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Lord Valentine's Castle Audiobook

Lord Valentine's Castle

The planet Majipoor is shared by humans and several alien races, including four-armed Skandars, three-eyed Liiman, and the native, shape-shifting Metamorphs. All are watched over by the King of Dreams, the labyrinth-dwelling Pontifex, and the priestess of the Isle of Sleep, while the Coronal officially rules from atop Castle Mount.
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This classic science-fantasy novel by legendary author Robert Silverberg tells the story of a man named Valentine, an amnesiac on the world of Majipoor who must find out who he is and what has been done to him. Given that he shares a name with the Coronal (King) of Majipoor, and the name of the book is Lord Valentine's Castle, it is reasonable to assume that this man with no memory is the deposed, rightful ruler of Majipoor, and Valentine slowly learns that this is, in fact, the case. Although that plotline was not the most original of ideas even 30 years ago when Silverberg wrote the novel, the brilliance of the story is in the journey, not the destination — both in the literal and figurative sense. For Valentine's journey from amnesiac peasant to rightful king does take him on quite a literal journey — a fascinating travelogue of the strange, magical world of Majipoor in which Valentine, and the rag-tag troop of jugglers he associates with, eventually uncover the truth of Valentine's heritage.

Some authors write prose that speaks so distinctly that it needs no embellishment from a narrator. Silverberg is such an author, and so Rudnicki, being one of those no-frills narrators who basically acts as a conduit for the listener, is an ideal choice for narrator. His performance is understated but compelling — and it is that understated nature of his reading that is largely responsible for his appeal. Rudnicki is not going to dazzle you with his range of voices or other vocal trickery; instead, he keeps things basic, and for the most part just conveys the author's text and keeps out of the way, making listening to an audiobook read by him akin to reading the book yourself.

Some folks just know how to tell a story. And when you get two natural-born storytellers like Silverberg and Rudnicki together on the same project, the result is quite an unforgettable journey. —John Joseph Adams

Publisher's Summary

The planet Majipoor is shared by humans and several alien races, including four-armed Skandars, three-eyed Liiman, and the native, shape-shifting Metamorphs. All are watched over by the King of Dreams, the labyrinth-dwelling Pontifex, and the priestess of the Isle of Sleep, while the Coronal officially rules from atop Castle Mount.

The Majipoor Cycle begins as young Valentine, a man with no memory, is hired as an apprentice juggler by a group of eccentric performers. While the traveling troupe takes to the road, Valentine's sleep is disturbed by nightmare visions of warring brothers and difficulties on faraway Castle Mount. In a quest to discover who Valentine really is, his wise and peculiar companions resolve to help him claim the rewards of his birth. But another trial awaits Valentine that will test his belief, resolve, and strength of character.

©1980 Robert Silverberg; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Michael New Orleans, LA 05-03-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 05-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Help! I'm Drowning In Poorly Written Mysticism!"

    I HATE reading good scifi or fantasy writing saddled by a smothering theme.

    It's like having sheet cake...The WHOLE sheet cake. It's cloying at the end of the day.

    Despite the wonderful alien races, simple strong writing, interesting characters, and a great plot. THEN...That crazy wacky King of Dreams. SO much planet-spanning messages to everyone in the night, so many blurry analogies, hidden godly wills, and a mishmash of mysticism and religion.

    It just pulled me away from the core of a great novel.

    Please understand, religion in fantasy is commonplace. Look at Jordan's Wheel Of Time series as an example of religion woven smoothly into fantasy writing. It works. It strengthens the entire story, and is one of the essential underpinnings of the entire series.

    Here, not so much.

    I hate that I love this work, and am equally frustrated by it's poorly driven religion. I finished the work, and hoped that this would end in the first novel. Nope. It got worse.

    I'm VERY confident that some of you will disagree, and that's okay. This is MY opinion, and I have to be true to myself.

    Sorry, Robert, I really tried.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Denver, CO, United States 09-24-12
    Susan Denver, CO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "An old friend revisited"
    What made the experience of listening to Lord Valentine's Castle the most enjoyable?

    I read this book a number of years ago and was happy to find it on Audible. It didn't challenge my intellect or make me want to take up a political cause - it was just a fun futuristic/medieval romp. Sometimes those are the best books.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Silverberg? Why or why not?

    Sure.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I liked the narrator - his voice was smooth and he didn't overdo the drama in his voice. It was delightful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It wanted me to dust off my juggling balls.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Tallahassee, FL, United States 09-05-12
    Jeff Tallahassee, FL, United States 09-05-12
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    "Highly Recommended"

    Loved the book when it came out over 30 years ago. Some SF/Fantasy books dont hold up over this length of time but this one surely does. The story is riveting and the narrator fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    inna PROVO, UT, United States 09-03-12
    inna PROVO, UT, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "just a good story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes, because the story is a little different.


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

    It end about the way I expected.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hear Stefan perform on other book and he is always give a good performance.


    Could you see Lord Valentine's Castle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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