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)
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.
I read this book years ago when I was in college and enjoyed it then. And I've reread it at least once since then. But now that I'm older, I got a lot more out of the book and really enjoyed it as an audio. I probably will listen to it again in a few years.
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:-)
"A great read"
Heard a lot about this book but never got around to reading it until now - an absolute must for all SFY fans, atmospheric and a great read
"Liked the book wasn't mad-keen on the reading"
Obviously a classic in sci-fi so not reviewing the book but this was well paced narrations
Classic book well told ... surprising relevence to modern-day events given Islam references throughout
I liked the dramatisation of the other characters but the main problem is they switch constantly between being 'performed' by other voice-actors and being performed completely differently by the narrator.
Baron Harkkonnen was a deep booming voice when performed and almost a weasely northern british accept ... its very jarring when its doing it paragraph to paragraph and means its easy to lose the plot of how a conversation flowed
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