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  • The Word for World Is Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    The planet Athshe was a paradise whose people were blessed with a mystical awareness of existence. Then the conquerors arrived and began to rape, enslave, and kill humans with a flicker of humanity. The athseans were unskilled in the ways of war, and without weapons. But the gentle tribesmen possessed strange powers over their dreams. And the alien conquerors had taught them how to hate....

    Archaon says: "She is talent incarnate"
    "Avatar's Spiritual Predecessor"
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    I was impressed with Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness, so I was anticipating another nuanced sci-fi story with this novel. Instead I found it to be a little heavy-handed with the characterization, and a little neat in its conclusion. The antagonist is working for a logging company, one contracted to a forest-world a dozen or so lightyears from earth, who conducts his business as if he were the colonial administrator of the Belgian Congo in 1870. A sea change in colonial administration occurs, however, and suddenly he's dealing with superiors who are reminiscent of the Carter administration. Cue the antagonist going rogue trying to put-down the locals as they make a noble, murderous run for self-determination. Things work out, though, with the smallest amount of bloodshed.

    If you want to listen to the first draft for Avatar, or you're looking for the best example of Le Guin's naivety, then get this book now. If you'd rather listen to a compelling story with believable characters, go somewhere else.

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