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)
Not only is the book well written, but the audio presentation is fantastic - really takes you to another planet! Different voices and background noises create sets you are immersed in!!
Driver Edmonton to Ft Mac...lots of listening time...
I've re read the Dune series several times and listened to the recent Dune download. Can hardly wait for more Audible productions of the other books.
I have downloaded around 30 titles from Audible and this stands out as one of the very best - the story is great and the narration is particularly good. If you have any interest whatsoever in the story you will love this production of Dune.
This is better than the movie, and near better than reading. You get the voices and drama but you have to use your imagination to see it. I can't think of a better way to enjoy this author's works.
I listened to the Theatrical Production of Dune. Although the production itself was very well done, the producers left out large chunks of the book, especially parts leading up to the final battle.
For that reason, I gave it a rating of 3. I was disappointed that so much of the story was missing, therby diluting one of the great Science Fiction novels of all time.
The dramatic cast make listening to the unabridged version a true joy. There is a small, but growing number of titles that Audible carries that have a cast with numerous readers, not withstanding the complaints about inconsistency from other reviewers.
The power struggle between the Atreides family and the Harkonnen clan is a focused struggle between families fighting over the control of Spice Planet Arakis.
The spice is a highly addictive substance that only comes from desert planet Arakis and is coveted throughout the universe. Whoever controls the spice, controls the universe.
The development of young Paul Atreides from a teenager with his test of the Gom Jabbar box until he actualizes his full power is the heart of the novel.
No review should give away just what is the source of the spice.
Arakis is a tough planet. Only the Fremen are suited to live there.
There are many excellent ideas concerning planetary ecology, that we can actually apply to our own Planet Earth. Part of ecology is trying to modify a hostile environment. Fremen have hidden thousands of water stores which at the right time, they hope to activate to re-capture a part of the planet from desert. Fremen know how to work with the desert winds, using Still Suits, to get through the difficult desert day.
They don't get much better than this one folks. And I've been an audio book nut for close to 15 years, starting at the public library with cassette tapes. The heart of great science fiction is to transport you to see perspectives beyond which you usually see. Dune does this.
Get lost in the desert planet!
I was very excited through the first half of the book because of the vast range of creative ideas and thoughtful insights into human personalities & psychology. The influence on the author of WW2 and the cold war after it are evident, in stories of loyalty and betrayal and traitors within. The ending is a bit of a let down after such a beautifully crafted work. The narration which is by a cast, is also 4 out of 5. I think the book has been missed out on by a lot of people (like myself in the past) who dismissed the idea of a powerful novel within science fiction. It probably deserves to be in the top 40 books of all time.
I first read Dune years ago - and had since forgotten the subtle nuances and plot twists. Dune is really a genre bending story - while the settings are indeed a work of science fiction, the plot lines could easily adapted and placed in a historical or contemporary political thriller. As a result, I suspect that the "SF" label might restrict its audience appeal.
Listening to this audiobook was like a breath of fresh air. The casting truly made the book come alive and I found myself being drawn into the story. I've listened to a couple of dozen audiobooks over the past year or two, most of them good, many of them great but this is the most compelling production that I have yet encountered. I hope that the cast and production values return for subsequent books in the series.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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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