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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Vance Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781441814777
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Rhialto the Marvellous takes up the personal and political conflicts among a conclave of two dozen magicians of Ascolais and Almery in the 21st Aeon. The shocking appearance of the Llorio the Murtha, a powerful female force from an earlier aeon threatens to unbalance nature by “ensqualming” or feminizing the magicians. This triggers a tremendous struggle for power and the other mages turn against Rhialto. Hoping to reestablish his rightful place, Rhialto travels to other aeons to restore the missing Perciplex which projects the Mostrament, the constitution of the association. In his final adventure, Rhialto must, ultimately, travel to the very ends of time and space to confront an old adversary whom he had wronged and must commit further misdeeds to restore order. Out of this welter of exotic politics, values systems, personal eccentricity, and magic, the figure of Rhialto slowly comes into focus and takes on dimension. He is a vain, apparently superficial man, not ashamed to demonstrate his melancholy to enhance his reputation. But he is courteous, patient, and subtle, even kind. He is self-aware and introspective as Cugel never could be—the wisest and most sympathetic of all of Vance’s wizards. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 11/24/2013

    " Word candy. All of Vance's book have delicious syntax but for some reason this is my all time favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Chimkin | 9/15/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 1/23/2013

    " Probably my least favorite Dying Earth book and character. The characters were all interchangeable and rather dull compared to previous Vance works. The writing is still as grandly lush as ever, but overall it lacks substance and Vance's charm isn't enough to make it worthwhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 10/30/2012

    " I basically have the same thoughts about this that I had about the earlier Dying Earth books: love the prose and worldbuilding and wit, shame about how he wrote women. It seemed harder to ignore in this one because Rhialto and the other wizards are constantly treating them as things/toys/prizes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/9/2012

    " Especially brave when his enemies are tied up, enormously selfish, a role model to none, Rhialto truly is marvellous. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex | 12/27/2011

    " Apparently I missed something because everyone else loves this book. I hated it. What a pretentious piece of garbage. And nothing happens. Dumb, dumb, dumb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/21/2011

    " Word candy. All of Vance's book have delicious syntax but for some reason this is my all time favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex | 2/8/2011

    " Apparently I missed something because everyone else loves this book. I hated it. What a pretentious piece of garbage. And nothing happens. Dumb, dumb, dumb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorileinart | 6/30/2009

    " re-reading concurrently with my son: what joy!
    these are the kind of laughs that last forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/13/2007

    " Especially brave when his enemies are tied up, enormously selfish, a role model to none, Rhialto truly is marvellous. "

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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 twenty 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.