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Dune Messiah Audiobook

Dune Messiah

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 03-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good follow up to Dune"

    The story started out a bit slow for me. Not as much fast paced action as book one but still a good story. Excellent narration! Same cast as book one I believe. Looking forward to book three and the rest of the Dune series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Briana L. 10-13-17
    Briana L. 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "darker sequel worth a listen"

    A darker sequel to Dune, well suited to the overwhelming power inherited by Paul and his allies. voice acting and narration good, with more consistency in which actors speak / narrate than in Dune. most enjoyed the revealing of plans within plans.

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    G. Parish 10-13-17
    G. Parish 10-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Feedback loop"

    This how Paul finds himself of feedback loop of vision and future...and seeks to subvert it. The story is clever, compelling, and strangely right. It is everything placed just as it should be.

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    JBRIGHTSHADOWS93 10-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I expected."

    This was not what I expected after the conclusion of Book 1. Loved it! This was my 2nd time listening to this audio performance, amazing.

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    Ivan 10-08-17
    Ivan 10-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "does not compare to dune"

    This book is alright but lacks inspiration of the first book. The overall plot has far less grandeur compared to Dune, the sense of scale is significantly smaller as the story largely confines itself to Arrakis. I imagine many people who liked Dune may be turned off by Dune messiah's very slow action. This book is in parts boring, in a meta sense reflecting Paul's relationship with his prescient empeorhood -- Paul says as much that his powers and his position trap him in interminable boredom of constantly reliving events. Given how Frank Herbert gives away everything that will happen in the future from the beginning, that is the reader's experience too. I would recommend Dune, but I would caution people interested in Dune Messiah.

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    Johanna Lewis 09-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Way better than the first book"

    If you loved the David Lynch movie, don't bother reading the first book. Jump directly to this one.

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    Voleure 09-21-17
    Voleure 09-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable"

    The weakest of the Dune series but still a fun listen. Performance was good. A little spoiled by the first book's treatment.

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    andrew Riverton, CT, United States 09-17-17
    andrew Riverton, CT, United States 09-17-17 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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    yahvinah 09-06-17
    yahvinah 09-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Well narrated"

    Very entertaining. An engaging way to present the story. Enjoyed it all the way to the end.

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    Nick 09-05-17
    Nick 09-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "disappointingly short and not that interesting "

    The performance is good and makes it easy to finish, but the story is not very good and the plot is not very interesting. would not recommend.

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  • 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
  • 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.

    1 of 1 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
  • 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
  • Miguel Romão
    6/25/17
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    "Great story"

    The change of narrators for the same characters in the end broke the immersion a bit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha Clarke
    4/18/17
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    "love it"

    This is the second time that I have read this book and I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Styles
    12/2/16
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    "Another really good audio book"

    The voice acting is strong throughout but actors read entire chapters which can be a little disconcerting.

    The story isn't quite as strong as the first Dune but still a deep and compelling tale, even if it felt a little unfinished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Verner
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    9/24/16
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    "Impossible to live up and follow Dune"
    Would you try another book written by Frank Herbert or narrated by the narrators?

    I have always liked Frank Herbert stories so would willingly read / listen to another. Not sure about the narrators though they were never going to live up to how I heard it in my head as a youth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul's consort Janey. She had something special about her, untainted and live. Though I did sympathize with the Princess Wife and felt we could have had more of her.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    That is the thing about this book it does not have the big scene just the much trailed and expected tragedy and followed by exit stage left.


    Was Dune Messiah worth the listening time?

    I did enjoy this story again so many years after first reading it. However, I was surprised by the amount of "filling". I had not remembered the extensive descriptions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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