Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Before today’s multivolume science fiction epics, there was Dune. More than 50 years on, it’s still a key source of in-jokes for the geek-cool crowd, up there with Tolkien and Star Wars. The story centers on the battle for dominance over the desert planet Arrakis, the only place in the universe where melange, a powerfully addictive spice that aids abilities like precognition and poison tolerance, can grow. Dune’s familial, military, and political intrigue is instantly thrilling; the audiobook’s movielike elements, including multiple performers and scene-setting sound effects, make it a perfect way to discover Arrakis for the first time or take a journey back.
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The download was not chaptered and ended up downloading as one large 1G file. Frustrating.
A sci fi classic ... with subpar narration
This is one of my favorite books, so I bought it to relive the story passively while I drive and do housework. Unfortunately, this is one of the most poorly executed audiobooks I’ve encountered. Many pronunciations deviate from the norm, and some change throughout the book. The most distracting thing though is the way the narration changes throughout. They brought in voice actors for the dialogue and they read it like a stage play and it actually works really well and the voice actors are great. Unfortunately they only do this for part of the dialogue for some reason. Halfway through a chapter, the voice acting will just stop and it will go back to the primary narrator reading all the dialogue. And let me tell you, he is BAD at doing voices. It was so distracting at points (Count Fenring) that I just had to skip ahead. On a positive note, they set background music for some parts which is actually really well done and the Princess Irulan excerpts are very, very good. Overall, it’s ehhh. Definitely not worth $26 or whatever it is. If you really want to relive the book without sitting down with a paperback, it works. But PLEASE DO NOT use this as your introduction to the dune universe, just read the book for yourself.
TL;DR: bad narration and inconsistent style distracts and detracts from literary enjoyment of this classic science fiction novel