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Dune Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, September 1, 1990
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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 Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family -- and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
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Dune has a lot of the bones of your typical boy comes of age novel, but the way that Herbert adorned these bones makes this a must-read recommendation. Herbert creates a coherent universe, depicting just enough for you to be able to paint your own picture, but not so much that you are locked into a hyper-defined world. In addition, much of the vocabulary is unique to the Dune universe, but you are given enough context to understand without it detracting from the flow of the plot. Fortunately, there is a glossary in the back of the book.
My only complaint is that the villains are too purely evil.
This reading of Dune is quite enjoyable. The narrator is quite good and keeps the pace moving. Many scenes are actually performed by several actors, and that's done quite smoothly, so it's not a jarring transition going from a fully narrated scene to one that's performed. My only complaint is that the actors often sound nothing like the voicing the narrator gives it. The difference is probably the most profound with Baron Harkonnen.
Otherwise, this is a great listen. And unabridged, which is essential for a classic novel like Dune.
The book itself is epic. There's plenty out there to read if you want to learn more about the book. If you saw the David Lynch movie version (ugh) or the miniseries (meh), all I can say is that you have been presented something nothing like the book. The book is more exciting, richer, with more nuanced and fascinating characters, and an epic sweep far greater than the cheesy effects on screen. Read the book.
And if you don't have time to read the book, listen to this audio book on your commute, your summer vacation, or days off. It's good stuf!