The story is absolutely amazing. Love the intrigue and the different-ness of the setting. I had read decades ago, it's so much better than I remembered.
Some moments that I'd totally forgotten and have a great impact: when Paul discovers Gurney with the smugglers, the whole description of riding the worms, the romance!
I think all of the women were voiced wonderfully well. I appreciated that their voices were different and allowed me to tell them apart easily.
It's far too long to listen to in one sitting. I spread it over several days. Finished knitting 2 pairs of socks and two jumper sleeves.
The voice of Paul never changed. He's supposed to cross that boy-to-man threshold, it would have been nice to hear his voice become more steady and less boy-like. Some of the "sound effects" echoes and music and things, were sometimes distracting. With Audible's desktop application, it's really hard to back up a few minutes, so they became a bit annoying I prefer clear voices to voices polluted with background noise.
I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Shadows of Self
...for me to continue the series. Mr Herbert's writing is beautiful and one of the best I have ever read. The characters are excellent and well developed. But the plot is not that interesting for me. It could be because a lot of writers have borrowed from Herbert's writing and remixed more interesting plots.
The narration also is one of the best on audible yet. With a star cast and unique voices, the production quality with background music and effects is incredible.
Dune is fantasy on a completely different level of excellence. Not only is this a classic tale, we but this production is outstanding!
I first read this book in 1968 and have read all the "Dunes" Series. I pick up this original "Dunes," maybe every 5 years and re-read it cover to cover.
I wasn't sure about getting a audio version but now I'm hooked. This Audible version is excellent and better than I ever could imagine. I have to explore more of this series in Audible.
Good story and good quality audio, but the performance was a bit confusing.
The performance is quite good, but there is an issue that dropped my rating to 3 stars. There are multiple voice actors, but about a quarter of the way through the book they disappear and the narrator takes over all voices. A little later, one or two actors pop back in briefly. Then at the end, after getting used to the narrator's character voices, the other actors return.
Odd and confusing, but not enough of a problem that I wouldn't recommend this audio book.
On a side note, don't watch David Lynch's 1984 film after listening to this audiobook. I wish I could unwatch that miserable turd of a movie. In all honesty, it is the worst film I've ever seen.