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Rocannon's World

Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
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This debut novel from preeminent science-fiction writer Ursula Le Guin introduces her brilliant Hainish series, set in a galaxy seeded by the planet Hain with a variety of humanoid species, including that of Earth. Over the centuries, the Hainish colonies have evolved into physically and culturally unique peoples, joined by a League of All Worlds. 

Earth-scientist Rocannon has been leading an ethnological survey on a remote world populated by three native races: the cavern-dwelling Gdemiar, the elvish Fiia, and the warrior clan Liuar. But when the technologically primitive planet is suddenly invaded by a fleet of ships from the stars, rebels against the League of All Worlds, Rocannon is the only survey member left alive. Marooned among alien peoples, he leads the battle to free this newly discovered world and finds that legends grow around him as he fights.

©1966 Ursula LeGuin (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    3 out of 5 stars

good story, poor editing

As usual this author turns in an excellent story, however the editor fell down on their job. Several paragraphs are repeated verbatium and the joins overlap between cuts in several places. Slightly frustrating for listeners.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 04-30-18

Not all roads that lead down lead up as well

“Not all roads that lead down lead up as well.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, Rocannon's World

'Rocannon's World' is the first book in LOA's Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1. It was Ursula Le Guin's first published novel (1966) and the beginning of her Hainish Cycle, 'Rocannon's World' is beautiful literature and not just poetic SciFi. It reads like a Space Opera told with Fantasy characters in the style of The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue, or some other Norse myth.

Negatives? It was a bit short, a bit light, but I can excuse most of that knowing that Le Guin is simply building a grand story and this is just one clever brick, one stone in the crown that will be Hainish.

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Needs editing but good story

There are several parts that are repeated through out the book....editors messed up.

However this is good story line. I enjoyed the plots within the plots. It reminded me of a little bit of Ender's Choices after Battle school.

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  • JCH
  • Pasadena
  • 03-11-18

Okay, but not as good as later works

I bought this because I thought it would be the setup for the beginning of the Hainish cycle, since it is one of LeGuin's oldest books. Not really, and the characters and plot aren't remotely as strong as The Dispossessed or Left Hand of Darkness. It's a fun read, but she definitely evolved as a writer!

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Legends Arise

This is Ursula Le Guin's debut novel and one of the earliest in her Hannish cycle. This time, the focus is on mythology and legends in the time before the Ekumen. This novel isn't as polished as her later Hannish novels such as The Dispossessed or Left Hand of Darkness, but fans of Le Guin still will find a lot to enjoy here; I certainly did. Actually, it opens with a very impressive short story, which may justify a credit in and of itself. Overall, is recommended giving this a go.

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Potent

I definitely enjoyed this book. The only thing that bothers me about it is I feel like there are some loose ends, things about which I would have liked to know more. The author employees what seems to me poetic prose in many portions especially while establishing the feel for the alien languages. That might be a lot for some people to chew but I liked it.

P.S. I hate the cover picture for this audiobook. The artwork does not do this book any justice.

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One of my favorite books beautifully read.

I have loved this book for many many years. and looked forward to listening to the audible version. It's wonderful. The narrator captured the atmosphere, the tension, and the lovely writing just perfectly. I am enchanted!

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unsophisticated story

same plot told 1000 times in other books. Simplistic writing without character development, nuances, or imagination.

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Excellent.

One of my favorite authors. Amazing story and the narration was superb. You will not regret buying this one if you are a fan of science fiction or fantasy.

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good book,

I really enjoyed this book, the story, while slower paced is interesting enough to keep one engaged, it's a relaxing listen.