Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. Ged tells him to go to Tenar, Tehanu, and the young king at Havnor. They are joined by amber-eyed Irian, a fierce dragon able to assume the shape of a woman.
This group can confront the threat only in the Immanent Grove on Roke. Joining them, Alder, a mender of pots, may be the only one who can mend the world.
LeGuin combines her magical fantasy with a profoundly human, earthly, humble touch.
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"Le Guin remains a master of subtlety and grace as she finds new and surprising ways to express deep truths cloaked in the trappings of fantasy." (Library Journal)
"I adored The Other Wind. Real mythmaking, done by a master of the craft." (Neil Gaiman)
"The Other Wind" is another great book from Ursula LeGuin. Unfortunately, I found the multiple narrators and the random use of music distracting. I also agree with another reviewer who said the recording quality was poor. I think I would have enjoyed the book more had I read it rather than listening to it.
This is not a review of the book itself, but rather, the Recording quality, or lack thereof.
In the first place, the book is read in sections by half a dozen or so different people. This makes perfect sense if each reciter is taking different character(s), but this is not the case. Rather, 1 voice will do a section, often not even a whole chapter, and then another voice starts up for no apparent reason. It's absurd. All it succeeds in doing is making the story sound disjointed.
But, what is even worse is the horrible EQ applied to the recording. It's very thin sounding with far too much silibance, and the different voices makes it impossible to compensate with your own EQ.
I don't get it. When you stop to think of everything it takes to record an entire book unabridged, one has to wonder why they didn't get it properly recorded. It doesn't make it unlistenable, but it's not good. It's a shame.
When I first realized it was read by a group of people, I thought wow, they're going to have character voices. And, for the first time the 2nd and 3rd person spoke, they used narrator #2 and #3 for two separate characters -- but only for one line each. From that point on, narrators switched on and off within sections, within chapters, it seemed almost within sentences. I guess the audio book editor got lazy and decided not to have the narrators work together. Altogether, it's the sloppiest audio editing I've ever heard. The narrators aren't bad, but they switch on and off in a completely inconsistent and distracting way, with many sections that deserved to be re-recorded just going straight by. I was very disappointed by this. Ursula K. Le Guin's writing (and the narrator's voices) deserved better treatment.
I found this book to be just as nice to listen to as all the others in this series. i am greatful to be able to hear what i can't read any more.
I love the first 4 book and I like the ideas in this story. But this one felt more like an outline.
There are four or five narrators involved. They seem to change randomly from scene to scene, as if one narrator got bored and the next one came in to relieve him. You don't get a consistent narrator that you can just tune out nor do you get the performance value of actors voicing different parts. This was so distracting that I could not finish the book.
Wonderful journey that Alder has to take. His wife died and now he dreams of the dead trying to break free. His wife kisses him from beyond death and the dead wants to cross over into Earthsea. Now Alder must find someone to help him with his dreams before he ends up doing some terrible thing. This leads him to King Arren and their quest to make everything right between the living and the dead. I enjoyed the plot twist, you never know what is really going on.
"One of the best Earthsea novels"
There's so much going on in this book! It begins slowly, with the young Alder tramping the long path to the Old Mage's House - and Ged is now an old man, all his glories behind him and his powers spent. The themes of the book are finding - of true identity and love as well as the ultimate meaning of death- and loss. It is a gentler story, perhaps, but with incandescent moments that are brought to life vividly in this amazing reading with its different voices. I listen to it often, and just wish the Earthsea sequence could be completed with 'Tehanu', the novel of the burnt child/dragon that precedes this one.
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