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 first read Dune almost 40 years ago. But reading it a second time, and by means of audio performance, has given me a better understanding of some of the philosophic/religious/evolutionary ideas. It is well written and well performed. Worth the 17 hours.
I was skeptical for years about reading dune, I only wish I had read it sooner. The subtle ties of religion and politics speak to much of what we see now in the world. Dune mingling of truth and science fiction in fashion so masterful that I can only recommend
this book to all who are interested
The voice cast is not present throughout the entire book. Usually it is just the one reader. When the other actors do appear, it is confusing or at least distracting.
Reading through Amazon's "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime." Finished 38 and counting!
Lots of great readers. Love the desert sound effects and echoing quality of Princess Irulan's epitaphs. The only weakness in casting IMHO is the reader for Gurney Halleck. Although you could attribute the "stiffness" to the writing, I think a more distinguished voice is in order. Didn't Patrick Stewart play him in the movie? Hard act to follow...
Excellent paced audio book of a classic science fiction novel. Only issue is some chapter there are voice actors for the characters (which i prefer) and other chapters the narrator varies his pitch and accent for the different characters. Would have been great if they were consistent with the voice actors.
Cloak, dagger, strange customs and deadly royal plots mark this universe. Whole empires rise and fall on the words and even facial expressions of children, nomads and brigands. Nothing is as it seems, moving like a worm under the ground where you walk.
Please note that there are multiple voice actors in this edition, but they are not always consistent with each character from chapter to chapter. Still a great work anyhow
Yes, I like the writing. No, the quality of narration I would not want to experience again, however I would not actively avoid if a few of the cast members happened to be in another audiobook.
Game of Thrones in space is how one of my friends described it.
Yes absolutely. I think with modern CGI this thing could be level 10 epic.
My 1 star review for performance is not based on the performance of any one narrator. I found all of the voices pleasant. Whoever produced the audiobook, however, did a s*** job. There was an almost full cast for this audiobook including one main narrator. Some lines the narrator would read for (as an example) Duke Leto and some lines a seperate voice actor would read. Sometimes this would happen in the same scene! It seriously bothered me as it was hard to tell who was who ESPECIALLY in a book like this where there are a lot of characters. The main narrator sometimes didn't switch voices for minor characters properly but this I can sort of accept as I've heard this before in other audiobooks.
I would have swapped the audiobook out for a different one but the story was too good. I should have just read the actual book but I'm lazy.
I have read Dune a number of times and each time I get more out of it. It is deliciously complex and full of intrigue, religious and political. I bought the audiobook to get a different take on the book, and I am so glad I did. The narrator is excellent, his reading measured and precise, and there is a tremendous variation in the amount of unique voices he is able to do. The woman who reads the Princess Irulan chapter introductions is perfect.
Certain scenes, such as the dinner party, are done with a full cast narration, which works out pretty well, though it is a little unexpected. The only things I dislike are:
1. The main narrator's take on Gurney Halleck--Gurney seems to me like he should be portrayed as an older man, but here he sounds like a sneering young man in his late teens, early twenties.
2. The Baron Harkonnen's voice in the full cast narration sounds almost like James Earl Jones. This was unexpected. I guess there's no reason why his voice shouldn't sound this way, but it was a bit distracting. Maybe I was expecting a vocal performance closer to that of the failed movie? I don't know.
If you like thoughtful sci-fi and haven't read Dune yet, pick this up and savor every bit. If you're re-reading Dune, pick this up and enjoy an alternate experience that is exactly faithful to the novel.
Great world that he built. Feels like the ending was rushed. Looking forward to continuing the story though.
"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.
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!
"Belive the hype"
Dune is the ultimate SciFi classic and deserves the tag.
The story is rich, complex and chronicles the life of the royal families of the worlds of Dune. The story is filled with intrigue, paranoia and challenge.
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