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Marco

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  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9405)
    Performance
    (5101)
    Story
    (5170)

    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!"
    "Tired story, odd performance and bad direction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    They should have utilized the full voice cast for more than 10% of the narration. Simon Vance's voices don't match the other voice actors, making the overall performance disjointed and distracting. The story has also not aged very well and has lost a lot of luster over time.


    Has Dune turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I will not be pursuing the rest of the series and will be a lot more aware of how narration by a "full cast" is actually performed.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The cast only appears in 10% of the full read, so I didn't understand why they were there in the first place. Simon Vance's own voices for the characters in the rest of the book didn't even come close to what the other voice actors were doing, so it was very distracting and badly directed.


    What character would you cut from Dune?

    The characters all serve their respective purposes, though most of them aren't fleshed out as well as they could have been.


    Any additional comments?

    Sadly, the story just doesn't hold up as well as it did on the first read. A lot of the culture and character development needs more explanation or work; it feels like a lot of ideas are unfinished, glossed over, or just left up to inference, leaving the reader to make a lot of extra leaps that ultimately leads to dissatisfaction with the story as a whole.

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