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Publisher's Summary

A classic science fiction novel by one of the greatest writers of the genre, set in a future world where one man's dreams control the fate of humanity.

In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes.

The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity's self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre.

©2014 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Whoa.

What was I doing with my life that I waited so long to read this?

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extraordinarily original and thoughtful

This book is extraordinarily original and thoughtful as a story, as a piece of raw imagery, and as a piece of social philosophy.

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Solid Le Guin Novel

Like all of Le Guin's works, this is very offbeat. The central character in the novel drove me a bit crazy, but that's intentional. He is presented as a deeply flawed figure who doesn't quite know how to handle the strange gifts he has been given. The ending is, in some ways, unsatisfying, but, again, I think that is intentional.

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Favorite in awhile

I read/listen to a lot of books. I'm always trying to find new authors that I like. I'm not really a one genre type. This book was my favorite one in a long time . So much so that before even finishing I googled the author and other works of hers.

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Great book, great performance

A book by one of my favorite authors, preformed by my favorite narrator. I couldn't be more pleased with everything about this.

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Looking forward to listening again

I liked this alright the first time I listened to it, and I liked it better the second time. Am looking forward to listening again!

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Whoa.

Fantastic story. Ursula Le Guin is brilliant as always. This story could fit in the universe of any of her scifi works. I love how they can be read/listened to in any order. The narrator seemed blown away as he was reading too; drew me right in!

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Dreamy

My favorite book from childhood and quite possibly the best audible book and performance I have listened to yet!

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Awsome

This story is awesome. Packs truth as tight as anything I have ever read in a novel. a must read for all readers..

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10 Stars Across the Board

I wish I could give it ten stars in all categories...
Of all her works this is my favorite.