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)
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.
Strong story. Not consistent with things like combat, especially the ending. Paul seemed to be superhuman, yet at the end he seems diminished.
Loved the production value of it, but was a bit confused how it seemed to randomly switch back and forth without warning between the narrator performing all of the voices, and the other actors voicing their own specific characters
I enjoyed this book, as a story, very much. However, the choices made for the voice acting, as well as the music in the background could have been more carefully considered. The main narrator was very good. But some parts of the book include other voice actors randomly. They switch from one reader to several for the same character within chapters and even paragraphs. If you have the option of choosing another recording, I would suggest it.
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