I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
I had not read Starship Troopers in many years. Many of Heinlein's books have not aged very well, but this has aged quite well. This book has quite a lot of moral philosophy and social commentary, and a bit of humor, science fiction and action adventure. The main character is well developed, and the events interesting and fun. I enjoyed this listen quite a bit. This has little in common with the very bad movie.
Some might argue this is novel is dated. Perhaps in some ways it is, but if only as one of the first great post-apocalyptic fiction novels it is worth a listen. Yet it is more than that. This novel has a subtle greatness. It is one of the relatively few novels that continues to affect me days, weeks, months and even years later. I first listened to Earth Abides years ago right after finishing Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party which impressed me as being both detailed and touching. Earth Abides is also well written and humanistic and was also much better, a Sci Fi classic. Beyond that, Earth Abides transcends its genre approaching true greatness. This is not to say the novel has no faults, I see the faults, yet I can’t bring myself to point them out. I highly recommend Earth Abides. The narration is excellent adding to the experience.
If your only experience with Dune was the horrific movie, read on.
The mini-series was much better, but does not hold a candle to the original novel.
If you read and loved the original, you may be surprised how much you will enjoy this audible version.
Dune is more than great Sci-Fi, it is great fiction. I recently re-saw the mini-series and immediately wanted to experience the unabridged original again. The book was even better than I had remembered. The prose, the characters, and the story are all superior.
I was surprised there were quite a few subtle nuances in the story that I had not picked up on in my pervious several readings. I enjoyed this immensely as this is rare in all but the best of fiction.
Unfortunately the rest of this series does not live up to this powerful beginning, but not to worry, Dune stands alone. I strongly recommend this book even if you really disliked the movie. There are images and characters in this novel that have affected me strongly since my childhood and influenced me as a person. There are few works of fiction that I both enjoyed and appreciated as much as Dune.
I generally don’t like music or sound effects in an audio book, but here the sound-effect are light and don’t distract from the story. The narration, although not perfect, is quite good. This audio edition does the work justice.