I first read this book some decades ago and really enjoyed it. I'm very glad to have listened to this. The performance is great, and the story takes on new depths with my greater appreciation of planetary environmentalism and of desert tribal cultures.
I cannot understand how a disaster like this audiobook can occur. How could anyone involved in this project think what they were producing was acceptable on any level? Some of it is read with a single person reading, speaking each characters' part with minimal voice acting, and some of it is read with multiple actors (often replacing the voice previously used for the characters) with sound effects. And there is no rhyme or reason to the changes, it's not some clever scheme where past events are voiced one way and present events another. It just changes back and forth randomly throughout the book. And most confusing, the changes can occur in the middle of a scene (at chapter breaks, but the scene is continued). One moment Baron Harkonnen is being fairly flatly read by a single baritone person doing all the voices in the scene, a page later he is being dramatically read by a booming bass voice processed with audio effects with other characters in the scene seemingly voiced by other people. What the hell???? I thought I was going crazy and had to rewind a few times, I thought maybe I'd missed some fundamentally crucial point, that maybe there was a second Baron Harkonnen I'd completely failed to notice. This isn't some odd accident or mistake, this is unfathomably intentional. Why would anyone ever think this was acceptable, good, tolerable, reasonable, sensible? If you make listening to a book more confusing and difficult than physically reading a book you have completely failed in your fundamental audiobook creating mission, and that's what these horrible people have done. It was so bad I went back to reading the real book instead.
Dune needs no introduction and the acting was great. But I found it very hard to follow in audiobook format, because it's full of foreign fantasy names. Almost every other word is a fantasy name, which has never been a problem for me when reading, but is very confusing when listening. I couldn't get past the first chapter. I will start again on a paper or ebook copy, but this audiobook is no good for me.
This was a classic movie to me growing up, to hear it read to me, with full detail, and deep story plots unfolding was a dream come true. I loved it! Great author, good narrative, and leaves you curious for more at the end.
I'm a fond lover of Frank Herbert's works. I figured I'd try out the audiobook for a "re-read" of Dune. The narration was spot on, the music paired perfectly, it was as if I was reading and being immersed in the story the same way I could be had I read the book, but with absolutely no work or eye strain on my part. Bravo! Worth the purchase!
One of the greatest sci fi stories of all time! It's almost a fantasy novel and reads like one. The performing since makes you feel like you're listening to an old radio story and really really engages you. It is an excellent story and I can't play it up enough!
At times, there are two actors playing the same role (two voice actors for the Duke, two actors for the Baron). Sometimes, within the same chapter, which makes it even more confusing. Otherwise, it is a great performance.