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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?

Listen to more of our titles in the Dune series.

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

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    Peter in Brat Brattleboro, VT United States 11-19-12
    Peter in Brat Brattleboro, VT United States 11-19-12
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    "Narrators switch from chapter to chapter."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Kind of a letdown after hearing the first book. Not nearly as well preformed as the first book on Audible. Narrators change just about every chapter each doing all the voices so that in chapter a character is done by one actor and by someone else in the next one. Weird and ill-conceived. Acting is hit or missl. More confusing is words are pronounced differently as well.


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    Paul Adelaide, Australia 10-12-12
    Paul Adelaide, Australia 10-12-12
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    "Enjoyable listen & true to novel"

    I very much enjoyed listening to this audio book. I felt it captured the tone of the novel well with it's narration.
    Messiah is a much slower less action based sequeal to Dune, but totally engaging concepts and depth.

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    J. Port Angeles, WA 08-28-12
    J. Port Angeles, WA 08-28-12
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    "Different voices not a problem for me!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune Messiah the most enjoyable?

    I personally have absolutely no problem with this reading. The changing of voice actors does not phase me like it seems to do to so many other listeners. I look at it as a man reading to me, and then scenes open up in even more vibrancy as individual voices and soundtracks come alive. Perhaps this is the formula that the director of the audiobooks used, to employ a larger cast for more poignant or important scenes? Either way, it did not distract me from the story whatsoever.
    I also enjoy the main narrator's attempts at changing his voice for other characters, I think he does a very nice job at achieving the feel of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Sydney, Australia 08-13-12
    Ken Sydney, Australia 08-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wish I had stopped at One."

    I really enjoyed Dune. Even though I had read some negative comments about Dune Messiah, I ignored them because I wanted to see where it went. It was slow, political and really dragged on in my opinion. I can see how it was used to bridge from the end of Dune to Children of Dune and how it was necessary. Just very dry. The trouble is it would be hard to skip it and go straight into Children of Dune.

    So if you are going to continue the tale then you really need to read this episode.

    Enjoy and try to stay awake :-)

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    Shaun bend, OR, United States 07-23-12
    Shaun bend, OR, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Weaker than the rest of the series, but nessisarry"
    If you could sum up Dune Messiah in three words, what would they be?

    Dune still rocks


    What other book might you compare Dune Messiah to and why?

    Nothing like the dune world


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I was spoiled by the full cast in the first book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dunes secret will enslave your body but free your mind


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for fans of the first book!

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    Lamarr A. Wilson 07-09-12
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    "Dune Saga twists and turns are surprise"
    Would you try another book from Frank Herbert and/or the narrators?

    Absolutely!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul and his sister, both having come into their maturity personally and politically, show how differently their mother, Jessica's, priestly training and their exposure to the water of life/spice helped to influence the course of their lives.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, although (as in most long sagas) changing and/or omitting narrators does cause a break in continuity.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but I'd wait for the DVD.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting several years before I revisited The Dune Saga allowed me to see the entire story line in a more current and relevant light, given the mid-Eastern flavor and flow.

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    Carolyn Palm City, FM, United States 07-02-12
    Carolyn Palm City, FM, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Did not live up to Dune."
    What did you like best about Dune Messiah? What did you like least?

    It continued the story , but was a real let down that Paul just walked off into the dessert.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frank Herbert again?

    I am listening to Chapter house now. YES!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    unsure.


    Do you think Dune Messiah needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes i would like to know what happened to Paul.


    Any additional comments?

    So enjoyed the readings and the passion they put into the books.

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    Robert United States 05-17-12
    Robert United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the Story! Amazing production!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would! I love the Dune world. All of the concepts and ideas are so interesting and compelling. The production is amazing!! It helps create a great experience. A must listen.


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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-07-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It only begins here"

    This is a great story of someone who doesn't ask for power or leadership only to get it thrust upon them. Here Paul walks through how, so much occurs outside his control and how he can't stop it. We learn more of the empire where a holy war is raging that can't be stopped. This draws similar parallels to what's happening in the US today. This book also sets the stage for the rest of the series.

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    corey GREENVILLE, NH, United States 05-01-12
    corey GREENVILLE, NH, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites."
    Where does Dune Messiah rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to, the Dune series are my all time favorite books and the audiobooks don't disappoint.


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