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 book is almost entirely narrated by one person, despite multiple narrators. This can get confusing and annoying every once in a while. Nonetheless phenomenal story
The only issue that I found in this audio book was the bouncing between voice actors and the primary narration. Sometimes it would be the narrator playing all the parts (very skillfully I might add) and then sometimes the characters had their own actors. The inconsistency confused me on who was speaking at times. otherwise it was magnificently produced, the audio was clean and clear and the story was spectacular!
Herbert created a fascinating world full of amazing but believable people and creatures. It's hard to put away my headphones. The ending was a bit quick, but that's what the next books are for, I suppose.
The voice actors were all very good. However, it was confusing when sometimes the individual voice actors would speak, and sometimes Simon Vance would play all the parts. I understand that when it is Paul's point of view, the individual voice actors read, but it was confusing at first and felt inconsistent, and there were big differences between how the same people were portrayed by different speakers.
But overall, Dune was well worth the purchase.
Absolutely fantastic story.
The inclusion of multiple voices to read the dialogue is fluid and seamlessly done, with the exception of some characters voices' changing from chapter to chapter, like the Baron.
Great book and great performances. My only gripe was that parts of the book used only one narrator and parts used multiple voicing different characters. It got a bit confusing sometimes when you got used to a character having one voice then in the next chapter he has a different one.
I remember watching the movie Dun when I was a child. This was nothing like it. The production value is so great that you can create the world in full vivid detail in your mind.
I waited far too long to read this book, and I regret mightily that I did not pick it up sooner. It is the perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy, philosophy and religion, action and dialogue. It manages to somehow be both strange and utterly relatable at once. My only critique would be the audiobook narration. It's not BAD, but the book alternates from having an ensemble cast perform dialogue for small sections to having Simon Vance singularly voice the narration and dialogue for all characters for vast swathes -- and then switches back without warning to the ensemble cast. A little weird and jarring, but it does not subtract from the overall majesty of the book.
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