I loved the first Dune book but the story in Messiah is so weak and confusing that it was impossible to follow. I felt no connection to any of the characters, most of whom moved like wooden puppets against their own will by some greater power.
Instead of focusing on character development and a gripping storyline like the first Dune book, the author has chosen a storyline overdosed on murky declarations on the power of precience.
The excellent narration could not overcome the dullness of the material.
There were too many readers for the story, and it disrupted the rhythm of the story. Once I got into the accent and voice inflections of one reader, it changed with another, and interfered with the story line.
Dune Messiah fumbled on its metaphorical ambitions. The jihad is mere side note in the story of Paul's awakening. The text, consisting of lengthy metaphorical dialogues fails to build up tension necessary to keep listeners interested in the original premise: the story of planet Dune and how Paul maintains its power to rule the planet. I wish the following book, Children of Dune will be more similar to the first one, with better balanced narrative on the struggle between Houses, control of the spice production and the fate of the planet Dune.
I am usually a big fan of series books, but not in this case. I will probably listen to one more, but if it is a slow as this one, I will give it up. Much less compelling than the original book, the story lumbered along, did not have the drive of the first. I did not think the characters matured or developed through the story, which seemed more like a boring history lecture than a continuation of a big adventure.
Put simply: not as riveting as the first book, but not bad either. It's a bridge book that continues the story of Paul Muad'dib and sets up the next book, "Children of Dune."
Frank Herbert must have been very unhappy when he wrote this. I felt throughout most of the book that the preceding monumental work, Dune, was ultimately pointless and the universe would've been better off if most of the characters had all killed themselves. That sounds harsh, but Herbert tries to create a scenario in which Paul Muad'dib is basically powerless to prevent his life from being swept up in a devastating jihad, despite the fact that he is the Emperor and messiah giving out the orders. Planets are sterilized, billions upon billions of people are killed--how can I feel any empathy for these characters, either Paul himself or the ones who just stood by and said nothing? There are even a few points in the book that feel like bad Star Trek episodes: ten thousand years of history and Paul has Stilgar studying Genghis Khan and Hitler as models of how to kill (further increasing my disgust for this plot). In fact, I think there was an episode like that.
I love the detailed universe and characters that were created in Dune, but this book ruins all of it. I've heard that Children of Dune is better, and I may still give that a try. As for the performance, on the whole it's good, but there are several times where the readers mispronounce words. I don't mean Dune-related terms; I mean English words. And that rankles me to no end, because it means no one in the production stepped up to correct these mistakes or none of them were smart enough to know they were mispronounced. Ergh.
There were lost of twists to this book, unlike the first one. I didn't know how it was going to end.
The last 45 minutes on listening just blew my mind!
Trying to be good buddhist at life and at work... searching for good buddhist and bussines books.
Good story, but first Dune is better but this one gets more mistical
Not much. Narrators changes based on some random pattern. Maybe if I had a text version I would understund the change
No, I wouldn't listen again. This is a typical sequal. A necessary step in the epic story, but not as exciting.
Paul going blind and still being able to "see."
This was still a great story, love the foundation of this epic world and look forward to continuing the saga.
Kind of a letdown after hearing the first book. Not nearly as well preformed as the first book on Audible. Narrators change just about every chapter each doing all the voices so that in chapter a character is done by one actor and by someone else in the next one. Weird and ill-conceived. Acting is hit or missl. More confusing is words are pronounced differently as well.