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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: June 2008 ISBN: 9781455191338
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    SFFAudio.com

  • “[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.”

    SoundCommentary.com

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aiden | 1/24/2014

    " Very good book, interesting settings, creatures. Beautiful plot and surprise ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/24/2014

    " An other-world Bildungsroman with a twist--the hero starts his journey as an adult with no past. A compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/19/2014

    " I probably read this book 30 years ago but I remember really enjoying the way Silverberg used juggling as a major part of the plot. The rest of the book I don't remember. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. Alan | 1/18/2014

    " This book inspired me to learn to juggle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Snell | 1/7/2014

    " This was one that my husband and I read together during our evening chores. It was long. Silverberg is a great world-builder, but it was long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleenmarrs | 12/30/2013

    " Nice story, interesting concept - a few too many meaningless name and place references, but otherwise an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 12/17/2013

    " I remember loving this book and loving my best friend for sharing it with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hthayer | 11/28/2013

    " Welcome to the world of Majipoor, a world that will draw you in and have you revel in its vast magnificence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 6/15/2013

    " This book was the first by Robert Silverberg I ever read. I loved it (still do). Silverberg continues to be one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vamshidhar | 2/9/2013

    " Pretty fun read with an imaginative world and fascinating descriptions of cities. However, the plot is very predictable and the writing is a bit too geared towards children (which it is entirely possible the book/series was written for). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 1/16/2013

    " One of the few books that I enjoyed as much the second time (around age 30) as I did the first time (around age 15). Majipoor is one of my favorite fantasy/sf settings ever; it fills me with a sense of wonder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/26/2011

    " Silverberg is a fairly "big" name in the SF world and although this is a well thought out world, I find the memory loss of the lead charachter a bit too common in SF as an excuse for explaining how things work. Still a fairly unchallenging fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 4/16/2011

    " I remember loving this book when I first read it. A recent review by Kathleen made me sort of want to read it again. I wonder if I would still like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 2/11/2011

    " More people should read this book, its amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 2/2/2011

    " An other-world Bildungsroman with a twist--the hero starts his journey as an adult with no past. A compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kama | 1/31/2011

    " Yep, another reread. Great classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleenmarrs | 12/31/2010

    " Nice story, interesting concept - a few too many meaningless name and place references, but otherwise an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henriette | 11/19/2010

    " it was intresting reding "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 8/26/2010

    " One of the few books that I enjoyed as much the second time (around age 30) as I did the first time (around age 15). Majipoor is one of my favorite fantasy/sf settings ever; it fills me with a sense of wonder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/20/2010

    " Bland and underdeveloped with very flat characters. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg, five-time winner of both the Nebula Award and Hugo Award, received the Grand Master Award for career achievement from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.