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Mrs.Beeton

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  • The Eyes of the Overworld

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    The Eyes of the Overworld is the first of Vance’s picaresque novels about the scoundrel Cugel. Here he is sent by a magician he has wronged to a distant unknown country to retrieve magical lenses that reveal the Overworld. Conniving to steal the lenses, he escapes and, goaded by a homesick monster magically attached to his liver, starts to find his way home to Almery. The journey takes him across trackless mountains, wastelands, and seas.

    Edie Snow says: "I love Cugel!"
    "Excellent - with a caveat"
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    If you could sum up The Eyes of the Overworld in three words, what would they be?

    It's very well done. My only gripe is that Cugel sounds a bit more oafish than I had imagined. My impression when I read the book was that Cugel was severely deluded about his intellectual abilities - quite arrogant - but nonetheless a sharp intellect. But the narrator makes him sound more like a Longshoreman with slight speech impediment than a quick-witted but unlucky scammer.

    I would still recommend this to anyone. It's a riveting listen for a raod journey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eyes of the Overworld?

    The writing is great no matter who reads it. Vance is a unique voice in 20th C American literature.


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The wrong voice for Cugel, but a great Iocunu.


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

    Yep.


    Any additional comments?

    Great but minor caveats. I feel petty complaining. Morey did a stellar job and kept me listening.

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