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)
Sometimes the characters are read by actors - which is great. Other times the narrator handles all the characters. Sometimes this switch happens in the middle of a scene! For an already confusing story it makes it that much more.
I don't know what happened in the production of this audio book but frankly I am surprised something was released in this quality. I DID however make it through, for the record.
The book started out slow , I had to start over to get the jest of the story, but once the story got going it was well worth the listening. If you like futuristic stories that is exciting this is the book for you… I enjoyed every minute of this book.
Mother, Amazon, Student, LSG
I love the narration, and have listened to this book over and over. I am almost finished and moving on to Ender's Game, another must read.
Yes, because the story is so great.
The detail and the pace. The newer Dune series are faster paced, and I like them too, but the painting of the scenes here by Frank are wonderful, very British.
I don't have a favorite, but I wasn't thrilled with the Gurney Halleck performance. Too New York when everyone else is British. The narrator played Halleck as cockney!
No, not 21 hours of listening.
It's confusing to have a narrator and then a short ensemble piece, then the narrator, then actors... I wish the producers had settled on either a reader or actors, not a mix. Often the same character has a different accent depending on whom is portraying him.
There is no need to make the book itself any better. However it the narrators make this read more like a dramatization than an unabridged.
I prefer not to anwer this as to not spoil anything in the series for anyone who reads my review that has not read the dune series.
The fact that there are 4 narrator's and another 8 people doing voices. I've always know unabridged versions to be 1 or 2 narrators and no individuals doing voices of assigned characters. The book listens like its a dramatized version and not an unabridged version.
If you don't like to listen to dramatized version I would recommend against purchasing this version.
The story itself brought a series of emotions depending on what part of the book you are at.
The performace sparked disappointment, oh the disappointment. . . But thats only my personal opinion
Great series, I hope there are other version out there that are what I consider true unabridged version of
The primary narrator was fantastic, but the occasional use of a full cast was odd and distracting. I would have greatly preferred.the narrator alone.
Perhaps it's not fair to judge a book after decades of hype. It's hard not to expect too much. The story line was good; interesting and somewhat unpredictable. The performance was excellent. Dune was a solid read - just not one of my favorites.
I like anything Simon Vance narrates. He's a tremendous reader. There are two things I disliked about this book. First were the extra readers. Some of them were not bad, but the performance was uneven. Few come close to matching Vance. The second thing I disliked were the often preposterous scenarios. With science fiction, you usually have to accept some outlandish ideas, but the best science fiction (Asimov, for example) makes the outlandish believable. In this case, Herbert tries to meld medieval feudalism with advanced civilizations - the result is simply preposterous. We are supposed to accept the revival of gladatorial combat... or the goofy ending with the "Duke" proposing a political marriage with the emperor's daughter while maintaining a loving relationship with his sweet desert maiden, his concubine. Just weird ... hard to believe humans would act this way or think it normal after all the history we have in 'normal' human history to this point.
Obviously authors imagine all sorts of strange scenarios in works of fiction. The trick is making it believable, as if it "could happen". Herbert fails to achieve this consistently... he is best when he isn't bringing in the phony barons and dukes and earls and whatnot. His desert people and their society are great and much more believable.
Yes, Simon Vance is great. Wish he had read the whole book without the "help" of others.
I was the only sci-fi & fantasy reader left on the planet who had not read Dune, I think. I remedied that failing with this audio production. The cast brought the story to life superbly. I'm glad I chose the audio format and this production to finally "read" 'Dune.'
Not this production. At times I found the performances distracting, and the voice acting just didn't fit in places. I enjoy Simon Vance's work, and had the book been entirely read by him, and some character parts not preformed by other voice actors, I may would have given it more stars in that area.
I like the story in that the tale is intimate, in an epic setting. There's no point in covering details of this classic, well known tale, but I will say that there are several things the story left me wanting answers to, and I look forward to finding those answers other books in the series.
Yes, and no. I liked Simon's portrayal of all the characters he did, but some of the voice acting of the other characters just wasn't good at all.
"My brother comes now."
I really liked the book, but if I ever "read" it again, it'll likely be a different production. And maybe one that is Whispersync compatible.
"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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