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)
The dramatic performance was excellent and the story well-deserving of its accolades. I only wonder why I didn't read it while I was younger.
Everything is perfect, a great narration for a great story, EXCEPT for some weird reason, parts of the text have each character narrated by a different voice actor, and other parts, those same characters, they are all narrated by the primary narrator. Weird because there are two different voices for each of the main characters. Very odd.
This is an epic tale, no doubt about it. It's thoroughly engaging for all 20+ hours, which is pretty impressive - that's a lot of book! Finishing it with a resolution but also many questions was satisfying, but also made me ask "done with that, where's the sequel???"
The problem with the narration style is a bit annoying. Some chapters have a full cast of narrators to play out all the dialogue, while in others the narrator speaks all the dialogue, including for some people who have other voices in other chapters. All the narrators have good voices (well, the Shadout Mapes doesn't have my favorite voice, an intentionally squeaky style, like she's trying to imitate someone who's inhaled helium), but it would have been better if they just picked one - always the full cast, or always the main narrator.
I read this book 35 years ago and it's still great and relevant. I enjoyed the voice actors employed but I thought they were inconsistent in the voices they used for different characters. I didn't like the way the Baron was portrayed.
Sure, the movie was excellent, and ahead of its time. This book, however, was rich in characters, imagination and descriptive prose. It makes you realize the difference between visually telling a story and describing it with words. Simply legendary!
Yes. This is classic science fiction and a must listen for anyone new to the genre or even a long time sci-fi lover like myself.
The narration was intermixed with performed sections so characters ended up with two different voices (the narrator in one chapter and an actor in the next chapter). At one point, once a major character is killed off, that actor takes on a new character (in the same voicing) taking away the continuity of the characters. The narrator did a fine job and should have had control of the entire reading.
Dune was a good book; a classic sci-fi tale worth listening to. My problems with this publication of the story is with the narration. They slip back and forth from a dramatization to the typical narration format, and I found it distracting. It doesn't happen very often, but when it did, I found myself paying more attention to my annoyance than the story. All that being said, the story is worth listening to. I'm looking forward to buying the sequels and seeing how they measure up.
I first read Dune almost 40 years ago. But reading it a second time, and by means of audio performance, has given me a better understanding of some of the philosophic/religious/evolutionary ideas. It is well written and well performed. Worth the 17 hours.
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