The narration was amazing. It went in and out of voice actors and one person narrating but it worked well. It seems like the more important scenes had the voice actors and the majority was done with the narrator. The story was fantastic and I can't recommend it enough.
I first read this book in Year 7, and loved it then.... Although it was very tough read! Listening too it now (and the voice acting here - although somewhat confusing when internal monologues are so different to character voices!- is brilliant!) three things stick out:
1/ Such "noble savage" stuff is pretty tired now. As a kid it seemed consistent with what I'd learned from adults - now it just seems repellant. Never grow up in a country town...
2/ The level of detail and thought that went into creating this world is staggering! The book is still a classic if for no other reason than this.
3/ I'm glad it's not the 60s anymore. Demonising "effeminate" men and one dimensional female characters - even Jessica - is just such lazy characterization...
While I enjoyed the book, even despite it's aged focus on male vs female worthiness, coupled with an intense and interesting story of deceit and a rise to power, one thing bothers me.
They advertise it as fully voiced, and while I get that it would cost a lot to do the full recording, it feels like SUCH a half measure when it switches from cast recording to just the narrator (Simon Vance is fantastic btw). Either do it all or don't bother, it feels forced when only so much of the book features that effort.
this is supposed to be the best sci fi ever written. a story about a desert planet, giant worms, and war. sadly i found this story was much like the planet it was based on, dry. i was so bored listening to this that i found my mind wondering a lot. this story successfully made gladiator battles boring. stay away i was very dissapointed.
What a story, a whole universe full of great characters of power and honor and evil. The only turn off would be that the performance is not just one voice actor but many during parts of the read and the back to one voice actor and then back to many. Still very much worth the read and I will listen again someday.
This is an epic tale of Sci-fi in a future world. It encompasses love and hate, trust and betrayal, religion, prophecy, and so much more. It is truly one of the greatest Sci-fi tales ever written.
Man, this is long. But, the book was, too. This is a pretty good telling of the story. The scenes are vivid and the conversations are mostly easy to follow. There are two short, garbled places in my download - like a skipping CD, unrecoverable. The most bothersome aspect of parts of the story is that it sounds like the actors for the Baron and the Count change to different actors several times in some chapters, sometimes in the same chapter. If you don't pay attention, you might think that a different character is speaking.
Frank Herbert's Magnum Opus - the Science Fiction offering that has guided Science Fiction writing for over 50 years. Simply a must read over and over again.