We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Curse of Chalion Audiobook

The Curse of Chalion

Regular Price:$34.96
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Lord Cazaril has been, in turn, courtier, castle-warder, and captain; now he is but a crippled ex-galley slave seeking nothing more than a menial job in the kitchens of the Dowager Provincara, the noble patroness of his youth. But Cazaril finds himself promoted to the exalted and dangerous position of tutor to Iselle, the beautiful, fiery sister of the heir to Chalion's throne.

Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

©2004 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Bujold weaves a convincing and captivating fantasy world, well researched, with magic that works and gods that live without destroying the balance of this medieval society....A finely balanced mixture of adventure, swordplay, court intrigue, romance, magic, and religion makes this book a delightful read." (School Library Journal)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (2667 )
5 star
 (1439)
4 star
 (779)
3 star
 (298)
2 star
 (96)
1 star
 (55)
Overall
4.4 (1458 )
5 star
 (850)
4 star
 (375)
3 star
 (158)
2 star
 (45)
1 star
 (30)
Story
4.3 (1451 )
5 star
 (831)
4 star
 (399)
3 star
 (146)
2 star
 (41)
1 star
 (34)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Carolyn Gwaltney Durham, NC USA 10-23-11
    Carolyn Gwaltney Durham, NC USA 10-23-11 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    38
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    93
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beautifully written book"

    Everything about this audiobook experience fitted together perfectly. Bujold's writing is masterful and the voice of Lloyd James is perfect for the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Casey 10-21-11
    Casey 10-21-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    418
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of my faves!"

    This is the 1st Audio book I ever listened to (several years ago) and I loved it. It turned me into an audible junkie, and after several years, I listened again, and enjoyed it just as much. A great fantasy with a well developed alternate world, religion & culture. It has just the right amount of supernatural goings on without overshadowing the intrigue and character development. I really like this narrator, he has a light touch, and very much inhabited the voice of the Caz, who you'll fall in love with.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Allison 10-07-11
    Allison 10-07-11 Member Since 2013

    cappricio

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    173
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unique plot"

    Excellent book with a unique plot and Bujold's fantastic characters. The narrator's "voices" were hard to get used to, but didn't impede the flow of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chelsea LONG BEACH, CA, United States 08-25-11
    Chelsea LONG BEACH, CA, United States 08-25-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    49
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story!"

    A fantastic story and a solid narrating job. I felt the narrator had too wry of a tone in a few bits, but I found that did not detract from my pleasure of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Noora 08-23-11
    Noora 08-23-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    135
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An instant favourite"

    This must be one of the best fantasy books I've ever read/listened to. The story is so perfectly told, clear with no unnecessary padding and yet with enough detail to paint beautiful pictures. The hero Caz is wonderfully human and far from the stereotypes, but yet a real hero. The plot is complex and deepens into something of a mystery/detective story in a fantasy setting, and then it evolves even further... I will say no more since that would be spoilers.

    I haven't read anything like this before, and I've read a lot of fantasy over the years. However, if you're expecting classic sword'n'sorcery and dragonslaying adventures, don't bother. This one is for the advanced reader who wants something more than the standard formula.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ed Burkhead East Peoria, IL USA 07-07-11
    Ed Burkhead East Peoria, IL USA 07-07-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Fantastic fantasy - original, involved, exciting"

    This is really original fantasy. Lois Bujold writes great stories, characters you want to have for friends (except the enemies who, themselves, are drawn believably) and worlds of imagination.

    Lois doesn't just rehash the same old ogres, elves, etc., that are the staples of so many fantasy writers - she creates something new and fascinating.

    The Curse of Chalion won the Hugo Award for the the Best SF/Fantasy of its year as voted by the fans - and it was well deserved.

    Lloyd James did a REALLY GOOD job of narrating this. He has developed greatly as a narrator and his voices, emotion, pacing, . . . everything, were really appropriate to the content of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donna 05-09-11
    Donna 05-09-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "Exceptional"

    This is an excellent story made exceptional by Lloyd James' reading. For the first time ever, I am searching a narrator's catalogue rather than an author's to find more of the same. Similarly, this a very rare instance where I actually prefer the audio version of a book over the printed version. Well done, Mr. James.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bob Nelson 04-08-11
    Bob Nelson 04-08-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    431
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Master wordsmith"

    Bujold writes the kind of fiction that I like, both her romantic fantasies and her science fiction. Her story lines are clear, her descriptions rich but concrete, her vocabulary precise.
    Within the first hour, any fan of high fantasy knows roughly how this story will play out... and is eager to take part in the voyage. If we step back a few paces, the primary character is not even remotely credible -- much too perfect -- but Bujold makes us believe in him, gradually transmuting our perception of him from sympathy -- almost pity -- to respect.
    The reading is not at all intrusive... which to my mind is a high compliment.
    Highly recommended!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Flushing, NY, United States 03-04-11
    Amazon Customer Flushing, NY, United States 03-04-11

    fitnesslover

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Wonderful"

    This was my kind of listen, the narration was wonderful. Voices fit the characters.The language was beautiful and poetic in its description the world of Chalion. The plot was unpredictable with a hint of fantasy. I definitely would pick this narrator and author again. The description of court dynamics and intrigue remained me a little of the Kushiel series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 01-15-11
    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 01-15-11 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    217
    44
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    "a wonder"

    The usual reason for choosing audio books is probably more personal than practical. All of Bujold's work suffers from her playful need to turn the alphabet into a game of sudoko and then call the result names. I really need someone to translate the sound. This book moves like music with Lloyd James translation of impossible sound from my own effort. I have listened to the book at least four times and still have not run out of appetite for it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.