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Dune by Frank Herbert
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Jul 03, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: owned-audiobook, 2009, fantasy, sci-fi, 2018, 2-stars
Recommended to Maria by: Claus
Read 2 times. Last read March 16, 2018 to April 10, 2018.

I first started reading Dune in February 2007, but got stuck about 70-100 pages into it, and left it hanging. I always planned to finish it someday though, but just couldn't bring myself to pick it up again. Finally, last month I felt that it was time to finish it, and as I'd just found it as an audiobook, I thought I would try that way of getting through it instead.

Honestly, I don't think it's the book most suited for audio presentation, and I would probably have liked it better if I'd read it rather than listened to it, but this way I got through it, discovered that I enjoyed it, and am therefore more likely to pick it up again at a later stage.

I enjoyed all the characterizations and the intrigues. I did think that perhaps Paul was a bit of a Gary Stu in that he was constantly able to do everything he set out to, and that the ending was a bit abrupt, but when looking at the big picture, that didn't bother me. I appreciated that Frank Herbert didn't pull any punches, but killed off people I hadn't expected him to.

I got the audiobook from It was read by (I think) 5 different people, which worked well, once I got far enough into the book to know the voices and tell them apart. Until then I would rather have had just one narrator and more of "he said", "she said".

But definitely a great book, and I'd recommend it to others who enjoy a good fantasy/sci-fi mix.

Update: Tried to reread this in 2018, but had to give up after ~60%. It was FAR too slow-moving and I just didn't care enough - so I downgraded the rating from 4 stars to 2. I think it was probably a mistake to give the audiobook a second chance and haven't yet ruled out the possibility that I may eventually try the physical book.

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Reading Progress

July 3, 2007 – Shelved
September 11, 2009 – Shelved as: owned-audiobook
October 8, 2009 – Shelved as: 2009
October 8, 2009 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 8, 2009 – Shelved as: sci-fi
Started Reading
October 9, 2009 – Finished Reading
March 16, 2018 – Started Reading
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: 2-stars
April 10, 2018 – Finished Reading

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