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)
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.
Unabidged Dune is always a good listen but i liked George Guidall as the reader-version better. He has very good character inflection as a reader.
A long story certainly but well worth the listen. I first saw the movie in the 1980's which certainly would have ruined it for me if I'd read the book first but as it was made the book much better.
I agree with some of the reviewers that the constant changing of voices were confusing. You couldn't get used to whom was portraying whom. But that fact beside this is a wonderul production of a wonderful book
This audio book was sooo good. I fell in love with it. I consistently think of the book, I've listen it 3 times already. I applaud both the Author and the excellent Narrators, for the descriptive actions of the characters and the descriptive landscapes. I was able to see "Dune. The Desert Planet" with such clarity! By day and by night I was right there, right beside the characters. Through a little research I found out that this story paved way for such stories and movies as Star Wars, The Matrix, and so many more! After listening to Dune you will not have a problem believing the last sentence.
I really praise this audio book and hope you are able to experience it the same way I have.
FYI - I've watched all the different movies, and was very disappointed. The audio book guides your imagination so good, the story is complete, unlike the movies that have time constraints.
Worth every penny. This story is a classic that predated the manipulations of OPEC and the oil rich families and corporations which have played dangerous games of power, greed, and corruption in our world, and which are echoed in the universal empire of our future; 10,000 years in the future. This story relates the power schemes within schemes revolving around a desert world commodity to which the whole human society is addicted and dependent upon, and the neo-Islamic desert people that will defend it or destroy it to a dramatic conclusion, between empiralism, corporationalism, and religion.
There are many voices on this production, which makes the listening experience much richer than expected. If you liked the book, you will love this audio recording.
I never got around to reading Dune. I saw the movie some time ago... blah. The book was outstanding! The reading was excellent.(I found the cast mostly superb) I was disappointed I hadn't read this earlier. This book is worth every penny(or credit). This would be considered a great novel if not labeled sci-fi. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to anyone (everyone).
I was never one for sci-fi, so I was a bit apprehensive. After about 30 minutes I was hooked. I was even late for work one morning because I sat in the car unwilling to turn it off. I have heard many audio books but none compare to the production of Dune. With over 12 readers it is a theatrical performance. BRAVO!!
Dune has always been a fantastic experience, and the audiobook only reinforces that fact. The narration and acting is very strong but it could have been much better if the voice talents were consistent to their characters. I remember having one chapter with a very very good Baron Harkonnen voice then the next became entirely different, so I got confused a bit who was talking what.
"can't download, or deliver to my kindle fire"
Had some emails calling me back from help desk but it still doesn't change the fact it doesn't download in useable form to my PC (no itunes option) or Kindle fire, These gaps are surprising: It would make everything so easy to have a 'deliver to device' button like kindle books. I have tried to download special audible softwear, but then it clogs up my PC my being permanently on in the background even if I am not reading. I hope it is upgraded sometime soon.
Hope to be able to find out after compatibility is resolved sometime soon
One of my top 10 all time books
love this story and the perfomance of it
I have listen to this story many times, and its one of my favorites.
If you love sci fi you probably going to love this...
This audiobook was a true masterpiece of audio entertainment. The ethereal music did seem to suit the world of Arrakis as did the excellent voice. The way this story was both written and told allowed me to fully envelop myself in the world of Arrakis. One of the best audiobooks I have every enjoyed.
The book did make me have an emotional reaction but it was one I found odd. I couldn't resist the urge to smile as I became addicted to the tale like I was in an audiovisual trance. It did make me cry. Tears of joy from moments of triumph, rage from the sickness of the Harkonnens', gentle smiles from moments of tenderness.
This audiobook is a masterpiece just as the original novel of Frank Herbert was. A true perfect tale. Unmatchably highly recommended! 10 out of 10.
"a must listen!"
any GoT fan or iany scifi fan will thoroughly enjoy. definitely worth your monthly credit
"Thanks for the introduction."
I must admit to having avoid the Dune series, put off by the size of the books, but listening to the audio version was fantastic. The narrators were super, the author a word crafts master who moves the listener along with the characters from a beautiful world with water for all to a dry mostly baron planet with a beauty all of its own. With the need to protect the precious resources of Dune.
"more like a play"
very impressive production. but be warned this is a long book. well worth a listen
I have listened to this 3 times now it is incredible! Brilliantly read - great story with a wide cast of characters.
"Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!"
What the hell were they thinking??? The cast only narrates through roughly a quarter of the book, the rest of the time the narrator muddles his way through...the voice of the baron changes from a strong American accent to a olde British one and then back again in no time at all! This makes the listening experience extremely annoying and I would recommend this version to no one!!!
The story itself, although a classic, is somewhat muddled and takes ages to make a point on anything!! There is the seeds of something great, but it's too confused with its own self importance!
Fantastic story.. All sci fi fans must listen 2.. Even non sci fi fans will like. 10/10 5 star
I first read this when I was young and now 20 years later it is still an incredibly imagined story.
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