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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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    andrew Riverton, CT, United States 07-13-17
    andrew Riverton, CT, United States 07-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    " not quite as good as the first one but still "

    it's fairly obvious that it's a filler book from the first dune book 2/3 going but still very interesting still very good

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    william pocock 07-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "If you enjoyed Dune don't read thus book"

    What happened? You built an amazing story and then you set it on fire . If you enjoyed Dune don't read any firther

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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
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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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    Matt Hietpas 06-02-17
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    "A must listen for book lovers"

    Frank Herbert's Dune is a classic and this audiobook makes it even better. Fantastic voice actors! My favorite is the guy who does the Baron's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Imagellanic 05-25-17
    Imagellanic 05-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story Confusing Narration"
    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    I was a bit confused, It seemed like they changed Paul's voice midway through and then changed it back near the end... Otherwise, I do miss the mystical sound effects from the First book; but overall this was one of the better audio books I have listened to.


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    Justin Staker 05-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome book can't wait to read the next one"

    good story, good acting. didn't like when the female narrator spoke for Paul, not that she was bad but she didn't make a good paul

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    Parker 05-15-17
    Parker 05-15-17
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    "Worth reading after Dune!!"

    It's definitely worth the read. Not as great but sets up the rest of the series nicely!

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    curtis lewis 05-11-17
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    "great for a fan"

    in a literary sense this book isn't the best. the is almost no action, instead it mostly consist of people having conversations. however if you are a fan of the dune universe and interested in the lore this book is fantastic.

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    Monica Stygar Carlsbad, CA USA 05-09-17
    Monica Stygar Carlsbad, CA USA 05-09-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic story - good performance"

    I always found this to be one of the more difficult books in the Dune series, but part of the classic series. I was concerned with some of the reviews of this, knowing that readings can really effect the story, but the performance was completely fine. I found it interesting and enjoyable, and better than the weird production for the Dune reading. I think it is good all around, so if you are working your way through the Dune series, don't hesitate to purchase and listen.

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  • Anonymous
    3/12/08
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    "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
  • Stuart
    OXON, United Kingdom
    7/30/12
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    "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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    derbyUnited Kingdom
    10/1/08
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    "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
  • alex mason
    1/11/17
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    "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
  • Mrs
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    10/6/16
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    11/22/17
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    "anazing"

    amazing, perfect follow up leaving you up and down all the way through. really tense in moments with a turn all the time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    10/23/17
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    "A necessary book executed without problem"

    This is a necessary book of this awesome saga. Not the most gripping story; not the most textured. Furthermore the production seems a little unsettled in placed. None the less a very good book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louis Kolodziej
    10/18/17
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    "Not as good as the first"

    Contains all the atmosphere and intense world-building of the first book but the plot is somewhat weaker.
    We are supposed to look past silly decisions by the protagonists due to their prescience and their desire to avoid certain futures however it just ends up making the plot a bit convoluted and, for a lack of a better word, a bit silly.

    Disatisfying conclusion also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas
    London
    10/6/17
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    "singular plot"

    ok but a rather one dimensional plot. nothing of the depth of the origunal dune.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Glenn Lloyd
    8/21/17
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    "Mediocre"

    Some interesting ideas but should have ended after book one; which was great. Very confusing at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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