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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 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

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
  • Poor performance of an exceptional book

  • By Ben Scott on 22-07-2015

Great Story. Classic.

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

Reviewed: 31-05-2019

My first ever "reading" of Dune, and i loved it. While it is true what some reviewers have mentioned about the voice actors - that they change periodically throughout the story, before switching back again - do not be deterred by this. The narration overall is excellent and articulate and the story is brilliant.

the voice acting is great, with different voices for the different characters. For some reason unknown to me, there are short paragraphs or dialogue parts where maybe the original voice actor had the flu that day or was off eating a sandwich or had other work on and they have substitutes for the voices of characters that you had gotten used to having a certain voice. then, a few paragraphs later, the original voice character that you had gotten used to is back. a minor annoyance and do not let it put you off listening to this brilliant story.

if you are anything like me, you too will be saying out loud the name, "Muad'dib", just to see what it sounds like when you say it. You too will take up the Fremen cry, "Muad'dib! Muad'dib! Muad'dib!"
This book rocks. Frank Herbert is a legend.

  • The Secret Teachings of Plants

  • The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
  • By: Stephen Harrod Buhner
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings - the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a rare wisdom keeper

  • By Anonymous User on 03-06-2019

(for me) Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2019

The writing sounded poetic and somewhat interesting, and i was keen to learn something from this book but i could not get past the narrator's voice. i tried persevering and listened to this book for an hour over about 3 sessions but could not listen to it anymore.

Also, the book chapters are preluded by several epigrams (quotes or poems from other sources), and epigrams are also included within the main body of chapters, but they get lost in the narration of the text and so you think you are listening to the main text until the narrator finishes the epigram by citing the original authour, such as "Goethe" or "Lao Tzu". it's annoying, but is not the narrator's fault. it may be that audio-book producers could work out a way of notifying a listener that they are about to be read an epigram. when you read a physical book, you can see the epigram (in an indented paragraph, in italics, or whatever) but there is no such differentiation in an audiobook.

  • Atomic Habits

  • An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
  • By: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Atomic Habits by James Clear, read by the author. A revolutionary system to get 1 percent better every day. People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions - doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early or holding a single short phone call. He calls them atomic habits. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • physical copy would be more helpful with this one

  • By Anonymous User on 20-02-2019

physical copy would be more helpful with this one

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

Reviewed: 20-02-2019

i listened to this audiobook while otherwise engaged in manual work tasks. i would have liked to take physical notes or look at the presented methods and checklists so i could get them straight in my head to make best use of them.

to that end, i do not think an audiobook is the best format for this book. The audiobook is good to run you through the simple ideas that hopefully make a great difference to your life if you create new habits to achieve your desired identity (as per book), but the physical book is better going to help you make sense of this and be easily able to refer back to.
Having listened to the audio, i'm thinking i need to see a hard copy.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth revisiting

  • By Nienke Lucas on 17-07-2015

Classic.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2019

Good story, I just got annoyed by the announcements at the end of the novel - there was no silent gap to contemplate the ending, it launched straight into a different accented voice to read the copyright and other stuff. Insensitive.