A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Downloadable Audiobook - 2003
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A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
Publisher: Beverly Hills : Phoenix Books, Inc., 2003
ISBN: 9781607470465
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 sound file (6 hr., 11 min.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Ellison, Harlan

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Sep 04, 2017

Le Guin's rich and beautiful prose, and her fine-crafted storytelling are sadly destroyed by this narrator. It is like listening to a carnival barker. I don't think Le Guin's tales should be relegated to the hushed whispers of a cathedral of wisdom (which I think is how some would have it), but I don't think this narrator had the slightest clue of what made this author worthy of being chosen one of the few women accorded the honor of being a Grand Master of Science Fiction.

I hope anyone seeking to hear the stories of Earthsea will seek out another narrator, or read Le Guin's books for themselves. Don't miss out on the wonders she has written just because this narrator has done an execrable job on this particular book.

Dec 21, 2013

I found this neither thrilling nor engaging. There were no moments where I felt immersed in the book, and only few where I really feared for the protagonist. The POV / narrative style is one that doesn't resonate well with me; it's too distant and removed, and never feels immediate or tangible.


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