The first actual audiobook I got through was Dune. I really only have two observations. The first is that the beginning does a pretty good job of weaving the background information in at a steady pace, preventing the reader from getting overwhelmed. The other could be a very minor spoiler if there’s anybody else who hasn’t read it.

One of the things I observed early on was the heavy use of foreshadowing and outright statements of intent. Only the exact shape of events was left for the events themselves. This steady stream of reader foreknowledge runs out at almost exactly the place where the protagonist runs out of his own prescient awareness, an artful weaving of the fictive world and the reader’s experience of it.

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