Showing results by author "Jack Vance"

Categories

All Categories

16 results
Sort by
    • The Dying Earth

    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 452
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 395
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 401

    The stories in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Decadent and Hopeful Dying Earth

    • By Jefferson on 06-27-10

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Suldrun’s Garden

    • Lyonesse: Book 1
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 170

    The Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of 10 contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control. At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse. His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans. He intends to cement an alliance or two by marrying her well. But Suldrun is as determined as he and defies him.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator issues

    • By joan on 12-31-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Planet of Adventure

    • City of the Chasch, Servants of the Wankh, The Dirdir, The Pnume: The Tschai, Planet of Adventure
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    Stranded on the distant planet Tschai, young Adam Reith is the sole survivor of a space mission who discovers the world is inhabited - not only by warring alien cultures but by human slaves as well, taken early in Earth's history. Reith must find a way off the planet to warn Earth of Tschai's deadly existence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Narration!

    • By James Weaver on 03-16-16

    Regular price: $38.46

    • The Eyes of the Overworld

    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    The Eyes of the Overworld is the first of Vance’s picaresque novels about the scoundrel Cugel. Here he is sent by a magician he has wronged to a distant unknown country to retrieve magical lenses that reveal the Overworld. Conniving to steal the lenses, he escapes and, goaded by a homesick monster magically attached to his liver, starts to find his way home to Almery. The journey takes him across trackless mountains, wastelands, and seas.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Literary equivalent of a Terry Gilliam film

    • By Ryan on 10-16-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Cugel's Saga

    • Tales of the Dying Earth, Book 3
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    Though Vance puts himself in tradition of popular fantasy writers, one might assume that he had also grown up with Ovid and Herodotus, Homer’s Odyssey, Don Quixote, and Candide. The Cugel tales lack some of the scope and pathos of the great adventure yarns, but, in the 21st century, they may be as close as one gets to the celebration of epic human perseverance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Witty, refreshingly different

    • By Ryan on 10-30-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Green Pearl

    • Lyonesse, Book 2
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    In The Green Pearl, King Aillas of Troicinet defends the peace of the Elder Isles against both the Ska marauders who once enslaved him and the wicked King Casmir. While organizing the unruly barons in the frontiers of his land, Aillas goes out of his way to capture the lovely Ska noblewoman who once stung him with her disregard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Bob-o on 05-15-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Madouc

    • Lyonesse, Book 3
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    The World Fantasy Award-winning third volume of the Lyonesse trilogy brings attention to the faerie changeling Madouc. Where princess Suldrun once meekly endured the proprieties of Castle Haidion, Madouc defends herself with rotten fruit. Vexed, King Casmir arranges a contest to marry her off, but Madouc has other ideas, and enlists the stableboy "Sir Pom-pom" on an impromptu quest to find her father.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A masterpiece of high fantasy

    • By Avid reader on 10-23-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Pnume

    • The Tschai, Planet of Adventure, Book 4
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The Pnume were an ancient race of the planet Tschai, living underground in a vast network of caverns with their human slave species, the Pnumekin. The Pnume were the historians of Tschai, collecting its past with ruthless and scholarly dedication. Surface dwellers never saw the Pnume - if they were lucky. Adam Reith was not so fortunate. The Pnume had heard rumors of a strange man claiming to have come from the planet Earth, and they wanted him for Foreverness, the museum of Tschai life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Vance

    • By possumchild on 10-25-15

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Servants of the Wankh

    • The Tschai, Planet of Adventure, Book 2
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Marooned on the strange planet Tschai, Adam Reith agreed to lead an expedition to return the princess Ylin Ylan, the Flower of Cath, to her homeland halfway around the globe. Monsters of land and sea lay before them, as well as beings both human and alien who might rob, kill, or enslave them. Tschai was a large planet - an ancient planet - where four powerful alien races struggled for mastery while humans were treated as pawns; nothing would be easy for Reith on this journey.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Planet of Adventure

    • By Mark on 08-29-15

    Regular price: $17.47

    • To Live Forever

    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Gavin Waylock had waited seven years for the scandal surrounding his former immortal self to be forgotten and had kept his identity concealed so that he could once again join the ranks of those who lived forever. He had been exceedingly careful about hiding his past. Then he met the Jacynth. She was a beautiful 19-year-old, and Gavin wanted her. But he recognized that a wisdom far beyond her years marked her as one who knew too much about him to live.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting character study in futuristic society

    • By MSEreads on 01-30-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Rhialto the Marvellous

    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    In the interlocking Tales of the Dying Earth Vance explores the world at the end of time when sun is guttering. Light itself is different and Vance’s landscapes —described in language that is lyrical, seductive, and partly self-invented —are wild and surreal, full of opportunity and danger. On the Dying Earth, the rules of physics as we know them have been amended and replaced by magic. The laws of evolution have spun out creatures that are humanoid, hybrid, and often terrifying.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dark and Wonderful

    • By Shay on 04-17-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • City of the Chasch

    • The Tschai, Planet of Adventure, Book 1
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    When someone sent distress signals to outer space from the planet Tschai, it was Adam Reith's misfortune to be sent from Earth to investigate. Because when his ship came close to Tschai, it was torpedoed - and Adam escaped to the surface with his life and nothing else.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By Jaro on 08-25-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Four Johns

    • By: Jack Vance, Ellery Queen
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The four of them had only two things in common - their name and a love for the ladies. John Boce was a no-account accountant who lusted after food, drink, cars, and women. John Thompson was a secretive librarian who liked his books and his women well-stacked. John Viviano was a fashion photographer with a great feel for a body - any body! And John Pilgrim was a poetic bum who had the girls hanging on his every stanza. All of them wanted the same woman, but which one wanted her enough to kill?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well written but undramatic

    • By Brian on 02-05-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Men Return & Worlds of Origin

    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Tim Rowe
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Two vintage stories from the 1950s by science-fiction Grand Master Jack Vance, who wrote stories of adventure, detection, horror, and humor.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Oddities from Jack Vance

    • By Joel D Offenberg on 03-18-10

    Regular price: $9.07

    • The Dirdir

    • The Tschai, Planet of Adventure, Book 3
    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Getting back to Earth from the planet Tschai involved either stealing a spaceship or having one built to order - for Tschai was home to several intelligent star-born races, and so they had spaceyards. But Adam Reith's problem was not so simple. He'd already been lucky to escape the Chasch and the Wankh and a dozen different types of humans, and now his course led directly to the Grand Sivishe Spaceyards in the domains of the Dirdir.

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Devil on Salvation Bluff

    • By: Jack Vance
    • Narrated by: Candace Platt
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    On the planet Glory, missionaries live in a constant unpredictable environment. Sister Mary and her husband, Brother Raymond, try to contend with the flits, which live satyr-like existences. The missionaries are exasperated with this world's disregard for cause and effect. The only constant is the clock that they brought with them. And therein lies the problem.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Jack Vance - cultural critic out of time

    • By PhilipDunwody on 02-26-16

    Regular price: $4.49