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)
This is well done without a doubt. I like the way it is read and acted out. Definately a good audio book. As an avid Dune fan I must say this book was very well put together and thought out for the audio version. I would give this five stars and any true Dune fan will enjoy this for sure.
It hardly needs to be said that Dune is a masterpiece of imaginative storytelling. Hearing the excellent dramatic rendering on this audiobook, I was struck by how much authors like Robert Jordan (in particular) and even the makers of Star Wars or JK Rowling must owe to Herbert's penetrating creation of the salvific hero who arrives as the culmination of an almost timeless process of formation shaped by an inexorable destiny. Herbert has a particular genius for creating the sense of Byzantine intrique where poison is an indispensible tool of personal and politcial relations--the two practically indistinguishable one from the other. One notable and I think laudable distinction of Herbert's created world from others like Tolkien's(the great one) and Jordan's is that while there are good guys and bad guys, there is no cosmic focus of either good or evil. Strength is the paramount virtue, and if within any individual good is the dominant motivating force, it is largely because he or she has learned that freedom from selfish motives is the greatest source of strength. Nietzche, one feels, would have no objection to this noble notion of the good and powerful. Herbert's use of the principles of oriental
martial arts, concepts of intensified awareness of the present and expanded consciousness of the
phenomenological shows no sign of an awkward selfconsiousness re the cultural popularity of these notions. Rather, he weaves them seamlessly into his narrative with expertise of an adept to whom they are second nature.
I think this book should be required reading when "SF and F" assumes its rightful place in the canon of
The cast of voices is mostly very good, with a few minor exceptions. Some ambient sounds and transitory music add to the experience without overdoing it.
The book itself is a classic. The characters are a little over the top, but the story is engaging and the world is beautifully painted. This one's well worth a listen
This book is by far one of the best that I have ever heard. I already knew I would like the book as I have read it in the past. This audio production brings the book to a different, more alive level. The different voices for the various characters is very well done.
There are very few Science Fiction novels that can measure up to the standard that Frank Herbert sets in this book. It is a must for any real sci-fi fan and a great addition to any library. After 40 years of reading this genre, I can honestly say it is an example of the very best that the genre has to offer.
This was a combination of my first ever audio book, and a visit back to a book that was an old friend. The production was excellent, and I am eagerly awaiting the rest of the series.
I bought this title primarily because I enjoy Scott Brick's work. He was one of many listed readers. It wasn't long before I heard his voice as one of the more important characters. It wasn't much longer before his voice was that of another character, and the first character he read took on an entirely different voice. Before long it was apparent that the readers of characters were constantly being mixed, giving the impression that a character's voice was driven by who happened to show up at the studio that day. Scott Brick's part was very minor. By the time it was over I could not help but think how much better it could have been if the voices of the characters had been consistent.
Get this book and be the judge for yourself. For me, it probably is. I've read it on paper several times. This recording captures all of the feeling, tension, and complexity of the novel, and the different actors who read some of the parts only help. The main narrator does a terrific job as well. Remember, if you've heard bad things about the long (multi-author) Dune series, that this novel stands on its own. This just may be my new favorite audio book.
Bravo! This is an excellent performance. I hope the others in this series will become available in such high quality unabridged versions in the near future.
The desert planet Arrakis is the source of the Empires most valuable commodity, the spice Melange. When the minor Royal House of Atreides is handed stewardship of Arrakis, Duke Leto Atreides knows he has been given a poison chalice and his only hope for the survival of his family is to unravel a complex web of intrigue and treachery before those plotting against him can execute their plans. Thus begins one of the most popular epics of the modern age. Ostensibly a science fiction novel, this work is in actuality a genre transcending accomplishment, a story for the ages. Shakespearian in its scope; feuding Royal Houses, despotism, unbridled ambition, greed, jealousy, plots within plots within plots, murder, revenge, war and love; it is an ambitious reworking of timeless themes. Herbert also deftly touches upon subjects of more modern concern, namely environmental. However, of all the themes it is the condition of the messiah/prophet that Herbert explores with particular insight and perspicacity. This novel is a fully realized concept, a triumph of imagining. It is what the art of story telling is all about. As an audio production it is near faultless, thoughtfully crafted, atmospheric and seductive - the hours slip away. Thoroughly recommended.
(Note: Nothing ages a sci-fi novel more than the taint of outmoded technology, and by choice or chance Herbert has avoided this route by keeping the technical description subtle, consequently the story continues to feel fresh).
"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.
"Rather fragmented production of a wonderful book"
I read 'Dune' in my teens and adored it - the complexities of the story and the depth to which the eco-system of the desert planet is planned are quite breathtaking. So I was looking forward to having the audiobook so I could re-live the wonder. Unfortunately this is a bit of a fragmented production. The main narrator has a voice fitting to the scope of the book and reads well. However, my guess is that originally the production company brought in other actors to read the dialogue - but for an ABRIDGED version. But they didn't bother to use them to complete the unabridged recording. Therefore, at some points, we have dialogue of the main characters read by other actors (often with some annoying 'atmospheric' sound effects, music or irritating echoic effects in the background). Then at other sections of the story all the voices of dialogue are provided by the main narrator, which makes the whole thing sadly disjointed. Ironically, I think it works far better with the narrator alone providing all dialogue - so the company could have saved themselves the cost and trouble of getting other people in and would still have ended up with a better, more choherent performance of the book. I will still finish listening to the audiobook, just to enjoy the marvellous story, but I feel the oddities of the recording will always keep me from being completely immersed in the tale.
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.
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