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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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Arakeen Awesomeness!

All-around excellent performances and good pacing. Plus, it's one of the best books of all time!

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Completely random voices for no apparrent reason.

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

The book itself is good.

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The multiple voices are a distraction that destroys immersion. Stillgar is not a pretentious english hoitytoity. wth

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SciFi MASTERY

the sequel to the greatest science fiction novel ever written in my opinion. And it lives up. Political intrigue and depth of character makes the world of arrakis that much richer

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Not so much quality

Story line was weak. Characters were not as well developed or used as in first book. Sound effects not as good. Overall, no contention for best of series.

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Interesting.....

I liked the intellect behind the words. Some new thoughts and vocabulary. Hard to follow at first; once one is accustomed to the flow it is easier to follow. Kind of like watching a societal game of chess by only focusing on the king and queen.

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good

it was good and I liked it a bunch. and stuff and stuff and stuff

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Fantastic story and narration equal to the story

A classic book with a narration that does the story justice. Looking forward to the next book.

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Dune was preferrable

I preferred the first book more. But aside from that ot was wonderful. Not long enough.

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good follow up ending

The first book left me feeling like it wasn't over, Messiah had the ending I neesed. It was a great read with the same quality performance.

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Superb.

A perfect thing. Brings moisture for the dead to ones cheek every time. Long live, Paul Muad'dib!

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  • King Nothing
  • 05-12-16

Worthy sequel

Good narration. story continues and still excites. Need to read Dune first if course otherwise this will make no sense

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  • Marwan Imam
  • 03-03-16

Loved it

Not as much as the original, but it's still going strong. What this one does though is set up the upcoming books (or so it feels as I've yet to get to them)

But it does a great job of showing what truly happens after someone is a Victor and takes the position of absolute power. How Mu'adib tried so hard not to be corrupted by power and yet it was still distorted and abominated by the masses.

How events transpire from there are great. Herbert is just a master at plotting and once you get to the end you feel like there could've been much more and you seek out the following installment.

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  • MR
  • 01-20-16

Too many voices, the single reader DUNE is better

Too many voices, the single reader DUNE is better. The voices are inconsistent and annoying. The single read on the original dune is far easier to listen to and enjoyable.

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  • Kim
  • 07-20-15

A must listen!

Would you listen to Dune Messiah again? Why?

I would definatly listen to this story Again and Again, and the Whole series for that matter. It's very immersive and the voice actor is just great !

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  • Alex
  • 04-21-15

An Excellent, Albeit Brief, Continuation of Dune

Dune Messiah feels more of an addendum to the original than a fully fledge sequel, but is nonetheless brilliant and a strong continuation of an excellent story.

Set twelve years after the events of the first in the series, Messiah chronicles the conspiracy to dethrone Paul Atreides, the leader and messiah of the Fremen after his jihad has conquered most of the known universe, despite his best efforts in Dune to prevent it.

Delivered with a similar pace to the original, each character is well fleshed out and the introduction of the Tleilaxu and the Guild Navigator Edric add and explain questions that would have arisen during the reading of Dune.

Nothing is set in stone within these books despite the prescience and this unknown carries the story well despite its relatively slow pace.

The narration is mixed. Simon Vance is the main narrator and his variation in tone and accent is brilliant, brining the Fremen to life and adding depth to each character voiced. Scott Brick & Katherine Kellgren are similarly well voiced and the chapter read by Kellgren adds flavour to Alia's character. However Euan Morton who voices Paul in a couple of chapters ruins the characters developed by the other narrators. His Paul is fine, although whiny, but his Fremen, especially Stilgar is awful and demeans the strong characters they are clearly written to be. A shame, but can be overlooked.

This is a great book but far too short. Luckily there are many more left in the series to develop the story of Dune.

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  • Craig
  • 02-03-15

Not as good as dune

Though this was an enjoyable book a lot of this is from the third person, therefore making it too different from the first. The characters voices from Dune didn't stick to their own characters and were doing voices of other characters which in the first book were done by different people.

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  • Donal
  • 07-08-14

A solid sequel.

What made the experience of listening to Dune Messiah the most enjoyable?

The narrator keeps the story interesting throughout giving characters credible tones and emotions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune Messiah?

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.

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

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-17-14

Not enough Scott Brick.

Where does Dune Messiah rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle

What did you like best about this story?

The gola

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Daniel Fairs
  • 03-11-14

Good, but not that good

What did you like most about Dune Messiah?

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.

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

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.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was good, though not as good as the original.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Emperor of Dust

Any additional comments?

This is a highly political novel. Much of the action and excitement of the first novel is traded for politics, thoughtfulness and mythos building.

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  • steve
  • 05-22-13

Disappointing.

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.