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.
I've listened to this so many times...I never get tired of it!
Frank Herbert's best book. The more times you read or listen to it, the more you can appreciate it.
Great cast. Simon Vance is the best of the best.
I think this is the best audio book I've ever listened to, along with Lord of the Rings series performed by Bob Inglis.
Love Science Fiction and some Fantasy books.
I approached this book hesitant but excited. I heard a lot of good things about the book and the audiobook, but I was nervous that the plot would not hold my attention. The book starts off slow enough, and didn't start to pick up until nearing the half way point. But, once I got to that half way point, WOW! The book took off like a rocket and I couldn't put it away.
Con: I must admit, I really did not enjoy the sections that did not directly involve either the main character, Paul, or his mother. The antagonist, the Baron, was not a very interesting character, although his nephew was. I got the feeling Baron was an insignificant character, which made me want to skip over his story. There are quite a few characters to remember, and I had a hard time keeping them straight. I really can only keep track of about 8-10 characters in a book before I start loosing track of who is who.
Pro: Story telling is some of the best I have heard. The narration is as close to perfect as you can get. Sometimes the story felt slow and I became disinterested, but when I realized it was because I only wanted to know more on the main character, I let up (I prefer first person stories myself). The writing and the descriptions are very good, but sometimes I had difficulty picturing what was happening (sometimes, less is more).
All and all, I would recommend this to everyone that loves good science fiction.
Dune is probably the most visionary and overall best sci-fi book written in the context of the time of its writing. The tale is very compelling and there are so very many themes and nuances that later authors have borrowed. It was well worth my time.
I really enjoyed this book, I read it pretty fast compared to some of the earlier books I read here. This was my first exposure to Herbert and Dune, but I had heard of it when I was younger. I've now got all of the original books and will listen to them soon.
One thing that I did not like in this version is that in some parts, the characters were read by different actors, but at times they were all read by the narrator. This was mildly confusing until I got used to it. The actors for each voice were good and they helped a lot more than a single narrator could.
Overall, an enjoyable time reading it, but don't read this if you don't want to get into the whole series!
I will never again knowingly purchase another title voiced by Scott Brick.
Well-made audiobook of Frank Herbert's classic. Although, I have two major criticisms. First, the switching of parts. As the story progresses, the voice actors change parts in different scenes. I found that off-putting and somewhat confusing. Also, the effects-laden voice of the Baron Harkonen was awful.
Second, Scott Brick. When I first heard his voice poisoning the scenes he was in, I was instantly knocked out of the story. I decided to suck it up and endure, thinking "he's just the voice of Leto... and Leto dies early on!" Sadly, Brick came back voicing other characters even after Duke Leto's death.
After listening to this, I found an old tape version of the book and, although the production quality was worse, the absence of Brick's melodramatic reads made the experience more enjoyable.