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J. Whitney

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  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,074

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Inconsistent audio, but still a great adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-16

What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

The full cast of voice actors, sound effects, music, et al. really bringing the story to life.


What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

There is no comparison to Dune, it stands alone as a pillar of science fiction brilliance that encompasses the political, mystical, and visceral nature of humanity.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, however the audio is inconsistent between one narrator and the full voice cast. This seems like an incomplete production. The Narrator is still very good ad expressing the range of other characters' voices and emotions, but almost all of Book Two is just one person.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

THE SPICE MUST FLOW!

Any additional comments?

See above.

  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,045

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • See Episodes I-III in a whole new light!!!

  • By kalei on 11-09-12

Easily the best Star Wars audio production

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've already told many friends about this audio book, both for the story and the excellent performance of mister Davis.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

Definitely the climax at the final chapter, and Palpatine's revelation of his intentions towards Plagueis and

Which scene was your favorite?

The aftermath of the Grans' assassination attempt on the Sith Lords, a turning point which really defines the motivations and goals of both of the main characters, loaded with all the violence we wouldn't get to see on the screen of a PG movie.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, however 14 hours is a long time. I listened to it for about an hour at bed time nightly as I do with all my other audio books, but multiple nights I had skipped a good night's rest just because I became so involved with the story I stayed up to listen for 3-4 hours instead.

Any additional comments?

As a fan of the Audible full scale productions of many of the Star Wars novels (especially Drew Karpyshyn and Jonathan Davis' work), this one is my favorite. While I'd enjoy this as one of the planned six films announced by Disney, I think it may be too mature and dense to be made well in to a two hour film. James Luceno does really well at expanding both the known and obfuscated details of the characters and the motivations which drive them. I particularly enjoyed some of the philosophy of the Dark Side of the Force and moral relativism presented in the novel. For those listeners/readers who aren't of the morbid opinion that the Sith are actually the heroes of the ongoing saga during the era in which the six films occur with the greater good of the galaxy in mind like myself, this book tells the story from their point of view and makes sure to separate the concepts of darkness and evil as entirely different and not necessarily connected ideologies very well.
While most of the Star Wars expanded universe books are well told stories and great pulp fiction, I think this one in particular stands apart, and would have been used as a good example of ethical relativism, and the struggle for spiritual balance (whether it be skewed towards one direction or another) that even Joseph Campbell would have mentioned as noteworthy. Characters and stories like these are our modern day mythology, and serves the same purpose, both as something to make us think about the world around us, and as entertainment. Darth Plagueis has appealed to both the literature scholar and dime novel fan in me, and should not be overlooked as anything less legitimate than many of the books we praise as classic literature dealing with human nature and ethics due to its backdrop as sci-fi/fantasy setting or serial backdrop.
My two cents being thrown it, I should probably mention my day job for the last half decade was watching television at a broadcasting facility all day.

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