love the series. the voice actors changed the narration parts in this one. it threw me off. I liked the way the prequel dune books are voiced better. the story is fantastic and I love this universe!
The first book has great narration and captivating story. This book is good compared to others I've read but pails in comparison to its predecessor. At the end I felt Meh about the whole story and I'm ready to read something else.
My main problem is that the character voices are not consistent. There are at least 3 different people that do the voice of Paul. I prefer the one that sounds more youthful. The other sounded like a grouchy old man.
Overall the story was just okay. I do plan on finishing the series however.
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.
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.