This is a wonderful work of fantasy writing by an author who has influenced many other writers in the genre, such as Terry Pratchett. The narrator, who also did the unabridged recordings of JRR Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, is the perfect choice to do this book justice - if only Rob Inglis could have been persuaded to read the fourth book in the Earthsea Cycle!
Earthsea is timeless, right up there with Middle Earth. Slower-paced and more sedate than a lot of modern fantasy, but has a mythic feel. Just put your earbuds in and let it take you away from whatever dull task you're doing. Le Guin is a must for fantasy fans, especially those who also love legends and folktales.
The narrator was beyond exceptional for me. there are no high tech scenes or car chases but I was held spell bound by his voice . This trilogy is a must read for the expansive ,quiet mind.
stunningly beautiful prose in a haunting and deceptively simple story of magic and wizardry so familiar because it's been so often imitated, often without success.
The story is s tapestry of dragons wizards village folk and " The Old Powers" of Earthsea. Leguin writes in an easy folk lord fashion. Englace captures the essence of the story perfectly. IMO. This is a better trilogy than Tolkien... although not as broad an undertaking Leguin covers much ground with no wasted prose. My favorite fantasy novel by far. It is too bad she pretty much destroyed it all with " The Other Wind" which I find hard to believe she actually wrote.... doesn't sound like her at all and it belittles most of the philosophy behind this original trilogy... either Leguin sold out to a ghost writer or she lost it mentally. I prefer to ignore the Other Wind" after all beauty is in the eye that sees.
First off, this is the second book I've listened to that is narrated by Rob Inglis. Either he only narrates fantasy books that have really poor execution, or I just don't like his narration. Or possibly both. There is just something about the way he narrates that makes me zone out or yearn to take a nap. However, regardless of my personal tastes regarding his narrating-prowess, this audiobook was objectively lousy. It's re-released audio from way back when you found audiobooks on cassette. How do I know this? Because the audiobook told me to flip/change my cassette! There is zero reason that that shouldn't have been cut when released as an audible audiobook.
As for the book itself, there was just something about the writing that I could not get into. It's written in a way that seems somehow distant. Like, I went through 7+ hours of the book and by the end I still didn't feel as if I really knew Geb any more than I would know the hero of a Grimm's fairy tale. And even what I did get of Geb wasn't particularly endearing. Honestly, none of the characters was particularly likable or even memorable. They were all mostly just boring. It was impossible for me to become invested in any of them.
That isn't to say that the book doesn't have any strengths. One of the things I enjoyed most about it was learning about the system of magic that their world contains. Even the events and story itself would be entertaining if it wasn't bogged down by such dull writing and uninteresting characters.