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Great story, uneven performances a bit jarring

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-08-02

Dune is a fantastic novel, and the audio performances are great. However, the random alternating between the Narrator doing all the voices and the voice actors coming in and doing voices was very jarring. Both were well done, but just leave it as one or the other, and I would’ve been much happier. It really took me out of the book every time it switched.

Hasn’t aged well.

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-05-19

Spoilers inside, read with caution.

I’m a big fan of classic literature, including Russian, and I’ve been wanting to read this novel for a very long time. However, I couldn’t help finding myself unbelievably bored for the majority of this book. It starts out great. The story is compelling and well written, and the characters interesting. However, by the halfway point (likely long before that) the story and situations are so repetitive that I found myself longing for the ending. I understand the themes and what Tolstoy is saying, but, and this is likely a product of my own modern bias, I found the story to be eye-rollingly ham-fisted in its morality. We get it, *SPOILER* Anna and Vronsky are ruined and ultimately doomed in every way because of their moral failings. I feel like the novel could’ve been cut in half — at least — and be all the better for it. Maggie Gyllenhaal was great though, I did enjoy that much.

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