I had gotten the trilogy my freshmen year of high school and read it twice before loaning it out to my friends. They read it and passed it around to other friends, and eventually lost track of the book.
We still joke about reading hidden messages between the lines, 15 years later.
It was an experience, something that needs to be read twice or more to understand most of what's going on in it. I feel like it had prepared me (or desensitized me rather) to some of the more stranger things I would later read and become interested in.
It is firmly on my quick suggestion lists for younger people looking to make that jump into adult fiction. It's kind of like that one weird mind-screw anime you suggest to people who normally don't watch anime, it's completely out in leftfield and would leave an impression on a person, even if they didn't like it.
The story itself really isn't the main draw of this book, it is all the philosophy being talked about. What Leto's goals are, what the characters' views on government, religion, and social vices are. I thought that most of the best quotes from the entire series are from this book alone.
I had stopped reading the Dune series after this book, and felt it could've made a decent ending for the entire series.
Having listen to many novices voice act over the past several years, this reading was ranked average among them.
It took him a good 5-10min to get into the "groove" of reading, and the audio is of a lower quality at the beginning of each "start" of a new segment. This would've been avoided if he had spent a few min prior to recording doing a practice read. Sometimes I could've sworn that a new guy would come in sometimes....
and I think at one time I could hear someone murmuring in the other room?
I was surprised about how well read this book was, I wasn't expecting much out of it, considering the price tag was so cheap. Having picked up the other books in the series for 4-5$ a pop, this one had been the best performance out of the whole lot.
After getting through most of the second book, read by somebody else that frequently started off bad and had to work his way up to "eh, it's ok." 5min after they started reading a new segment.... THIS reading of "A Princess of Mars" was by far better.
I would suggest picking up this version of the book. It is the right price if you are just wanting to get introduced to the series.
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