"Wow...What a book"
I remember watching the David Lynch film as boy when it was first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. I was too young to stay-up and watch the movie but my minds eye does far more credit to a VHS recording than the reality of the technology ever delivered. This book conjured the same sense of magic I felt when watching and re-watching this movie with my older brother who'm did his best to explain the nuances of the story to a boy, who's parents said he couldn't watch it...
The story is excellent and captures the reader\listener from the very beginning. From the wonderful characterisations and exquisite (not verbose) detail of the various environments.
Simon Vance's performance is typically brilliant, the supporting sound effects and ambient sound track make this book at times feel much more like a radio play than an audio book. This I enjoyed immensely! I was a little concerned about the alternative voice actors used for characters in some chapters, but this did nothing to dent my enjoyment of the book and I had no issue in following the story dispute the several changes from voice actor to narrator. I particularly liked the Barron's alternative menacing voice, but inversely disliked Gurney's weaselly tone.
The parallels that can be drawn from this 1965 novel to the unfolding conflict in Iraq and Syria in 2015 is almost unbelievable... or maybe my imagination runs a mock. Let's hope so.
"Great but the mix of narration and acting is off-putting"
Not sure why, but some sections are performed entirely by the main narrator, while others employ multiple voice actors. Either would have been great but switching unexpectedly was a distraction from an otherwise gripping and brilliant story. Still enjoyed every minute of it.
"Best sci-fi ever"
A really beautiful performance of this classical sci-fi story. It includes a group of the best narrators and accompanying sound effects.
"Great for the experienced Sci Fi fan"
Dune is an amazing book. From sheer entertainment value to deep thought provoking ideas this is the perfect sci fi book for people who have only read less complex books to get you to the next level of depth. And it is especially great in the audiobook as it feels more like a performance than a read through.
"Appalling narration of a sci-fi classic."
This is my favourite book of all time. It is a monster, drawing on politics, religion, love, betrayal, prophecy, heroism - I could go on. As soon as I saw it on Audible, I had to have it. I wish I had read the reviews first, because many of them find the narration as annoying as I do.
If you begin with different actors voicing the different characters, this should continue throughout the book, not chop and change between that and having the narrator do the job. The change in approach does not just happen across different chapters, it happens in different scenes in the same chapter! I am familiar with the text, and was still confused by it.
Another point, it would seem obvious to me that if you are going to be narrating a book you should read it a least a couple of times. I don't think that this narrator read it even once before recording. It seemed like every other sentence carried an inflection placed on the wrong word, an easy thing to do if you have no empathy with the characters or understanding of the ultimate destination of the plot. In less kind moments, I feel the narrator is just not good enough, although I will admit he has a pleasant timbre to his voice. His poor performance is highlighted by the other voice talents being rather good, bringing me back to my previous gripe.
The quality of the original book, a point upon which I grant I posess a bias, still deserves much more respect than this.
"odd change in voices in charecters but ace anyway"
voices of charecters kept changing. gurney was an English northerner one minuet and a sly American another. A bit confusing at times. But the story is ace!!!! as u all know.
Dune is a massively long book, and I was slightly trepidatious about starting an audible version in case I didn't like the narration - 21 hours is a long time to listen to a voice you don't like. I needn't have worried though - the man who provides the central narration is excellent, his characterisations are consistent and fantastic. I actually thought the additional voices - some sections are done almost like a radio play - were a little superfluous, but I got used to them. Highly recommend the book and this performance of it.
"Incomplete adaptation. Not the full novel."
I've only got about two minutes in but have already had to stop. This is not the complete novel. It is an adaptation. When there is dialogue the words of the narrator are omitted, as if it were a play. Not what I wanted at all for such an amazing book.
"Good story but let down by voices"
The story is a good one but this was let down by the readers.
would consider others, but depends on readers.
would listen to sample first.
I have read the book before and like the story but was let down by the readers.
Frank Herbert is a great writer, but the narration ruins the story, half of it is single narrator and the rest of it is dramatized, the single narration part is much better
Yes, and no at the same time