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Dune Messiah: Book Two in the Dune Chronicles

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Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton

8 Hours 58 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

September 2007

Audio Book Summary

The bestselling science fiction series of all time continues! Frank Herbert's second installment explores new developments on the desert planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and its strange threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Maud'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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  • Michael R.

    After reading the first book, I was so surprised that this was so much shorter that I initially thought it was the abridged version. After listening to this for the fourth time in a row, I understand why now. There’s so much to unpack and process, understanding what all the different characters are doing and why. It’s almost as if as the spectator you need to look at the story as Paul would, from a non-temporal viewpoint of the events. I think it’s an interesting look at the concept of predetermination, and what would one do if you knew the future, but also knew how dramatically chaotic events could unfold if you were to deviate carelessly from that path. Love it, want to listen to it four more times.

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  • Alexander G.

    Narrator's voice for female characters is so incredibly awful and annoying. In fact, pretty much all his "character" voices are terrible. Why can't he just read the story?

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  • Murray E.

    Took me a while to warm up to this book, but still engaging and upon retrospect a good direction for the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t quite get into this book. Similar to the John Grisham “stinking” lawyer books.

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  • Laura G.

    As a follow up to the incomparable DUNE, this is wonderful. It’s even more existential, full of behind the action thinking, philosophy, theology and political strategy. All of it is necessary as a follow up and build up for the expansive Dune story.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope book 3 is better

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  • Judson J.

    Count inured the story wonderfully, even if it was more political intrigue than sci fi space adventure. Narration on point!

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  • Emily B.

    This book was sad for me. Letting go of a lot of great characters. I\'ve read the three prequels and the first dune book. But I will still impressed with the story line and it kept me interested.

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  • Bruce Curson

    A great sequel to Dune. I was not expecting a better read than Dune but I believe that it was. This is a much shorter novel when compared to Dune and that length fits the book well since most of the background was already set in the longer novel, Dune. You won't be disappointed as the story continues ... and obviously, you must have already read Dune to fully understand the nuances suggested in this book.

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  • lorin

    I was not expecting to like this book. Unlike everyone else, I did not like Dune. I felt the characters were rushed in the first book. I thought this book was very interesting as a character study. Herbert spent much less time developing the story line and much more time expounding on the characters. Put together the story felt complete.

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