From Publishers Weekly
In 1965 Frank Herbert published Dune
. After it was heralded as a masterpiece of science fiction, he wrote the briefer Dune Messiah
in 1969, concentrating eponymously on Paul Atreides, and then, sensing the sales potential, added sequels. They were continued by his son, culminating in the just published finale, Sandworms of Dune
. Now, 38 years after its publication, four narrators capture Dune Messiah
on discs, while listeners, with no glossary, try to recall the meaning of its esoteric nomenclature. The audio gets off to a lively start as the book opens with nearly all conversation, playing up the camaraderie between the narrators who have partnered on several other readings of classic sci-fi novels. While the cast works well together, some of the male narrators emphasize a stately dullness. Kellgren, the sole feminine voice, supplies real emotion and a true sense of awe. (Oct.)
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Praise for Dune:
"Unique...I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings."
--Arthur C. Clarke
"One of the monuments of modern science fiction."--Chicago Tribune
"Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious."--Robert A. Heinlein
"A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed...a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas...An astonishing science fiction phenomenon."--The Washington Post