The author keeps the twists and turns coming. The character development of the children is fantastic. The twins are so interesting in their own right, yet the continuing of Paul's situation. The plotting of the different clans to keep themselves above the fray and in the for front of importance shows how low they will stoop to do so. The twin's countering of every move ahead of the moves keep you wondering why the clans even try. They have know clue.
The narration is a marvel. The range of characters that have to be done you forget that men are handling the reins of this trip.
Herbert continues to paint a wonderful read visual of the different worlds so well you can see them on your minds eye with all the glory and marvel he has painted.
Ghanima is my favorite character. Many will say that there are more detailed and deeper characters in the story, which is very true but the innocence and playfulness of the little female twin is capturing. You think she is in the background most of the time only to realize she is very much a strong part of the plot. You get the felling of a little elf. One little child that if angered will turn into a protective lioness especially when it come to Leto. When she at the end is triggered which I won't explain so not to ruin your journey you get the full feeling of what she is capable of. There is so much strong passion in such a little being.
I think that the portrayal of ALia captures the complexity of this women and her total insecurities and confusions.
The world of Arrakis may change but the story continues with strength and wonderment.
Reading and listening to this book is two different worlds. To the hard core Tolkienites listening is a sin. I was of that belief because the writing of Tolkien allows your mind to see all, feel all, and know all. If your read this when you were young and like it you obviously read it over and over.
This wasn't me first listen of a book. I had gotten some Books on Audio from the library. I got a copy of Delores Goodman's "A Team of Rivals", her historical account of the Lincoln Presidential period and I was hooked.
There is no reason you can not read and listen to a novel you like. As I said when you read your mind sees the piece in its own way. When you listen to an audio book you are treated to a production if the Narrator is any good, and Rob Inglis is on of the best in my mine. His interpretation was nothing short of genius
Having a theater background myself, I know the work you need to put in to develop a character. Now think of all the work that a narrator must need to do to put on a performance of this magnitude for a world of characters involved in the writings of Tolkien in the Under World Series.
Getting back to the original question it is comparing apples and oranges.
The only one that comes to mind is Dune by Frank Herbert but as much as I like his writings there is only one Tolkien. The Dune series has much of the same details of character and world description.
Clarity, reflection, meter, timing, inflection, where do I stop. He takes you on the rollercoaster ride of the Tolkien World and you don't want to get off. I could not find one of his character interpretations that bothered me.
In actuality I started with the Hobbit and didn't stop until the end of the Trilogy. I was doing 10 - 12 hours sessions without stop only to eat and sleep. Luckily, only in this way, I am disabled, so I have time to do things like this. I was mesmerized.
Please you hard core Tolkienites give yourself a chance to enjoy this world in another way, you won't be disappointed.
I started reading this series when I moved to New Jersey. I transfer to NY operation of my company. I lived in Hoboken. The Hoboken station had cement ornate columns. Part of the ornate setting was Scrolled H's every where. As I read the book more and more I believed every day I was coming home to the House of the Harkonens. Now I can not read very well and the world of Audiobooks have saved my life.
To hear the Narrator's interpretation of this Herbert classic takes me all the way back. This has got to be one of the best Science Fiction Series put to pen. The detail of character, the detail of the planets, the detail of the areas referenced in the passages, I could go on and on. You are taken into the world created. I hesitate to make reference to information so not to ruin this experience for some else.
If you are into Sci-Fi this is a series you well might want to consider.
This first book start the web see if you can stop listening once you start, I couldn't.
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