I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
First, a caveat: I despise Simon Vance's narration. Were it not for the ensemble performances sandwiched into parts of the production, the performance would only get a 1 or 2 star rating. Simon Vance gives many of the characters a pseudo-Middle Eastern accent which is both annoying and patronizing.
This is a shame as the book itself is rich and well written, full of political intrigue and the rise of an empire from the ashes of its grandfather. The story begins the Paul Atreides trilogy of the first half of the series, telling of the end of the Atreides duchy under Leto and the beginnings of the Atreides empire under Paul. It explores the sociopolitical and economical dynamic of the feudal empire ruled by Shaddam IV tens of thousands of years in the future while focusing on the struggles of Paul and his mother while fugitives on their own planet. It is a rich story, with rich settings and rich characters.
Why then did Audible let Simon Vance destroy it? If the production was maintained as an ensemble it would have been wonderful. Simon Vance should be tarred, feathered, and forced to listen to his reading of this book until his brains turn to goo.
I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.
If you haven’t read or listened to this book yet, then there is a good chance that you’re not a true Sci-Fi fan.
I am a HUGE fan of the Dune books. Frank Herbert's original DUNE novel enjoys a revered space on my shelf. I read it at least once a year and pull something new out of it each time.
The full cast recording was disappointing on many levels. The character voicing was inconsistent throughout. Scott Brick assumes the role of Duke Leto Atreides, but disappears in parts of the story where the narrator takes over. One actor portrays Gurney Halleck, then the narrator takes over and then Scott Brick takes the role. Very confusing to the ear.
More disturbing are the additions supplementing Herbert's text. Whole lines of dialog are added - and let me just say - the new text is not up to Herbert's excellence. It's a glaring, jarring inconsistency.
The main narrator is superb. The additional performances are okay, but don't really add to the experience as much as others have stated. Throughout the entire book I was very impressed with the quality of work by the main narrator.
I don't think I've read another scifi book that portrays a world as fully developed as Dune.
The narration and background music really add an ethereal feel to the story, but the story itself I found to be a bit disappointing, especially the slow back half of the book and quick finish.
What a cast of narrators ... it brings broadway to you ... entertainment in your pocket.
I read this many years ago and was so pleasantly surprised to find it still so intriguing and captivating. It's so nice to listen to a classic, without the violence, sexual perversion and most especially filthy language. You can listen to it anywhere and not feel like "ops ... should have turned it off before this scene came up". Thanks Audible for including so many great classics.
The story itself is fantastic, but I was not at all pleased with the narration. The main characters were narrated by two different people (the main narrator and an actor voice) in various parts of the book. This created some confusion for me as to who was talking and what was going on in the book.
As this story is long (+21h), you can have all the benefits of listening this book while in your car, bus, etc. If your looking for more, you can discover the magic of the Dune universe for many more hundred of hours... enjoy the saga! ;D
Star Wars, as an epic saga. Full of politics, family intrigues, power struggles and more.
Many characters. Nice to have characterized voices.
One of the best performances with all of the voices. Just wish they had been more consistent using the actors vs going back to a narrator..
I love all of the Bene Gesserit lore.
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All of it..