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.
This was a entertainer exciting book quite as detailed as some of the other Darren entries either by Frank or Brian Herbert but it was still very entertaining and part of the series
The characters have a strong fatalist attitude that their religion will lead them to do terrible things and destruction. The characters do almost nothing about it. It is pathetic how much the characters say that they can't change the path that they are on. What is worse is that I don't think the author noticed that his characters were pathetic in their playing the victim of circumstance.
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.