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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mike Warsaw, IN, United States 09-22-10
    Mike Warsaw, IN, United States 09-22-10
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    "Why Three Stars"

    Basically, I am giving Dune Messiah three stars because the book itself was not that good. Which is sad because Dune is fantastic and the audio production of Dune Messiah is amazing.

    This book is just not compelling in and of itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Cambridge, ON, Canada 08-24-10
    Terry Cambridge, ON, Canada 08-24-10
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    "Not as good as the first, but great for fans"

    This first book in the Dune series was fantastic and I would recommend it to and anybody. Unfortunately I can only recommend the Messiah to hard core fans or fans of hard science fiction. In Messiah the action is turn down a notch or two, and the book becomes quickly weighted down by the mythology and science surrounding Paul and the Dune universes. It required a little more pushing to get through the Messiah, but the ending was good enough for me to enjoy the book overall and consider the third book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Union, KY, United States 07-18-10
    James Union, KY, United States 07-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Dune like"

    Scott Brick has a minimal part in narrating the book which is a bummer for me because he is one of my favorites. The story is good, but it not near as good and wide reaching as the original book. Probably worth a credit, but I'd go with the Prequil books before this (Butlarian Jihad, Machine Crusade, etc...).

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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 06-02-10
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 06-02-10 Member Since 2008

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "It's not DUNE"

    and nothing really is.
    I'm glad I listened because I loved Dune and wanted more but it isn't DUNE so don't expect it to be

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 05-13-09
    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 05-13-09
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    "Good narration but plot not that good"

    The narration is good but I found myself tired by the plot and except for the Guerney Halleck (sp?) angle, the book held little excitement. Stick with the first Dune book and forget the sequel.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    BYU Kowboyy Utah 12-12-08
    BYU Kowboyy Utah 12-12-08 Member Since 2003

    RWD

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    "I little disappointed"

    If you like Dune, this is a must listen as it really closes out the story of Paul. However, this was so laiden down with Islamic undertones (which religion I do not have a problem with) that I felt at times I was listening to a missionary piece. I didn't want to be preached to.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 12-11-08
    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 12-11-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable but not as much"

    This book picks up right where Dune lets off. I did find this book a bit lack luser as compared to the first. I still rated it a 5 but it defaintly seems a bit incomplete as compared to other books from Frank Herbert.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ant the Limey Pennsylvania 04-08-08
    Ant the Limey Pennsylvania 04-08-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Frank - what happened??"

    The first Dune book as thrilling..this one completely failed to keep my interest from about chapter 2...Its not bad per se, he just started introducing too much universe. Face Dancers?? oh please...It was only meant to be one book, but you had to jump the shark. Its a pity as I really did want the story to continue. I should have cut out after the end of Dune and been untainted by the sellout. Narrator is unremarkable (thats not a bad thing)

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Walsenburg, CO, USA 08-16-09
    Patricia Walsenburg, CO, USA 08-16-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Done Well"

    Was familar with the story line of Dune Messiah and getting the audio download brought it to life. Dune always leaves you wanting more ! I enjoyed how Dune Messiah was narrated, was so into the story it was an easy listen from start to finish..

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-07-13
    Eric Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made Dune Messiah better?

    More forward moving plot.


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

    Yes, I am done.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The narrators were excellent, wasted talent on this flat story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    OK, so I get this book was written by a famous author. And I also get there are a ton of books in this genre and a countless fans of the Dune series. When I was a teenager I read book one and watched the movie and loved them. But the speed of this book when compared to the first is drastically different. For me it just moved too slow and every little detail of every little moment was explored and explained in painful detail. I found myself saying out loud several times "ok ok ok, I got it, I get it, message received. Lets move forward."

    I get it when a story has to slow and plot development or character development has to take over(see dragon tattoo book three) but it really felt like the plot slowed and no extra development was taking place. Couldn't finish it, shelved it, might come back to it but most likely I won't. It just feels like the author was trying to hard to live up to the might and expectations of the first book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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