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)
A good fantasy yarn, around problems and issues with solutions one may expect in stories from humanity's past or future. A good listen for a commute - does not require nor provide too much distraction.
The main narrator reads most of the book. But there are a few chapters wherein each character is performed by a different voice actor. The differences are most jarring in the first couple chapters.
The story, the setting, the characters, the world. All amazing.
I listened and it doesn't feel like that old a book I looked when it was made I was in utter shock this was way ahead of its time but talks about technology we've made if not close too making but yet is old enough to go on as one of the classics in not just sci fi but I dare say connected more then to kill a mockingbird
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
This has been my favorite book since I started reading heavily in my early teens. Great story, wonderful concepts, well paced, exciting.
The main narrator was excellent but I agree with the others that the multiple voices playing the parts was iffy in places. I have a different recording I like better.
Sit back and let the awesomeness envelope you!
Great story, adapts very well for audio. The narration switches were a little weird though. The main narrator did well (though some character voices were indistinguishable) and the actors' dramatic readings were good, the switching back and forth between the two just didn't make a lot of sense to me. Otherwise, it's a good audiobook!
Performance: Excellent. Nothing else needs to be said.
Story: It depends on your point of view if you are to rate this book five or four stars. The book can become overly too descriptive, too much detail. The thought processes of the characters too doubtful and inwardly turn for reality. However, I considered this may be true process for other people. Thus, the book became immerse in what each prime character was thinking or feeling. However, it was unique in its language and story line.
Note: It was interesting to see how the movie was different from the book. I do not know why the script writers changed some of the details of characters and one critical thread: the emperor and the guild wanting to kill Paul from the beginning of the book. Interesting revisions of the book but I do not know the purpose of these decisions.
This audio book excludes four appendices, a glossary (Terminology of the Imperium), cartographic notes, and a map. The glossary, cartographic notes, and map are forgivable for not including with the audio book, however, the 4 appendices are not. They add depth and richness to the history of Dune, and are often times referred to in later books! How are the readers/listeners suppose to understand the allusion being made with phrases such as "would you have me fall on my knife?" without the inclusion of the appendix containing that phrase?
By not having access to the appendices, the readers/listeners are not just missing out on optional story, they are missing out on essential information which helps with immersion into the story, and references which help tie the series together.
I took a star away from the story, as it's not complete in this edition of Dune.
The narrator is perfection. Some scenes are voiced by a full cast and most by the narrator switching tones for each character that do not match the cast. I merely wish they'd have stuck to one or the other.
I love the intense storyline and characters. The book has many interesting connections. I loved it except for the inconsistent voicing. Sometimes all characters had a voice actor and the sometimes they didn't.
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