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The Curse of Chalion Audiobook

The Curse of Chalion

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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)

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    Tyrion 01-19-05
    Tyrion 01-19-05 Member Since 2011
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    "The story is decent but the narration is poor."

    The story was not a bad one but I wish that I had read the book instead of listened to it. The narrator's voice and style were wrong for a fantasy novel and his habit of mumbling his words almost drove me over the edge. It was all that I could do to finish the tale.

    If you are looking for an excellent story that is read extremely well and you don't mind a little sex and violence then check out George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire".

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    Kenny Bangkok, Thailand 11-05-12
    Kenny Bangkok, Thailand 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So incredibly boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I kept waiting for something to happen but it never did. It's like Roger Zelanzy's writing but without the story, and without the characters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 06-18-12
    Kindle Customer BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Expertly Read"

    First let me say that this is one of Bujold's best books. The story is satisfyingly dire, happy, thrilling, and sad. The world is convincing and the religion nicely nuanced.

    Lloyd James reads all of the characters consistently and always seems to understand what is funny, what is tragic, and acts without overacting. I have listened to this book several times and always enjoy it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenscious Alexandria, VA 03-06-12
    Jenscious Alexandria, VA 03-06-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Slow Start but well worth the patience"
    What made the experience of listening to The Curse of Chalion the most enjoyable?

    The new whole new world created by the author...


    What other book might you compare The Curse of Chalion to and why?

    I think this book is similar version of the series of Lord of the Ring


    Which character ??? as performed by Lloyd James ??? was your favorite?

    Lord Casarell was my favorite.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Petersburgh, NY, United States 02-04-12
    Jeffrey Petersburgh, NY, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great adventure story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Curse of Chalion to be better than the print version?

    No - I love to read, but the audio version is very good


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the characters are developed and the way the story holds together. You find yourself almost part of the story


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

    I think the choice of voices used for each character.


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

    I liked the miracle of Caz and the mules


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend reading Paladin of Souls after reading the Curse of Chailion

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan GLYNDON, MD, United States 01-09-12
    Jonathan GLYNDON, MD, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Top of my list of over 200 titles"
    Where does The Curse of Chalion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of over 200 titles in my library The Curse of Chalion is my favorite. I have listened to the whole book at least three times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how the story comes unfolds, I love the characters, I think the world that Bujold has created, with its own political intrigue and mythology is exceptional.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think it would be a spoiler to discuss my favorite scene, but it involves Caz and the Royce and when the met in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of Bujold's -- have been ever since I read this book. But the sequel to this book. Paladin of Souls as well as her some Vokosigan Saga are all in my top ten. Highly reccomended.

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    Sylvia Paraparaumu, New Zealand 01-02-12
    Sylvia Paraparaumu, New Zealand 01-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Novel as serial"

    I love Bujold's novels - her themes of difference and tolerance pursued within a great story and engaging characters. I have listened to her Vokosignan series read by Grover Gardner who is just about perfect for them. Lloyd James is totally different and it took a while to get used to him, mainly because he was so over the top with his characters' voices. Once I got used to it, it was like listening to a play - in fact James tended to treat adverbs as stage directions - which was irritating at times because I would notice thus interrupting the flow of the story. But mostly great fun and enthralling. This kind of narration with the narrator's verbal skills taking precedent over the novel itself and with distinct voices for all of the characters can result in a high irritation quotient, especially if you don't like the 'voice' given to a particular character. But, overall, a great story narrated with style.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mei-Lu NEWPORT, WA, United States 12-16-11
    Mei-Lu NEWPORT, WA, United States 12-16-11
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    "Fabulous Book, Good Narrator"

    I really loved this book the first time I read it and I thought it would be fun to download the audiobook. While I think Lloyd James does a fine job of narration and distinguishing the voices of the different characters, I have to admit he is not at all who I would have picked to narrate this book. His normal reading voice is very American to me and since the story is European(ish), I was expecting someone with an English accent. Something like Tom Hiddleston's narration for "The Red Necklace" would have been perfect. However, I did and do love the book and will happily listen to it again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Pfafftown, NC, United States 11-19-11
    Mary Pfafftown, NC, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good story"

    I liked the book a lot - it took me a little bit to get used to the reader, but after a while I thought he fit the part. Well developed characters - I was pulled into the story and it was just right for my long comute to work. Everything about the book seemed new and different. I enjoyed the listen very much. I hoped the series would go on with Caz, but Paladin of Souls has a different lead character - each book stands as a complete story. I am enjoying the series very much.

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    John MS 11-04-11
    John MS 11-04-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Plot and Setting"

    Despite a somewhat grim beginning (made more so by the narrator's voice - you do grow to see the voice is perfect for the character), the novel takes many a twisted and delightful twist shortly after introducing the major players. Set in a Spanish-like setting, the plot grows greatly while following the redemption of the main character. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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