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)
Oh my god, the actors were so bad that the producer could not decide to use them or not. They really broke the performance badly. Thankfully, he resisted the temptation for 90% of the novel which was read by a competent reader.
I read Dune when I was 17. I remember the sadness of finishing a book I did not want to have end. I felt that sadness again.
Avoid using actors. Even good actors just ruin the flow of reading.
I read the book many years ago and had forgotten how good it was. Great character development and very good story. Interesting how this book has not become dated by technology. Herbert has written a book for the ages.
For some reason I missed the whole Dune thing when it originally came out. I was dubious about buying the Audible thinking it's going to be dated and may loose me up front. Well, I was genuinely surprised! The multi narration and use of mystical ambient sounds and voice effects drew me in and I became submersed into a story of betrayal and revenge set to a timeless backdrop that is so rich in detail it's no wonder they made strategy games about it! Unlike other sci-fi titles I've listened to, the author achieves this without dragging the audience through technological waffle but rather refers to earthly class, cultural and religious aspects of a people surviving in harsh conditions. A true classic.
Reader / writer. @timosolo
Enthralling Epic Escapism
I was hooked from the first word. It was great to have a different reader for each character, but at some points they seemed to switch the narrator for a character which totally changed the effect of the story - the voice didn't match up with the character you had created in your minds eye. Disappointing, but the overall story was still brilliant. Thoroughly recommended.
As an intro to sci-fi no. While it's got a lot of good elements, it moves a bit slowly. But if they were already familiar with the genre but hadn't yet come across this one, I would recommend it just because it's considered such a classic.
Honestly, I wouldn't say I had a favorite character.
The main narrator, yes. The man who did the voice of Baron Harkonen, no.
No, it's a bit dry for that.
The multiple narrators was not used to full effect in this audio version. I never could figure out any pattern of when they brought in the cast to do the voices and when they allowed the main narrator to read all parts. There were times when I thought it would have been better to bring in the full cast to better capture the mood but they didn't, and then in shorter exchanges between multiple characters, they do allow the rest of the cast. And the characterization differences between the main narrator and the cast are wildly different and can be a bit jarring at times. Especially when they switch back and forth in the same scene. I wish it had been more consistent.
I would not consider it to be better, but it is more accessible.
To me it is the paradigm shift when the true role of the worms is revealed.
It was solid, my only complaint was that the reader jumps some times did not make any sense, though they all did a good job individually. That was what lost the 5th star on performance.
To me it isn't a laugh or cry book, but it does fill me with a sense of wonder, I love how Frank Herbert made the setting come alive for me.
It's a Science Fiction Classic. I recommend it for anybody who is interested in the genera.
The story could have been shortened without losing any content. The characters were easy to confuse because the same narrator read the part of more than one person in the story. I liked the book overall but it does not rank as one of my favorites.
They brought together a wonderful collection of Narrators and brought to life a story that was excellent to begin with. You are enveloped in this Dune world and the characters and individual stories come together into a wonderful audiobook.
Main characters are sometimes voiced by different narrators. Randomly, the main narrator takes over and reads everything. Then back to different narrators. It is confusing and annoying. But overall this is a lively audio book and worth a listen.
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
The book needs no introduction but the narration falls short. When it's good, this audiobook of Dune is very, very good indeed. A memorable cast of characters each memorably cast with a unique voice amidst swirling sound effects and high production values.
But then, often apparently at random, the overall narrator picks up dialogue where, just a sentence or two ago, that character was voiced by someone else entirely. It's a baffling way to go about things and one that has the annoying trick of pulling you back right as you were getting sucked down into the epic tale.
"Best sci-fi ever"
A really beautiful performance of this classical sci-fi story. It includes a group of the best narrators and accompanying sound effects.
"Great for the experienced Sci Fi fan"
Dune is an amazing book. From sheer entertainment value to deep thought provoking ideas this is the perfect sci fi book for people who have only read less complex books to get you to the next level of depth. And it is especially great in the audiobook as it feels more like a performance than a read through.
"Appalling narration of a sci-fi classic."
This is my favourite book of all time. It is a monster, drawing on politics, religion, love, betrayal, prophecy, heroism - I could go on. As soon as I saw it on Audible, I had to have it. I wish I had read the reviews first, because many of them find the narration as annoying as I do.
If you begin with different actors voicing the different characters, this should continue throughout the book, not chop and change between that and having the narrator do the job. The change in approach does not just happen across different chapters, it happens in different scenes in the same chapter! I am familiar with the text, and was still confused by it.
Another point, it would seem obvious to me that if you are going to be narrating a book you should read it a least a couple of times. I don't think that this narrator read it even once before recording. It seemed like every other sentence carried an inflection placed on the wrong word, an easy thing to do if you have no empathy with the characters or understanding of the ultimate destination of the plot. In less kind moments, I feel the narrator is just not good enough, although I will admit he has a pleasant timbre to his voice. His poor performance is highlighted by the other voice talents being rather good, bringing me back to my previous gripe.
The quality of the original book, a point upon which I grant I posess a bias, still deserves much more respect than this.
"odd change in voices in charecters but ace anyway"
voices of charecters kept changing. gurney was an English northerner one minuet and a sly American another. A bit confusing at times. But the story is ace!!!! as u all know.
Dune is a massively long book, and I was slightly trepidatious about starting an audible version in case I didn't like the narration - 21 hours is a long time to listen to a voice you don't like. I needn't have worried though - the man who provides the central narration is excellent, his characterisations are consistent and fantastic. I actually thought the additional voices - some sections are done almost like a radio play - were a little superfluous, but I got used to them. Highly recommend the book and this performance of it.
"Incomplete adaptation. Not the full novel."
I've only got about two minutes in but have already had to stop. This is not the complete novel. It is an adaptation. When there is dialogue the words of the narrator are omitted, as if it were a play. Not what I wanted at all for such an amazing book.
"Good story but let down by voices"
The story is a good one but this was let down by the readers.
would consider others, but depends on readers.
would listen to sample first.
I have read the book before and like the story but was let down by the readers.
Frank Herbert is a great writer, but the narration ruins the story, half of it is single narrator and the rest of it is dramatized, the single narration part is much better
Yes, and no at the same time
"Classic Sci-fi Story"
It's like Star Wars mixed with Game of Thrones, the audio its good but there are WAAAAY TOO MANY voice actors, it's not even consistent - sometimes British, sometimes American - very confusing
"Always was a good book"
and always will be a good audiobook.
worth being in every sci-fi fans library.
a pure classic.
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