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This is more the tale of the priestess than it is that of the Wizard. With that in mind though, it is a solid tale well worth listening to.
I purchased, downloaded and began reading this book the moment I finished the Wizard of Earthsea. And I did the same for the next book the moment I finished this one.
Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.
If you liked The Wizard of Earthsea, this is a must-read sequel. I love how LeGuin pulls on a few threads from the first novel but mostly departs into a completely different tale ... in tone, structure, plot, and even in geography. Marginalizing Ged as a character until halfway through is a brilliant stroke and gives us a new character to care about in the form of a young girl, chosen one of the old powers of the Earth. The result is powerful ... lyrical, dusky, narrow in scope. Wow. It probably works best for young adults, as a coming of age story for girls. But it has a universal appeal.
No glaring editing errors like in book 1 which helped maintain the feel of the story. Though he occasionally takes an unexpected, creative direction with the emphasis of a few sentences, Mr. Ingles' performance is on point and fits very neatly with the setting.
The story centers mainly on one location and the main protagonist along with only a few more persons, but it is well done. Is gives a bit of background to one of the side-stories in book 1. The narrator, Inglis, is great as always.
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It has been decades since I revisited the lady of Earth Sea and it was wonderful.
As a 60 plus advanced age my romance of the young girl's faith in this trapped wizard was far harder to accept. yet it was an interesting assessment of my naivety back in high school.
I am a big fan of Rob Inglis and his narration. He has a perfect voice for story-telling. I've not read anything by Ursula Le Guin besides the Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, but I can tell you that both of these books had an extraordinarily dull story until a little past the halfway point. Then it looked as if the story was finally going to take off. Unfortunately, it never really did. The end left me feeling empty and completely dis-satisfied. I was hoping for an epic story that I could follow throughout a whole trilogy, but instead I was lead down one of the most un-interesting paths I've ever had to follow.
I was contemplating on listening to the third book, just to say I finished the trilogy. However, I'm scared to death that the third book will be just as much as a waste of time as the first two.
Not in the genre, but certainly from this Author.
I can't say that ANY of the scenes were particularly memorable for me.
One of the best stories told from the early era of modern Fantasy writing. Worth every bit of storage space it takes and more to download this audiobook.
Only criticism is the dramatization of Sparrowhawk's voice. Too deep and ponderous.
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