masterpiece of world-building
Jessica is my favorite because of her faith and love for Leto and Paul - though she is overtaken by the enormity of what she created.
The different voices really bring the characters to life.(Though it would have even been better if they had dropped all the "he said", "she answered" etc. from the reading and just spoken the dialog uninterrupted).
No - I know it too well for that
Lord of the rings for the depth of its world.
Any of the well reviewed readers, but use JUST ONE. The switching of readers really brings this recording down. VERY distracting.
I've never listened to a book where switching the readers worked. Why do you allow this?
The story is a great mix of Sci-Fi and mysticism. The plot follows the creation of a jihad and is a great inside view at "the other side" of the story. Seeing the motives and tactics of the Fremen (the desert people) is like seeing OIF and OEF through the eyes of insurgents. This rendition is also very high quality and includes different actor/actresses for the different characters as well as some limited sound effects and background music. The combination is quite gripping. I highly recommend this recording and am personally looking forward to getting the next books in the series Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.
I'd say this is the top Audiobook I've heard to date.
Spoiler? Must've been when Gurney was about to kill the Lady Jessica ... lots more I want to list, but that part actually had me holding my breath.
I could've sworn I've heard the voice of Gurney in Baldur's Gate (original PC version)...
Pretty much every part of exposition that explained the ecology, politics, legends, or otherwise any lore. Loved it.
Tremendous read/listen. I've been captivated by the 'Duniverse' and look forward to acquiring the other books. The main narrator did a terrific job, and the occasional bits of voice-acting for special events was a wonderfully welcome treat. All the actors felt natural and talented, adding a richness to everything that was being told. Only complete - and it is minute - is that they did not carry this on throughout the entire book. The main narrator, however, is still a joy to listen to.
The movie was wonderful and now I know why. The book came to life through the voices heard through the audio version.
Paul lives true to form with his training and engrained family values.
The pace set through the narrator's strong and even voice
Yes, the book is read very well most of the time by multiple actors with varying degrees of talent, but always excellent expository writing by Frank Herbert. A lot of times there are good sound effects in the background. The unabridged version of this book immerses you completely into the Dune universe like you are living in it. The writer has a flair for pretending he is there.
The Baron, because he is very evil to to a fault and diplomatic, where he spends much time trying to concoct evil plans. The actor for him, when he was available, has a deep dark voice and clean speech which helped me to envision more my version of this character.
The narrator did a fine job imitating characters (male and female) except for the Baron. I would have preferred they paid the actors to complete the book but they might have only did the abridged version.
Because this version is long-winded, the climaxes are less sharp then the movie and tv show but this is one of my favorite audio books of all time. It's worth it and an amazing feat in the audio book genre to immerse you in a world.
The character narrations helped make the story arcs flow better in audio than when reading
I just enjoyed it
Oh yes, I felt like I was actually there on dune, the sounds, the background wind whistling, the beautiful voices of the actors, the heartbeat in the background when the baron was in the scene. I was transformed into the story.
Paul with his hand in that box, it was amazingly read. I could almost smell his burning flesh. And that reverend mother, she was horrible to Paul.
I loved the image of the baron with his pustules, his fat and his nephew. So dreadfully horrible. I loved the voice of the baron, he sounded really frightful.
If I could I would... It was a very long book but that was one of the reasons I wanted to listen to it, I wanted a long time out of life. I wanted to immense myself in a story for a long time. I listened to it in the car, at the gym, on the lawnmower.... I also rewound it many times to listen again and again to the really good bits.
The narration made this an amazing experience, the sounds, the readers and the beautiful voices made this unforgettable. Well worth the money. Did not disappoint.
Very clear narration and voice acting
Not a complete cast as I expected form the description. E.g. some of the female roles are voiced my the male narrator. Nevertheless, this did not distract from the the story.