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)
Very clear narration and voice acting
Not a complete cast as I expected form the description. E.g. some of the female roles are voiced my the male narrator. Nevertheless, this did not distract from the the story.
the performance rises to the challenge of this classic novel so that you can feel the tension between the path that they must take and the knowledge of where this path leads.
This is more than a narration, its a great production. Well, there are periods of times when it is narrated and others when the story is actually acted. However, the narrator does a superb job on his own, so even then the book is excellent. I felt somewhat disappointed every time it was narrated because the acting is just so well done and brings the story to a whole new level.
But I've never enjoyed another audiobook as much as this one. Of course, the classic that is Dune has a lot to do with it.
There is no other audiobook I would recommend as much as this one.
the good doctor
I loved the performances ...it bought this classic to life
Frank Herberts complex yet plausable world of dune is richly believable.
I was in awe of the mastery of the direction and performance.
I've listenened to a couple hundred books and I've never had a book with 15 narrators. I was excited about that prospect but for some unknown reason the various actors entered into the narration on no particular schedule. Sometime the main narrator does a voice, the next time the actual actor who was suppose to do the voice. They just kept changing who did it. If you're going to have 15 actors narrating, have the SAME person do each voice ALL THE TIME. Super confusing and it frankly really killed the book for me.
Not a robot. End of line.
While the story was unsurprisingly fantastic, this is the first audiobook that I listened to where I was never able to figure out what was going on with the characters' voices.
The book switches, seemingly at random, between using a traditional single narrator who does distinct voices for each character, and a full cast where each character is done by a different actor.
It was very confusing for a while to have to remember two completely different voices for each character. It also messed with the "mental image" of the characters, because I would involuntarily imagine a character looking very different depending on who was doing the voice.
I've listened to other audiobooks where entire chapters have different readers, depending on the perspective the chapter is written from. That has never bothered me, but unfortunately that's not what Dune was doing. Even by the time I finished the book, I had no idea why certain conversations were full cast and others were not.
I still enjoyed the book quite a bit because the story more than made up for the performance gripes.
I love Dune...listened to it and read it a couple dozen times. i bought this version to replace my copy that only had Scott Brick as the narrator as i was curious of how the other readers would at to it.Honestly, it was deplorable...there was no pattern to who was reading what character, they would switch mid-way through a scene and i would have to figure who's voice is which character all over again. Frankly they sucked at putting emotion and inflection into the character's lines.Scott Brick only recording is amazing as he never changes voices for anyone and he does a wonderful job at putting in emotion to his characters..
I will always look for Scott Brick for a narrator
No...because of the narration from the other people my enjoyment of this book was far less than ever before.
Fantastic to listen to in audible format; even more enveloping than reading it. Herbert created such graphic world I could envision the worms, the landscape and the characters in my mind's eye. The detail and the thought he brought to living in a world living where every drop of water counted was just one of the great aspects of this book. The analogy with oil is precient.
I've listened to this audiobook twice already--back to back. The quality of the production is excellent, and the voice actors are marvelous.
I think the closest comparison I can make to the Dune series is something like the original Star Wars trilogy mixed with Lord of the Rings, mixed with a political thriller by Tom Clancy, draped over a subtle underpinning of the religious skepticism of someone like Richard Dawkins.
I've read the book probably five times so far, so I thought I'd try out the audiobook. This audio book is quite well read. The narrator does an excellent job especially as there is quite of bit of language in here. While this is a "full cast" type audio book, only some of the chapters use the cast. Most of the time the narrator does just as good a job voicing a character as the cast member does. I'm not sure why only some of the scenes are full cast, but it wasn't too disruptive unless the side by side scenes were voiced differently.
Overall, highly recommend this audio book.
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