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)
Dune - What more can be said that hasn't already been said about this classic story?
However, as others have observed, the presentation is very odd and, at times, confusing. Some sections are performed by a cast while other portions are performed by the narrator alone. This led to a story that sometimes was hard to follow, even for a longtime fan that is very familiar with the story.
Characters were often lost or hard to follow after the frequent transitions from cast performance to narrator performance since the same character was being performed with entirely different "voices" just moments apart. I'm completely baffled why this approach was taken with this classic and it detracts from having a consistent, immersive narrative.
Better would have been to either present it with the whole cast recording, or have it performed by the narrator alone, who was quite competent and who, I must say, I much preferred over the lackluster cast performances. Very puzzling indeed.
I'm still giving the whole thing high marks since Herbert's story seems to rise above the confusing performance and remain enjoyable.
Politics, Treachery, Love, Destiny, Pain, Mystic, Philosophy and Phrophecy all rolled into one.
The voice actors were brilliant sometimes it was just the narrator but the dramatization brings life to the story.
pick full cast or single narrator and stick with it, for Pete's sake! No clear method to the madness, either.
The voices of the characters are not consistent, meaning that one character has two voices at different time, it may have been done to add drama but it was confusing
Dune is a Sci-Fi classic. Definitely a must read. This recording however is a bit odd as the voice actors change from chapter to chapter. Some chapters the narrator does all the voices and in others each character has a unique voice actor. It was slightly confusing but it did not take too much away from the story.
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