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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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way far too into the pathology of sexual confusion

hated the story and the forced gender issues. really tiresome to listen to and so over the top it took away from the storyline

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Excellent. A must.

Classic Le Guin. Some works I love more, some less, but none are a waste of time; all have their own little graces and blessings, revelations, delicious prose and stunning feats of closlSome of her work

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  • 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.

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  • Sue ONeil
  • 06-26-20

No Chapters/ titles - whats the problem???

A wonderful exploration of human possibilities, the backbone of Ursula K. Le Guin's work. Thoughtful, thought provoking - a great thing- creating ongoing consideration of what it is to be human. There have been complaints that there are no chapters or titles given for each piece - could it be that is because they are not seperable? I did not find this a problem, making me consider connections, not seperations. I have been a long time fan of this authors writings and thinking and this 'collection' does not dissapoint in any way. I thouroughly enjoyed my first Audible Le Guin - it will certainly not be my last!

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  • Cathryn
  • 06-10-20

Excellent

Amazing introduction to Le Guin's work for me. I'm straight off to look for another.