Audiobook Trial: Dune

Posted September 12, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Dune Book Cover Dune
Dune #1
Frank Herbert
Dune (Imaginary place)
Hodder & Stoughton

Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the 'spice' melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos. The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis.

Published in 1965, it won the Hugo Award in 1966 and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is frequently cited as the world's best-selling sf novel.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

My Impressions:

My husband and I watched the sci-fi mini-series before we jumped into listening to this one and we liked that very much. The plot here is pretty much the same. The Atreides family is given an option to move to a desert planet named Arrakis and rule the planet. From the start they know that something is not right and they are being set up for failure however to refuse will make their suspicions known and will not help their situation. On the planet they are betrayed and Duke Leto, head of the family dies. Now his mistress, Jessica, and their son, Paul, are on the run. The Atreides loyalist are scattered over the planet and far from each other they must all do what is necessary to try to survive. Paul and his mother will team up with unlikely allies known as the Fermin and they must prove their worth if they are to survive.


I enjoyed the characters in this story very much although it is hard at times to find them realistic. I feel like the author tried a little too hard to make the Arteides family be superior to everyone else. Even without the necessary skills at times, they somehow find a way out of trouble.


This is where I had the hardest time. The story is an old story. The book was originally published in 1965. In the old days some science fiction books and stories had a weird diction to them that was never realistic. Despite having evidence that language was evolving to be less complicated and more colloquial, the diction used in this book just seems overly complex and unnatural. It made it really hard to accept it as a normal but seemed very alien. Perhaps that’s what the author was going for but in this day, it’s just not as appealing.

About the Author:

Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.

He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classics in the field of science fiction.

The Verdict:

4 Stars
Rating Report
Overall: 3.8

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