Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men.
But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?
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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.
Not gonna spoil this book for you. It's good, worth reading, but it slightly betrays the characters you love from book 1. It gets a little convoluted, a little less believable, and falls short of a meaningful conclusion for so much of what I've loved over hundreds of pages.
Again, the voice performance is strong until the male narrator does female voices. Especially for Alia.
Read it, then move on to Children of Dune.
I am "The Mother of Change". I am an avid reader of the classics, poetry and young adult novels. I am also a writer of sci-fi / fantasy ....
I read all of Frank Herbert's books what seems like eons ago and am going through the on audio just now. This was exceptionally rendered on audio.
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.
"Enjoyable but a bit of a commitment"
I've always enjoyed the concept of the Dune books, and love the slow pace and build up to an almighlt climax. This was no expectation and i could not stop listening towards the end (in fact I had to replay the last 20 minutes to make sure I had taken it all in).
Due to the books philosophical and religious content this can sometimes feel a little heavy going, but ultimately very enjoyable.
"Got me in the end"
I'd listened to Dune about two years ago, so it took a while for me to re-learn all the characters in this book, but once I had done I got really back into it. No other sci-fi author really uses politics like Herbert, and I always loved the way we get to hear the thoughts of the characters as they say one thing and think another. Great ending too.
"Fantastic Production of a disappointing story"
I've always felt that Messiah is a bit of a let down in the Dune series. It seems to try to be the last chapter of Dune, while setting the scene for Children of Dune. However this means that by itself, it is not a very good story. It kind of meanders around the various characters from Dune filling up some back stories and looking into their new motives and goals. However after coming straight off of Dune, it seems to take away a lot of the awe from the story and I can't help but feel it somehow cheapens the first book. Anyway, on to Children of Dune!
The production, like Dune, is fantastic. Clear, well read dialogue with a healthy balance of actors, voices and narration. If only all audio books were this good.
"Another great read"
I have all the books in this series and have had them for many years, if your in to sci-fi then you can't go wrong.
I must have read this book 10 or more times over the years and never get board of it.
"The Fall of the Empire?"
This sequel to the epic Dune was in some ways a disappointment. Having embraced our hero, it was sad to see him turn out less wonderful than we were expecting from the first novel in the series. Also, although there are multiple voices at times (as before) it is mostly read by just one actor. This is a shame but understandable from a cost point of view.
Nevertheless, these quibbles aside, 'Dune Messiah' makes a worthy sequel to the original 'Dune'. It is perhaps unfair to expect perfection on perfection. If you have enjoyed 'Dune' then you should certainly go for this too: it is miles better than most of the rubbish sold today as SciFi.
"Good... but not as good as I hoped"
After listening to Dune I decided to give the sequel a run for its money. I almost gave up at the start, but stuck with it. Eventually I got to the end and it was "OK". This is often the case with sequels and I now wish I had an abridged version!
"The best audio for a classic series"
The Dune Chronicles is a series I have read over and over for the past 20 years, this audio sequence is shaping up to be a great new way to explore these books for me. This book continues Herbert's exploration of themes of love, power, meaning and being all wrapped in a beautifully realised future that has real depth and subtlety. The only flaw I found in this versus the previous book was the secondary narrator. Unfortunately, I found the voice jarring by comparison with Scott Vance and dropped it to 4 stars rather than 5. That said, it hasn't stopped me from downloading the others.
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