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)
Don't let the runtime on this book startle you, it'll feel like an instant. I listened to this to and from work, on my breaks, or any free time I had in the car. the performance is fantastic, the story even better. I immediately downloaded the sequel, and I'm sure I'll do the same for the third book, and so on. If you're debating on whether or not you want this audio book, I offer you this advice: do it.
My experience of the book was that I liked some aspects of the story, but the way it's told is kind of boring and hard to get through for me. I quit listening about halfway through because I kind of stopped caring that much. I liked the politics and the interesting ecology of the planet Arakis, but the incessant barely relevant prattlings of the princess Irelan (or however it's spelled) who never seems to shut up are a stumbling block to enjoying this narrative. It's almost like there are two books being written in one, and they interfere with each other. In some places, her varied musings sound completely unrelated, making you wonder why Herbert wastes so much of the reader's time with them. In other places, they seem like too much foreshadowing. Either way, you kind of end up wishing that the princess Irelan would just shut the bleep up and stay in her own damn story. Some of the laid-on-thick foreshadowing made certain events so obvious that the story stopped being interesting or fun for me. They tell you pretty much everything that's going to happen before it happens. I quit listening because I quit caring because of it. It's also kind of a dense book, I think without the narrators being so good at what they're doing, I wouldn't have gotten into this snoozer at all. Never read something just because people tell you it's a classic. I could find ten little-known sci-fi books that are better than this. It's a nice story concept, but it's not executed well.
The overall story was very good and the experience overall was very worthwhile. Though, in an attempt to be dramatic, the narrator shift with the different characters dialogue was a nice concept it was ill performed. The shifting narrators wouldn't be consistent and would pop in and out of the story. Sometimes the characters would be voiced by the main narrator and sometimes they would be voiced by a completely different narrator. This added more to confusion than immersion or entertainment. The main narrator was strong enough to do the whole story by himself and should have. Narrator issues aside, I recommend this book.
An expertly narrated and acted audiobook nearly fitting of the immense quality of the book itself (which is a tremendous complement). Get it. And go on a great journey.
There is no rhyme or reason to the way this audio book has been put togeyger. some sections or chapters are simply narrated, while others use a host of performers. This is jarring.and sometimes confusing.
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