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Dune Messiah

By: Frank Herbert
Narrated by: Scott Brick,Katherine Kellgren,Euan Morton,Simon Vance
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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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Better than the first Dune book

The writing of Dune Messiah is, in my opinion, much more consistent than the first instalment of the series. A well-constructed narrative, it avoids the pacing problems I had with Dune and presents an engaging story of political intrigue.

Although the character’s and their development is interesting, I will caution that I find none of them particularly likeable. The characters in the Dune series are not just flawed, if they don’t lack empathy they instead exhibit “by hurting you I’m helping you” tendencies to a disturbing level. I am well aware that consideration of the degradation of blind faith and fanaticism is a core aspect of the series, but I don’t find the exploration of the topic particularly compelling in this instance.

The narration is, just as the first book, inconsistent. Again, the main narrator is good, but it would have been nicer to have either different voice actors used for specific characters all the time, or not at all.

All the above being said, I think Dune Messiah is probably my joint favourite of the Dune series alongside Children of Dune.

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plants, mushrooms and remembrance

yep. if you're hesitating to listen to this one, don't. it's a classic; beautifully written; it reeks of plants and mushrooms and remembrance.

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fall of the dmt space wizard

it was tragic to hear the downfall for Paul but also pretty fun at the same time

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great read for those who loved the first book

Loved it but not for everyone, light on action, heavy on politics and philosophy.

Reading the original, although I loved it, some parts were a bit monotonous. I found that audiobook format fixed that problem.

Voice acting was great and appropriate.

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More questionable narration decisions

I really don't mind having multiple narrators read for different characters. The decisions made by the production team for this book and the last continue to confuse me.

It starts off with the main narrator reading a chapter, switches to a narrator that is Paul's primary voice, then back to the main narrator, then to Iralan's narrator, then main narrator for a majority of the other chapters, then back to Paul, with no rhyme or reason.

The difference in narrative voices for the same characters are jarring and the inconsistency of it is so confusing it distracts me from the wonderful book by Frank Herbert.

Whoever made these decisions should never make another audiobook.

That said excited to listen to the next audiobook, most likely unfortunately produced by the same group.

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Multiple narrators confusing

This is read by multiple narrators, but without any obvious pattern. All are good, but it's just a bit confusing to hear the same characters being spoken with different voices.

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An excellent audio version of the original

I love this series - I think the number of times I have read this series must be in the double digits now. However, this is the first time I have listened to the series. The audio version gave me a better insight into why Paul makes a series of key decisions at the end of the book. I read text very fast and I think that being forced to slow down to the pace at which the book is read aloud gave me more time to think about Paul's possible motivations.

There are several voice actors involved in the production and I found all of them very good. There is a large cast of characters and I always knew which character was speaking.

For those readers who have never read or listened to this book, this is very different from the first book in the series ("Dune"). "Dune Messaiah" focuses on the implementation of a vision and the consequences. One of the themes is the balance of power between the ruler and the religious and political institutions that help the ruler to rule. Unsurprisingly, another theme is the nature, potential and limitations of prescience - in particular whether the oracle chooses the future or whether the future chooses the oracle.

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Intricate Magnificence!

One of those sequels that is better!!! There’d be no Matrix, Game of Thrones & Vikings to name a few

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Had fun but big change from the first book

I still very much enjoyed the setting and the political intrigue, but it was nowhere near as good as the first book in the series was

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Dune Messiah Review

Dune Messiah is a difficult book to read in isolation and needs to be read in conjunction with the wider Frank Herbert story. The book lacks the energy and intensity from Book 1, but adds further foundation to the larger story at hand. Easy listening, mixed opinion on the voices but appreciate the efforts in creating characters.

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