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.
I started reading this series when I moved to New Jersey. I transfer to NY operation of my company. I lived in Hoboken. The Hoboken station had cement ornate columns. Part of the ornate setting was Scrolled H's every where. As I read the book more and more I believed every day I was coming home to the House of the Harkonens. Now I can not read very well and the world of Audiobooks have saved my life.
To hear the Narrator's interpretation of this Herbert classic takes me all the way back. This has got to be one of the best Science Fiction Series put to pen. The detail of character, the detail of the planets, the detail of the areas referenced in the passages, I could go on and on. You are taken into the world created. I hesitate to make reference to information so not to ruin this experience for some else.
If you are into Sci-Fi this is a series you well might want to consider.
This first book start the web see if you can stop listening once you start, I couldn't.
Main characters are sometimes voiced by different narrators. Randomly, the main narrator takes over and reads everything. Then back to different narrators. It is confusing and annoying. But overall this is a lively audio book and worth a listen.
This is a book I know well from reading years ago. I have also listened to another unabridged reading of Dune many years ago on cassette tape in the early days of recorded books.
This is an ensemble reading with some pretty weird production values. There are different readers for different characters, and sometimes the characters "thoughts," are in a different voice. Sometimes it works OK, at others it gets a little muddled. There are also sound effects, a little Star Trek Sci-Fi background noise here, maybe some middle eastern sounding music, maybe some real cheesy horror show special effect creepy sound, next it will sound like somebody is running a sweeper in the next room. The producer also has added a bunch of reverb to voices in places. It doesn't seem as irritating or intrusive as the book goes on, maybe you just get used to it.
I'm usually very anti music or sounds in book reading, but this is such an odd production that it really doesn't seem to damage much of anything.
I know the book contains a lengthy list of definitions in the back, these are not included. If you haven't read the book before, you may want to pick up a copy in a used bookstore, probably get one for less than a dollar.
If you are like me, and liked this book when you were in HS or college, it's a pretty good listen.
This is one of the rare books that teaches you about many things in life. I am grateful that I came across all the in-debt thoughts of what it means to be "something lesser than a god but more than a man".
Listen to it. Chances are you will look upon the world with different eyes!
Having only ever seen the David Lynch movie, I wasn't sure how 3 hours of somewhat okay content was going to translate into over 20 hours without seeming superfluous or worse. Was I in for a surprise. There was so much in this book that I didn't know about the Attreides family. I thought, as I said, that the Lynch film was okay, but now that I've read this, I don't think I'll ever be able to fully enjoy either video version as fully as I did beforhand.