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)
Needless to say Dune is one of the most important science fiction novels ever written, which is faithfully presented in this audiobook. What I must comment here is the fact that this is performed by several talented narrators, providing the vividness of a radiodrama, while keeping the authenticity of an unabridged audiobook. Very splendid and highly recommended.
I remember all my friends going crazy over the book when I was in high school. I didn't read it at the time...I was much too busy with other pursuits. I really wish I had. Talk about expanding vistas. I really find it interesting that Mr. Herbert seated the story in an arabic world with a unique resource that in many ways mimics oil. Very awesome, very cool, very good read with all the characters well represented and easy to follow. This is what we should have read instead of Lord of Flies!
When it comes to audiobooks, there's two things that matter: the book itself and the audio presentation. This book excels at both. The book is deservedly an all-time sci-fi classic and the presentation uses multiple narrators, music and sounds. It feels like you're listening to a movie.
I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a very enjoyable "read"!
Dune is a classic of science fiction. It's not a standard "starships-and-lasers" space opera kind of story...it's a more nuanced "politics, assassins and spies" kind of tale.
The story tells of a multi-armed power struggle in a future world which is an interesting blend of mythos, technology and feudal politics. The immediate tale is that of Paul Atriedes, scion of a noble family, and his survival on the desert world of Dune.
I think this is a great story, but be warned: it is a slow-mover. It takes over 20 hours to listen to it; The plot isn't 20-hours complex, but there are diversions to create flavor and imagery of the "Duniverse." (This is how Frank Herbert wrote, in general.)
Several other reviewers have complained (with justice) about the unusual way this is presented. Most of the book is narrated by a single (good) narrator, but some "enhanced" scenes are dramatized by multiple actors. It's a little odd, but if you know to expect it, it's not off-putting. I just wish that the producers could have had multi-voice dramatizations for all of the dialog, instead of just some of it.
This was my first Audible download and it was a great choice. I had never actually read any of the Dune novels despite having seen both the original movie and the miniseries that came out a few years ago. The story has always fascinated me and I am glad I finally got the chance to experience the full text. It is so much more than just some sci-fi series.
The only reason I am not giving the review 5 stars is because I found the narration distracting. The full cast segments are wonderful and I loved the voice of the Baron Harkonnen, and the segments with the lone narrator were really good also, but when you put them together it makes the narration feel disjointed. For example, because the full cast segment of the Baron was so good, I couldn't help but compare it to the narrator's version of the Baron, which was not nearly as powerful. And since they seemed to randomly jump from using a full cast to using just one narrator and back again to a full cast, I found myself thinking more about the narration than actually following the story.
Despite the small gripe, the overall experience has been my favorite foray into the Dune universe.
The experience of listening to this audio rendition of Dune has far surpassed that of watching any movie I have ever seen! My only regret is that this book is only 21 hours long and had to end. I am now listening to it for the second time and loving it even more!
I had heard the hype about this book and wanted to give it a try. I found the first bit of the book confusing as I learned about the author's style. Once I got a grap on his writting style I found the book a great experence. As the book progressed and the various factions of the Dune universe played out. I was left wanting to hear more. My experence listening to Dune was the my first Audible book. Now I am more than hooked.
I have read the book 3-4 times and I still got so much from this audio book. The narrator and voices do changes but its not too hard to follow. If you love the book you'll love the audio book its very well done. Its great to hear all the words, which are so unique to the book, spoken out loud. You really get immersed in the Dune universe. I listened to it in the car and it passed the time wonderfully.
Unabidged Dune is always a good listen but i liked George Guidall as the reader-version better. He has very good character inflection as a reader.
A long story certainly but well worth the listen. I first saw the movie in the 1980's which certainly would have ruined it for me if I'd read the book first but as it was made the book much better.
I agree with some of the reviewers that the constant changing of voices were confusing. You couldn't get used to whom was portraying whom. But that fact beside this is a wonderul production of a wonderful book
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"A new dimension"
When I was a teenager I thoroughly enjoyed (and found myself transported to) Dune and appreciated it as much as Catch 22 and Asimov's Foundation series. When I was a thirty-something I tried to enjoy the film version without much success. As a fifty-something I am amazed by the richness of the experience provided by this audiobook. The combination of straight narrative and dramatisation works to bring the book to life in a way I did not expect. I recommend listening via an iPod/MP3 player with headphones. If the spoken word can evkoe pictures in your mind, your are in for a cinematic treat!
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