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.
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.
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I actually prefer the prequels to this book.
Compared to Dune, I found this book to be tedious. To me, the first book was an exciting story which also had a deeper meaning and message. This gave the plot developments a sense of importance. With this book, it feels like there was very little plot and the whole book was about the deep stuff and the relationships. I wanted to like it, but frankly I had trouble listening to the whole thing. This book actually kept me from listening to any more books in the series.
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 * * * * *.
After the superb 'Dune' I though this was a very disappointing sequel. Nothing much happens and it seems more like a mere episode than a book.
This is a very analytical and political second book in the Dune series. It grasps the loneliness of a powerful emperor, in the meanwhile letting the reader take a sneak look at the conspiracy against him. I found it fascinating how it proves that seeing the future is a very tricky business and can cause infinite boredom if not used wisely and in moderation.
"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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