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.
This book was wonderful to listen to during my daily walks. I may have to dive into the rest of the series. The voice acting and narration was superb as well. Highly recommended.
A scifi classic and a must read for any fan of the genre.
That being said...what is up with the production of this audiobook? For much of the book, it is read by one performer acting as narrator and doing all of the characters with distinguishable, memorable voices--his performance is quite good. However, seemingly randomly throughout the book, some scenes have that main performer being just the narrator, and several other actors each doing the speaking parts, like a play. Their performances are good too, it is just weird and distracting how it occurs randomly. There was no pattern to it--by the end I was trying to guess whether or not a particular chapter would be dramatized or no.
Then there is vague new age elevator music faintly in the background, again occurring only sporadically, but it's not very annoying, just unexpected.
If it hadn't switched back and forth from audiobook to play, ten five star for performance.