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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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    Vicki Wilson, WY, USA 10-12-07
    Vicki Wilson, WY, USA 10-12-07
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    "Mesmerizing..."

    I have been captivated by this audiobook. The narrator, Lloyd James, alters the inflection and tone of his voice to match the personalities of the prominent characters, so that they seem like individuals. I find that, between my listening sessions, I'm dreaming of the story, and even thinking about it during my waking hours.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Evanston, IL, USA 06-24-07
    Steven Evanston, IL, USA 06-24-07
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    "Bravo"

    This has not been my usual genre, but this is an exceptional book. I seldom give five stars, but this gets five from me. The story was well woven, the religious aspect not overwhelming and the narration was performance art. Well worth your time and money!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Erie, CO, USA 02-10-06
    Nick Erie, CO, USA 02-10-06
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    "Awesome"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was captivating from the beginning. The characters are flawed, but they draw you in. I couldn't give a better endorsement. Also, the reader was wonderful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DaBears113 04-11-05
    DaBears113 04-11-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow start but worth the wait"

    At first the readers voice was a bit annoying and the story was slow to develop but once the story began to take shape the voice actually fit the character perfectly. It was not fantasy on a high level in terms of magic and tolkien type imagery but rather a simpler story that developed the characters and helped the reader to understand the times and the lay of the land. The chivalry and etiquette of the time was interesting as compared to todays lack of loyalty and humility so it was refreshing. I could not wait to here what would happen next to lift the curse from Chalion and I felt I wished the book would go on and on rather than ending. Great read!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Houston, TX, USA 03-01-05
    Sarah Houston, TX, USA 03-01-05 Member Since 2013
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    "A lucky find"

    I had read Cordelia's Honor and was looking for more Bujold. The Curse of Chalion was exciting. I sat in the driveway just to listen to the next few lines and now I want the next in the series on Audible as soon as possible.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy Hill 01-27-05
    Betsy Hill 01-27-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Best book yet"

    Very creative. Loved it

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.


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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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