Rob Inglis brings anything he reads to life in a spectacular way. and this book was already bursting with life all its own. I highly reccomend this book to any and everyone who enjoys High Fantasy.
I was in elementary school when I first got the Tombs of Atuan on cassette from the library. A Wizard of Earthsea is an even better book, and I'm truly happy to have it to listen to whenever I want. As the main character grows, he learns to balance his desire for power with the need to use it responsibly, and to understand the consequences of his actions before taking them.
It's a very classic coming-of-age story and the setting is immense, rich and powerful.
This recording was not re-done for audible, it is the original Recorded Books cassette recording, including the directions to change cassettes every so often. That's rather jarring, because it's a good 30 seconds of gap here and there with the "please fast forward to the end of the cassette before loading the next one..... A Wizard of Earthsea, Cassette X"
I really wish they'd edited this better to remove those. Just a small touch that really would have made the book more enjoyable to listen to. The story itself is a classic, but for audio, the listening experience matters a lot. That definitely takes it down a notch.
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Ged of course, main character. The whole magic used by a boy is interesting, running around full of pride, sort of full of himself. He grows and is humbled.
I liked him as the narrator he had a calm cadence in his voice. He pronounced things clearly, occasionally I could hear the sound of the tape (recorded from a tape I believe ) and sometimes you could hear him take a breath. It felt very much like an old uncle telling me about Ged.
I liked the Shadow tearing the hell out of Ged. Chewing him up! HA funny. That and the idea of shaping the fog to save the town, combined with concealment. interesting how the story proceeds.
The time I read it as a boy, i really enjoyed the book. Listening to it, reminded me of how it was then, and how i feel now. Kind of a surreal experience, and i enjoyed it now at 50, as much as i had enjoyed it at 10. :-)
I gave up halfway through. I love fantasy, but dislike stories with completely unlikable protagonists. I don't need a MarySue, but some likeable characteristics are a must. He had none. Narrator was fine.
What would have made A Wizard of Earthsea better would be if anyone in the novel ever said anything that wasn't a deepism or tautology.
I've read the Left Hand of Darkness, which is excellent. This is my second Le Guin book since joining audible, each time I was hoping for something on the level of Left Hand. Unfortunately I've been disappointed in both. I won't be getting another book by her.
He has a good voice and reads smoothly. There aren't many characters in this story so I can't say how well he would do a larger cast.
All the meaningless land hoping that occurs so that the characters can have vapid conversations that are all some version of; Person, "I can tell there is a shadow on you and great danger" then Ged says, "I know, I'm going to fight it."
Apparently the series of which this book is the first has been compared to LOTR and Narnia. I can't see how. Maybe it gets better, but I'm not investing anymore time into it.
This is one of my all time favorite stories. but there were a few minor issues with the production. the narrator's voice cracked inn a few places and they neglected to remove the part of the recording where they advise the listener to fast forward to the end of the cassette and then flip it over to hear the other side. You'd think someone would be assigned to listen to each book before it becomes available for purchase so they can edit out that sort of thing.
I would enjoy the story slowing down. I wanted to get to know all the characters, not just run by months and years at a time.
The narrator made everything sound boring, as if the story was being told by a history teacher to school children. I couldn't get immersed.
Annoyance. I wanted to learn more about this world and the magic.
This is a great early sketch for what will be an epic series of books. I look forward to when Ursula writes "A Wizard of Earthsea" where I'm sure she'll flesh out the characters, add some cohesion to the world, and finish linking together the somewhat disjointed scenes. Sure, she published this in 1968 and released several more books but it's not too late to go back and finish writing this one...
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This book is all right, but the narrator is not very engaging. His voice breaks pretty regularly. The voices he does for the characters are not great, especially things like dragons and monsters. It's a little hard to understand him sometimes.
Also, there's a part that tells you to switch tapes, and in the end it suggests you call a toll-free number to order more books on tape.