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.
Reads the same today as it did in 1973 when I first experienced the epic novel dune. No longer as profound or complex as it seemed when I was in high school, it nevertheless remains compelling and rich in character. The production was very good, but at times a tiny bit distracting when performing personnel would change up. One minute a pompous, British-accented Baron, the next a basso Darth Vader Baron. Other then that, a very easy and engaging read.
I drive long distance a lot, so I listen to a lot of Audible books. Dune is one of the few that is so good, I even want to listen to it when I'm not driving
I can't say enough about this audiobook! You must listen. What a performance. I have seen the movie. I have read the book. This is a whole new way to enjoy Dune. If you're a Dune fan, this is a must listen.
sound has issues. sometimes too loud. sometimes too soft. switches between Narration of story and people talking. when people talk always sound like they are in a tinny room or poor sound booth. lousy at best. narration parts are produced much better, no tinniness.
storyline is slow, too much detail at time, too many characters. everyone who they spend an hour building and creating and would have been an interesting character they kill off. some parts of story line towards the end are stupid ad don't fit the characters or their personalities that were built earlier in the book.
overall decent story but not sure I would buy more books of this series, too long, and can't believe it might take seriously 4+ more books to finish the story. tells me the author doesn't change his long winded wordiness.