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)
Each character has its own voice actor but isn't used all the time. There are parts where an actor will read and those are good. Then there are parts where the narrator will read with a specific tone of voice or accent for a character. Those are good too. My issue is the mixing of the two, it can make it hard to follow. Its also jarring and draws attention to the performance, taking you out of the book. I would have preferred one or the other.
I have been a die-hard fan of the Dune lore for 35 years. I'm over the moon that they created this wonderful audible book of one of science fiction's greatest accomplishments.
Frank Herbert was a genius.
Dune is Frank Herbert's masterwork.
The audio book version of Dune is also a masterwork. Simon Vance and company transport you to Arrakis. The production quality of this audio book is superb.
Other than a good scifi storyline the cast did a wonderful job reading and being the characters. There was a good sense of character emotion and and cadence. I would recommend listening at 1.25 speed because some language is drawn out for effect.
Coming to this story late, I was struck by the similarities to other fantasy that I grew up with and loved. The Bedouin legends, and such, of hard warrior people and their relative place amongst the world, or in the case Galaxy. The story is a familiar and enjoyable one. The thing that next struck me about the story was how staccato the plot moved. With the audiobook, lose concentration at the wrong place and major plot development is missed. This character is dead, or that character is betrayed, or the hero has a new power; "blink" and you may miss it. This fast forwarded type of plot where years go by in a paragraph is not what I am used to and I found it slightly abrasive. It didn't allow me to form the bonds with the characters that I would be following. The hero, Paul, just starts so good at everything, it is tough to get lost in the fantasy and relate to the heroes journey, especially when huge leaps are taken in the plot.
As for the performance, it is great, with a little exception where the narrator voices all characters for a time and at others there is a full supporting cast. The deep bass of the Baron Harkinen feels too regal for the gluttonous man but defines the character and is missed in scenes like the gladiator duel.
I recommend this audiobook, just keep your wits about you and it will be very enjoyable.
This book has a lot of intriguing ideas and a magnificiently thick plot, yet it left me feeling unsatisfied in the end. It relies heavily on investing the reader with interesr in the personal lives and feelings of the characters, who take up the bulk of the book's attention, yet I failed to "connect" with any of them, and I never got the same feeling of epic adventure that Tolkein, Rafael Sabatini, or Robert Louis Stevenson inspire.
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