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Valentine Pontifex

By: Robert Silverberg
Narrated by: J. Paul Boehmer,Hillary Huber,Don Leslie,Stefan Rudnicki
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Publisher's summary

The extraordinary story continues in this magnificent new installment of the bestselling Majipoor Chronicles, begun with Lord Valentine's Castle.

Dark dreams disturb Lord Valentine's sleep, a forewarning of the danger that threatens the peace of Majipoor. The Shapeshifters have set in motion a terrifying plan to regain their stolen world and their allies, the ancient gods rising from their eons-long slumber beneath the oceans of the great planet. Suddenly, Valentine faces the greatest crisis of his reign. Either he must plunge Majipoor into a bloody nightmare of war, plague, and chaos, or surrender his life to the mercy of the vengeful Shapeshifters.

©1983 Agberg, Ltd. (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A virtuoso performance by Silverberg, in which details of natural history become symbolic threads in a colorful tapestry on the themes of maturity, responsibility, and natural process." ( New York Newsday)
"Silverberg has created a big planet, chock-a-block with life..." ( The Washington Post)

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Superb!

What made the experience of listening to Valentine Pontifex the most enjoyable?

When I saw there were multiple narrators I was concerned. Well, those concerns quickly went away when I realized why they went with multiple readers. Each chapter focuses on a different part of the story and/or character. Having a different reader for each character or character types was brilliant!

Who was your favorite character and why?

They were all so good and well done I can't chose a favorite.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

All four narrators did an outstanding job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but couldn't.

Any additional comments?

This is among the best audiobooks I have listened to. The story and narrators made for a wonderful experience journeying to this world of Majipoor.

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A bit lengthy.

The narrators r different some better then others. The story very long but too predictable.

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Very Good Sequel

In this installment of the Lord Valentine Castle books the character Hisoon becomes well developed and multi-dimensional and appropriately joins the other major characters as a strong force on Valentine's plans and actions. I believe Valentine pontifex is one of silverberg's strongest works. the performance using multiple narrators is quite effective adding a great deal to the story. highly recommended.

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not as good as I remember

another book I read in high school that didn't hold up as well as I remember, it is still a good listen.

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Amazing story

Really great story and great narration by all performers. This book was better than I expected.

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Perfect completion

This, the 3rd of the original Majipoor trilogy, wraps up the story of Valentine perfectly! Highly recommended.

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