Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.
I thought the movie was bad, and so I thought: give the book a try. Hell, why not, the books are always better than the movie. Don't believe everything you tell yourself. :-)
The story of Dune is clearly what excels here, as it is probably the best Science Fiction saga ever written. In terms of the audio book quality, I think that some elements of the reading style worked -- like chapters being broken up by Princess Irulan's reading of, say, "The Sayings of Moab'dib, etc."
There are plenty of memorable moments
Difficult to follow
The reading style is bizarre, with some sections dramatized with actors and others not. It made following sections of the book very difficult, and some of the characters were laughably bizarre caricatures. The Baron Harkonen's voice was such a caricature and so overly done that it detracted from the story, and then when the narrator read certain parts, followed by the voice actors in later parts, it made it very difficult to follow... until I figured out that they voice acted "dramatic" scenes, I would sit there wondering, "wait, is this a different character?" The Baron's mentat assassin, peyter, or whatever his name is, was probably the worst. It sounded like something out of HE-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
I could stand the voice actors if they did it consistently, but breaking it up in an arbitrary way made it difficult to note characters.
Dune is one of my favorite all time books and this audiobook does it proud.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Excellent story that sweeps you into another world. Very well drawn out characters. Believable personalities. What more can you ask for?
Overall a great book, the naration is exelent, riveting with a story that makes it hard to stop listening, I would suggest listening to the "house" trilogy first, as it is an exelent introduction to the characters and gives the backstory to many of the key characters
I would not recommend this book to a friend because I know of so many other (newer) books that are much better. My opinion is that this was a good and ground breaking book back in the day, but the genre has evolved a lot since then. I appreciate this book, but I don't like it a whole lot.
-It sounds kind of dated
-The story is okay, just not that great compared to today's standards
-Its very slow, and at times hard to follow
-The story was not that great, but it did hold my interest
I think I just expected a lot more out this book since it is considered a classic and has such high ratings.
Books I recommend:Anything by Neal Stephenson especially Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Anathem, Reamde, and anything by Orson Scott Card especially, Enders Game (and the whole two series that follow), The Worthing Saga, and Treason even though there is not yet an audio book for it. I'm currently listening to Hyperion (Dan Simmons) and I'm liking it a lot.
Why did the reader for Vladimir Harkonen change? I liked the first reader, not second one it changed to later in the book.
The movie was so bad it was funny. You should see it. It made me laugh out loud.
I listened to 2 of the three download parts - in the end I didn't find the characters compelling enough to find out what happened to them.
It has been a long time coming to this story. I was way too ADHD to sit and read this when I was younger. Now I have avoided phone calls and ignored work to listen to this book.
When Gurney held Jessica hostage.
The bounce between single narrator and cast performance was disconcerting. Either presentation would have been acceptable, but both didn't work well.
I think the performers did an excellent job with their characters and am looking forward to the rest of the books.
First off let me say that I enjoyed this book. Overall it was a cool story and very original, but after seeing so many raving reviews about it on audible and other sites honestly I was a bit let down. I was expecting a classic epic novel and what I got was in my opinion a hardly above average adventure. Maybe it just comes down to personal preference but sadly I don't think Dune fully lives up to the hype that so many people give it. My main critique doesn't lie in the plot but in the fact that I felt that the characters, unlike other fantasy and sci fi, were very difficult to relate to.
On a side note, the narration was mostly above average except for the fact that they would randomly switch between chapters with multiple narrators acting out the scene, which were incredible, and then scenes with just the main narrator doing all the voices himself. I found this a bit frustrating and would honestly rather it be one way or the other. Having all the different narrators' voices throughout the entire book would have been absolutely incredible, but half and half didn't really make much sense to me and distracts you from the story. The scenes with all the different actors were pretty awesome though. Its a shame they didn't do it for the whole book.