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)
Frank Herbert combined sci fi with fantasy to make a wonderful world filled with cruel villains, hard fighters, and people with super natural powers please listen for yourself!!
I have listened and watched the movies over and over again. This is may favorite sci-fi book of all time.
St. Alia of the Knife. Alia is born a full Reverend Mother. So much power in a tiny package.
I have listened to Scott Brick many times and enjoys he voice. I really like this dramatic reading of dune and its many actors/actresses.
Fear is the mind killer.
Experiencing Dune for the first time, I'm glad that I chose the audio version. This is a highly polished production, with music and subtle sound effects that add to the majesty of the story. I found myself entranced by these characters, as much for the audio performances of the many actors as for their strength on the page.
My only wish is that they had recorded *all* of the dialogue with these actors, rather than just a few key scenes. The seesaw back and forth between the main narrator (who does a good job, but could not give all the female characters distinct voices) and the full ensemble pieces was a little jarring. Still, aside from that one nitpick, this is a masterpiece.
I'm basing my rating on the goodreads scale. I liked this booked. I thought the actors used only sometimes for the voices was distracting. The story was good.
It was a very interesting read, it kept me entertained through out the entire book. Some other reviews said they got confused by the voices that sounded different, that had an accent some times but not others...seriously!? It was read by a narrator with an english accent and then occasionally throughout the book there would be "scenes" with actors to play each character. It was not confusing at all and only added to the story!
Yes, I would, with some caveats. The story is great, truly a classic of science fiction. Simon Vance, the primary narrator, is phenomenal. He's up on par with Jim Dale. Really wonderful voice work that can elevate even mediocre writing (which this isn't). The problem is that whoever produced the book sort of tried to half-ass a full cast reading. Sometimes, but not always, some of the characters are read by other actors. Even from line to line, you won't know whether the voice for a given character is going to be Simon Vance's voice (always great and appropriate) or some other voice (generally pretty terrible and weirdly high-pitched). Vance's voice sounds like it was recorded on professional equipment in a studio. Everyone else sounds like they were recorded on a Speak and Spell in a motel bathroom. Baron Harkonnen's voice seems to have been doneon one of those Talkboy cassette recorders from Home Alone 2 where you can slow down the voice to make it sound deeper, but it just ends up sounding lame. I have absolutely no idea why this was done. The inconsistency of it is the most confusing part. Earlier in the book it seemed like it was done chapter by chapter, where some chapters would have Vance reading everything and others had a full cast. That made little enough sense. Then to have later chapters just flip-flopping back and forth between voices in the middle of a conversation is really distracting. And they have Simon Vance, one of the greatest audiobook narrators ever! Just let that man work his velvety magic and leave the rest of the actors out of it. If it weren't for the fact that Vance is so good and that he really does end up reading the majority of the book, I'd have rated it lower.
I like Stilgar. I think he's interesting because he's important to the book, but the story only follows his journey through the lens of Paul's journey. He's a good man, powerfully tied to the traditions of his people, but strong enough to change ways that need changing.
I have, and I have loved everything I've heard from Simon Vance. He does excellent work capturing the personalities and emotions of every character he voices, from Aaliyah to Baron Harkonnen. When I'm listening to his reading of this book, it's consistently wonderful. When the other voices start cropping up at random, it ruins everything.
It's 20-some hours long so....no. Bedsores aren't all that flattering a look on me.
I am honestly curious about the weird additional voices in this book. I want to know why someone did that because it just seems so insane. If anyone knows, please tell me.
Inconsistent voices were frustrating. It's like they couldn't afford to pay for voice actors for all of the scenes. Just some of them. Particularly frustrating for the voices with very unique voices, like the evil duke. Some of the time he had a deep epic voice, like James earl jones. And the rest of the time the narrator (an old British guy) simply said his lines.
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