The Birthday of the World

And Other Stories
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

For more than four decades, Ursula K. Le Guin has enthralled fans with her imagination, clarity, and moral vision. The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, this renowned writer has, in each story and novel, created a provocative, ever-evolving universe filled with diverse worlds and rich characters reminiscent of our earthly selves. Now, in The Birthday of the World, this gifted artist returns to these worlds in eight brilliant short works, including a never-before-published novella, each of which probes the essence of humanity.

©2002 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2018 Recorded Books

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful!

I'm late coming to know Ursula K. Le Guin's work, but I've fast become a fan. Although her work is sometimes classified as for young adults, I can say that her work is absolutely for adults of all ages.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

The Birthday of the World

Ms. La Guin's writing is spellbinding. Her world concepts are unique and magical. I would willing spend significantly more time immersed in her well crafted universe if al!owed. Thank you Ms. La Guin for sharing your dreams with us mere mortals.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An Important Book

I listened twice. Some parts three times. The first time I finished, I wanted to write, "this is a good book," or some similar mundanity. Now I think this is an important book-- prescient and reflective.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rohan
  • Rohan
  • 10-12-19

Beautiful, thoughtful and enriching

This is a great collection of sci fi held together by the thread of Le Guins deep perception of humanity. Her explorations are unique and contain many insights. Sometimes, funny, yet often harrowing and tragic the stories have beautifully conceived plots and masterful narrative. I was taken so far and so deep that the stories ran on and on in my mind long after finishing them. Worth a second listen and clearly narrated though sometimes a bit passively. What can i say, even if you dont like sci fi there is plenty here for any thoughtful listener.