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Dune Messiah | [Frank Herbert]

Dune Messiah

The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. 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 epic, multimillion-selling science-fiction series continues! The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment.

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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©1969 Frank Herbert; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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    Manuel Mexico CityMexico 01-28-10
    Manuel Mexico CityMexico 01-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story. Terrible narration."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 03-25-15
    Timothy 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know.


    What could Frank Herbert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    How about a compelling story line.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The narrator was fine.


    What character would you cut from Dune Messiah?

    Don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so board I couldn't finish the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Ketchikan, AK, United States 03-23-15
    Valerie Ketchikan, AK, United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One Of The Worst I've Ever Purchased!"
    What would have made Dune Messiah better?

    Maybe a plot? Maybe some adventure? Not sure, but this held no interest for me.


    Has Dune Messiah turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Hard to follow characters when their voices change up.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. It was pure torture listening to it. Hour after hour, I kept hoping it would get better, but never did.


    Any additional comments?

    Dune, to me, was only so-so. I assumed (incorrectly) that with the good reviews of this book, it was better. I was so wrong!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine L. Shearon 03-15-15
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    "Joyous"

    I missed how much production value went into Dune, but the read for this was fabulous. Really enjoyed the narration changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Cook 02-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Slightly betrays it's characters"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita G. Perez 02-13-15 Member Since 2013

    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 ....

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    "Best"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 02-11-15
    Stephen 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love it"

    I've done the whole series. I would recommend this to any and everyone. Just get the sand thing u won't regret it.

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    max iglehart 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "make it to the end!"

    It was a bit slow at first but was fully worthwhile once you make it to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Summa Alexandria Va 02-03-15
    Jonathan Summa Alexandria Va 02-03-15
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    "good"

    good. great story. readers were on point. sooo... yeah. six more words are need here.

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    Jeannie 01-12-15
    Jeannie 01-12-15
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    "Not bad for a sequel."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Szabolcs
    United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Political sequel"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    HARPENDEN, United Kingdom
    10/27/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    9/1/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Wareham, United Kingdom
    4/10/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Herts, United Kingdom
    2/19/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. G. Gilbert
    UK
    1/24/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    3/21/10
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    letchworth, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    3/30/09
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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