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Download Cugel's Saga: Tales of the Dying Earth, Book 3 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Vance Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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In Cugel's Saga, published 17 years after Eyes of the Overworld, the novel that first featured the scoundrel, Cugel again tests wits with Iucounu and acquires rudimentary powers. Though Vance puts himself in the 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Артём Багинский | 1/25/2014

    " This one was not much different from the previous book in the series (The Eyes of the Overworld), but I give it less stars. Cugel is exactly the same as we came to know him in the previous story, I don't like such integrity in my anti-hero. While on the first encounter his terrible character is comically unbelievable - you want to say "no, you don't, Cugel. No, really?" each time he pulls some trick - this time around his consistency is annoying because it doesn't surprise you anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Brackett | 1/16/2014

    " A story about a total dick and amazing use of vocabulary? Count me in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 12/11/2013

    " And old favorite. Very entertaining read, highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Chimkin | 11/5/2013

    " Read as part of 'Tales of the Dying Earth' trade p/b omnibus "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 5/28/2012

    " Oh, it was ok. Cugel is such a con-man, but some how endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 12/8/2011

    " This is the book that first got me into Jack Vance 25 years ago - I love his writing style. There aren't many duds in his list of books, although the more recent ones are more formulaic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/9/2011

    " A goofy but eventually addictive story with some wonderful bits of fantasy invention (boot wax that makes things float, worm-powered sea vessels, etc.) The Dying Earth novels keep getting better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 3/19/2011

    " Probably the best of the Dying Earth novels. Funny, quirky and eloquent. A marvelous achievement in literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordi | 10/5/2010

    " Simplement entretingut. Tot i així, no deixa de ser un conjunt d'aventures més o menys enginyoses. En general m'han agradat més altres llibres de la sèrie. El que sí que és destacable és el personatge protagonista de l'obra (Cugel). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 5/21/2010

    " Oh, it was ok. Cugel is such a con-man, but some how endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 4/14/2009

    " This is the book that first got me into Jack Vance 25 years ago - I love his writing style. There aren't many duds in his list of books, although the more recent ones are more formulaic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/19/2008

    " A goofy but eventually addictive story with some wonderful bits of fantasy invention (boot wax that makes things float, worm-powered sea vessels, etc.) The Dying Earth novels keep getting better. "

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About the Author
Author Jack Vance

Jack Vance (1916–2013) published his first story, “The World Thinker,” in 1945 and has since written over sixty books. Best known as a science fiction and fantasy writer, Vance has won several awards in those genres, including the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement and a number of Hugo Awards. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Ellery Queen, Peter Held, John Holbrook, John van See, and Alan Wade.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.