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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,572 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Silverberg Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Majipoor Chronicles Series Release Date:
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The search for his lost past leads to a battle for his future.

The planet Majipoor is shared by humans and several alien races, including four-armed Skandars, three-eyed Liiman, and the native, shape-shifting Metamorphs. All are watched over by the King of Dreams, the labyrinth-dwelling Pontifex, and the Lady of the Isle of Sleep, while the Coronal officially rules from atop Castle Mount.

One of the best-loved and bestselling fantasy classics of all time, the Majipoor Cycle begins as young Valentine, a man with no memory, is hired as an apprentice juggler by a group of eccentric performers. While the traveling troupe takes to the road, Valentine’s sleep is disturbed by nightmare visions of warring brothers and difficulties on faraway Castle Mount. In a quest to discover Valentine’s true identity, his wise and peculiar companions resolve to help him claim the rewards of his birth. But another trial awaits Valentine that will test his belief, resolve, and strength of character.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A surefire page-turner…A brilliant concept of the imagination.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A grand, picaresque tale…by one of the great storytellers of the century. Lord Valentine’s Castle has everything.”

    Roger Zelazny

  • “[A] heady blend of rigorous SF worldbuilding and the poetic sensibility of fantasy fiction…[which] casts light on a variety of pertinent social concerns.”

    Sci Fi Weekly

  • “The first installment of Silverberg’s celebrated Majipoor Cycle makes for relaxing listening. In an unhurried bass voice, Stefan Rudnicki calmly escorts the listener through the expansively descriptive world of Majipoor, an ancient and fantastical kingdom which, having forgotten conflict, is, nonetheless, on the brink of civil war. Particularly difficult vocal challenges include a bureaucratic two-headed alien, who is achieved though vocal skill rather than special effects…Rudnicki ably performs a myriad of characters, most notably the whimsical Lord Valentine.”


  • “Robert Silverberg’s writing and imagination soar with nary a false step. It is truly a extraordinary tale, well told. The story is enhanced by Stefan Rudnicki’s nuanced reading. For a narrator with such a deep voice, Rudnicki is able to tweak his reading to provide a wide range of characters, from the dour Skandars to more delicate female characters…Highly recommended.”


  • “[A] wonderful science fiction tale…Rudnicki’s excellent semi-voiced reading adds a great deal to the enjoyment of this tale. He has won numerous audiobook awards as a reader and as a producer, including a Grammy. He uses his sonorous voice effectively to capture the various personalities of Valentine and his multicultural friends.”


  • Winner of the 1981 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • A 1981 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Saldana | 2/17/2014

    " I love Robert Silverberg, but this book is predictable and unbelievable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pikei ToDreamMarryRest | 2/13/2014

    " A rollicking good road-book read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gary | 2/6/2014

    " I read this for the first time in 1982 - in the piney woods of northeastern Texas - and it's as enchanting now as it was 31 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Libby | 1/29/2014

    " A real joy to read. Imaginative, complex and epic. A rare breed of sci-fi/fantasy crossover set against a beautifully realised world full of contrasts and with a real narrative drive. Unlike most fantasy this book is also very well written, avoiding cliches and stereotypes. "

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