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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I absolutely loved book one on Audible. All of the actors and sounds really took this book to a new level. Unfortunately I can't say the same about "Dune Messiah" the story itself was lack luster in comparison to book 1 and the reading approach was not to my liking. As others have reviewed. The acting approach all went out the window. Instead they had different narrators take turns on different chapters. I know I would have enjoyed this book more if 1 narrator was reading. But because it was different ones it really took me out of the story and I was frankly tired when i finished. Frankly this is first time I have been so disappointed in an audio recording. Id give 3 stars because I felt all the narrators did a good job, but I'll give 2 stars for overall story and this disjointed narration style.
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.
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.
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...).
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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..
"Great Book, Great readers"
Great reading. clear and easy to understand. while the reading does change a few times to different narrators i found this a good thing. A superb book explaining what happened 12 years after Paul Atreides took over Dune. As gripping as it is intricute. This is a must read for those who want to know what happened to Paul, channi and the others in the royal court
"Not as good as the original book"
I had heard that this book was a bit of a week link in the Dune series so I was a bit apprehensive in ordering it. However, after listening to the original Dune audio book I knew I had to find out what happened to Paul and the others.
It was always going to be a hard act to follow but the production of this audio book is not as accomplished as that of Dune. I think this is mainly because many of the more distinctive characters from the first book do not appear in the sequel. The plot starts very very slowly and the clue is in the title - it is very Messianic and almost spirtual in the descriptions of the 'oracular vision'.
That said, there are some superb original concepts in the sequel, including the ghola 'Hate' and the descriptions of the Tleilaxu culture. The book also ends very well.
I'll certainly be downloading the next one.
"Too much melange by the author?"
I listened to the first book and loved it. Although I found the first book hard going at the beginning you drop into the new words, and now 50 years on a lot of the Arabic words the author drops in a more familiar to westerns - Haj, Jihad.
I can't help thinking though that this book is slightly addled and more of it's time - 1969! Book one seemed timeless and I was amazed that after 50 years it still felt fresh and relevant, but this one felt like something from the height of flower power and hippy trippy acid frenzies. The author seems to jump from event to event, with little to interlink the story and long, rambling, impenetrable, and frankly nonsensical passages that drift off to nowhere describing the nature of Paul’s visions of the future with a torrent of words that seem thrown together and make little sense. Maybe the author is genius and the nonsense of his passages were meant to reflect the confusion of Paul trying to read the right path in the future … but frankly I got bored of listening to long passages of babble and garbage thrown together with little attempt at a coherent story thread.
Here’s just one extract (and I could find many) that will give you an idea of how mind bendingly nonsensical it is
“He became a motionless chain of relative existence, singular, alone. Old memories flooded his mind, he marked them, adjusted them to new understandings, made a beginning at the integration of a new awareness, an new persona achieved a temporary form of internal tyranny, the masculating synthesis remained charged with potential disorder, but events pressed him to the temporary adjustment, the young master needed him.”
I won’t be listening to the rest of the saga, this just disappeared up it’s own behind. I found myself listening to it more, just so I could get it over with faster. Thankfully it was under 10 hours so less than a week of my driving schedule, if it had been longer I'd have just ditched it.
"A solid sequel."
The narrator keeps the story interesting throughout giving characters credible tones and emotions.
The ending of the story is unexpected and memorable. It does not follow the typical path that stories of a powerful lead character often does. Muad'Dib does not always triumph.
There is no doubt that Paul as Muad'Dib grips the listener but a small character the uncanny dwarf Bijaz steals the few scenes he enters before meeting his untimely demise.
It is impossible to remain aloof when reading the book. I identified with both sides in the plot's struggle but always there is the fascination with the machinations of Muad'Dib. Will Paul succeed and where do his powers of perception truly end.
"A Classic that I haven't read for years"
As good as I remember. Nice touch having some music etc to give atmosphere. Well worth a listen even if you have read it a few times as I have.
good voices, nice atmosphere.
LOL, it's long!
but definitely more-ish!
"Not enough Scott Brick."
In the middle
Listeners beware as this recording lacks a gripping performance in my opinion. I felt rather cheated by Scott Brick's name appearing on the credits as he speaks for less than 10 minutes or so and just starts and finishes the recording.
A good story but as gripping as Frank's first in the series.
"Good, but not that good"
I enjoyed the continuation of the Atreides mythos; Herbert understands that the reader gains political insight by giving the characters' thoughts alongside what they actually say to each other.
The book doesn't quite stand up to the original. The story is a little more static, with a sense of inevitability permeating the plot; Dune was filled with unknowns.
The narration was good, though not as good as the original.
Emperor of Dust
This is a highly political novel. Much of the action and excitement of the first novel is traded for politics, thoughtfulness and mythos building.
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.
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