This is classic Ursula LeGuin. She tells a story which is interesting, drawing you in to the action and at the same time teaching lessons about kindness, understanding and acceptance of yourself and others. She weaves this into a tale mixed with magic and fantasy. It is written for "children" but is a great read for any age.
I loved reading the DaVinci Code, so thought getting this as an audio book for a long trip would be a great investment. Must say my most recurring thought while listening was that this guy needs an editor. Way to much repetition, especially to emphasize the gore. It seemed like the story drug on and on. Even though there is a lot going on, the pacing seemed slow. I think it would be easier to read because you could skip over the redundant portions. This one put me off Dan Brown books.
My husband and I listened to this in the car on a long road trip. We were both laughing so hard we thought we were going to have to pull off the road or have an accident. David Sedaris is hilarious in general, but listening to him read his own material takes it to an all new level. His ability to take mundane life and twist it around is part of it, but his voice and expression make it a side splitting experience. This is one of the few authors where hearing the material is better than just reading it out of a book.
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