I've read Dune many, many times. I'm 37 now, and first read the book at 16. I don't want to shower anyone with adjectives, but the book simply exceptional. Deep, rich, and moving. I mean really MOVING. The scale of the book and the intensity of the emotions and feelings of the characters is immensely satisfying. The audio book added a new layer to my appreciation of the book. It captured all the nuances of the book, whereas the movies have failed to completely do so. It's so easy to forget about taxes, deficits and terrorism when immersed in Frank Herbert's universe. I want to name my son Paul Atreides! Whenever I need to get angry or squeeze out one more set in the gym, I just focus on the hated Harkonens.
As good as i thought it would be. I went to watch Dune by Lynch for the 100th time and thought you know i'll buy the audio book for my pc instead. Wow am i glad i did....can't stop listening.
#1 Sci-fi book of all time. GREAT writing, Great story, Great characters, Great and deep plot, Great universe. Nuff said!
Old Man Borg
I read the book years ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed it at that time. I got it from Audible because: A] It was a long book (like many others on Audible, I have a long drive to work), and B] I was new to listening to books, and thought it would be easier since I had read it. Before and since listening to this book, I have listened to many other audio books, but this is the first time I have written a review. The book is great, whether you read it or listen to it, but what prompted me to write this review is the "Performance" of the book. It goes way beyond just a reading - there are multiple "Voice-Actors" and there is background music, as well as sound effects in certain parts. It was very well done. If you liked "Dune" the novel, you will love this performance of the story.
Dune is an amazing Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel. I will be re-listening to this one in the future and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next few novels in the series.
My sole exposure to Dune had previously been the movie from decades ago. My friends told me time and again I had to read this book. So I finally added it to my audio library, and I am actually glad I waited. While I don't deny it is a great read, I don't know if reading would top listening to it - and that is something I haven't felt for any other audio book.
Not only was the story enthralling from start to finish, but the narration and audio were perfect. The characters all came to life. Baron Harkonnen was especially chilling.
This was my first experience with the book in any form, and the story and characterization were great. I liked the way Herbert merged Sci-Fi with Fantasy in a believable way. There were voice actors for most of the parts; however, what bothered me is that they didn't act for the whole book, just 'interesting segments.' For the other parts, the narrator would do all the voices, and many times his voice for a character would be nothing like the actor (tempo, inflection, depth, whatever..) This was distracting at best and a few times downright confusing, implying more characters than actually existed.
Other than that, though, great book, highly recommended.
Dune itself is an essential in a complete spec-fic library. It's been a classic for years, and with good reason.
However, the switches the between narration (the majority of the audiobook) and the acted sections are quite distracting - more so because the depiction of the characters differs so wildly between narrator and actor. Case in point: the narrator "plays" Baron Harkonnen in an old English gaffer's accent so broad you expect him to be out planting potatoes in the next scene, while the actor's portrayal is full of quiet menace. When you get down to it, the narrator seems to rely more on accents than on characterisation to differentiate 'voices' - hence Stilgar and all the Fremen sound vaguely Transylvanian, like bad Draculas.
I could do without the 50's sci-fi movie background music. And, why employ 15 narrators and not use them throughout. Just when you get used to the voices of the characters, the recording reverts to a single narrator doing all the characters. Get used to that, then it's back to multiple narrators. Very distracting. But, it's still a great story, and I recommend it.
Frank Herbert's Dune is one of those unbelievably well-imagined worlds that make speculative/science fiction so wonderful. And this is a great reading, with multiple voices adding depth to the characters. We listed to this on a long family car trip and really enjoyed it very much. It's not a kiddie book, though. I'd say it's okay for ages 12 and above, maybe 10 and above for very precocious kids. The story is just too complex to follow otherwise. It's really written for adults.