Dune by Frank Herbert Paperback Book

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Author: Frank Herbert

Narrator: Scott Brick

Format: Unabridged-CD, Paperback

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Published: May 2007

Genre: Fiction - Science Fiction - General

Retail Price: $59.99

Discs: 18

Synopsis

This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the 'spice of spices.' Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence.

The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium.

Dune is one of the most famous science fiction novels ever written, and deservedly so. The setting is elaborate and ornate, the plot labyrinthine, the adventures exciting. Five sequels follow. --Brooks Peck

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Reviews

BookLender review by Dutch on 2010-07-01 09:36:25

This is really an audio performance with multiple readers playing different characters. The primary reader is Simon Vance whose wonderfully pretentious English accent fits this wonderfully pretentious book, but most of the audio cast is terrible - totally miscast - and their inappropriate voices prevent you from becoming immersed in this epic saga. Dune deserved a much better recording than this. The various attempts to make this book into a movie have failed miserably and this audio performance may prove that Dune can only be enjoyed when read.

BookLender review by Christine on 2007-07-20 04:01:59

A true science fiction epic masterpiece. This book is a must-read!

BookLender review by Lisa the Librarian on 2013-03-11 21:46:34

Im not much of a scifi reader, but as this is something of a classic of the genre, I felt it was time. I was not the least bit disappointed in the production. The value is high, ambient noise to appropriate, voice acting very good and at times excellent. The plot and story and completely enjoyable. At 18 hours, boredom was a concern for me, but I found myself eager to do c****s as long as I could listen.