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The Tombs of Atuan Audiobook

The Tombs of Atuan: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

A bold young wizard enters the labyrinth of the sacred Tombs of Atuan to steal the magical ring of Erreth-Akbe. Instead, he finds an unhappy priestess in need of a hero to save her.

©1970 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Winner, Newbery Honor, 1972

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    G. Parish 04-30-15
    G. Parish 04-30-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "A tale of a Priestess"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 06-22-14
    Troy 06-22-14

    "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” -- Somerset Maugham

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    "In Some Ways, the Best of the Original Trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-22-16
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-22-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Best. Fantasy. Series. Ever."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    c.pastorius pittsburgh, pa, usa 12-02-16
    c.pastorius pittsburgh, pa, usa 12-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A really poor follow up to a an amazing first book"

    Misses everything that made the first book great. The magic is gone, the interesting world building is gone, the mystery is gone, and all the emotional struggles as well. For such a short book it takes way too much time to get to anything interesting. Not sure I'll try the later books in this series yet, because of this.

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    Sierra 11-04-16
    Sierra 11-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    This book was amazing! I could hardly believe that it was written back in the 60s.

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    Isaac T. Tucker Phoenix 10-28-16
    Isaac T. Tucker Phoenix 10-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Re Rob Inglis"

    I really hate Rob Inglis's character reading. They have a consistent sense of emotion in his voice - which is to say they have no emotion (lack variation). His puts forth effort to distinguish the characters from one another but i hate his reading of Ged and Tenar. Hate it. Love the book though.

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    Sleeper 08-17-16
    Sleeper 08-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully written and well performed."

    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.

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    kb critic Chicago, IL 07-15-16
    kb critic Chicago, IL 07-15-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Simplistic but Well Written Story"

    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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    Jorge 06-02-16
    Jorge 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very slow pace"

    Leguin writes pretty well. Her characters are very real. This was a very slow book.

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    Brad 04-03-16
    Brad 04-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    Disappointing after the first Eartsea novel...long and boring at times with no real dramatic conclusion

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