"The shapeless mass of darkness split apart. It sundered, and a pale spindle of light gleamed between his open arms. In the oval of light there moved a human shape: a tall woman...beautiful, and sorrowful, and full of fear." - from A Wizard of Earthsea, first in a tetralogy that includes The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore, introduces the listener to Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, known also as Sparrowhawk. When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught. There, Ged's natural talents enable him to surpass his classmates in little time. But when his vanity prompts him to summon Elfarran, the fair lady of the Deed of Enlad, he unleashes a shapeless mass of darkness - the shadow.
©1968 Ursula K. Le Guin; (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
Slow paced and the story itself is not terribly engaging. The reader does a decent job with the author's style which is rather elevated.
The world is developed, but the characters did not engage me.
Over-all, an average tale, in the epic fantasy style, but I won't read more in this series.
For a young adult novel, this one is fantastic. There is a serious amount of character developement and connection as Sparrowhawk matures and grows into himself. However, I was supremely disappointed by Le Guin's choice to omit Jasper from the majority of the novel, and I was supremely disappointed with the ending. It's like she just decided to stop writing and publish the story with some random paragraph of a "fade-to-black narrator" style conclusion. It just seemed like a cop-out for someone with so much potential. I understand that there are two more installments, but those two hardly follow Ged into his Arch-Magehood. There is so much left unanswered, and it's irritating. Maybe that's the rub. Still, Rob Inglis does a fairly excellent job with reading the story, and I appreciate much of what Sparrowhawk goes through, if in a different way than the way he experiences it. A non-life-threatening, non-magical, non-epic-hero way.
I must be honest and say that I expected more from this book. The narrator was good, but I felt the story lacked a little substance. I also found it slow moving at times. There are much better reads out there on this website. I would not recommend this to a friend.
Well written but boring. I enjoyed the narrator but I found I could care less about Ged. I will not be continuing with this series as I could not make it through the first book.
I don't regret the time spent listening because I listened to the book while driving long distances. I do, however, regret spending the credit on the book. It just wasn't worth it.
The development of the main character was adequate, but the other characters were thin and quite frankly boring.
I enjoyed the tenor and accent of his voice; it seems fitting that he had a somewhat formal English accent. The pauses in his reading sometimes made the sentence confusing; I had to rewind or miss the next few sentences trying to parse what was said.
The book inspired me not to trust the sources that indicated it was a great book.
i don't think so
couldn't get past the first 1/2 hour so don't know
It was so short of a listen that i felt like the story was lacking depth.
I cant just stop with book 1 of anything i am listening to all of 3 of them.
He was just kinda bland and similar voices for everyone monotone.
Thats the point its just a read nothing special about it really. Its a book.
More depth please
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