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Dune Messiah Audiobook

Dune Messiah

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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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    Josepher Morningstar 04-15-15
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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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    pokoj118 04-09-15
    pokoj118 04-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Worthy Sequel"

    So much plot expansion happens in this installment of the Dune series, and it's amazing. Truly a case of plans within plans, feints within feints.

    I wish the narration had been kept in the same format as the first book because there were so many more characters and events in this sequel that the changes in voices for narration became a little muddy. Other than that, this was expertly read/performed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 02-11-15
    Stephen 02-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it"

    I've done the whole series. I would recommend this to any and everyone. Just get the sand thing u won't regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14
    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very bad fall from Dune"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dune was wonderful. if you can forgive a terrible book 2 because book 1 was fantastic, then this is for you.


    What was most disappointing about Frank Herbert’s story?

    Story has no heart. In Dune, characters developed depth as the story progressed around them. In Dune messiah Paul sits in his throne room as a crappy story is narrated to you. There is no story that unfolds around that action of the characters. For example, The Fremen jihad is unleashed across the universe. Oh how awful. Yet there are no good storytelling examples. There is no plot that makes you feel there is a jihad. You just have to believe there is an awful jihad.This book is full of this. You are told about things but never feel it. Imagine if in Dune all that was said about Baron Harkonnen was that he is a very bad man who is evil. You don't feel it. Dune was good because you knew Baron Harkonnen was evil by a storyline that showed he was evil.


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    Robert 03-27-14
    Robert 03-27-14
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    "Sad futility"

    Much of Herbert's description of prescience is confusing and gets you lost. Which I think is the point. You can understand the position Paul is in and understand how he feels like a slave to his own life. Definitely worth the read.

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    Matt Bakersfield, CA, United States 01-19-11
    Matt Bakersfield, CA, United States 01-19-11
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    "better than expected"

    After reading a lot of the reviews here, I expected this to be pretty boring. And while I'd agree that it starts out boring, it doesn't stay boring. It picks up speed as it goes and I found myself enjoying it more than expected. I'd say the first hour is pretty boring. The second half of the book is better than the first half. Overall, I gave it a 4 as I really found myself enjoying it. I'd say it's a 3.5 but I don't see it letting me choose half a star.

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    Manuel Mexico CityMexico 01-28-10
    Manuel Mexico CityMexico 01-28-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story. Terrible narration."

    The first installlment of Frank Herbert's Dune Saga (the original saga) is, as has been duly noted by previous reviewers, a sci-fi classic. Dune Messiah, being a sequel, lacks the introductory appeal of the first one, however rendering a more profound view of the universe created by the author throughout the whole series. It is not as action driven as the first but it is intellectually provocative as well as theologically and philosohpically moving. Having said that, I must stress that the narration is terrible. Honestly, this is not a kids' story, there was no need to disturb the essence of the characters inflicting them with ludicrous accents and mannerisms, to the point where it even tends to picture the story as if it was taking place somewhere in the Middle East when it actually takes place a few millenia away from this time and space.

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    Craig San Francisco, CA, United States 01-19-11
    Craig San Francisco, CA, United States 01-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed"

    I listened to this book right after finishing Dune, which I liked a lot. Sadly, I found this book to be a letdown on two important fronts. Firstly, the plot was ultra-boring. I struggled to stick with it until the end, continually hoping that something exciting or interesting would happen, but it never did.

    Secondly, the narration used a different style than in Dune. In Dune, Simon Vance was the primary narrator, and other characters were acted by different narrators. I'm a big fan of Vance and the division of roles in Dune worked well. In this book, however, the narrators took turns reading. So, for example, Vance would read for a while non-stop doing every character, then the next narrator would take over. For me, this style of narration didn't work quite as well. Every time the narrator would change, I noticed it and it took me a while to get used to how the new narrator played each character. It ended up being a distraction. Too bad.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    chris 06-14-17
    chris 06-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Herbert's Dune for today"

    This is my second encounter with Herbert's dune series. My first was devouring the entire series over a summer. The audiobook payed justice to Herbert's well though/predicted/researched series. The narration fit well the voices in my head.

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    Lennart Kolmodin Stockholm, Sweden 06-05-17
    Lennart Kolmodin Stockholm, Sweden 06-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not as good as the first book"

    Nether the narration nor the story was as good as Dune. Multiple people took turn to narrate, without a main narrator (not as with the first book), which I found much worse. The story is also not as engaging as Dune.

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  • Daniel M
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    5/21/16
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    "great book"

    has been 20 years since i read the original book. i cant believe i left it so long but the climax &character stories in this sequal are fantastic. took me a couple of chapters to get into but great

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  • King Nothing
    5/12/16
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    "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
    3/3/16
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    "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
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    Broenshoej, Denmark
    7/20/15
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    "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 !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C Milne
    6/22/15
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    "most enjoyable"

    audio book review: faultless voice acting. good story, just wish there was more to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    4/21/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    2/3/15
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Donal
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    7/8/14
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    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    FARNHAM, United Kingdom
    4/17/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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