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Dune Messiah | [Frank Herbert]

Dune Messiah

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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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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    12/03/2008
    12/03/2008
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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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Roy derbyUnited Kingdom 01/10/2008
    Roy derbyUnited Kingdom 01/10/2008 Member Since 2008
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart OXON, United Kingdom 30/07/2012
    Stuart OXON, United Kingdom 30/07/2012 Member Since 2012
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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
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    Donal westmeath, Ireland 08/07/2014
    Donal westmeath, Ireland 08/07/2014 Member Since 2012

    I loove sci fi and fantasy. Can't get enough but I end up buying romance and crime as well so my partner can listen to something with me. :)

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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
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    paul 07/07/2014
    paul 07/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "A Classic that I haven't read for years"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune Messiah the most enjoyable?

    As good as I remember. Nice touch having some music etc to give atmosphere. Well worth a listen even if you have read it a few times as I have.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    good voices, nice atmosphere.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    LOL, it's long!

    but definitely more-ish!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel FARNHAM, United Kingdom 17/04/2014
    Daniel FARNHAM, United Kingdom 17/04/2014 Member Since 2013

    Hi, I do about about 60 hours a month and cover a good amount of books I think. Mainly Si-Fi and detective and review only the best ones.

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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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    Daniel Fairs Bristol, UK 11/03/2014
    Daniel Fairs Bristol, UK 11/03/2014 Member Since 2014

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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve Rainham, United Kingdom 22/05/2013
    steve Rainham, United Kingdom 22/05/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Szabolcs United Kingdom 08/04/2013
    Szabolcs United Kingdom 08/04/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Political sequel"

    This is a very analytical and political second book in the Dune series. It grasps the loneliness of a powerful emperor, in the meanwhile letting the reader take a sneak look at the conspiracy against him. I found it fascinating how it proves that seeing the future is a very tricky business and can cause infinite boredom if not used wisely and in moderation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr HARPENDEN, United Kingdom 27/10/2012
    Mr HARPENDEN, United Kingdom 27/10/2012 Member Since 2012

    r_varlese

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    "Enjoyable but a bit of a commitment"

    I've always enjoyed the concept of the Dune books, and love the slow pace and build up to an almighlt climax. This was no expectation and i could not stop listening towards the end (in fact I had to replay the last 20 minutes to make sure I had taken it all in).

    Due to the books philosophical and religious content this can sometimes feel a little heavy going, but ultimately very enjoyable.

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    Hobart, IN, United States
    07/05/12
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    "It only begins here"

    This is a great story of someone who doesn't ask for power or leadership only to get it thrust upon them. Here Paul walks through how, so much occurs outside his control and how he can't stop it. We learn more of the empire where a holy war is raging that can't be stopped. This draws similar parallels to what's happening in the US today. This book also sets the stage for the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • corey
    GREENVILLE, NH, United States
    01/05/12
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    "One of my favorites."
    Where does Dune Messiah rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to, the Dune series are my all time favorite books and the audiobooks don't disappoint.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Las Vegas, NV, United States
    07/04/12
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    "Why, Audible, why??"

    Yet another excellent story ruined by subpar narration courtesy of Simon Vance. These stories are so much better during the ensemble performance aspects - the ensemble voice actors do an excellent job bringing their characters to life; it's just too bad Simon Vance has to go ruin it with his pseudo-Middle Eastern accent and far too similar sounding characters.

    This is the second book in the Paul Atreides trilogy of the Dune saga. Frank Herbert again delves into the sociopolitical and economic intrigue surrounding the Atreides empire and the geriatric spice called melange. The interesting thing about Frank Herbert's Dune saga is that it does delve so deeply into the intrigue surrounding the throne. The focus expands to include a broader look and gives the reader background information through historical records. In this way the reader gets a very broad view of Paul Atreides and his empire. This makes it so much more a shame that Simon Vance was allowed to ruin the read. For fans of the series, this makes it a bitter pill to swallow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    milwaukee, WI, United States
    25/03/12
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    "Disappointing and slow! Couldn't finish listening"

    I loved the first book, Dune. Great story. I tried my best to listent to this part 2 book, Dune Messiah. Got half way through and stopped. It didn't hold my interest. I listen to books while I drive, and this book was putting me to sleep!

    I highly recommend Dune
    I can't recommend Dune Messiah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    Jacksonville, NC, United States
    13/03/12
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    "Great performance of my least favorite Dune book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend for continuity to the series, the rest won't make sense without this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A very powerful ending to an otherwise difficult book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of the original Dune series. Messiah lacks the sweeping vision and power of Dune or Children of Dune/God Emperor, but is necessary to understand what comes after. It's difficult to see the victory of Muad Dib washed away, but ultimately we understand why. Paul is one of my favorite characters and I wish he wasn't such a tragic figure, but that's one of the most powerful elements of the series. With that said, Messiah sets the stage for many of the elements to come, and explains much of the Dune Universe that was glossed over in the original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anders
    Olofstorp, Sweden
    25/12/11
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    "Trying to be smart"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot was hard to figure out and why I should care. It didn't have the same action and amazement as the fist book. It was just too complicated to follow.


    What was most disappointing about Frank Herbert’s story?

    I feel it is hard to tag along in the book. Full of trying to be smart. A plan within a plan within a plan. Like the fist book but this doesn't have the magic as the first book had. Now Paul has all the kingdom and universe it becomes really dull.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end, it was only then I started to understand the book.


    Could you see Dune Messiah being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Fort Hood, TX, United States
    29/11/11
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    "the rest of the story"

    I love the fact I could listen to what the movie the "The Children of Dune" could not tell you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cort
    Kensington, CA, United States
    18/10/11
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    "A big step down from the first book"

    While the first book in the Dune series has lots of action, intrigue, and philosophy, this 2nd book is far to heavy on the latter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    San Francisco, CA, United States
    19/01/11
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zamora
    Clifton, NJ, United States
    22/11/10
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    "Glad it was a short book."

    I absolutely loved book one on Audible. All of the actors and sounds really took this book to a new level. Unfortunately I can't say the same about "Dune Messiah" the story itself was lack luster in comparison to book 1 and the reading approach was not to my liking. As others have reviewed. The acting approach all went out the window. Instead they had different narrators take turns on different chapters. I know I would have enjoyed this book more if 1 narrator was reading. But because it was different ones it really took me out of the story and I was frankly tired when i finished. Frankly this is first time I have been so disappointed in an audio recording. Id give 3 stars because I felt all the narrators did a good job, but I'll give 2 stars for overall story and this disjointed narration style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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