The voices are a bit off at points. I think they also used different voice actors for single characters at points, got a bit confusing.
"Bloated, floating joyous spacemess"
Satisfying. Every SF cliche is here. Space politics referencing 20th C business and historic European noble societies. Some of the names are laugh out loud silly. Futuristic duels. Spaceships and giant monsters.
There are suggestions of depth and interesting themes, however. The hero is pretty deliberately unlikeable and shallow with a pleasantly unsettling Freudian subtext. It actively argues against colonialism and promotes ecological understanding. Every power bows to the space banks. I'll go through it again to confirm whether I think the book is terrified of powerful women or not.
The performances are great. The chapters read by a single narrator are engaging and the full cast chapters equally entertaining. There is a slight jarring, though. Slight discrepencies between characters across the two presentation forms crop up so with each new chapter you have to reset your brain but this gets easier over time. It's a long book, so there's a lot of time.
For example, Simon Vance portrays Gurney Halleck as a gruff SAS style Andy McNab ex soldier type while the full cast presents him as a cool, languid American.
Unfortunately, neither the single narrator nor the full cast portrayed Gurney Halleck as Jean Luc Picard, which is a spaceshame.
"Still in my top 5 scifi of all time"
Having first read this at the bright young age of 13, I was in awe about the depth of the story and culture that I had not seen in many other scifi novels. 23 yrs later, its even better, viewed through the lens of many years of experience and development. Amazing. A must read / listen for anyone.
Read Hyperion by Dan Simmons, again a richer interplay of culture and character and less about lasers and ...technological things.
Paul meeting the Freman and discovering his true nature.
Compelled by the story but poor production values and liberal use of background music distract from the narration. If I wanted background music to tell me when to feel foreboding, I'd listen to a radio play. Very disappointing.
"A true classic gets a perfect audiobook treatment"
Yes. Dune is one of the great sci-fi stories, and this audiobook brings it to life.
Very little compares to Dune - it is just so impressive in scope. Perhaps the Culture novels from Iain M. Banks have the same sense of grandeur, scale, and in some cases, decadence.
The narrator is easy to listen to, and the co-narrators add a depth of field to the story rarely presented in audiobooks.
On reaching the end, all you will want to do is listen to or read the end of the Dune series of novels.
"A classic sci-fi brought to life in audio"
Another good example of when an audiobook is 'better', more informative and more enjoyable than how I remember the original book. A classic sci-fi brought to life in audio.
Awesome book, very good narration
One of the best in the category by far
Super fun to read and super interesting
"Still a great read"
The intrigue kept me listening
Paul's growth from a boy to a man was interesting
Giant worms, beware!
"A book of two narrations?"
I enjoyed this book. Having seen the original film, it was clear to see how close the two were in the majority of cases.
My only problem with this audiobook was that it switched from being narrated by a single person to being narrated by an ensemble cast. This was confusing as the same character was voiced by two people at different times, and switched back and forth between successive parts of the book. The background sound seemed pointless as though there to fill in the gaps between the words sometimes and was distracting. Overall a good book.
The book is though-provoking about political, geological and cosmological events and is clearly well researched and based on the duality of the human condition.
Amazing book. Better than I remembered from when I read it at school. This particular audio book is strange. It cuts between two different recordings/narrators. One does all the dialogue himself. The other has various actors doing the different parts. Both are great, but the combination is bizarre.