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.
Love this series. I do have trouble with the timelines of the ages of the characters, especially Duncan and Stilgar. It seems inconsistent throughout the first 3 books. Not enough to put me off this classic saga.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
My impression of this book remains unchanged from my reading of the print version many years ago: It is just a necessary linking novel to the next volume.
Again the production is quite good, with several narrators taking the task of delivering certain sections. Simon Vance handles the bulk of the narration. And while I appreciate Vance’s obvious talents in sight reading, his limited range of characterizations sometimes causes the various characters to blend together.
The world imagined in the first one continues to evolve while the characters remain rooted. The story is a bit less grandiose than the first one, impressive nonetheless. The narration took a small hit. I was expecting more of a combined effort by the narrators instead it was disjointed. However the narration itself was really good.
This book is a must read if you enjoyed the first book. It is essentially a continuation of the first story which left you wanting more
As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.
I enjoyed the narration. My favorite narrators were featured in this audible reading, but the story did not captivate or make me feel like I want more. This book, to me, feels like Star Wars meets Game of Thrones, but not as enticing as Game of Thrones. I didn't feel a connection with any of the main characters. I wasn't drawn into this book. I really wanted to like it, but just didn't.
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.