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 performance rises to the challenge of this classic novel so that you can feel the tension between the path that they must take and the knowledge of where this path leads.
This is more than a narration, its a great production. Well, there are periods of times when it is narrated and others when the story is actually acted. However, the narrator does a superb job on his own, so even then the book is excellent. I felt somewhat disappointed every time it was narrated because the acting is just so well done and brings the story to a whole new level.
But I've never enjoyed another audiobook as much as this one. Of course, the classic that is Dune has a lot to do with it.
There is no other audiobook I would recommend as much as this one.
the good doctor
I loved the performances ...it bought this classic to life
Frank Herberts complex yet plausable world of dune is richly believable.
I was in awe of the mastery of the direction and performance.
I've listenened to a couple hundred books and I've never had a book with 15 narrators. I was excited about that prospect but for some unknown reason the various actors entered into the narration on no particular schedule. Sometime the main narrator does a voice, the next time the actual actor who was suppose to do the voice. They just kept changing who did it. If you're going to have 15 actors narrating, have the SAME person do each voice ALL THE TIME. Super confusing and it frankly really killed the book for me.
Not a robot. End of line.
While the story was unsurprisingly fantastic, this is the first audiobook that I listened to where I was never able to figure out what was going on with the characters' voices.
The book switches, seemingly at random, between using a traditional single narrator who does distinct voices for each character, and a full cast where each character is done by a different actor.
It was very confusing for a while to have to remember two completely different voices for each character. It also messed with the "mental image" of the characters, because I would involuntarily imagine a character looking very different depending on who was doing the voice.
I've listened to other audiobooks where entire chapters have different readers, depending on the perspective the chapter is written from. That has never bothered me, but unfortunately that's not what Dune was doing. Even by the time I finished the book, I had no idea why certain conversations were full cast and others were not.
I still enjoyed the book quite a bit because the story more than made up for the performance gripes.
I love Dune...listened to it and read it a couple dozen times. i bought this version to replace my copy that only had Scott Brick as the narrator as i was curious of how the other readers would at to it.Honestly, it was deplorable...there was no pattern to who was reading what character, they would switch mid-way through a scene and i would have to figure who's voice is which character all over again. Frankly they sucked at putting emotion and inflection into the character's lines.Scott Brick only recording is amazing as he never changes voices for anyone and he does a wonderful job at putting in emotion to his characters..
I will always look for Scott Brick for a narrator
No...because of the narration from the other people my enjoyment of this book was far less than ever before.
Fantastic to listen to in audible format; even more enveloping than reading it. Herbert created such graphic world I could envision the worms, the landscape and the characters in my mind's eye. The detail and the thought he brought to living in a world living where every drop of water counted was just one of the great aspects of this book. The analogy with oil is precient.
I've listened to this audiobook twice already--back to back. The quality of the production is excellent, and the voice actors are marvelous.
I think the closest comparison I can make to the Dune series is something like the original Star Wars trilogy mixed with Lord of the Rings, mixed with a political thriller by Tom Clancy, draped over a subtle underpinning of the religious skepticism of someone like Richard Dawkins.
I've read the book probably five times so far, so I thought I'd try out the audiobook. This audio book is quite well read. The narrator does an excellent job especially as there is quite of bit of language in here. While this is a "full cast" type audio book, only some of the chapters use the cast. Most of the time the narrator does just as good a job voicing a character as the cast member does. I'm not sure why only some of the scenes are full cast, but it wasn't too disruptive unless the side by side scenes were voiced differently.
Overall, highly recommend this audio book.
I love Frank Herbert and love all of his books.
The audio production of this title is horrifying. Apparently, they could not decide whether to make a full cast audio book or a single reader one. One chapter is read by the full cast, then another is not, then another is, then another are not. What were the producers thinking? It is the worst listening experience I have had in many years of listening to audiobooks. Plus, it is a shame, because the voice talent is outstanding. I also so not like the intrusive score, that comes and goes almost randomly throughout the reading. This audio production of Dune is at the same level of the TV adaptation: abysmally bad. What a disappointment!
Please make a new audio production and stick to either a full cast, or a single reader.
"A superb production of a sci fi classic!"
I won't dwell on the book itself - it is for many the highwater mark of the sci fi genre; superbly written, richly detailed, boiling with wonderful ideas and concepts, and giving an impression of historical depth that (almost) rivals Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Rather, I'd like to comment on the audio presentation. Potential listeners should have no hesitation in downloading this immediately! Simon Vance is the main reader, and - as always! - his reading is of the highest calibre - clear, faultless pronounciation, and with a fine balance of character voicing without over-acting. Although it's billed as a full-cast reading (from the superb Audio Renaissance team), the full cast are only used on some chapters, while Simon Vance reads many chapters solo. And while I love the Audio Renaissance team, I actually found the solo Vance chapters even better. A very highly recommended listen! And what great news that the sequels will be available over the upcoming months!
"Dune is to SciFi, as what LOR is to Fantasy"
I loved the 1984 film adaptation of Dune as a child, but I have never read the book.
I went through this audio book, Twice! In one week. What a story and to think it was published in 1965.
I really loved the way this book is written and audio production is the best I have every heard, and adds to the entertainment value.
There is a the main narrator Simon Vance who is brilliant, but the additional narrators and ambient sounds used add more colour to the sound.
Scifi may be back drop to this story, but the main drama is in the relationships and the characters. I urge non Scifi readers looking for a good book with great intertwining plots, varied characters told in a oracle like voice to listen to this story.
I enjoyed this more than Lord of the Rings, which I do like. I like a long story that is well written and this is one of the best.
"read and heard now!!!!!"
I first read this book years and years ago. After getting an iPod, to while away the hours at work, cnc programmer and operator, I decided to try an audio book. I went for Dune with the thought of 'I've read it, so lets see how it listens' so to speak. AMAZED. I loved every minute, got totally engrossed, beautifully read, good background mood music, thoroughly enjoyed it. Next audio book please!
"High drama but more of it please"
Dune is a book of high tension, filled with treachery, suspicion and dangerous characters with dark motives. The early scenes of this audiobook are dramatised and they capture the mood expertly. This is edge-of-the-seat stuff and makes for compelling listening. I could feel the 'gom jabar' at my own neck as my hands went all clammy! What a pity the dramatisation lessens, giving way to straight narration as the book progresses. It is read very well throughout but it could have been so much more gripping if the full cast had been retained. Another annoying gripe, common to so many audiobooks. Why can't the audio 'chapters' correspond with those in the book instead of ending randomly mid paragraph? It makes navigating a long book unnecessarily difficult.
This is a superbly read, expertly-produced audiobook that draws the listener headlong into the world of Arrakis and the adventures of Dune. The narration, acting, music and effects all compliment each other beautifully to create an experience that does true justice to this Sci-Fi epic.
This is a great book. One of the most detailed and compelling books i have ever read and now its even better to listen to. Frank Herbert(author) has created an entire universe with great detail helping you to imagine each environment easily. While it is generaly assumed that this is a sci-fi book there is no space battles and the way that Frank explains each place it is easy to fall into the assumption that its a simple fiction book.
With voices that are very easy to listen to. You can have many an hour of fun enjoying the first in the series of books by Frank Herbert, there are also many books that continue the storyline layed out by Frank written by his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson. After listening or reading this book I can pritty much guarantee that you will want to read or listen to the next set of books.
The only thing i would say is that currently audible uk does not have any of the other books available however they are very much worth reading.
I hope you like this book as much as i do. Personaly i would recomend reading the books in the following order. I recomend this to help explain storylines. (the numbers is the number the book is currently in, in timeline order, not order of been written). Dune(7), (then jumping back in time about 30-40 years earlier) House Atredies(4), House Harkonen(5), House Corino(6), (jumping back to after Dune) Dune Messiah(8), Children of Dune(9), God emperor of Dune(10), (jumping back in time to many many years before Dune) The Butlerian Jihad(1), The Machine Crusade(2), The Battle of Corin(3), (now the grownding for the machines and the jihad has been established back up to after god emperor) Heretics of Dune(11), Chapterhouse: Dune(12), Hunters of Dune(13), (and the soon to be released) Sand worms of Dune(14).
Anyway i hope you enjoy the series as much as i have and I look forward to more of the books coming onto this site.
"Rather fragmented production of a wonderful book"
I read 'Dune' in my teens and adored it - the complexities of the story and the depth to which the eco-system of the desert planet is planned are quite breathtaking. So I was looking forward to having the audiobook so I could re-live the wonder. Unfortunately this is a bit of a fragmented production. The main narrator has a voice fitting to the scope of the book and reads well. However, my guess is that originally the production company brought in other actors to read the dialogue - but for an ABRIDGED version. But they didn't bother to use them to complete the unabridged recording. Therefore, at some points, we have dialogue of the main characters read by other actors (often with some annoying 'atmospheric' sound effects, music or irritating echoic effects in the background). Then at other sections of the story all the voices of dialogue are provided by the main narrator, which makes the whole thing sadly disjointed. Ironically, I think it works far better with the narrator alone providing all dialogue - so the company could have saved themselves the cost and trouble of getting other people in and would still have ended up with a better, more choherent performance of the book. I will still finish listening to the audiobook, just to enjoy the marvellous story, but I feel the oddities of the recording will always keep me from being completely immersed in the tale.
This is a very good book and the reading is one of the best I have heard so far using a variety of people to produce the voices and the readers express the characters well.
I have always meant to read the book, but on leafing through a copy in a shop it has always looked a bit dry, maybe a bit slow. I enjoyed the film years ago so I knew I liked the story.
This audiobook is very long, sometimes quite slow and often repetitive but it is also epic and involving in a way that few books ever are. The production is fantastic, the main narrator has a clear voice and the use of actors to voice certain scenes just adds to the richness. The Barron Harkonnen is especially well voiced and far more threathening than in the film.
I was sad when it ended and the sequel is already next on my download list.
"A new dimension"
When I was a teenager I thoroughly enjoyed (and found myself transported to) Dune and appreciated it as much as Catch 22 and Asimov's Foundation series. When I was a thirty-something I tried to enjoy the film version without much success. As a fifty-something I am amazed by the richness of the experience provided by this audiobook. The combination of straight narrative and dramatisation works to bring the book to life in a way I did not expect. I recommend listening via an iPod/MP3 player with headphones. If the spoken word can evkoe pictures in your mind, your are in for a cinematic treat!
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