This book suffers from the power creep in the last one. Our hero is overpowered and we don't know how to have interesting adventures with him anymore... the only thing to do is sit around and pontificate, and wait for the plot to somehow get rid of Paul. The book mostly consists of talking, and talking about talking, and vague magic powers stuff. Pretty weak.
High hopes for the next one though.
This book continues where the first leaves off. It does a fine job keeping the story going but it's not as exciting as the first book.
This time the different narrators read whole chapters instead of sometimes (and sometimes not) reading a line or two which could be confusing at times. This is, in my opinion, a great improvement.
Recommended for fans of the first Dune book.
what happens when you achieve everything and are left with nothing this sequal to the popular book Dune follows Paul as he has ascended to a high power and struggles to avoid his tragically for told fate and his desire to run from it all all the while being hunted by all that seek to control or overthrow him. this book may not be an adventure as the first book was but this is a deep and contextual meaning within meaning play that reminds me of something Shakespeare would write. I love the way this sequal explores more of how Paul deals with a less battle hungry life and "settles down" although not in a manner we would think of settling down. this book deals heavily in political battles and internal war waged with an inner self not just for Paul but for all house Atreides.
I've always loved Dune. Frank Herbert is a genius. However, the voice actors used made it confusion at times and just a but distracting. Overall, still good. The story easily makes up for my opinion about the actors reading it.
Like others, I found this to be an incredibly dull read (and disappointing, after the first book). Aside from one short bout towards the end, there is almost no action in the entire book, leaving only politics, meetings and internal dialogue to make up the remainder of the story. The most frustrating part is that right when I thought the book was about to get interesting, it abruptly ended. I literally said, out loud, "Wait... That's it? Seriously?" I honestly feel like this whole story could have been an epilogue or prologue to another book. There just wasn't enough to justify its own book.
The performance continued in the vein of the previous book. There are some awkward narrator transitions that leave you somewhat confused as to who is talking. The actors themselves are great, but it's a little strange that characters are voiced by different actors throughout the book. I'd rather have the actor for each character be consistent throughout the book OR just stick with one voice actor for the entire book.
If you intend to continue the series, you probably need to read this to have a sense of what's going on in the next book... But don't expect a lot outside of long, somewhat boring conversations and internal dialogue.
I first read Dune nearly 30 years ago, and have read it over many times since then. What a great story, great book, great writing. Everything this sequel is not. Exhaustive description of nothing, little to no plot. Simply exhausting to finish.