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- Listening Length: 21 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 May 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ5UD6
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I love sci-fi but don't read much of it because I prefer fantasy. DUNE feels like a perfect blend of the two. A war of noble houses set in space. Paul Atreides is heir to the duchy- and to say that he is well trained for the job would be an understatement. His father, Duke Leto, is given charge of Arrakis- a hellish desert-world and the sole source of "the spice" which the entire universe needs. A very prestigious assignment, but treachery and peril comes with it. Paul finds himself thrown into the mystery of Dune and its fierce natives, the Fremen. Is he the savior their prophecy speaks of?
I was first blown away by DUNE at the age of 16, and have since considered it "the one to beat". In 8 years, very few books have made me question that judgment: Game of Thrones, Foundation, Lord of the Rings, Ender's Game. I had to reread it to be sure I wasn't just naïve at the time. Was it really THAT great? Absolutely.
The low mark reflects problems with formatting on the Kindle version. Repeatedly, almost once per page, I find instances where quotation marks are missing. Speech starts from characters and I find myself not realising that the story has transitioned from description to speech, meaning I end up going back a sentence to get the full context.
Hopefully Amazon will get the publishers to update the Kindle version with corrected formatting.
In conclusion: great real book, not a great electronic book.
What really sets this apart from other books is its length. Whilst this has never ensured consistent quality (quite the opposite in many cases), Herbert has filled the 600-odd pages with superb prose that never wanders, never sags and always is delightful to read. The story is told from multiple points of view (often changes occur within a paragraph), so we learn effectively about the characters but we are never confused by this style. Every thought is recorded for our digestion which means the characters of Dune are wonderfully complex, each with their own nuances and failings. However I don’t imply that the book is full of dense, terse, symbolic writing that would make English graduates salivate. Rather the plot moves along with a large amount of dialogue and the subtle action sequences ensure even the most impatient reader is never bored.
The story revolves around Paul Atreides of the House Atreides. In a galaxy far away and far into the future, Dune features no aliens and few of the usual SF trappings. This is essentially a character-driven story so a hard SF fan may not enjoy it to the extent that I (and others) have. As we follow Paul and his family relocate themselves to the planet Arrakis/Dune as new rulers, much of the first act is concerned with the ducal court that surrounds Paul.Read more ›
In my mind it remains the greatest single science-fiction novel ever written, not simply due to the quality, depth and cadence of the writing, but also because of the universe Frank Herbert wrought, so real that it is more real than the world we live in. If there ever was a contender for a SF novel worthy of the Nobel Award then surely this must rank high.
There is a certain timelessness to this Science Fiction eco-religio-political classic that defies interpretation and continues to capitivate and tantalise. There is a brooding quality that erodes limits and barriers. It emphasises certain realities, but continues to hint at even greater depths and mysteries.
Dune was turned down by twenty or so publishers before it was finally accepted and even then, grudgingly...there perhaps lies hope for writers who achieve only rejection instead of recognition. Publishers are businessmen: don't expect them to fund art for art's sake.
Finally, in today's world of eco-nightmare and addiction to petroleum, the nature, shape and influence of "spice melange" has a message for us today. There lies the secret of a timeless classic - it answers questions of the day in perpetuity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read some great SF books, Hyperion and Foundation series being among the best but I think this book tops them all. Can't wait to read the rest of the Dune books.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best books ever written, I'm just hoping for the next books to be made with updated covers.Published 21 days ago by Mrs Moira J Shields
Found it difficult to read because of all the fantasy, im sure it's a great book thoughPublished 1 month ago by h
Excellent book excellent story ,I have read this more than a dozen times and it grips me every time.Published 1 month ago by linda walsh
My daughter called it a Space Jesus novel - lol.
Could have been 5 star except that there were some flaws that intruded on me, and my daughter's description kind of put... Read more
I love this book but the kindle edition seems to be missing punctuation here and there. Most notable are the absent speech marks.Published 1 month ago by n3llyb0y
A great book which brings to life a "new" universe populated with characters of many types. An old favourite well worth revisiting and which did not disappoint.Published 1 month ago by J. Mclaverty