various environments.
Simon Vance's performance is typically brilliant, the supporting sound effects and ambient sound track make this book at times feel much more like a radio play than an audio book. This I enjoyed immensely! I was a little concerned about the alternative voice actors used for characters in some chapters, but this did nothing to dent my enjoyment of the book and I had no issue in following the story dispute the several changes from voice actor to narrator. I particularly liked the Barron's alternative menacing voice, but inversely disliked Gurney's weaselly tone.
The parallels that can be drawn from this 1965 novel to the unfolding conflict in Iraq and Syria in 2015 is almost unbelievable... or maybe my imagination runs a mock. Let's hope so.
"Great but the mix of narration and acting is off-putting"
Not sure why, but some sections are performed entirely by the main narrator, while others employ multiple voice actors. Either would have been great but switching unexpectedly was a distraction from an otherwise gripping and brilliant story. Still enjoyed every minute of it.
"Best sci-fi ever"
A really beautiful performance of this classical sci-fi story. It includes a group of the best narrators and accompanying sound effects.
"Great for the experienced Sci Fi fan"
Dune is an amazing book. From sheer entertainment value to deep thought provoking ideas this is the perfect sci fi book for people who have only read less complex books to get you to the next level of depth. And it is especially great in the audiobook as it feels more like a performance than a read through.
"Appalling narration of a sci-fi classic."
This is my favourite book of all time. It is a monster, drawing on politics, religion, love, betrayal, prophecy, heroism - I could go on. As soon as I saw it on Audible, I had to have it. I wish I had read the reviews first, because many of them find the narration as annoying as I do.
If you begin with different actors voicing the different characters, this should continue throughout the book, not chop and change between that and having the narrator do the job. The change in approach does not just happen across different chapters, it happens in different scenes in the same chapter! I am familiar with the text, and was still confused by it.
Another point, it would seem obvious to me that if you are going to be narrating a book you should read it a least a couple of times. I don't think that this narrator read it even once before recording. It seemed like every other sentence carried an inflection placed on the wrong word, an easy thing to do if you have no empathy with the characters or understanding of the ultimate destination of the plot. In less kind moments, I feel the narrator is just not good enough, although I will admit he has a pleasant timbre to his voice. His poor performance is highlighted by the other voice talents being rather good, bringing me back to my previous gripe.
The quality of the original book, a point upon which I grant I posess a bias, still deserves much more respect than this.
"odd change in voices in charecters but ace anyway"
voices of charecters kept changing. gurney was an English northerner one minuet and a sly American another. A bit confusing at times. But the story is ace!!!! as u all know.
Dune is a massively long book, and I was slightly trepidatious about starting an audible version in case I didn't like the narration - 21 hours is a long time to listen to a voice you don't like. I needn't have worried though - the man who provides the central narration is excellent, his characterisations are consistent and fantastic. I actually thought the additional voices - some sections are done almost like a radio play - were a little superfluous, but I got used to them. Highly recommend the book and this performance of it.
"Incomplete adaptation. Not the full novel."
I've only got about two minutes in but have already had to stop. This is not the complete novel. It is an adaptation. When there is dialogue the words of the narrator are omitted, as if it were a play. Not what I wanted at all for such an amazing book.
"Good story but let down by voices"
The story is a good one but this was let down by the readers.
would consider others, but depends on readers.
would listen to sample first.
I have read the book before and like the story but was let down by the readers.
Frank Herbert is a great writer, but the narration ruins the story, half of it is single narrator and the rest of it is dramatized, the single narration part is much better
Yes, and no at the same time
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