Scott Brick is perhaps the worst reader who is allowed to read serious books sold on Audible. Fortunately, he was only allowed to ruin, say 30% of this novel. I'm not sure why they didn't just have Simon Vance read the whole thing. Vance is one of the best.
Author, Audiobook Narrator
They should have done a straight read with one narrator or done the whole book as a full cast production. Switching between the two was very distracting even though all the voice acting was great. Here's my review of the book:
In early November I wrote a blog post titled I'm Reading Dune in which I described being incredibly bored by the book and putting it down 3 separate times, but then picking it up to give it one last shot and really enjoying it from that point on. I have to say that for the rest of the novel I really enjoyed it. The story kept moving at a brisker pace, tons of really awesome action and fight scenes took place. The characters grew in amazing ways. It was a spectacle to behold and an epic story to enjoy as it all unfolded. A rich deep world filled with very different kinds of characters all with their own conflicting traditions. Much of this effects the main character Paul as he grows from boy to man. I really enjoyed seeing him grow into a full on mans man. A great leader, an awesome warrior, and his role as son grew very interesting as well.
So let me just say that I had given up on this book and was bored out of my mind reading it at first, but I kept going and I'm so glad I did. If you've ever tried reading this book and couldn't get past the huge info dumping and people sitting in rooms talking of the mythology, religions, politics, worlds and prophesies - pick it up again and keep reading. I promise it gets better. I'm interested to see now that I know what the heck is going on - what I will pick up on with a second read. I'm taking a break to finish and start a heap of other books, but someday I'd like to reread this epic beast and see what I can glean anew from that dense block of a beginning Frank Herbert penned as act one of his first installment in his Dune universe. I also want to go on and read the other books in the series at some point.
great ensemble cast of narrators, however sometimes you get a single reader for a character, and other times (seemingly at random) a different actors will that characters part. This disjointed and frankly stupid production method causes nothing but distraction and confusion early on. It prevents the listener from full immersion in the story. I thought there were two different harkenen barons, but nope it was just 2 different people reading the same part at different times. Then I thought well maybe the original baron actor died during production or something. Totally bizarre. I could only speculate on why this inconsistent pattern is followed, but whatever the reason, the result is a less than stellar product.
if you are going to go with an ensemble cast of narrators, have some consistency for the voice used for each character.
Awesome audiobook. Loved the narrator and the voice acting was believable so I was able to get into the story.
I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.
The complexity of the story is compelling. There are so many issues to explore.
The Sandworms and the Fremen
One narrator or a full cast drama but not both. This presentation became annoying.
I am a Christian young man who loves to listen to audiobooks at work.
No, it wasn't good enough to revisit
I liked the giant sand worms, they seemed very neat. I felt like the novel was a little too trippy for my tastes, though
I was kind of annoyed how the narrators changed all the time. Sometimes a character would be voiced by the main narrator, and then sometimes the character would be voiced by a completely different person. It made is hard to keep track of what was going on at some points.
It isn't the best sci-fi book ever written (that is Ender's Game), but it was a good listen and I do not regret using a credit on this book.
You can't read Dune and drive, so I am glad to have an audio version available.
This story, like other great books has many well fleshed out characters that you can alternately love or hate.
Here is where this version gets a low score from me. The audio alternates between being read by a full cast and then only by the main narrator, as if they ran out of money to execute it with multiple readers but decided to finish it anyway. It gets really confusing until you figure out what is happening since the overall narrator and individual character readers do the same part in totally different styles. They should have just aborted the multi actor readings and released it with one reader.
21 hours is way too much to sit through in one shot.
I'd listen to this book again. and again.
I love his description - A lump of a man.
I wish it were possible to do so.
I listen to many books during long hours in the car. This is one of my favorites. It might be my favorite. This is an audio book best. Great Overall. Great performance. Great Story.
This audio book gets six stars out of five. If you like Sci Fi and Fantasy, this is a must listen.