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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?

©1969 Frank Herbert (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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Not Sure

This whole theme concludes book one well. However, it feels thin in actual plot. The philosophy here is a little thick for my taste and it feels almost nihilistic. Interesting sci-fi ideas keep me hooked, but just barely this time. The performances are unobtrusive. I like Euan Morton now. Narrators do swap character roles but it is not jarring like it has been in previous productions.

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Pedantic and boring

The narrators are amazing, but after Dune this book is downright boring. Barely any action

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Good story

I'd say it's a good book overall, not the best in the series, but I enjoyed listening to it and can't wait to listen to the rest

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Great listen!

I wish they just used one voice actor the whole time. I find it irritating when the sound of a characters voice switches.

The book can be slow at times but I found the end super suspenseful and fun. I would recommend if you enjoyed the first book. About to start up children of Dune and could not be more excited :)

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Not the best book in the series

The first book is much longer, and better than this one. Dune Messiah has a very linear story, lacking a strong side story or mystique to it. I found the second book in the Dune series to be boring.

Nevertheless, the third book is much better, so it’s worth getting through it.

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A must read

while some reviews may dislike this novel because it's essentially just an epilogue do not let that deter you this is a must read with a great plot surrounding a conspiracy, politics and religion and starts to setup what is to come next in next 4 novels.

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Good, but not as good as the first

Very much enjoying the story of Arakis and the Fremen, but this much shorter story didn't hit the same tune as the first book for me.

The recording quality was excellent, the voice acting on point and little to no SFX.

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A sequel

Great series, Mediocre Bridge between two great novels. Some chapters were read better than others.

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a necessary bridge

Dune Messiah is my least favorite of the first 4 books. It's not bad, but it is necessary for bridging the gap between Paul's life and the birth of his children. The voice work wasn't the best and some voices ended up being annoying

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Very good sequel

Well written sequel that does a great job expanding the Dune universe. The first book had a bit more depth than this one but on the flip side I liked that this story was simpler and more concise, mainly due to the first being so heavy on world building.

Highly recommend!!! I can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Joel D Offenberg
  • 2009-11-13

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.

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  • Nothing really matters
  • 2015-12-07

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.

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  • Andrew
  • 2009-01-06

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.

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  • J0hngalt
  • 2010-03-26

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.

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  • Patrick
  • 2008-01-16

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.

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  • Phil
  • 2008-08-23

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.

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  • snicol
  • 2011-01-19

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.

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  • Miasma56
  • 2020-05-10

Outstanding

I don’t understand the negative reviews. I thought the narration was very good and the story was an extremely interesting follow up to Dune.
Highly highly recommended.

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  • Matt
  • 2011-01-19

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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  • Gillette
  • 2008-08-07

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...

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  • Harrison
  • 2020-08-24

Excellent!

I loved this book. I was a bit surprised that they decided not to continue with the dramatisation from the first book, but enjoyable all the same

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-11-14

A great story !

A great story, bitter ending. great audiobook, missing the sound effects from the first one but still very entertaining !

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  • Maxime
  • 2022-08-19

Excellent, but... why?

The book is as captivating as the first book was, if not even more, and the main narrator is doing a tremendous job, even for female characters.

However, from time to time, there's a switch, and it's odd: for a few paragraphs, you can hear the narrator describe Paul's actions, and a few moments later, Paul's actor describing his own character's actions. It's weird and disturbing, and inconsistent. The first book had already that issue, but dialogues were impersonated, not written in third person or omniscient point of view. So now, you can hear Paul's voice says something like "Enough, Paul said.". Mm'okay.

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  • Gautier
  • 2017-02-15

Histoire aux moments vifs

Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?

Bon livre, second dans sa saga.

Ecoute facile, meilleure version disponible.

Point faible : Le narrateur change durant la lecture,