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This Immortal | [Roger Zelazny]

This Immortal

Conrad Nomikos has a long, rich personal history that he'd rather not talk about. And as arts commissioner, he's been given a job he'd rather not do. Escorting an alien grandee on a guided tour of the shattered remains of Earth is not something he relishes - especially since it is apparent that this places him at the center of high-level intrigue that has some bearing on the future of Earth itself.
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Conrad Nomikos has a long, rich personal history that he'd rather not talk about. And, as arts commissioner, he's been given a job he'd rather not do. Escorting an alien grandee on a guided tour of the shattered remains of Earth is not something he relishes - especially since it is apparent that this places him at the center of high-level intrigue that has some bearing on the future of Earth itself. But Conrad is a very special guy....

Written by the late Roger Zelazny, This Immortal was originally published under the title ...and Call Me Conrad. It shared the 1966 Hugo Award for Best Novel with Frank Herbert's Dune.

©1966 Roger Zelazny; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1966

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    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 01-20-10
    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 01-20-10 Member Since 2008

    What is there to say, I am a 40-something professional man with kids who like to listen to light books while on the bus to work.

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    "Narration among the worst"

    Normally I really enjoy R.Z.'s books, but the narration of the beginning was so monotone with way too many long pauses. I could not even follow what the narrator was saying and did not even get past the first 10 minutes. Just to give you an idea how bad it was..."Gnash, Gnash the teeth. Clippity clop, the hooves" became "Gnash gnash the teeth clippity clop the hooves." The pauses were so long it was actually hard to link the words together. Save your money and skip this version.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Logan Pleasant Grove, CA United States 12-06-12
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    "classic antihero"
    If you could sum up This Immortal in three words, what would they be?

    anti hero with aliens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The use of ancient greek myth, the descriptions of the vegans, and the rough character of hero.


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

    This is the first narration I have heard by Victor and it was quite well done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The loss of the hero's newly wed wife in the earthquake and his reaction to that loss.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Columbia, MD, United States 11-05-10
    Joel Columbia, MD, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting, but..."

    Note: also known as "...And Call Me Conrad."

    The devastated, post-nuclear war Earth has a native population of only 4 million. Most humans have moved out into the stars, where they live as second-class non-citizens among the alien cultures of the galaxy.

    Conrad Nomikos is an enigma...incredibly long-lived, occupying a small Greek island, occupying a high position in the Earth government.

    An alien visitor is coming to tour the Earth's surviving historical sites, and he has specifically asked that Conrad serve as his guide. Among the large human entourage, there are some are political radicals who fear the alien's secret mission is really to take the Earth away from humanity. Conrad finds himself both sympathetic to the aims of the Radpol and obligated to protect the life of the alien tourist from the same organization, and from the various mutant creatures (some of them humans) that now stalked the Earth.

    This novel shared the Hugo award of 1966 with Frank Herbert's Dune...they are similar in some ways [more-than-human main character, a heavily political story with episodes of action interspersed]. Of the two, I think Dune is far superior.

    Victor Bevine's slow, methodical reading grows a bit monotonous over the 6 1/2 hour novel. Yes, it's a fairly low-key novel, but Bevine's narration is almost soporific.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Original"

    Not a bad story.

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    Kelley Odessa, MO, USA 10-28-09
    Kelley Odessa, MO, USA 10-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "I MISS ZELAZNY"

    This has all the wit and humor and excitement as in all of his books. Although written over 20 years ago it doesn't date itself as almost all of his works don't.

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    K. Culleton San Angelo Texas 01-25-09
    K. Culleton San Angelo Texas 01-25-09 Member Since 2007

    Avid Biker - RAGBRAI rules

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    "A fan of Zelazny but ..."

    I like Zelazny's novels overall but I did not like this one. Most of them are short and satisfying even though I generally prefer longer books.

    I found "This Immortal" to be dull and dreary with no redeeming qualities.

    For longer books with depth and character try Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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