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  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Shoddy Production"

    Your first thought upon getting the book is that they really went all out for this Sci-Fi classic. Full cast, music, seems great.

    Then you realize it's all totally FUBAR.

    See, normally in a full cast book you would imagine that there would be some logic to who is reading which characters when. Not here! Sometimes a character will be read by a specific reader, other times by narrator, and sometimes by a third reader all together. The same actor may read multiple characters with the same voice. It's very jarring - often the same character will sound totally different from one scene to the next, or you'll hear some random guy talking with what you thought was Duke Laito's voice.

    Nor does there seem to be any logic in which scenes are full cast and which are not. It's just totally random. Important scenes will sometimes go single reader while relatively unimportant bits get the full cast treatment.

    The book is good. The recording is certainly listenable, and Simon Vance does a great job with the main narration. But the utterly shoddy full cast implementation is a MAJOR distraction, and angered me enough to write this review.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Small Crimes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Zeltserman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Crooked cop Joe Denton gets out of prison early after disfiguring the local district attorney, which doesn't help his popularity. Nobody wants Joe to hang around, not his ex-wife, his parents or his former colleagues. Meanwhile, local mafia don Manny Vassey is dying of cancer and keen to cut a deal with God. He's thinking of singing to the DA if this will set him up for a better afterlife. And he knows stuff that will send Joe down again for a very long time.

    Kevin says: "A Satisfying Noir"
    "A Satisfying Noir"

    I have to chime in, if only to defend narrator Joe Barrett. He is not, as the lone other review up states "the worst." His gravelly voice is perfect for this kind of hard-nosed crime novel, and his performance is great.

    The book itself is also very good, tightly plotted and full of interesting twists. It lost a star for me in literally the last 30 seconds, which I won't spoil here. Suffice it to say the final lines made me roll my eyes pretty hard, but they didn't ruin the book for me. I'd still recommend it. It's not as good as Zeltserman's other book, the stunningly great "Pariah," but it's not bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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