The first installlment of Frank Herbert's Dune Saga (the original saga) is, as has been duly noted by previous reviewers, a sci-fi classic. Dune Messiah, being a sequel, lacks the introductory appeal of the first one, however rendering a more profound view of the universe created by the author throughout the whole series. It is not as action driven as the first but it is intellectually provocative as well as theologically and philosohpically moving. Having said that, I must stress that the narration is terrible. Honestly, this is not a kids' story, there was no need to disturb the essence of the characters inflicting them with ludicrous accents and mannerisms, to the point where it even tends to picture the story as if it was taking place somewhere in the Middle East when it actually takes place a few millenia away from this time and space.
I would not recommend this book...it just isn't the quality of the first book in the series. While not awful, it just doesn't live up to the fantastic quality of the first book. It's a disappointment because of contrast--Dune is a masterpiece...this is a so-so follow-up that might be considered decent if it wasn't trying to live up to the first book.
I should add a note about the performance. The narrators were great. While I was disappointed with the story, the narrators did a great job. I'm a big fan of both Katherine Kellgren and Simon Vance in particular...I will listen to a book just because one of them did the narration.
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I actually prefer the prequels to this book.
Compared to Dune, I found this book to be tedious. To me, the first book was an exciting story which also had a deeper meaning and message. This gave the plot developments a sense of importance. With this book, it feels like there was very little plot and the whole book was about the deep stuff and the relationships. I wanted to like it, but frankly I had trouble listening to the whole thing. This book actually kept me from listening to any more books in the series.
I read Dune Messiah when I was in college. Rather, I felt compelled to read it after reading Dune, which was absolutely spellbinding. My first read of Messiah did not go as well as I hoped. I was distracted by the incessant inner dialogues from characters who struggled with preasent visions, dual meaning, stratagem, and mystery. After listening to this audiobook, I rediscovered a fascinating story that I will listen to and read over and over again. Now on to the rest of the trilogy. I can't wait to continue my rediscovery of this fascinating trilogy.
I spent the entire book thinking I was just going to hate this, but finally in just the last 30 minutes, it net every expectation that I didn't know I was holding against the book.
This was a entertainer exciting book quite as detailed as some of the other Darren entries either by Frank or Brian Herbert but it was still very entertaining and part of the series
The characters have a strong fatalist attitude that their religion will lead them to do terrible things and destruction. The characters do almost nothing about it. It is pathetic how much the characters say that they can't change the path that they are on. What is worse is that I don't think the author noticed that his characters were pathetic in their playing the victim of circumstance.
I had read the first Dune book many years ago, before recently hearing the audio book, and loved it.
I wondered if I would have the same enjoyment with the sequel I had never read, and was happy to find I did.
Amazing book and I'm ready for the next in the series!
Ok- everyone knows it's good, so the multiple narrators reading same characters detracts. I thought they'd go with ensemble cast ie Euan Morton as the only Paul (Muad Dib) etc. clean that up & it's 5 * * * * *.