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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.

©1972 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Winner, National Book Award, 1973

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Best. Fantasy. Series. Ever.

Superb.

I binge-listened to all the Earthsea books on Audible. They’re that good.

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The most poignantly esoteric of fantasy writers, sailing with the full force of the mage-winds of Earthsea!

This is a wonderful work of fantasy writing by an author who has influenced many other writers in the genre, such as Terry Pratchett. This book has some wonderful esoteric passages and weaves together plots from the previous stories. The narrator, who also did the unabridged recordings of JRR Tolkien's Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, is the perfect choice to do this book justice - if only Rob Inglis could have been persuaded to all the books in the Earthsea Cycle!

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I see why it's a classic

Such an excellent story with very human characters and set in a fascinating world, all narrated spectacularly.

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  • Dana
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Lovely voice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is my first audiobook: I bought it by accident! But a real treat in the evening to listen quietly with my eyes closed and imagine the magical world. I read the 1st book (also terrific) but this was so relaxing, even better than watching TV ( although it will take some doing to convince my husband!).

Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

Mr Inglis did all of the characters quite well-- he has a beautiful voice--but I imagined Sparrowhawk a bit younger ( but the sexiness was in there!)

Any additional comments?

Very nice experience for my first audiobook!

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A slow tragedy, but well told

This book is written to a slow, almost glacial pace. It seems oddly realistic and is quite good at drawing the reader in, but eventually even the most patient reader will get bored. Having said all of that, it ends well if in a bit of tragedy. I'm left hoping that the story of Ged does not end so, especially considering his noble sacrifice.

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Not as good as the first

I liked it but the first book was the best. Still good though. I'd recommend anyone that likes the first two.

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better than I remember

I read this year's ago. It's better than I remember. glad I read it again.

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A great story and well narrated.

A wonderful end to a well thought out trilogy. I love the whole Earthsea Saga and getting to hear it read to me was so nice.

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better late than never.

I am so grateful to the young lady at the book store for suggesting this author. Rob Inglis the narrator of the earth sea trilogy was an absolute pleasure to listen to. He breathed in such depth to the main characters. I was held spell bound by this quiet , heart felt tale . There were so many facinating points to ponder and mull over. it is a sophisticated book without having any high technology . It was a breath of fresh air. bravo,

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Absolutely wonderful!

Robert Inglis is a master at his craft.
One of the best narrators I've ever heard!
I've read the entire EarthSea series many times and it was a joy to revisit these amazing stories with his voice as the story teller.