Eyes of the Overworld, The

Genre: Fantasy

Eyes of the Overworld, The

Performed by:
Arthur Morey
#2 in Tales of the Dying Earth Series

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.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 8 hours
Media Options:
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  • Library Editions: CD

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Author
Jack Vance

Biography:
Jack Vance is one of the greats of science fiction. He has been writing for more than 60 years, and in 1997 was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He is the author of dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the World Fantasy Award winning Lyonnesse series, and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning The Last Castle. He lives in Oakland, California.
Narrator
Arthur Morey

Biography:
Arthur Morey has narrated over 250 audiobooks, including multiple works by Stephen Pinker, Richard Russo and John Updike . He has received twelve AudioFile Earphones awards, two Audie nominations, and Has been named a Best oice by Audiofile Magazine three times.

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