Dune

Dune

Streaming Audiobook - 1984
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Publisher: New York : Putnam, 1984.
Copyright Date: ©1965
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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FVReader
May 24, 2018

I enjoyed listening to this recording.
The world portrayed in this sci-fi story is detailed. There's the Fremen, the Bene Gesserits, customs & traditions; plots within plots; spice addiction, suspenders that carry one's excessive weight for one; sandworms....big ones; and more.
Frank Herbert brought all these elements together in a flawless story of politics, religion, climate control and does so in an entertaining way.
A wonderful look at a different world so different from our own.

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bklvrt
Apr 22, 2015

I usually like full-cast dramatizations, which this audiobook version purports to be. It is at first, going back and forth between narration and actor characters (unevenly recorded)--through part of disc 3. Then, it unaccountably reverts to straight narration, except for very occasional scenes here and there, out of the blue (of spice, presumably).
I do like Simon Vance's British narration (better than Scott Brick's flat American accent on another audio version). Brick does the voice for Duke Leto in this version.

lasertravis Mar 12, 2014

Outstanding sci-fi book narrated by very good voice actors. Was great for in the car driving to work. If you haven't read Dune, or have only seen the movie, I imagine this would be a nice alternative to reading the novel.

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danielestes
Apr 30, 2012

I've been meaning to read Frank Herbert's Dune for years now because I love sci-fi/fantasy and because I feel it's important to understand how a genre will forever be influenced by one of its signature works. The world of Dune (both the planet and the larger fictional universe) is notable for its rich detail of culture, history and mythology. Herbert probably borrowed from Tolkein when he added the supplementary glossary and appendix, which I flipped to as often as I encountered a strange word or custom.

Dune was first published in 1965 and while many of its themes endure to this day, I believe the story says so much more about the decade in which it was written. Environmentalism was gaining momentum as new movement. The hugely popular Lawrence of Arabia film was released just three years prior. The myth of the messianic off-worlder redeeming a tribal culture might seem overdone in today's fantasy novels, but that's because Dune and its contemporaries told that story so well.

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Cornflakes3550
Sep 21, 2011

I listened to this recently and not only is it a wonderful story, Scott Brick did an amazing job narrating.

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EPLPicks_Teen Apr 06, 2010

Opposing forces struggle for control of the universe when the archenemy of the cosmic emperor is banished to a barren world where savages fight for water.

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