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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Story was pretty good, the narration was great! The only annoying thing with that it had never been converted from a cassette tape and had some positive and asked me to switch sides. This is pretty confusing the first time rounds
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