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    Take a journey through the vast desert planet of Arrakis with our Dune book review. Learn about Frank Herbert's legendary novel and its significance for modern sci-fi fans.

    The Dune series of books by Frank Herbert has long been hailed as one of the most influential and legendary works of science fiction and fantasy. Spanning five main novels and a host of sequels, Herbert’s visionary world-building has captivated readers for generations and continues to inspire them today.

    From his complex characters to his intricate plotlines, Herbert crafted an entire universe that lives on in the hearts and minds of readers and creators alike.

    Join us as we review this classic work of science fiction literature, explore its origins with its author, and celebrate the enduring legacy it has left behind.

    What is Dune about?

    Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, first published in 1965. It is widely considered one of the greatest sci-fi novels of all time, winning the Nebula Award in 1966 and inspiring several sequels, books by Brian Herbert, Denis Villeneuve’s movie adaptation, and even The Lord Of The Rings series.

    The story takes place in the far future on the desert planet Arrakis—also known as Dune—and centers around House Atreides and its patriarch Duke Leto, his concubine Lady Jessica, their son Paul Atreides (later known as Muad’dib), and their enemies at House Harkonnen led by the ruthless Baron Vladimir Harkonnen.

    The main plot focuses on HouseAtreides struggle against House Harkonnen for control of Arrakis and its valuable natural resource: the spice melange, which gives its users extended life spans, heightened mental abilities, immunity to age-related physical ailments, and other mysterious powers.

    Both Houses rely on powerful allies like the mysterious Bene Gesserit sisterhood and Fremen warriors to gain control of this precious spice. In addition to this power struggle between Houses Atreides and Harkonnen is a range of themes that explore ecology, religion, politics, and familial relationships, among other things.

    Paul Atreides is an important character as he discovers he has extraordinary powers granted to him through his family heritage. He eventually becomes known as Muad’dib or “The One Who Points The Way” after fulfilling a prophecy made by the Bene Gesserit sisterhood thousands of years before his birth.

    Paul develops skills such as mentats (mental acuity) due to advanced training by his mother, Jessica, who uses her skills from years serving the Bene Gesserit sisterhood. This enables him to lead successful military campaigns against his enemies despite being untested in combat beforehand.

    His connection with the “freaks” from Dune also helps him gain insight into their cultures and ways of life, which ultimately leads him to become their leader and establish himself as God Emperor Of Dune.

    Frank Herbert’s original novel was followed up by many more, including prequels co-written by Brian Herbert (his son) and Kevin J. Anderson. Here’s the complete list of the Dune series in order:

    • Dune Messiah (1969)
    • Children of Dune (1976)
    • God Emperor of Dune (1981)
    • Heretics of Dune (1984)
    • Chapterhouse: Dune (1985)
    • House Atreides (1999)
    • House Harkonnen (2000)
    • House Corrino (2001)
    • The Butlerian Jihad (2002)
    • The Machine Crusade (2003)
    • The Battle of Corrin (2004)
    • Hunters of Dune (2006)
    • Sandworms of Dune (2007)
    • Paul of Dune (2008)
    • The Winds of Dune (2009)
    • Sisterhood of Dune (2011)
    • Mentats of Dune (2014)
    • Navigators of Dune (2016)
    • The Duke of Caladan (2020)
    • The Lady of Caladan (2021)
    • The Heir of Caladan (2022)

    These sequels continue the themes of the original Dune while fleshing out more details about Caladan – Duke Leto’s home world. They also explore political machinations among characters such as The Baron Harkonnen, his nephew Feyd-Rautha, Kwisatz Haderach (male Reverend Mother), the Navigators, members of the Atreides family, the Sardaukars, the Padishah Emperor, and the Fremen people.

    Not only have there been various hardcover editions released but also audiobooks narrated by experienced voice actors like Scott Brick which have gained great reviews on Amazon for giving an immersive experience. The series won the Hugo Award in 1977, adding another feather to its already impressive hat.

    The Dune universe has had a huge cultural impact, too, with adaptations found across different mediums, such as anime series, video games, and comic books. Apart from Star Wars, it can be argued that no other sci-fifranchise has managed to capture people’s imagination quite like this one.

    Frank Herbert’s biography

    Frank Herbert (1920-1986) was an American novelist long hailed as one of the most influential and legendary authors of science fiction and fantasy.

    Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and moved to California at age two. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended college before becoming an editor at several newspapers and magazines. After publishing his first novel, Dragon in the Sea, in 1956, he began writing full-time and went on to write more than 20 books before his death at age 65.

    Frank won numerous awards including the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel.

    Movie adaptations

    The 1984 movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune novel, directed by David Lynch, has become a cult classic. Despite its highly complex plot and lack of clarity in some areas, the film was surprisingly faithful to the source material and captured much of the essence of Herbert’s work.

    The movie starred Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides and Max von Sydow as Duke Leto Atreides, two central characters in Herbert’s universe. Brad Dourif and Linda Hunt also featured prominently in the film. Lynch brought his unique cinematic vision to this adaptation; he used dreamlike sequences and non-linear storytelling techniques to convey a sense of mystery and suspense throughout the film.

    The Denis Villeneuve 2020 remake of Dune has been met with acclaim from both fans and critics alike. Visually stunning and full of gripping action sequences set against an intricate backdrop, this version is seen by many as more accessible than Lynch’s version while still retaining much of what made Herbert’s work so beloved.

    Timothée Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides alongside Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, and Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho. Others include Zendaya as Chani and Javier Bardem as Stilgar—all playing key roles in this epic saga. Villeneuve brings his distinctive style to this new adaptation, which allows viewers to become immersed in the world Herbert created over 50 years ago.

    Get the Dune audiobook on Speechify

    Speechify is the perfect audiobook service for any reader looking to enjoy Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune and its sequels. With 60,000+ audiobooks, you’ll always find something exciting.

    Speechify has been designed to make reading easier and more enjoyable than ever before. All titles are narrated by professional voice actors who bring each book to life in a way that cannot be experienced through text alone.

    With the easy-to-use platform, you can listen to your favorite books without investing in expensive audio equipment. You can bookmark your place in the book for reference later on or set a sleep timer to turn off the app after a specified amount of time. In addition, you can easily customize your listening experience with adjustable playback speeds and audio cues that help you stay on track with your reading.

    Whether you’re looking for old fiction classics like Dune, Gothic fiction, or Best Books Ever Listings, you’ll be able to find something enjoyable.

    Try Speechify today and take your love for audiobooks to a whole new level.

    Cliff Weitzman

    Cliff Weitzman

    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.

    Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify

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