The story, characters, world & magic are all straight foward. It has a good constant pace, that keeps your interest, with little or no filler bla bla BS. It's a comeing of age story, with some magic. I would of liked to of seen a bit more action & magic thow. The end is hard to guess & that's a nice plus :}
Do you enjoy fantasy? Do you enjoy ANY stories with wizards in them? If you answered yes, then you CANNOT pass up this book.
The only criticism i have of this book is that it's too short. I think the target audience is younger readers, but enjoyed reading it for the first time as an adult. I have never read anything like it from this perspective.
This is the first book I've read by Ursula Le Guin, but so far I love her. She knows how to paint a scene, without being too wordy so that we can actually enjoy a progressing story. *
Love the Narrator; he's perfect for this one.
*I read an article from George R. R. Martin where he basically said if it wasn't for writer's like Ursula Le Guin and her "Wizard of Earthsea" (and a few others), that fantasy wouldn't be where it is today. That says a LOT.
This is a well written coming of age tale. It was excellently narrated, but I have to admit that for the first half of the book I was totally distracted by the narrator. Mr. Inglis narrated all of the Hobbit/LotR books and I'm afraid I've type cast him in my head. Just hearing his voice evokes Middle Earth. I had to consciously remind myself that I was not listening to a Tolkien story. Once I got past that, it was an enjoyable listen. I'll be listening to the rest of the series.
Quick, inoffensive read. Despite great female authorship, the women characters fail to impress. A book very much of the time it was written (1960's).
Absolutely; I enjoy her prose.
I'm still looking for the fantasy writers who can sweep me off my feet . . . I think if you're already a fan of the genre, you would enjoy this---the descriptions of magician-craft were well-done and interesting---but I'm beginning to wonder if fantasy just isn't my genre . . . because at the end of the book I'm just left with a half-hearted feeling. (one exception was the first book in Game of Thrones, but I'll be damned if I'm going to invest that much time in a sequel(s) to a book that ends with a "tune in next week."
So for this book . . . well-written, fair use of a credit, but I wouldn't recommend to someone not already into the genre.
Perhaps, but I'm in no great hurry
Plot-wise, there are superficial similarities to Harry Potter, but it reminds me more of books like "The Dark is Rising."
A little sedate. Narrative voice was good, but the characters came across a little dry.
I believe there are several. It's not a bad book, but it shows its age in terms of style. Liked it, but didn't love it.
This is a digitizing of the old cassette recording. Unfortunately, the producers couldn't be bothered to remove all the "Please fast-forward to the end of the cassette..." bits. It's not that difficult.
very dry like a history book rather than experiencing the world as the character dose. The characters are dry so its hard to get behind anyone. Good to listen to while grinding in a video game
Say something about yourself!
While this book was interesting, I found myself wondering if the fact that it was written several decades ago accounted for the slower pace. I wondered if books had evolved in the same way movies have (you know how you rewatch a movie from the 80s now and the tension scenes seem so much slower than you remembered?). I enjoyed the story overall but never really felt drawn in or developed a deeper understanding of the world, I was just a bystander as the events were recounted. A fun enough read but not exactly the greatest book out there.
Yes. Good solid adventure story and great performance.
His voice is perfect for these kinds of novels, his voice inflections and different voices for all the characters is lovely.
No, but there were parts that were so good I got lost in the story and couldn't stop listening.
I have loved these stories from the time I was a teen.
Narration was very good except that I couldn't help feeling like the narrator was on the edge of a cold or a sore throat because at times it was as if his voice were ready to fail him. Other than that it was very well done.