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Cyd

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  • The Winds of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (152)

    Where Paul of Dune picked up the saga directly after the events of Dune, The Winds of Dune begins after the events of Dune Messiah. Paul has walked off into the sand, blind, and is presumed dead. Jessica and Gurney are on Caladan; Alia is trying to hold the Imperial government together with Duncan; Mohiam is dead at the hands of Stilgar; Irulan is imprisoned. Paul's former friend, Bronso of Ix, now seems to be leading opposition to the House of Atreides.

    Virginia McCaslin says: "good, but with reservations"
    "Nix the Narrator"
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    Audible has done a disservice to Dune lovers by repeatedly using Scott Brick as narrator. I bought this book as a sample, but am very disappointed he narrates them all. His voice is repetitive and limited in tone and emotion. I discarded the book after an hour of that torture. Sorry Audible, but I won't be collecting any further Dune books with this narrator.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1063)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Dreadful!"
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    I am a lover of all things Shakespeare, so assumed I would enjoy this modern rendition narrated by the lyrical Alan Cumming. MacBeth has never disappointed me and have been pleased with the many dramatizations I've seen in the last 40 years. This audio book was quite disappointing. Actually, it was dreadful. It was becoming so gruesome about 40% into the play that I threw my recording CV's away. That said, this is never an easy play. At times, it is overpowering in its intensity. This recording however, was pure and simply horror - and overly bloody at that. If you are looking for this sort of recording of this Shakespeare classic, then this is for you. If you are hoping for something more versatile, rich and entertaining, look elsewhere.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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