I would not recommend the audio version of this to anyone who has not read the book. There are many characters to remember and that can be distracting to the story if you aren't familiar with them.
If you are lucky enough to have both the audio and the Kindle version you will be greatly rewarded with a story that takes you through time and space almost like no other that has ever been written.
I have read the book several times going all the way back into the early seventies. I always found something new to be appreciated each time I've read it.
This time was especially interesting considering world events that have taken place in the last 20 years. Everyone has a new and different view of the Middle East and the Muslim religions in that region now. I did not know of those things the first several times I read this book to the extent that I know them now. It certainly gives readers a new perspective and I think anyone will be in awe of Frank Herbert's vision when he wrote this in 1965.
I can also Imagine many people not wanting to read this after the first couple of chapters based on their opinions and thoughts of the Muslim religion or the turmoil surrounding the Middle East.
All I can say is, it will be a literary loss to not experience this book. Look past all your prejudices and appreciate this magnificent world Frank Herbert created.
I read the novel Dune as a young man some 30 years ago and was reluctant to listen as an audiobook for fear of disappointment. Should have listened much earlier as the characters came alive and the book was enjoyed immensely once again.
There is a good reason it's the best selling Sci fi series of all time. Whether it's the amazing character development, well paced exiting plot. or the commentary on politics, religion, or basic human behavior. This incredible story has something for everyone even if your not into science fiction. MUST READ!
I listen to his book regularly. The performance helps to recapture the magic of the first time I read the book 25 years ago.
Early in the book it becomes apparent how vast the Dune universe is and how startlingly original is Herbert's conception. This intellectual vista always floors me.
Gurney is always my favorite.
I would do so if I could. It would be great for a long distance drive.
The character's voices were constantly being switched from one narrator to another. It feels like they were half way through revising the narration before this version was released. This messed with the stories flow.
Since my 1st Dune experience was tbe 80's movie, which I love, I'm jaded to the original story. My to issues with the audiobook is that 1. the original story contains so many immature or obscure distractions which is easily understood why they were cut out of the movie. Ex. Mua Dieb in the story means "little mouse"? The baron punishes Fayed by making him kill "all the slave women with your bare hands"? Paul, at 15, is expected to take on an older wife as property but meets Chaney at the same time? And the constant Arab Muslim religious wording among the Fremen is unnerving. Throw on eaaaay to much detail about inner feelings within eberyone at every singke minute throughout the story, sheeesh. 2. Audiobook-wise, why is there 2 sets of voice actors for the Baron? One minute, he has a deep, dark voice actor which is good, then there's an abrubt change to another voice actor which is terrible.
My conclusion is that tbe 80's film is a wonderfully created adaptation from the original story that's very satisfying , compared to the too long, over complex, and , at times, obscure original story. I'm left with zero desire to purchase the other dozen books in the series as well!
This story is solidly one of the best science fiction stories of the 20rh century. Whilst each narrator was good, as is expect of given the narrator lineup, the character roles are inconsistent. There is little consistency between chapters and sometimes within chapters. This broke the rhythm of the storytelling.