Review: Dune by Frank Herbert

Cover for Dune by Frank Herbert

Title: Dune

Author: Frank Herbert

Series: Dune #1

Pages: 890

3 stars out of 5
3 stars – I liked it

I attempted to listen to this book two years ago but quickly found myself lost because of how dense this book is. There is a lot of information at the beginning and it was hard for me to remember everything. After watching the new movie, I realized I wanted to give this book another chance because I really enjoyed the story.  Luckily, the physical version was much easier to keep up with. 

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The Fremen had a unique and fascinating culture that I enjoyed learning about. They have learned to adapt on this desert planet with giant sandworms and it was all captivating and very rich. Also, very violent and morbid at times, but still interesting. 

Paul’s story was interesting. I don’t usually read books with the chosen one trope, but this one was very good. I can see why so many people recommend this book. While I enjoyed the book overall, I did find the pacing slow at times, which is one of the reasons it took me so long to read this book. Also it’s massive. I enjoyed part one and three of this book the most, part two is where I struggled because I wasn’t as interested in the Harkennen pov’s. 

Overall, I enjoyed this unique world and Paul’s story. It was more emotional than I was expecting but it kept me glued to the story. I don’t  know if I will read the other books, but I am seriously considering it because while a bit dense at times, Frank Herbert knows how to write a very interesting story. 

Trigger Warnings: death, violence, death of children


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4 thoughts on “Review: Dune by Frank Herbert

  1. Another classic that I have never read, but then I didn’t start liking “sci-fi” until two years ago. I’m not really sure though if I like hard-core sci-fi though so I’m still going to hold off on this one.

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  2. Great review! Glad to hear you ended up enjoying this one despite how dense it is. The denseness of it is what intimidates me and I still haven’t worked up the courage to read it lol I’m kinda tempted to do the audiobook though I can imagine all the info would be a little overwhelming at first… Maybe I’ll start by watching the movie 😂

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    1. I suggest watching the movie and then see if you are interested. I hadn’t planned on trying again after the audiobook failed but the movie prompted me to give it a second chance. I am glad I did too. Also the movie helped a bunch with pronunciation of some of the names.

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