I absolutely loved book one on Audible. All of the actors and sounds really took this book to a new level. Unfortunately I can't say the same about "Dune Messiah" the story itself was lack luster in comparison to book 1 and the reading approach was not to my liking. As others have reviewed. The acting approach all went out the window. Instead they had different narrators take turns on different chapters. I know I would have enjoyed this book more if 1 narrator was reading. But because it was different ones it really took me out of the story and I was frankly tired when i finished. Frankly this is first time I have been so disappointed in an audio recording. Id give 3 stars because I felt all the narrators did a good job, but I'll give 2 stars for overall story and this disjointed narration style.
Basically, I am giving Dune Messiah three stars because the book itself was not that good. Which is sad because Dune is fantastic and the audio production of Dune Messiah is amazing.
This book is just not compelling in and of itself.
This first book in the Dune series was fantastic and I would recommend it to and anybody. Unfortunately I can only recommend the Messiah to hard core fans or fans of hard science fiction. In Messiah the action is turn down a notch or two, and the book becomes quickly weighted down by the mythology and science surrounding Paul and the Dune universes. It required a little more pushing to get through the Messiah, but the ending was good enough for me to enjoy the book overall and consider the third book in the series.
Scott Brick has a minimal part in narrating the book which is a bummer for me because he is one of my favorites. The story is good, but it not near as good and wide reaching as the original book. Probably worth a credit, but I'd go with the Prequil books before this (Butlarian Jihad, Machine Crusade, etc...).
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
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I'm glad I listened because I loved Dune and wanted more but it isn't DUNE so don't expect it to be
The narration is good but I found myself tired by the plot and except for the Guerney Halleck (sp?) angle, the book held little excitement. Stick with the first Dune book and forget the sequel.
If you like Dune, this is a must listen as it really closes out the story of Paul. However, this was so laiden down with Islamic undertones (which religion I do not have a problem with) that I felt at times I was listening to a missionary piece. I didn't want to be preached to.
This book picks up right where Dune lets off. I did find this book a bit lack luser as compared to the first. I still rated it a 5 but it defaintly seems a bit incomplete as compared to other books from Frank Herbert.
The first Dune book as thrilling..this one completely failed to keep my interest from about chapter 2...Its not bad per se, he just started introducing too much universe. Face Dancers?? oh please...It was only meant to be one book, but you had to jump the shark. Its a pity as I really did want the story to continue. I should have cut out after the end of Dune and been untainted by the sellout. Narrator is unremarkable (thats not a bad thing)
Was familar with the story line of Dune Messiah and getting the audio download brought it to life. Dune always leaves you wanting more ! I enjoyed how Dune Messiah was narrated, was so into the story it was an easy listen from start to finish..