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 book switches randomly between Simon Vance as the narrator for all of the characters, and individual voices for each of the characters. Its switches back and forth, and back and forth sometimes in the same chapter. Its really confusing, and takes away from the experience.
If you read reviews from the Dark Messiah and other books, this feature of the Dune audio book series continues, gets stranger, and makes some of the books unreadable.
It would have been better to pick one narrator or a bunch. This really is the strangest feature I've seen in a audiobook to date.
Yes, there is a lot of interest and plenty to enjoy. Admittedly I would wait a few years to listen again, but it's nice to revisit books later in life.
I guess Ender's Game, just from the standpoint of Science Fiction, in which the primary character is especially proficient. Couldn't say I prefer either one, they are rather different works outside of that.
Inconsistent character narrators
The one specific gripe is they did a weird thing with the narrators, where they did not have the same voice actor/narrator narrate the same character throughout the work. One voice can be three different characters, and one character might have three different voices through the recording. This in confusing until you realize that this is what is going on, otherwise it feels like Duke Leto comes back to life Piter the mentat for no reason.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
I haven't read Frank Herbert's magnum opus since I was a teenager some 45 years ago, but I really enjoyed revisiting such a finely hewn science fiction classic via Audible.
For more than four decades the book's admonition that "fear is the mind killer" has stuck with me as an important life lesson, and it couldn't be more applicable than in today's context of constant fear mongering in the media which seemingly threatens to turn us into a society of shut-ins.
That lesson not withstanding, the story of how prince Paul Atreides becomes Muad'Dib, the leader of a jihad against the galactic Emperor, is an imaginative story from the distant future that is very engaging.
The narrators do a fine job.
Yes....because it's a good story.
Even tho I liked the audio version of this book.... after having watched the movie, a friend loaned me her hard bound copy of the book....which included a dictionary of "their language" I became sooo hooked....I bought every new soft cover that came out, following Paul's journey..........but, I never bought the final book.....it started going waaaaaaay out in left field, and I found it hard to understand! But this listen is very good!
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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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