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 tried several times to read Dune, and never managed to get into it. It just didn't capture my imagination. The full-cast narration, though, brought the book to life. I found myself reluctant to get out of the car at the end of my commute to work or to stop for the night at bed time. The story was fascinating and the performance was brilliant.
Classic story, performed excellently. I read Dune when I was in middle school, probably 20 years ago, and didn't really retain much. Listening to the audiobook was a completely new experience. Having multiple voices completely changes the feel of the story, and makes is much more engaging. Overall a great experience.
I will definitely listen to it again because the story has so many interesting layers to it's story. I would not mind continuing to the next in the series.
I normally don't listen to fiction but I enjoy sci-fi movies and Dune is a classic in the genre.
The performances are great BUT it bounces from one narrator reading all parts to a theatrical type with multi readers then back to single narrator then back. They should have stuck to one or the other. It is very distracting. I don't know why but Scott Brick is narrating in half my library. I wish he was the main narrator in this one. He has a certain creepiness in his voice that fits this story.
It is an epic tale and could not be completed in one sitting. The story has a great flow so you look forward to the next listening.
I found myself looking deeper into Herbert's universe online and learning the timeline of the back story and characters. I like philosophy, religious studies, social structures, and this book has it all.
I enjoy history, biographys, and nerdy/ dorky things.
The many differing voice actors used for different characters.
Realizing how much of modern science fiction is taken from this book.
The differing voices made understanding each character much easier.
Don't watch the 1984 movie, it doesn't do the book justice.
Star Wars, Star Trek, BattleStar all take some inspiration from this book. For a book first published in 1965, Dune is truly ahead of its time.
My opinion may be colored by the bulk of my for-fun reading being epic fantasy.
Firstly, the story and writing. I found it spare, with occasional time jumps that I didn't expect, but they weren't particularly damaging to the experience of the story. Rather, it feels a symptom of maybe a need to be as short as possible: some avenues of exposition were left unexplained, some aspects of personality, character, or other such context were described rather than shown, etc. Ultimately, it felt a little like reading a Cliff's Notes version of a longer work, with a missing glossary or background section.
Despite that, it was intriguing, if not enough to inspire research on the world's background or to inspire a desire to read the sequels.
On the performance front, with multiple narrators, it was too inconsistent. Sometimes, it was narrated by one person doing all the characters' voices and that person changed over the course of the story, but other times, some characters got a single voice actor, so that some chapters/scenes had multiple people performing them together being specific characters. This inconstency was jarring and disorienting; sometimes one character was voiced by someone who sounded like James Earl Jones, but other times, it was someone else who was reading all the characters in that section.
So, I didn't like the performance aspect of this audiobook. yet, I liked it overall enough to get all the way through it. That was a near thing, though. I considered bailing.
This is a great book with good performances, however on occasion the characters will be voiced by two different people. Sometimes this occurs even within a single chapter, or from one sentence to the next.
Great book with a epic story. The only thing that got me was the change in Narrator... going back and forth between a full cast of characters and a single narrator doing all the voices...the single narrator was my least favorite.
"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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