Frank Herbert gave us gold in a sci-fi / fantasy series. Through the lens of a brutal and harsh culture, he reveals heights and depths of the human condition. In Dune Messiah he continues to strike answering chords in me, reverberating ever deeper, planting seeds of contemplation which will put down long roots...food for thought for a very long time.
Big fan of all things Dune. This does not make the grade. Scott Brick is the best but the other three narrators are horrible. Whose idea was it to have fourm narrators reading the same characters in alternating segments? Very unsettling and diluting. Thoroughly disappointing
An enjoyable follow-up to Dune, to be sure, but not much actually *happens*. There is a lot of prophesying and introspection and philosophy going around, and not so much a narrative plot. I enjoyed all of it, but in many ways it was VASTLY different from its predecessor. Still, at the end of it, I want to continue on in the series, so in that respect it is a successful sequel.
The main narator's voice is annoying when he impersonates a female character. Especially when they're in an emotional state.
The reading of the story is good, but the story itself is kinda bland. Whereas the first book had a lot more battles and excitement, this is more about politics and back room deals than exciting battles. Even the assassination plot is so drawn out there's rarely any excitement.
If this review feels negative it is because I don't feel the need to point out all the amazing things about F. Herbert or the Dune series as you probably discovered that in the first book. While I enjoyed this book and am glad I listened to it, it was only about 1/2 as fun as its predecessor. I found myself tired of the constant speaking of prescience, lost in increasingly complex philosophy, and it felt like there was a metaphor or 5 in every paragraph. No Jessica, no Gurney, barely any Stilgar, mostly just Paul and Alia, with a few new but stiff characters. Again, it is an amazing series, but I felt like I had to listen to this one to get to the hopefully more exciting books.