Written by Frank Herbert, narrated by Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance, Iliana Kadushin. This unabridged version of Dune is 21 hours in length, book one in a series. Narration is fun – lots of readers! Only one element of narration confusion, it seems a single character is read by more than one narrator.
In the style of the time it was written, 1965, Dune is verbose, loquacious, and long-winded. But, that was popular at the time … think James Mitchener, John Jakes, James Clavell, etc., big sweeping novels. Such is Dune, but contrary to his contemporaries, Frank Herbert is deep into Science Fiction with Dune. There are many, many reviews – like over 20K – ergo, there is little I will add.
There are a handful of books that are must reads if one is to consider themselves well versed in a variety of genres, i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird, The Old Man and the Sea, many more. If you want to include SciFi in a well-rounded literary mind – include Dune.
A plethora of characters – considerable re-winding. The story is confusing, especially to a reader not fully open-minded to inventive world-building and considerable stretching of the imagination.
If you enjoy SciFi, you will enjoy and must read Dune. If you do not enjoy SciFi, skip it.