The narration is excellent and the audio quality is wonderful. The subject matter of the book is interesting, but it seems artificially pretty. It's overly simplistic, but doesn't make itself out to be. It was interesting, but not mind-blowing.
The book gets 5 stars. The audiobook gets 3.
When listing instead of reading, a good, clear narration is absolutely key to enjoying a book. The actors here were all quite clear, but the roles kept changing. It started off with a full cast, then it went to narrator only. Then partial cast, then narrator only, then full cast, then partial cast. (I may have missed some.) It was like they set out to do a full-cast audiobook, then ran out of money abruptly.
All in all, in a story with a zillion characters and clever plots and strange alliances, easily understanding who is saying what is imperative. Unlike some books, Dunes characters are independent of the story. They are not merely plot devices invented to push the story forward. Not knowing who they are was extremely annoying.
Bonus: cool wind special effects.
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