Classic book and a great production. The balance of narration and dialogue voice over was well done and the little interjections of sound effects and music were well placed. I thoroughly enjoyed it
The low performance rating is due to the sound effects and cast ensemble. The sound effects are a trifling annoyance. The ensemble is just weird. Sometimes a voice is dedicated to a character, sometimes the main narrator does all voices. One or the other please! (Preferably the latter given the main narrator is Simon Vance.) This does not distract much.
Great story! Audio version brought it to life for me. I wish it had been longer. Many things are brushed past. There is just so much to tell. Overall this is a great listen!
A sci-fi classic but poorly performed. The full casting is inconsistent, perhaps the full casting was produced for an abridged version? The seemingly constant switching of voices was too distracting for me to finish.
I read the original 6 books about 25 years ago, still have them in paperback. It is wonderful to now have them on audio so I can hear the story and still get other things done. Just finished listening to the first book. The narrators were very good and kept me enthralled throughout. I hope the rest are as good.
I struggle to find sci-fi's that I like as I enjoy ones that are built on more present day scientific understanding, but I find many of the modern hits are filled with more R rated content than I prefer. I don't really need gritty language or a sex scene to legitimize the human element. I figured a classic like Dune would be fairly G rated but I wasn't sure how well its sci-fi concepts have aged. Turned out to be just fine. There's a little space-magic to it but really, the story is such a powerful force and the sci-fi elements were integrated into the universe so well that any dated or odd sci-fi concepts were irrelevant to me. To be honest I was actually impressed by some of sci-fi elements that I hadn't seen or thought of before. As for story I completely enjoyed it. I had high expectations for an epic such as this and it exceeded those expectations. I recommend this to any reader/listener who enjoys sci-fi. One warning though... The beginning starts off a bit dry with dense, unexplained terminology and names/labels that can leave your head spinning trying to keep track of what's what. But stick with it, take some notes if you have to, it's worth it.
First off, Dune is easily my favorite book of all time. It is a phenomenal Sci-Fi tale that really gets you thinking.
Unfortunately, the audio book leaves a lot to be desired. It is as if they combined two different audio books together. Sometimes there is a full cast of voice actors, other times it is a single narrator reading. Sometimes it is detailed and unabridged, other times it is shortened into a performance. The result is not pleasant. Tracking characters is difficult because sometimes they have an English accent and sometimes the don't. The Barron Harkonen occasionally has a super deep baritone voice, other times a normal voice. The worst, though, is when the voice actors switch and you can't tell who is who.
I wouldn't recommend this audiobook. There is another version out there with a single reader which I prefer much more. Unfortunately Audible doesn't have that one.
whoever put this production together needs to be on Ritalin for their attention deficit disorder. Characters came and went actors came and went stories came and went there was no cohesion throughout the entire production for a while the narrator narrated everything then out of the blue character actor showed up for a few lines and then went away for chapters at a time find another production find another story this one was no good.
Amazing story filled with brilliant imagination. There is a definite element of heteronormativity, but an all together engaging story. It undeniably carries a message that is relevant even today.