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)
It chooses to immediately bury you in technical knowledge instead of interesting characters. It’s the equivalent of a sci fi tech manual. It’s like Star Trek with 73 times the tech chatter. It’s so respected... how the hell did anyone read it long enough to respect it?
“You do not drool very prettily, Baron...” “Get on with it, I DEMAND IT!” Say something immediately about the characters. Rise from the grave and rewrite act 1.
Wonderful actors. Wonderful casting of voices.
Dear heavens, I think I'd rather read a lawn mower owner's manual.
So much great about this book; unfortunately it's just dull to start.
They should have utilized the full voice cast for more than 10% of the narration. Simon Vance's voices don't match the other voice actors, making the overall performance disjointed and distracting. The story has also not aged very well and has lost a lot of luster over time.
Yes. I will not be pursuing the rest of the series and will be a lot more aware of how narration by a "full cast" is actually performed.
The cast only appears in 10% of the full read, so I didn't understand why they were there in the first place. Simon Vance's own voices for the characters in the rest of the book didn't even come close to what the other voice actors were doing, so it was very distracting and badly directed.
The characters all serve their respective purposes, though most of them aren't fleshed out as well as they could have been.
Sadly, the story just doesn't hold up as well as it did on the first read. A lot of the culture and character development needs more explanation or work; it feels like a lot of ideas are unfinished, glossed over, or just left up to inference, leaving the reader to make a lot of extra leaps that ultimately leads to dissatisfaction with the story as a whole.
Dune is similar to Game of Thrones in a sense that it describes a grandiose play of politics between power mongering houses, albeit in an intergalactic setting. The book is very recommended read for the young audience who became excited about GoT. The book is mostly set in a distant desert planet and the narrative captures the life in a desert planet Arrakis well. The story of Muad'dib is an allegory to our world which gives deeper context to the story, as any profound sci-fi story should.
I'm not quite through listening to the entire book. Today I was reading some of the other reviews and realized that I hadn't even noticed the discontinuity of voices that bothered some other listeners. To me the entire performance seems outstanding. The book is one that I've read many times however, and maybe my brain is editing out incongruencies because I already know who's saying what.
I didn't care for it. One minute the man character is acting his age and loves his mom and when the poo hits the fan all of a sudden he is a hard ass worrier that hates everyone and resents his mom for wanting him to be awesome because he is the legendary such and such. To many mood swings that I just don't get
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I enjoy SF and was excited to read this classic. I couldn't get through it because I was bored. I am sure when the book first came out it caused quite a stir and everyone loved it. Those who remember what a great book this was purchased it again and relived the story. Dune is so long, I would rather spend my time reading books that I am enjoying not a classic that I don't enjoy.
I read this when it came out decades ago and remembered it was ok, but listening to it now was even better. I'm not a great sci-fi fan, but the story is ripe with adventure and swashbuckling style. Enjoyable. Presented with music and effects.. which made it more interesting for me.
The book Dune is a wonderful story and I suggest reading it vs. listening to it. This audio book is very poorly produced.
I don't understand, at first there are several actors performing the different characters, then a single narrator take over mid stream. His problem is that he has maybe 2 voices and it's difficult to tell who's talking, then they go back to the different actors, then back to the single narrator.
It makes no sense! It's hard enough to follow the single narrator, but then they keep switching back and forth to the other voice actors who don't speak long enough for you to get to know which characters they are performing.
It is hard to be a fan of Dune. First a great book, then an awful movie. NOW the a horrable reading. I like Scott Brick, but he should stick to doing John Grisham. My advice is, if you have the spare credit, to get this book for the story and ignore the readers. May be that someone like Tim Curry is out there to give this work the treatment it deserves. OUCH!
"A superb production of a sci fi classic!"
I won't dwell on the book itself - it is for many the highwater mark of the sci fi genre; superbly written, richly detailed, boiling with wonderful ideas and concepts, and giving an impression of historical depth that (almost) rivals Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Rather, I'd like to comment on the audio presentation. Potential listeners should have no hesitation in downloading this immediately! Simon Vance is the main reader, and - as always! - his reading is of the highest calibre - clear, faultless pronounciation, and with a fine balance of character voicing without over-acting. Although it's billed as a full-cast reading (from the superb Audio Renaissance team), the full cast are only used on some chapters, while Simon Vance reads many chapters solo. And while I love the Audio Renaissance team, I actually found the solo Vance chapters even better. A very highly recommended listen! And what great news that the sequels will be available over the upcoming months!
"Dune is to SciFi, as what LOR is to Fantasy"
I loved the 1984 film adaptation of Dune as a child, but I have never read the book.
I went through this audio book, Twice! In one week. What a story and to think it was published in 1965.
I really loved the way this book is written and audio production is the best I have every heard, and adds to the entertainment value.
There is a the main narrator Simon Vance who is brilliant, but the additional narrators and ambient sounds used add more colour to the sound.
Scifi may be back drop to this story, but the main drama is in the relationships and the characters. I urge non Scifi readers looking for a good book with great intertwining plots, varied characters told in a oracle like voice to listen to this story.
I enjoyed this more than Lord of the Rings, which I do like. I like a long story that is well written and this is one of the best.
"read and heard now!!!!!"
I first read this book years and years ago. After getting an iPod, to while away the hours at work, cnc programmer and operator, I decided to try an audio book. I went for Dune with the thought of 'I've read it, so lets see how it listens' so to speak. AMAZED. I loved every minute, got totally engrossed, beautifully read, good background mood music, thoroughly enjoyed it. Next audio book please!
"High drama but more of it please"
Dune is a book of high tension, filled with treachery, suspicion and dangerous characters with dark motives. The early scenes of this audiobook are dramatised and they capture the mood expertly. This is edge-of-the-seat stuff and makes for compelling listening. I could feel the 'gom jabar' at my own neck as my hands went all clammy! What a pity the dramatisation lessens, giving way to straight narration as the book progresses. It is read very well throughout but it could have been so much more gripping if the full cast had been retained. Another annoying gripe, common to so many audiobooks. Why can't the audio 'chapters' correspond with those in the book instead of ending randomly mid paragraph? It makes navigating a long book unnecessarily difficult.
"Belive the hype"
Dune is the ultimate SciFi classic and deserves the tag.
The story is rich, complex and chronicles the life of the royal families of the worlds of Dune. The story is filled with intrigue, paranoia and challenge.
This is a great book. One of the most detailed and compelling books i have ever read and now its even better to listen to. Frank Herbert(author) has created an entire universe with great detail helping you to imagine each environment easily. While it is generaly assumed that this is a sci-fi book there is no space battles and the way that Frank explains each place it is easy to fall into the assumption that its a simple fiction book.
With voices that are very easy to listen to. You can have many an hour of fun enjoying the first in the series of books by Frank Herbert, there are also many books that continue the storyline layed out by Frank written by his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson. After listening or reading this book I can pritty much guarantee that you will want to read or listen to the next set of books.
The only thing i would say is that currently audible uk does not have any of the other books available however they are very much worth reading.
I hope you like this book as much as i do. Personaly i would recomend reading the books in the following order. I recomend this to help explain storylines. (the numbers is the number the book is currently in, in timeline order, not order of been written). Dune(7), (then jumping back in time about 30-40 years earlier) House Atredies(4), House Harkonen(5), House Corino(6), (jumping back to after Dune) Dune Messiah(8), Children of Dune(9), God emperor of Dune(10), (jumping back in time to many many years before Dune) The Butlerian Jihad(1), The Machine Crusade(2), The Battle of Corin(3), (now the grownding for the machines and the jihad has been established back up to after god emperor) Heretics of Dune(11), Chapterhouse: Dune(12), Hunters of Dune(13), (and the soon to be released) Sand worms of Dune(14).
Anyway i hope you enjoy the series as much as i have and I look forward to more of the books coming onto this site.
This is a very good book and the reading is one of the best I have heard so far using a variety of people to produce the voices and the readers express the characters well.
This is a superbly read, expertly-produced audiobook that draws the listener headlong into the world of Arrakis and the adventures of Dune. The narration, acting, music and effects all compliment each other beautifully to create an experience that does true justice to this Sci-Fi epic.
I have always meant to read the book, but on leafing through a copy in a shop it has always looked a bit dry, maybe a bit slow. I enjoyed the film years ago so I knew I liked the story.
This audiobook is very long, sometimes quite slow and often repetitive but it is also epic and involving in a way that few books ever are. The production is fantastic, the main narrator has a clear voice and the use of actors to voice certain scenes just adds to the richness. The Barron Harkonnen is especially well voiced and far more threathening than in the film.
I was sad when it ended and the sequel is already next on my download list.
"A new dimension"
When I was a teenager I thoroughly enjoyed (and found myself transported to) Dune and appreciated it as much as Catch 22 and Asimov's Foundation series. When I was a thirty-something I tried to enjoy the film version without much success. As a fifty-something I am amazed by the richness of the experience provided by this audiobook. The combination of straight narrative and dramatisation works to bring the book to life in a way I did not expect. I recommend listening via an iPod/MP3 player with headphones. If the spoken word can evkoe pictures in your mind, your are in for a cinematic treat!
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