Dune has been one of my favorite books since it came out. This was very well done and I can't wait to hear the rest of the series.
I loved reading the Due series back in the 80's. It's a good storie. The sound effects are great and trully add to the mode and feel of the narrative.
The story is a classic. If you haven't read it, you should, and this is a great way to do so. An exceptionally good narration is supplemented in places by additional actors, all of which are superb. I particularly like the actor voicing Baron Harkonnen. Even though the primary narrator doesn't need the help, the additional voice actors give greater depth to the reading.
I read the preludes written by Frank Herberts son years ago and loved them, but then had trouble trying to read this one as I thought I was kind of tired with the story concept. Not so, Dune has a unique and beautiful premise and storyline and I am so glad to have finally read it. This version is masterful, told by a full cast, it is way better than the movie versions. I certainly recommend this audiobook.
Is it Heresy to say that Dune is actually not very good?
Well, it's not.
It's overwrought, overlong, and hard to access. It lacks empathetic characters, it's pacing is bizarre and inconsistent. It may have been a milestone book at one time, but it is not actually -- well -- good.
I've seen both the old film and the SciFi miniseries. The book is the best way to experience the story, no doubt. Too much of the plot revolves around mental control, subtle understandings, and 'magic' to translate well onto film.
However, just because it's the best doesn't mean it's good.
I didn't mind the "full cast" production for a long time, until narrators started switching towards the end. The sudden change in the voice of Vladimir Harkonen was particularly jarring.
Overall -- don't waste your time. This is a classic in the same way that a biplane is classic. Important in it's day, but you wouldn't want to fly in one now if you could avoid it.
This audio version of Dune is the best I've ever heard. I got more out of it listening to it than I have the multiple times I've read it. I think the reason for this is how well the narrators bring the story and characters to life. The story itself is, as most people know, a classic. The narrators are varied and it never feels like they are reading the story to you. The only thing I found odd was the accent used for the Freemen. It didn't distract from my enjoyment of the audiobook, but it wasn't how I imagined they sounded like, so it took me a little while to get used to it. This is a true performance piece and not to be missed.
This audiobook was truly amazing. The performance, while separate voice actors sometimes portrayed certain characters at some times, only to default to a single narrator for the majority of times, was brilliant.
The story was truly engrossing, and the performance truly enhanced the experience.
I would definitely say everyone should experience this audiobook.
The onlt thing that bothered me about the audio version is the music. I would prefer the story and it's full cast of voices without music.
Dune is one of the epic stories you have to read (or listen to) to in your lifetime. And while the narrator was great, I found it VERY annoying that the voice actors were not consistent - it would have been 5 Stars if the actors could have kept up with their lines instead of being in this chapter, missing a few chapers and then again in that chapetr as a different character! Still, I do recommend.
I enjoyed this immensely. I recall when it was first given to me as a book, then the late ‘60s. I can still see the torn and ragged paperback cover, the many dog-eared pages my eyes never embraced. Good things come to them that wait.
It’s difficult to comprehend the breadth of imagination necessary to create a tale of such depth and scope. But, Herbert’s use of Arabic culture offers more, as if he caught a zephyr of prescience. There’s the spice, a psychic oil that fuels all commerce. There’s the desert people who struggle to survive political oppression and the harshest, though richest, of environments. Herbert tells of how peoples are thus tempered to become the toughest, most resilient and determined of fighters. Add to this proverbs suitable to our own days.
“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.”
A superb reading by a delightful cast. My highest rating in the absence of perfection.