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  • A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1 | Ursula K. Le Guin

    A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Finance Guy says: "Elegant & unique fantasy, deliciously performed"
  • The Dispossessed: A Novel | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Dispossessed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
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    Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

    Isaac says: "One of my favorite novels of all time"
  • The Tombs of Atuan: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2 | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Tombs of Atuan: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
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    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.

    G. Parish says: "A tale of a Priestess"
  • Tehanu: The Earthsea Cycle, Book Four | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Tehanu: The Earthsea Cycle, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
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    Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan - she an isolated young priestess, he a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice. A lifetime ago they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again to help another - the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.

  • The Farthest Shore: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3 | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Farthest Shore: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Return to Earthsea with Ged, the brash young wizard who survived the enchanted labyrinth of The Tombs of Atuan. In the third episode of this brilliant fantasy saga, a much older Ged sets off on a harrowing quest for the source of a terrible darkness that is taking the magic out of Earthsea.

    Nothing really matters says: "Best. Fantasy. Series. Ever."
  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century | Greg Bear,Terry Bisson,David Brin,John W. Campbell,Arthur C. Clarke,Harlan Ellison,Ursula K. Le Guin,Judith Merrill,Frederik Pohl,Eric Frank Russell

    The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, David Brin, and others
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Wil Wheaton
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    A walk around the block, a quick drive, before shutting down your PC ? these short story collections are perfect for when you only have a few minutes to listen."

    Michelle says: "Greatest ever? Maybe not, but great, yes!"
  • City of Illusions | Ursula K. Le Guin

    City of Illusions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    He is a full-grown man, alone in dense forest, with no trail to show where he has come from and no memory to tell who or what he is. His eyes are not the eyes of a human. The forest people take him in and raise him almost as a child, teaching him to speak, training him in forest lore, giving him all the knowledge they have. But they could not solve the riddle of his past, and at last he has to set out on a perilous quest to find his true self - and a universe of danger.

    Cathy says: "A Quest For Falk, A Discovery For Me"
  • The Telling | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Telling

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
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    Once a culturally rich world, the planet Aka has been utterly transformed by technology. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth will discover a group of outcasts who still practice its lost religion-the Telling. Intrigued by their beliefs, she joins them on a sacred pilgrimage into the mountains...and into the dangerous terrain of her own heart, mind, and soul.

    Steph says: "Le Guin at her best!"
  • The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, Volume One: Where on Earth | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, Volume One: Where on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Tandy Cronyn
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    The Unreal and the Real is a major event not to be missed. In this two-volume selection of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories--as selected by the National Book Award winning author herself--the reader will be delighted, provoked, amused, and faced with the sharp, satirical voice of one of the best short story writers of the present day. Where on Earth explores Le Guin's earthbound stories which range around the world, from small town Oregon to middle Europe in the middle of revolution to summer camp.

    Jean R says: "Pretty disjointed"
  • The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Tandy Cronyn
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    Outer Space, Inner Lands includes many of the best known Ursula K. Le Guin nonrealistic stories (such as "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," "Semley' s Necklace," and "She Unnames Them") which have shaped the way many listeners see the world. She gives voice to the voiceless, hope to the outsider, and speaks truth to power - all the time maintaining her independence and sense of humor.

    Lindsay says: "It was easy to like"
  • Catwings | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Catwings

    • UNABRIDGED (24 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Ursula K. Le Guin
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    Ursula K. Le Guin wrote this highly acclaimed novel about a very special litter of kittens. Mrs. Jane Tabby has always longed toget away from the cramped alleys of the city. She knows it is too late for her, but she thinks her longing may be the reason her litter of kittens was born with wings. When they are old enough to fly, she sends the four kittens, who become known as catwings, out into the world to find their home. But they find that danger does not lurk only in city alleyways.

    Mike Bonnell says: "Good fun"
  • The Word for World Is Forest | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Word for World Is Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    The planet Athshe was a paradise whose people were blessed with a mystical awareness of existence. Then the conquerors arrived and began to rape, enslave, and kill humans with a flicker of humanity. The athseans were unskilled in the ways of war, and without weapons. But the gentle tribesmen possessed strange powers over their dreams. And the alien conquerors had taught them how to hate....

    Archaon says: "She is talent incarnate"
  • Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Ursula K. Le Guin
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    Kitten Alexander Furby's parents think he is just wonderful. But when he goes exploring on his own one day, he gets stuck in a tree. Soon a black kitten with wings helps him and brings him home to a whole family of winged cats. How can Alexander repay her kindness?

    Kathryn says: "Wrong Title and Description for this book."
  • Catwings Return | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Catwings Return

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Ursula K. Le Guin
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    In the second Catwings story, the kittens decide to visit their mother in the city. But before finding Mother, they find a very special kitten who needs their help.

    Lily C. Baker says: "The Second in the Catwings Adventures"
  • Voices: Annals of the Western Shore, Book Two | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Voices: Annals of the Western Shore, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Melanie Martinez
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    Voices stars the people of Ansul, a town of scholars and traders conquered by the marauding Alds 17 years ago. When poet Orrec arrives in town, however, the people begin to garner the courage to rebel against their overlords.

    Mark says: "A bit disapointed"
  • Powers: Annals of the Western Shore, Book 3 | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Powers: Annals of the Western Shore, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
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    Young Gavie sometimes "remembers" the future. But as a slave living among those who feel threatened by the powers of the Marsh people, Gavie must hide his abilities. And then tragic events force the grief-stricken Gavie to flee the only world he's ever known. In his perilous quest for freedom, Gavie must learn to harness his unique gifts, or he may never find a place he can call home.

    Alyssa says: "Just Right"
  • Lavinia | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Lavinia

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
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    Highly acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin lends a resonant voice to a pivotal yet often overlooked character of Vergil's The Aeneid. Born into peace and freedom, Lavinia is stunned to learn that she will be the cause of a great war - or so the prophecies and omens claim. Her fate is sealed, however, when she meets a man from Troy.

    Kennet says: "Fascinatingly well written"
  • Gifts: Annals of the Western Shore, Book 1 | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Gifts: Annals of the Western Shore, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
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    In the Uplands, people have magical and fearsome gifts. Orrec, a boy growing into his powers, can destroy any living thing with simply a glance. But he refuses to use his ability, and wears a blindfold to protect others from his devastating gaze.

    Ken says: "Book 3 won the 2008 Nebula Award"
  • Changing Planes | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Changing Planes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir
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    In this collection of short stories, Sita Dulip from Cincinnati finds a method of transcending the miserable experience of flying. A mere kind of twist and a slipping bend, easier to do than to describe, takes her not to Denver but to bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own and sometimes open doors into the alien. Changing Planes is by turns funny, disturbing, and thought provoking.

    Stef says: "Le Guin and De Cuir: Great combination"
  • Planet of Exile | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Planet of Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Steven Hoye
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    The Earth colony of Landin has been stranded on Werel for 10 years. Ten of Werel's years are over 600 terrestrial years, and the lonely and dwindling human settlement is beginning to feel the strain. Every winter, a season that lasts for 15 years, the Earthmen have neighbors, the humanoid hilfs: a nomadic people who only settle down for the cruel cold spell. The hilfs fear the Earthmen, who they think of as witches and call the farborns.

    Katherine says: "Not the best place to start with Le Guin"
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