The hype is justified for this book. If you have not read it yet, please do yourself a favor and change that asap. I'm sure there are a landslide of other reviewers that can tell you all about the story itself, so I will skip that. This book was an epic pleasure to read. I had some apprehension going in as I repeatedly heard that it's overly jarring from the beginning. I did not find this to be the case, and I'm no prodigy. It does have some of it's own words that are explained in the back of the book if needed, but said words are also presented with enough context to give you a good idea of what they're talking about. You have to push through a little at the beginning, but everything falls into place quickly enough.
From cover to cover it is interesting and exciting. There is a reason it is hailed as such a timeless story, and I implore that you find the time to experience it for yourself.
I'm not actually sure how many times I've read Dune; every decade maybe. It is extraordinary how each time I do it speaks of something different to me as I age. My first read as a young teen in the '70s was overwhelming with words and scenes I'd never experienced before. It was magical and one of the mind expanding elements of the New Age. Now, in 2017, it comes full circle to the fears of environmental impact and government off the beam. I've aged, and the story still offers an amazingly lucid reflection of reality. I highly recommend it across anyone's life span.
Far-reaching and mind-expanding, when I first read Dune in the '60s I had my mouth open most of the time, and could only read half a page or so at a time before looking off into space for a few moments in awe, thinking about what I had just read. Thousands of years in the future, where mankind is able to control every single muscle in his body, where computers (which, when I read the book, were relatively new at the time) had been surpassed hundreds of years earlier, where mankind has spread an empire across the universe, and was beginning, through evolution and technology, to advance beyond humankind...a towering classic, anyone with any interest in science fiction at all must read this book. (and btw, I like David Lynch's 1984 feature film, you had to have read the book to follow the movie.)
Dune is a great book, and Simon Vance, the primary narrator of the audible version I'm listening to, has probably one of my favorite voices of all time. The voice acting overall is good in this version, but I'm confused as to why some chapters feature several voice actors doing various characters while other chapters - featuring the same characters - have everything voiced by Vance. As I said, I love his voice, but the switching back and forth is odd and distracting to me.
If you're expecting a page turner with a fun and intriguing plot line, this one may not be for you. But there is no question, God Emperor of Dune is Frank Herbert's pinnacle piece within the series. Here we learn about a tyrant who ruled for thousands of years, every minute sacrificing his basic humanity in order to save our species according to his Golden Path. There is no doubt that he is a tyrant, an evil one. But at what consequence is a malevolent dictator who is worshiped as a god needed? Does the entire galaxy population need to be herded into submission, only to explode in societal chaos to be considered saved?
When I first read this book these were foreign questions, ones I'd never ask and couldn't even contemplate the answers. But that's what Frank Herbert delivers in a style where he never directly tells us the answer, but through a glimpse of the GEoD thoughts, we piece together our own answers.
When i was starting this book, i felt like the language was intentionally simplified for a younger audience. That might still be the case - however after reading the appendices it is clear as day that this was a mightily complex world that was brilliantly thought out and modeled after a ton of existing myths and religions that have gone through earth.
The plot is reasonably simple, interactions transparent, but there is a ton of wisdom in every other sentence. Hubert snuck in pithy statements left and right to complement the story that unfolded.
this is one enormous book! I really really enjoyed it. I was listening to it on audio book and it was difficult to follow since there is so many characters. so then purchased the book and after having read the first 100 pages or so, I listened to the rest of it. this was so much political drama I didn't even know I liked political drama. so many different little devious plots. I loved that part of it. I loved all the little readings and quotes from Muad'Dib in the beginning of each chapter. I wish there was a more dominant role in the two ladies of the story. hoping the second book has more for the female characters. overall I really enjoyed the book! Can't wait to read/listen to more
Dune is an incredibly long and involved book. When I first read it, I probably started to read it several times and gave up. I ended up being bedridden for a few weeks back in 1983 and finally read far enough into it that something actually happened. The Dune universe is complex as are its protagonists - a young man of noble blood takes to the desert when his whole world is destroyed, and becomes a messiah and rises to unprecedented power. Think Lawrence of Arabia except where Lawrence ends up king of the world. Or in this case, the universe. Weird technology that deviates from conventional science fiction in a universe where the power structure resides on an unstable tripod, with all dependent on the resources of a single planet - and what happens when the legs get kicked out from under the tripod. Not a quickie reader but if you make it through book one you'll be hooked. The audio book is easier to keep up with than the book, and it's unabridged and 18 or so hours of listening. The only complaint I have is that the Baron Harkonnen's voice is sometimes done by a separate voice actor, other times just done by the main narrator - but it's not a big problem.