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Dune by Frank Herbert Book Summary

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Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for....

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. 

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

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Book Name Dune
Genre Classics
Language English
E-Book Size 4.15 MB

Dune (Frank Herbert) Book Reviews 2023

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Umm. Wow. Just... wow.

Great book. Second reading. Richer content.

Read Dune in ‘65/66,then all series. No movie can touch my imagination. vbree49

Now my favorite book of all time. I love this book! I was curious because of the trailer and now it’s one of my favorite books!

Dune. Fantastic book, I have read it repeatedly and it never gets old. One of my favorite novels of any type.

Prescient. So I finally read DUNE. Not sure what took me so long as I have always loved sci-fi. But the detail & force of the Villeneuve film compelled me. I was not to be disappointed. Quite the opposite. It was extremely entertaining but what I appreciated most was the breadth, research & depth of thought behind the writing. And how ironic is the subject of prescience & the ability to foresee through time. It’s as if Herbert was looking straight into our current moment.

Amazing Sci-Fi. The flagship novel for sci-fi readers all around the world that is strikingly foreshadowing our own future on its current path. A must read for sci-fi/ fantasy fans alike. Lets hope the films live up to the hype. One thing I’d like to see is the ability to change the book cover back to the one from the set so that my collection looks complete but that’s a personal complaint *cough* Apple *cough*

Dune Is Good. I watched the movie but didn’t read the book yet (this book) but I might as well sometime and I’m also excited for Dune 2.

A book I won’t soon forget. The book at first is admittedly— a little slow. But one would be insane to expect anything else in a book that is 700 pages. The story is incredible, the world building is magnificent, and the universe is wonderful. I am glad that I read it. (Also ignore the guy who accused the book of “anti blackness”. One would have to be psychotic to see anti blackness.) Also, why are people suddenly giving it 1 star just because they changed the cover? Geez get over it, the words inside are still the same. They just changed the way the cover looked. Imagine dragging down the ratings of a good book just because you don’t like the new cover. The book is great.

A must-read for any sci-fi lover. Boasting both deep political conflict as well as amazing world-building, Dune will leave you on edge with every battle that ensues and keep you hooked on its unraveling story of a young messiah and his struggle with his terrible purpose.

A decent classic. I read this because it’s a classic and can see why but somehow I was let down. I like sci fi and fantasy and could see why it must have been considered great for it’s time. I found it to have too much jargon and not enough character development. When people died I didn’t feel invested in the characters. The world itself is fascinating and the general story but lacks for me.

Beautiful. This is an amazing book, I just couldn’t get enough. Frank Herbert’s writing puts it over the top.

Meh.... Kind of boring...couldn’t wait to finish it

AMAZING STORY I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I read this book after watching the 2021 movie that came out and WOW does it live up to the hype. My only critique would be that I wanted to see more of the love story between Paul and Chani but I understand this is a book following a story of politics and religion, not a love story.

Must Read. For those in love with the idea of adventure beyond, the world building is phenomenal, the characters engaging, and the narrative gripping. While it is in fact a “book” book (to quote a friend who was daunted by the length), I felt like I finished reading it in hours. Highly recommend to anyone fascinated with space chronicles. Warning: contains many large words ❤️😂

Awesome. Fantastic! The lovely story it is!

Timeless Classic. Greatest of the great Sci-Fi books. It was written in 1965, not 1975!

A grand step into a brilliant universe. Dune is one of the most applauded and highly recommended books in the entire sci-fi genre. And it’s been that way for over 50 years. So why is it that even in 2022 when all of modern sci-fi and it’s predecessors have have taken inspiration from and tried to improve upon the standards set by Herbert, Dune still manages to stay not just relevant, but almost fresh? It’s because despite inspiring the likes of Bradbury and George Lucas, Dune is so vastly original, that only someone as Tolkienesc as Herbert would be able to write something to match Dune. Having read this as a 18-19 year old (it took a while to finish, I’m a slow reader) it has taught me so much about what I need to learn to better myself as a writer, which isn’t bad. I’m currently on the third dune book, and I am absolutely enthralled with the overarching lore, and am excited to read the next 3 books. Do yourself a favor. Read Dune.

Amazing and Introspective. Frank Herbert’s “Dune” is a classic of modern sci-fi, and an inspiration for the likes of Star Wars and Game of Thrones. It is a masterpiece of brilliant storylines, fully developed characters, masterful writing and meaningful themes. Highly recommend.

Intense dialogue and world building. Great story that heavily focuses on the politics concerning a desert planet that contains no water but does contain a spice that everyone in the universe wants to get their hands on. Heavy dialogue and a lot of mind games through conversation. Amazing world building. Make sure you use the appendix for words you don’t know that are created for the story (Herbert loved to make his own creations that only exist in dune), although most unknown words and concepts are eventually explained through dialogue throughout the story.

Absolutely required reading!. An astounding epic beginning to an epic series. I would recommend it to anyone, whether or not they are a science fiction fan!

A must read. I didn’t know what’s to expect with Dune so all I can say is this: I could not put it down.

Great. Made seeing the original movie come back to life Can’t wait for the new movie now 2021 Sept.

Dense. Great read. Intriguing.

Classic. Never judge a book by its cover. Great book.

Awesome. So I was curious about the dune series and figured I’d start reading the dune series, wow frank herbert thanks for the awesome book I loved it and just bought the second book to see what happens next thank

Amazing. Crushed this book. Couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for the movie to ruin it.

Dune review. A groundbreaking novel I wish I knew about years ago, but thanks to the new movie I finally read the book. It is an absolute classic filled with war and politics with sci fi. It has an amazing and memorable set of characters and the only take away is that the dialogue drags on sometimes and really that was the only bug I had, all in all it was great! 4/5

A tale as sweeping as the sands of the place for which this book is named…. Many people complain that this book is too “dense” or too “smart” for the average reader and I tell you thusly, this is not the case. Frank Herbert weaves a tale of political intrigue within intrigue and not once does one feel lost in the world he created. There are many terms in it that may be confusing but there is a provided glossary if further clarification is needed (the Internet is available to you as well). There is not much detailed description of the action and battles that takes place in the story but character dialogue descriptions of them leave it up to the reader’s imagination of how it unfolded. The romance between Paul and Chani could have been described better, since this is also a young boy becoming a man/coming-of-age tale. Overall, this book is an excellent jumping off point for those just getting into sci-if and will be a stable to those already in love with the genre. If you liked Game of Thrones and Star Wars you will love the word of Dune (and both took inspiration from Frank Herbert’s work).

Incredible. Just read it.

A masterpiece of writing. Dune is truly a work of art

Cover Changed. Return to the proper cover please.

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Fantastic Sci Fi Novel. I decided to pick this up after watching the movie since I loved the sci fi elements of the film. Overall, this is a great story that blends science fiction, politics, and religious themes. The lore is by far the most interesting aspect of this book - the deep world building and Herbert’s great writing really help set the stage for this epic pretty well. I thought the ending was a bit rushed, and the novel ends rather abruptly, but this was still a great read.

Truly a masterpiece. An all time favorite of mine. Frank Herbert was a legend in himself..

A North Star for any fan of science fiction. A beautiful gift of a story within a story. Literary story telling.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I enjoyed Dune from beginning to end.

Watched the movie then read this book. Bravo.. What an unbelievable capacity to visualize such a universe in the author’s time. I watched the movie before I read the book from a friend’s suggestion. It might take a sequel to cover everything in this book. Frank Herbert inspires me to dream beyond the limits of our society. I was allowed a peak into a distant, possible future in which humanity could have evolved to be the beings that Herbert dreamed. As much as there is a sense of fiction, it felt within reach.

One Star for Book One. This book... was. I’m not even sure what to do with this book. There are three “books” within this tome. They all seem to be three completely different stories, with totally different feels to them, with an unclear time difference between the second and third. The first book is really good. The characters are likeable. The intrigue found within the world built there is great. Unfortunately, from the beginning of book two, the story goes quickly downhill and become a hot mess.

Solid read. Starts of strong but goes from sci-fi to fantasy and ends weaker than where it began.

Simply brilliant.. Simply brilliant.

Great Story - anti-Blackness present, however. A very excellently dealt story. I’ve definitely learned a lot after reading this book and I know that it will remain with me forever. But, I simply cannot discard the anti-Blackness present in this book. It’s sort of shameful to run into every now and then.

As good as they said.. Or better

The Original World Builder. “Dune” was unleashed on the world the same year I was. Though it took me 11 years to find it, when I did I was changed forever. Stories like “Tarzan” and “John Carter of Mars” or even “I, Robot”, “Lucifer’s Hammer”, and—dare I say it—“2001: A Space Odessa” became small. Frank Herbert had a message for humanity decades before we became concerned about peak oil, nuclear winter, or global warming. In “Dune,” he’s telling us that we’re part of our planet, and it’s part of us. And in the narrative, he’s optimistic humanity can be so much bigger than we are. It’s easy to forget, too, this book was written under the dark veil of the Cold War, with not-so-thinly veiled references to the Soviet Union, United States, and United Nations. No wonder this book had such a huge influence on the teenager I was, once reading it while participating in bomb drills under my desk. I’ve read it more times than I can remember, and I find something new every time. Thankfully, Denis Villenuv has introduced a new generation to the story. I watched the movie, and saw Arrakis through a different, wider angle lens. If the cover works and introduces a new generation to the masterpiece series Frank Herbert wrote, I welcome it. Now, please excuse me, I must get back to Geidi Prime, Pieter de Vries, and Baron Harkonnen as they plan their vile plot….

Complaint about the digital edition. Disclaimer: I’m still reading and enjoying the book, and the rating indicates my views on the digital edition. Please bring back the original book cover and not this commercial movie poster!

So far from home, but so close.. Affinity for the words of a sci-fi sculptor, I have not. Yet, my attention was wrapped around every paragraph Herbert formed, only to be redirected to the next. It is now am I able to see how so many works to follow—from younger pens—were chiseled while casting an eye back to this original. I’ll be back, Frank.

Stella Read. This might be the best book I have ever read, the world building and characterization is so tight. Every logistical question seems to have been thought of and answered. I highly recommend!

Stop crying about the cover. Rate the story, not the cover. This is DUNE. Nuff said. But to those people giving the story a 1 star over the movie cover, stop whining. You’re actually an embarrassment.

Amazing!. Just completely amazing!

No anti-blackness. The review about anti-blackness is incorrect. The only time skin color is mentioned, it’s stated to be olive. For everyone. It follows the theory that all ethnicities about 10,000 years into the future (when Dune takes place) will merge to be an olive skin with the dominant traits of other ethnicities.

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Duuune!. Such a captivating story & quirky universe addicted to spice. Seeing the movie before the book definitely helped me visualize and grasp info quicker!

Prophetic, Wise, Guileful, Staggering!. Dune is not just a book or a story, it’s a Movement! The comparisons of Spice to modern day petroleum and the Fremen to Arabic people is obvious. But this is not a story where a “Western hero saves humanity (again)”. It’s a story of collaboration, loss, politics and waywardness. It has to be read and reread to savour and appreciate the timelessness of the tale. Power corrupts and Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely.

An epic masterpiece!. I just finished this book for the third time since first reading it and the following five books over 35 years ago. It gets better every time I read it. I just finished reading the Foundation septology by Isaac Asimov, followed by the Space Odyssey quadrology by Arthur C. Clarke. I still find this book to be superior to any of those other giants of this genre. I can’t recommend Dune highly enough.

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