Great story, but I wish I hadn't heard so much about how amazing it is. If I had gone in without such high expectations, I think I would have simply enjoyed it. I will not be continuing the series, but I'd say this was a good use of an audible credit.
This performance went back and forth between some sections in which the dialogue was spoken by the narrator and others with characters' voices performed by different actors. I found this both confusing and irritating. Also, I found that some sections had the dialogue delivered in heavy "Arabic" accents, which seemed over the top, and to play unfortunately into some stereotypes which are politically loaded in this day and age!!!
I really enjoyed revisiting a classic in audio format, but buying Dune unabridged, I expected the full cast of readers to be presented throughout the recording; I assume they only acted in the added portions not from the abridged version. Great to listen to, but I would have enjoyed it more had the actors been present through the entire recording.
Listening to the audio book really helped with some of the difficult to pronounce titles some characters have, especially the fremen. it was a lot smoother than my initial attempt at reading. and the subtle ambiance tracks that sometimes play really add to the mood.
For science fiction it is incredibly rare to stand up for a decade, let alone 50 years. Dune does that and more, remaining my pick as the greatest novel ever written.
On to the performance. The main narrator is my personal favorite, and doesn't disappoint, however, the rest of the cast seemed a miscast hodgepodge of weak interpretations. Not horrible, but I expect better for an all-time great novel at full price.
simon vance, the narrator, in my opinion is a struggle to listen too. not only is the writing style very jumpy which is confusing as it but its unclear why at times it seems the characters have their own voice actors and then seamlessly transition to everything and everyone being voiced by simon vance who makes everyone sound like they are 80+ years old. for years i was told to read this book, well here i am and i cant stand it. i love sci-fi and fantasy but this book seems very overrated. it feels like i've heard this story before many times, simply input feudalism in a setting on some boring ass planet with giant space worms. Simon vance puts me to sleep, this story puts me to sleep, if u have sleep depravation give this one a try.
A different narrator, his English accent is smug and completely out of place. It really takes you out of the "mood" of the book. Also it's extremely bizarre to have only occasional "scenes" acted out by different voice actors, and abruptly go back to the annoying narrator doing all of the voices himself.
Dune is a phenomenal book, my review is only of the bizarre and downright awful production value on this audiobook.
Not sure. Just pick ONE and stick with it, don't switch between these two themes, it is confusing and unfortunate.
None. I would have chosen almost anyone else to narrate the book, and a less jumbled production style.
I wish I could get my money back and find a different audio version of this wonderful book.