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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,005 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Vance Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Tales of the Dying Earth Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781441814654
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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. Through cunning and dumb luck, the relentless Cugel survives one catastrophe after another, fighting off bandits, ghosts, and ghouls—stealing, lying, and cheating without insight or remorse leaving only wreckage behind. Betrayed and betraying, he joins a cult group on a pilgrimage, crosses the Silver Desert as his comrades die one by one and, escaping the Rat People, obtains a spell that returns him home. There, thanks to incompetence and arrogance he misspeaks the words of a purloined spell and transports himself back to the same dismal place he began his journey. 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 Ron | 2/9/2014

    " The best of pulp sci-fi. "

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

    " Aww, I was actually rooting for the bastard by the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/2/2014

    " I've read this in the omnibus Tales Of The Dying Earth. I feel like kicking Cugel's ass, for everywhere he comes, he leaves a path of destruction, death, ... has no respect for customs, profites from others' actions, and yet, one can't help feel to choose his side too when he's cornered. On the other hand, in the end you sort of get the message: what goes around, comes around. Or, don't seek personal revenge, because that is not going to end the circle or spiral. On the contrary, it might get worse. All in all, another nice read, though less exciting (and more nerve-wrecking) than "The Dying Earth", hence only 7/10. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geoffrey | 12/21/2013

    " ...on the other hand, this is just fucking horrible. I have *no* idea what Vance thought he was accomplishing by forcing the reader to spend so much time in the company of so awful a protagonist (c'mon, this ain't Lolita), but it doesn't work even a tiny bit. The episodes in any case would be no great shakes compared to those in the first book, but ol' Cugel is the real decisive factor here. I will not be continuing this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Brackett | 11/30/2013

    " The ornate and expansive vocabulary used made this a delight to read. Coupled with a complete bastard of a protagonist that the author never makes any attempt to make like-able, this novel had a lot of unique personality to it that I highly enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 11/29/2013

    " To me Cugel is one of the best and most enjoyable characters I have ever read about and this book was one of the first Jack Vance books I encountered. It compelled me to read other Jack Vance works as well, something I will never regret. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Healey | 11/3/2013

    " What a great character Cudgel is. He is at once a complete jerk, yet certainly someone that I would want to be friends with; probably because he reminds me of myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie PIERRE | 1/21/2013

    " MON EDITION EST DU 20 FEVRIER 1984 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timday | 11/24/2012

    " good adventure and take note that meiville borrowed ideas from previous book for city and city "

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

    " Like with the first Dying Earth book, I love the imagination and worldbuilding and use of language, but the antiquated sexism spoils it. Also, Cugel was an utter sociopath (rapist, traitor, murderer with no redeeming qualities) and I couldn't stand him, even if that was the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimfinity | 1/21/2012

    " This book is an old 1950s/1960s style picaresque in the same vein as the sword and sorcery Conan novels by Robert Howard. It is hilarious. I recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaylynn | 4/25/2011

    " This was just awful. It's some of the worst fantasy I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 1/5/2011

    " A truly outstanding novel featuring one of my favorite characters of all time, Cugel the Clever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Minna | 12/17/2010

    " My all time favorite anti-hero, Cugel the Clever! This man rocks and he knows it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Venusmilk | 5/31/2010

    " I sure am glad The Dying Earth was the first book I read by Vance. Nothing has since compared. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaylynn | 2/19/2010

    " This was just awful. It's some of the worst fantasy I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Minna | 2/19/2009

    " My all time favorite anti-hero, Cugel the Clever! This man rocks and he knows it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 12/18/2008

    " A truly outstanding novel featuring one of my favorite characters of all time, Cugel the Clever.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.D. | 11/10/2008

    " A classic of odd misogynistic fantasy. "

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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 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.