Friday, June 8, 2012

Dune by Frank Herbert (Audiobook Review)

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by Frank Herbert
narrated by a Multicast

Series: Dune Saga book 1
Copyright: 2007 Audio Renaissance
Duration: 21 hours 8 minutes unabridged
Genres: science fiction
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
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PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. 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.

©1965 Frank Herbert; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Dune is to science fiction what The Lord of the Rings is to fantasy, and it’s easy to see why. No one can match Tolkien’s ability to create a species, or race, of people, and make them so interesting and believable, but Frank Herbert comes close. In Dune, Herbert created the Fremen, the Sardaukar, and the Bene Gesserit, and gave them each a complete history: politics, religion, and mysticism.

What Herbert did for these races, he also did for the planet Arrakis, better known as Dune. He gave Arrakis a complete and balanced ecology, all of which hinges on the all-important spice. Using the desert planet, Herbert also gives us some valuable lessons about environmentalism, especially in regards to water conservation. In Dune, Herbert seems to be saying that we have the power and knowledge to make our planet a utopia, if only there were not so many people who were interested only in profit.

Dune is the story of young Paul Atreides, heir to his father’s Dukedom. Until, that is, his father is murdered by a rival and Paul and his mother are forced to flee into the vast deserts of Arrakis. It is in this harsh environment that the boy will become the man who will lead the oppressed natives, the Fremen, to victory, earning them the right to their planet and earning Paul a right to the emperor’s throne.

This particular copy of Dune is a multicast audio production by Audio Renaissance, complete with sound effects. The main narrator is Simon Vance, whom you are probably already familiar with if you’re an audiobook fan. Other voice talents include Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, and Euan Morton. I’m not sure which narrator it was, but I especially liked the guy who read the parts of the evil Baron Harkonnen. That guy sounds so much like James Earl Jones they could be brothers. I kept waiting for him to say “Paul, I’m your Grandfather.” in that rich, Darth Vader voice.

As far as the sound effects are concerned, I thought they were well done. Sometimes sound effects can be distracting, but these blended very nicely with the story.

You can’t miss with this one. Great story, great narrators, and great audio production. Dune is a no-brainer.

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Special thanks to Carrollton Public Library for this review copy.
Audiobook review by Steven Brandt.
This audiobook review is based on the unabridged audiobook.
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1 comment:

Ernest Bloom said...

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