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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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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew
  • Tippecanoe, IN, USA
  • 01-06-09

A nice continuation

I really did love the first title in the series, and plan to continue through the rest. There are 2 parts to any review of an audio book, the story and the narration, so let's break this into two.

1. The story. It was slow to get into, especially for a short book. It starts as a series of meetings, and slowly start pulling the story together. By about 3/4 of the way through you start to get back to what you excepted from Dune. It does a nice job telling the story of Paul, and over all was an enjoyable story. 3.5 stars.

2. The narration. I found it more than acceptable, and much better than many books. I was a little hesitant after reading some reviews, but it was no where near as bad as I had feared. It wasn't fantastic like the first book which truely is stellar. So I can understand how this would be a led down compared to that book. Over all it worked well and was an enjoyable listen, and it did not get in the way of the book, and may have even helped. When compared to other books 4/5 stars.

35 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

A Letdown

Dune Messiah is interesting to Dune fans only in that it carries forward the narrative and answers some of the questions from its predecessor, the masterpiece "Dune". However, judged on its merits as an adventure and sci-fi story, it is a failure. Except for one brief foray into the suburbs of Arrakeen, the action is completely static. It is a series of meetings, internal dialogues, and conversations between a small handful of characters. Boring. You feel like you're reading the notes of a board meeting. With the rich scenery of Dune, the jihad, and off-world conspiracies all exploding in the wings, it must have taken a real determined effort to squeeze the life out of this book. Informative without being interesting.

53 of 60 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Part IV of Dune

I’ve seen some critical reviews of this second book in the Dune series. But, having read it right after re-reading Dune, I found I enjoyed it. As another commentator says, it reads like the conclusion (or “Part IV”) of Dune rather than a separate novel that stands on its own. If you read it with that in mind, and if you enjoyed Dune, you will enjoy Dune Messiah.

Some have criticised it for getting off to a slow start with lots of dialogue and set up. I agree, but the ending was satisfying and I was able to overlook the start. Hey, there are a number of good books that get off to slow starts (Lord of the Rings, for example), right? And by the end of this one, though, I had a very hard time putting it down.

If you liked Dune and want to know how things pan out for our friend Paul, I recommend Dune Messiah to you.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Good-not-great book, not as fond of the narration

Dune Messiah is the sequel to Frank Herbert's masterpiece, Dune. As is often the case, it does not live up to the high standard of the first installement, but it is still pretty good.

First off: if you haven't read/listened to Dune, ignore this book until you've done that.

This book wraps up the story of Paul Muad'Dib Atriedes; 12 years after the successful war to capture the imperial throne, Paul is dealing (struggling?) with the issues of governance, the imperial succession and plots to overthrow him. The story deals with strategems, plots and plots-within-plots. For those who desire swashbuckling action, laser battles in space, exploring strange new worlds and menacing merciless malefactors will find this book disappointing....Dune Messiah is mostly conversation and internal dialogue. It's a slow-moving story...most of the action (and there isn't much of it) occurs in the final quarter of the book. (This style is common among Frank Herbert's writing.)

Dune Messiah is a bit more mystical than Dune, and focuses a great deal on some of the odder issues surrounding Paul's prescient visions and his sister, Alia, who is now in her teens.

Overall, I give the story 3 stars...it's not a seminal work, like Dune, but it does follow up the original and bridge to the next few works.

I am not as fond of the narration as I could be. There are several readers, and they each read a separate chapter. They are all great readers, and I love the idea, but it would have helped if the readers had some common ground rules. It's a minor quibble, but sometimes the characters (like Stilgar) have thick accents and at other times they do not. It makes it a little hard to keep track of who is speaking.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Phil
  • Plano, TX, USA
  • 08-23-08

AudioBook Review Only -- Disappointment after Dune

The first audio book in the series is completely engaging. This one is a bit of a let down. Reading the book is enjoyable. Listening to this one is almost painful at times. The changing narrator is an interesting idea, but doesn't come off well in practice.

Also, the voices this time just don't capture the story this time. Likely this book was just too much exposition for the format.

Overall, good story, but not a great listen.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

A Great saga marred by odd production.

I would have preferred it if this was series was presented by a single talented reader narrating the books. I was however willing to accept what the previews state was done, a multiple reader version with different readers "performing" individual characters.

Unfortunately what is actually delivered is a confusing third option, where sometimes a single reader narrates, and other times (seemingly at random) actors read specific characters. This disjointed production method causes nothing but distraction and prevents the listener from full immersion in the story. I could only speculate on why this inconsistent pattern is followed, but whatever the reason, the result is a less than stellar product.

In addition, none of the actors really nails their respective parts. In fact, some are so distractingly bad (Piter for example) they cross over into embarrassing and cartoonish.

The original Dune Saga remains one of, if not my favorite books, but I am sorry to say that this production just does not deliver. I was hoping to acquire the entire series, but I am stopping here.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Gillette
  • Lawrence, KS, United States
  • 08-07-08

Long time Herbert fan...

I've been a fan of Frank Herbert for many years, and I'm glad to see that Audible.com is FINALLY getting some of his work. Dune Messiah is every bit the fabulous book I remember, but the narration leaves something to be desired. The pronunciations of various words and phrases unique to the Dune novels are at odds with both the films and with other readings of Dune novels (like George Guidall's adept reading of Dune for Borders Audiobooks). It also seems unnecessary and disorienting to have multiple narrators, and some of them are too obviously English for the reading to jive with the cadence and syntax of Herbert, an American writer. Not fatal flaws, but something to gripe about...

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Patrick
  • Wind Gap, PA, USA
  • 01-16-08

Not a Great Recording

Dune is a sci-fi classic, so this review pertains to the audiobook version. They have a cast of different readers who perform the voices of the various characters along side the reader who narrates. But throughout the book, in new chapters, the cast of readers are suddenly absent, leaving the narrator to do all the voices, only to have the cast of readers eventually return in the following chapters. The effect is a major distraction: characters without accents suddenly have one; characters suddenly speak in a completely differnt tone, accent and manner. The is especially true with the character of Baron Harkonen, who at times has a deep menancing voice in the neighborhood of James Earl Jones, then other times, when the narrator is doing all the voices, the villian speaks with a higher, reedy, quicker voice and acquires a more pronounced British accent.

35 of 45 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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Multiple narrators

The only thing I didn't like about this audiobook was the multiple narrators. Their performances were good but I didn't see the point of having many.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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continuing epicness

really great. had to supplement some audio with text so I could really underhand what the hell was going on. But overall awesome!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Stuart
  • 07-30-12

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.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-08

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

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Roy
  • 10-01-08

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 10-06-16

What Matrix Revolution/Reloaded is to the Original

We all loved The Matrix the same way we all loved Dune.

The exact same thing happened in Messiah as it did in Matrix Revolutions and Reloaded. It got waaaayyy too preachy, mystical and messiahry with no real thread to keep it held together.

It seemed in Messiah, Paul had just become a pain in the arse teenage with too many powers where no conversation was straight forward, it always had to mention "the infinite opportunities or prescient vision" in some manner, by the end of the book it got tiring.

Duncan - "Paul, would you like porridge for your breakfast?"
Paul - "I must meditate on this Duncan. The endless outcomes from the smallest minutia of mundane choices will echo an eternity like the muddied sands flowing through the giant mouth of mystical beasts, the Worms"
Paul sat quietly focusing all his attention on whether to have porridge for breakfast as Bene Gesserit mother had taught him.

This is essentially how the book went.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • alex mason
  • 01-11-17

A narrative bridge, not well executed

What did you like most about Dune Messiah?

The source material isn't as good as the first book but still a very worthy read. Sadly the decision to share the narrative between the voice actors makes the experience confusing and distracts. The original has a set actor for character and one narrator, which is much more immersive.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-22-18

too many narrators

better narration than the first one, but the switching between narrators within the narrative is outputting and wholly unnecessary

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-18

great story

the story is fantastic but the change of narrator is confusing at times. this would have been much better if it followed the production of the first book, one narrator and the book excerpts separately.

cannot fault the story itself though.

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  • gavin b.
  • 02-05-18

Excellent!

Really enjoyed this title! I would highly recommend it. The only piece of negative feedback is that the readers change too often.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Spag Hoops
  • 01-01-18

great adaptation let down by audible

I'm a huge fan of the book. The multiple intrigues which play out amongst the competing protagonists are cleverly interwoven and the characters are well-drawn. It works effectively as a sequel too, so if you liked Dune this is a no brainer. The performances do it justice, though I would have preferred the fuller cast of Dune.

What's really annoying though is that, like the adaptation of Dune on Audible, the chapter breaks aren't actually at the end of chapters. They've just been made randomly. I usually just let the book play while I'm driving but prefer to start off again with the beginning of the chapter I finished on. I find myself scrolling back and forward trying to find the start. This just seems really really lazy on the part of whoever took the original recording and made it an audible book. Why was the effort not put into breaking the chapters up into chapters?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-18-17

an okay reading

I've read this story maybe 40 times in my life. the book was well read but the mix of narrators was jarring at points. I always felt the most emotional part of the story was towards the end when paul finally became blind and rescued his children through their eyes. with this reading some of that was lost.
I would recommend but feel that maybe the cost should not be a whole credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • patrick
  • 06-01-15

great read for those who loved the first book

Loved it but not for everyone, light on action, heavy on politics and philosophy.

Reading the original, although I loved it, some parts were a bit monotonous. I found that audiobook format fixed that problem.

Voice acting was great and appropriate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Linsul
  • 05-17-15

An excellent audio version of the original

I love this series - I think the number of times I have read this series must be in the double digits now. However, this is the first time I have listened to the series. The audio version gave me a better insight into why Paul makes a series of key decisions at the end of the book. I read text very fast and I think that being forced to slow down to the pace at which the book is read aloud gave me more time to think about Paul's possible motivations.

There are several voice actors involved in the production and I found all of them very good. There is a large cast of characters and I always knew which character was speaking.

For those readers who have never read or listened to this book, this is very different from the first book in the series ("Dune"). "Dune Messaiah" focuses on the implementation of a vision and the consequences. One of the themes is the balance of power between the ruler and the religious and political institutions that help the ruler to rule. Unsurprisingly, another theme is the nature, potential and limitations of prescience - in particular whether the oracle chooses the future or whether the future chooses the oracle.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-18

Great sequel, better narration

I can see how this book wouldn’t be for everyone. It’s much more subtle and political than the last one. If you’re looking for action, maybe it’s not for you. However, I think it is just as good as the first novel, so if you’re loving the story, I don’t think you’ll be let down by this.

Narration was good. Not great, but good. They have three or four narrators that change every now and then, so it can be slightly confusing with the different voices, but it works much better than the hot mess that was the first audiobook’s narration.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Travis
  • 05-08-18

amazing book, amazing performance

I loved this book, probably more than the first, even though that was really good itself and this was a lot shorter in length.


for me the story on this one was slots easier to follow than the original( surprising for dune book lol), I put this down to the short form factor allowing it to tie together in my mind a bit better.


I highly recommend this one as the story was amazing and intriguing, and all actors did an amazing job portraying the characters.


Thankyou for everyone involved in bringing this to audible it is greatly appreciate :)

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Paul
  • 02-18-18

Great?

Frank writes a gripping tale of treachery and intrigue, success, failure and losing to win.
The audio format, with several narrators was interesting, but did get confusing with the characters each having several "voices".
Still, it was a nice break the normal, single narrator.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Andrew
  • 02-28-17

It's the small things

The voice actors all all interpreted main characters differently so you would have a normal english accent for Stilgar from one narrator then all of the sudden a bad Russian accent from another. Duncan Idaho veered from normal to chav towards the end of the book. And as a whole it distracts you from the story.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Louise Cole
  • 03-23-16

Nowhere close to Dune!

Too much talk about the same thing and how they feel and not enough story and action.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Zach
  • 01-06-15

so good.

my only complaint is that I wish the full cast of voices had been used to play the different parts.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Thesle
  • 02-11-15

Could be more concise

This series seems to have a lot of waffle between the action. some editing of the book would have created a better overall result.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful