The reading of the story is good, but the story itself is kinda bland. Whereas the first book had a lot more battles and excitement, this is more about politics and back room deals than exciting battles. Even the assassination plot is so drawn out there's rarely any excitement.
If this review feels negative it is because I don't feel the need to point out all the amazing things about F. Herbert or the Dune series as you probably discovered that in the first book. While I enjoyed this book and am glad I listened to it, it was only about 1/2 as fun as its predecessor. I found myself tired of the constant speaking of prescience, lost in increasingly complex philosophy, and it felt like there was a metaphor or 5 in every paragraph. No Jessica, no Gurney, barely any Stilgar, mostly just Paul and Alia, with a few new but stiff characters. Again, it is an amazing series, but I felt like I had to listen to this one to get to the hopefully more exciting books.
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.