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)
this has always been one of my favorites. I only have one gripe and that is some of the voices used were kind of not right for the people being portrayed
Dune university is to SCIFI as Middle Earth is to Fantasy. Prior to Star Trek and Star Wars, no other SCIFI universe sold more books.
The story is great and so was the reader but they used several different pronunciations. It wasn't a distraction but the story of Paul Atreides rise has inspired many later fiction so sometimes the plot devices do not seem an unique as they were when published. Overall this classic is worth the purchase.
I read the book with my eyes twice before reading it with my ears. Both were great experiences, but now I know how to pronounce all the words and names. The performances were great and added to the telling of the story.
It was OK...I was kind of disappointed. However, given that it was written in 1965 it was obviously ahead of its time. I'm glad I got through it but I've listened to better, more engaging audio books
Without any doubt! That audio reproduction with the sound effects and wonderful performances makes this a brilliant gem in any audiobookphile (is that a word?)'s archive.
I don't want to give any spoilers but the road to ending is quite spectacularly done.
I have to say, after listening to this performance I had searched what books Scott Brick and Simon Vance had read. Simon Vance is a great reader, but Scott Brick's voice snapped my attention like a maglock whenever he spoke as Duke Leto Atreides or Stilgar. This doesn't mean other performers are bad. But his voice kinda met the face I had created in my mind's eye while reading the books.
At some places my eyes were full of tears. The cast really conveyed the feelings of the characters or the importance of the scene. Wonderfully done!
If you have recently joined to audible and looking to buy a book for your first credit, go for Dune. You won't be disappointed!
First and foremost, the overriding British accent jarred with my experience of the book as heavily informed by middle eastern culture.
The main reason I must rate this so low, however, is the constant shifting between single narrator and cast performances. I could have done with either or, but they did not coexist in any particular harmony.
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