Stranded on the distant planet Tschai, young Adam Reith is the sole survivor of a space mission who discovers the world is inhabited - not only by warring alien cultures but by human slaves as well, taken early in Earth's history. Reith must find a way off the planet to warn Earth of Tschai's deadly existence.
Against a backdrop of baroque cities and haunted wastelands, sumptuous palaces and riotous inns, Reith will encounter deadly wastrels and murderous aliens, dastardly villains and conniving scoundrels - and always the random beauty in need of rescue.
©1968, 1969, 1970 City of the Chasch © 1968 by Jack Vance. Servants of the Wankh © 1969 by Jack Vance. The Dirdir © 1969 by Jack Vance. The Pnume © 1970 by Jack Vance (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Dated, but still fun."
Overall, a fun romp across a dangerous alien world. Noticeably sexiest at times, but considering the times Jack Vance can be forgiven. Nowadays, you can see how several modern Sci-fi stories, such as Stargate and Predator, were influenced by this. The voice acting gets very annoying at times, but don't let that stop you if you're curious. Adam Reith's trek across Tschai and through nefarious alien plots is a damn good journey.
"OMG! I didn't want the story to end! Wonderful!"
Excellent performance! Really brought the characters to life, thank YOU Elijah!
I was really bummed when the story ended. Was a classic adventure of a close knit team of friends who started out as strangers. The escapades and challenges they got into where spell binding and I hated leaving the car and turning the story off! A MUST READ/LISTEN!
"Literary Pulp Sci-fi."
I consider this book to be a guilty pleasure book. There isn't any deep intellectual analysis or the like, but it is escapist fun.
Note: this is an omnibus edition of "The City of the Chasch," "The Servants of the Wankh," "The Dirdir" and "The Pnume." Those 4 books are available separately on Audible, but really, this is one novel spread out over 4 books.
The story is pulp sci-fi in terms of plot (space explorer crash lands on strange planet, finds companions and has adventures while trying to get home), but Jack Vance built a varied, interesting and complex world with complex, interesting and varied alien species that are believably dangerous. Also, Vance's writing was more complex and literary than most pulp sci-fi of its class.
I very much enjoyed these books in print and I found the Audible edition to be a good way to enjoy them again.
The narration was good overall...it didn't add much but it definitely didn't hurt the book, either.
"this is an amazing journey"
All of them. I give life to them. Naturally Anacho stands a bit higher because he is so well interpreted
Yes absolutely. This is a book that has you traveling across an entire planet to find your way home again.
Tschai is apart. It hasn't aged and it remains a delight. The audiobook is extremely good to make it alive. Great job.
One of my favorite stories. This was narrated so well it transports you to the planet tschai (sp?).
I even got pulled iver for speeding because I wasn't paying attention the story was so well done.
"Great Story, Poor Reader"
This is one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. Unfortunately, the narrator reads it poorly and doesn't seem to 'get' the characters. Adam Reith comes across as a confused American tourist and many of the other characters have strange regional accents that would be amusing if they were not so at odds with their personalities. The narrator is not able to convey Vance's wit or unique language--with the result that much is lost. It is too bad that the narrator for Lyonesse was not employed for this book. As it is, the book is strong enough to withstand the narrator, but it is too bad that such a brilliant book was given to such a poor speaker
I have read all of the Dying Earth and Lyonesse books. Thought I'd give this series a go. Glad I did!
Jack Vance is the best. A must for all sci-fi fans.
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