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 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 * * * * *.
I loved the first Dune and by comparison this was quite slow. I'm
Hoping the third will be more exciting. As for the performance, I didn't love how the narration kept switching. One of the male narrators has a terribly obnoxious female falsetto that bothered me enough I almost couldn't listen to it.
So much plot expansion happens in this installment of the Dune series, and it's amazing. Truly a case of plans within plans, feints within feints.
I wish the narration had been kept in the same format as the first book because there were so many more characters and events in this sequel that the changes in voices for narration became a little muddy. Other than that, this was expertly read/performed.
I don't know.
How about a compelling story line.
The narrator was fine.
I was so board I couldn't finish the story.
Maybe a plot? Maybe some adventure? Not sure, but this held no interest for me.
Hard to follow characters when their voices change up.
Not really. It was pure torture listening to it. Hour after hour, I kept hoping it would get better, but never did.
Dune, to me, was only so-so. I assumed (incorrectly) that with the good reviews of this book, it was better. I was so wrong!