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)
Epic , visionary, art
There are so many! Paul awakening from the spice coma, the final battle...the death of the baron.
A story beyond time, beyond Earth, a human filled universe.
I look up in the sky at night and I see the majesty above. The words be fruitful and multiply....come to mind.
There is droning, electronic music throughout . Not "read" but acted as some sort of audio play.
Not a narrator. Not unabridged.
No. I couldn't listen to more than 5min of it due to the loud droning and crummy "acting". JUST READ THE BOOK.
This was not my first time completing this novel. The first time through I had read it as a paperback a decade ago. I thought it would be fun to re-experience the story with various talent reading different characters.
I purchased this audiobook expecting to hear a performace where certain characters were voiced by different talent. This doesn't hold true throughout the reading and at some times this was confusing. More often than not, the narrator, who I don't think was Scott Brick, is reading the parts of various characters that had already been introduced using other talent. The narrator gives them different accents than the various talent did. To further add to the confusion, the chapters which are voiced by various people, the narrator voices everyone's thoughts. It's not that this is incorrect, but I got used to hearing the narrator reading everyone's speech and sometimes mistook the thoughts being read as speech being read.
Absolutely. This book delves into the human soul and incorporates the right amount of tech without being burdensome.
I don't think I can answer this without spoilers.
The narrators add value to the text with their accents and inflections that may be missed when reading the text alone. All around a good reading of the text.
Yes. I do some traveling for work and found myself uncharacteristically wishing for longer travel times.
i HATE all the narrators. all i can picture is some cartoon from the 80's with doofy bad guys and confused but good intentioned teenagers. super annoying. and the music? i dont need the dramatic sounds. it's a book. i'm looking for the reading experience. not the movie watching experience.
nothing because i couldnt listen to anyones annoying voice for long enough.
This is top of the list. This book was produced with the utmost care.
Jessica is my favourite, maybe because I am a mum.
The dinner party at the Count's residence after the family had just moved to Arrakis. The intrigue and plotting left me dazed!
Count Leto's betrayal by the doctor
This is the first time I have encountered this book. It has aged well and is worth the listen.
Complex, rich and satisfying!
I would certainly recommend this audiobook. Dune is a fantastic story that draws you into an immersive world and the performances were very entertaining.
Unless something really outrageous happens with the tone or plot of a story, I usually stick with the protagonist as my favorite character. I feel most connected with Paul as I travel along this story, though at times it is hard to relate to him. And Alia was awesome-wasn't expecting her.
I laughed in several places and felt strongly for characters as they went through their trials. The performances were great at tugging on heartstrings as well as making you clench your fists in rage-it would have just helped if they were consistent.
The only reason I don't give this excellent book a perfect score is because of its inconsistent use of performers. In some chapters the narrator will only read the action while other actors will voice the characters' dialogue, in other chapters the narrator will voice those same characters. It gets distracting. Almost as if randomly-half way through a movie-the actor for a main character was replaced by someone else. Don't get me wrong, the performances are good. The narrator and other actors are all talented performers that give great renditions of the characters. It would just feel more professional if the production chose a style and stuck with it.
Herbert's created an interesting world that's based in large measure on the desert peoples of Earth, who have found interesting ways of adapting to their harsh desert environment. Unfortunately characters are thin and undeveloped and the story offers few surprises or even interesting set pieces. There are no cliffhanging scenes. Important characters die offstage. Misunderstandings that could be vital plot points (was Jessica the traitor?) are quickly resolved without resorting to drama or conflict. Overall the book could've used a stricter editor (it was originally published by Chiltons, the company that usually publishes car-repair manuals, so perhaps their editor wasn't up to the monumental task of taking a red pen to this huge tome). To me the book was nearly devoid of interesting conflict and drama, and Herbert didn't establish strong viewpoint characters and stick to them. Even worse, characters think things and then say what they've just thought, a la: "Jessica thought that Paul's course was dangerous and worried about what might be the result. 'Paul,' she said. 'Your course is dangerous. What may be the result?' That kind of writing is particularly true for Jessica, who always thinks things first and then says what she was thinking.
It bounces between various characters and conspirators, all of whom are not particularly sharp or sympathetic or even likably unlikable (see The Blade Itself for nasty characters who have depth and somehow evoke sympathy despite their nastiness). Herbert's multiple and quickly changing points of view are also very distracting. Within a single scene, you'll hear Paul, his mother, and two other characters thinking. With so many viewpoint characters in one scene, but not a real omniscient narrator present, the writing leaves few surprises. How is character B going to react to character A's actions? No worries. Herbert's given you their internal dialogue so you know exactly how they'll respond. All this results in an often tedious listen.
Some good narrators here but some characters change voice--dramatically--through the story. Most obvious is Baron Harkonnen, who at times sounds like Darth Vader, and at other times like Simon Vance. The audiobook started off with lots of separate readers but many of them seemed to drop out of the project along the way. Maybe they got bored, too.
It has and I haven't.
Perhaps it just didn't age well but I was delighted when I saw I was on the last chapter. It's a very long and unsatisfying 20 hours.
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