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)
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.
I've read other Dune stories when I was a kid but never actually finished this first book in the series. The audio cast was done very well except that some chapters didn't seem to use the full actor cast, and the main voice actor did the voices of the characters for those chapters. For example, it's obvious when the actress who was cast for Jessica actually says what Jessica says vs when the voice of Scott Brick (main narrator?) does her voice. So that was a bit distracting. But other than that, the story is good and epic sci-fi. I'll probably listen to the others in the series.
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