I first read Dune almost 40 years ago. But reading it a second time, and by means of audio performance, has given me a better understanding of some of the philosophic/religious/evolutionary ideas. It is well written and well performed. Worth the 17 hours.
I was skeptical for years about reading dune, I only wish I had read it sooner. The subtle ties of religion and politics speak to much of what we see now in the world. Dune mingling of truth and science fiction in fashion so masterful that I can only recommend
this book to all who are interested
The voice cast is not present throughout the entire book. Usually it is just the one reader. When the other actors do appear, it is confusing or at least distracting.
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Lots of great readers. Love the desert sound effects and echoing quality of Princess Irulan's epitaphs. The only weakness in casting IMHO is the reader for Gurney Halleck. Although you could attribute the "stiffness" to the writing, I think a more distinguished voice is in order. Didn't Patrick Stewart play him in the movie? Hard act to follow...
Excellent paced audio book of a classic science fiction novel. Only issue is some chapter there are voice actors for the characters (which i prefer) and other chapters the narrator varies his pitch and accent for the different characters. Would have been great if they were consistent with the voice actors.
Cloak, dagger, strange customs and deadly royal plots mark this universe. Whole empires rise and fall on the words and even facial expressions of children, nomads and brigands. Nothing is as it seems, moving like a worm under the ground where you walk.
Please note that there are multiple voice actors in this edition, but they are not always consistent with each character from chapter to chapter. Still a great work anyhow
Yes, I like the writing. No, the quality of narration I would not want to experience again, however I would not actively avoid if a few of the cast members happened to be in another audiobook.
Game of Thrones in space is how one of my friends described it.
Yes absolutely. I think with modern CGI this thing could be level 10 epic.
My 1 star review for performance is not based on the performance of any one narrator. I found all of the voices pleasant. Whoever produced the audiobook, however, did a s*** job. There was an almost full cast for this audiobook including one main narrator. Some lines the narrator would read for (as an example) Duke Leto and some lines a seperate voice actor would read. Sometimes this would happen in the same scene! It seriously bothered me as it was hard to tell who was who ESPECIALLY in a book like this where there are a lot of characters. The main narrator sometimes didn't switch voices for minor characters properly but this I can sort of accept as I've heard this before in other audiobooks.
I would have swapped the audiobook out for a different one but the story was too good. I should have just read the actual book but I'm lazy.
I have read Dune a number of times and each time I get more out of it. It is deliciously complex and full of intrigue, religious and political. I bought the audiobook to get a different take on the book, and I am so glad I did. The narrator is excellent, his reading measured and precise, and there is a tremendous variation in the amount of unique voices he is able to do. The woman who reads the Princess Irulan chapter introductions is perfect.
Certain scenes, such as the dinner party, are done with a full cast narration, which works out pretty well, though it is a little unexpected. The only things I dislike are:
1. The main narrator's take on Gurney Halleck--Gurney seems to me like he should be portrayed as an older man, but here he sounds like a sneering young man in his late teens, early twenties.
2. The Baron Harkonnen's voice in the full cast narration sounds almost like James Earl Jones. This was unexpected. I guess there's no reason why his voice shouldn't sound this way, but it was a bit distracting. Maybe I was expecting a vocal performance closer to that of the failed movie? I don't know.
If you like thoughtful sci-fi and haven't read Dune yet, pick this up and savor every bit. If you're re-reading Dune, pick this up and enjoy an alternate experience that is exactly faithful to the novel.