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Every novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, an icon in American literature, collected for the first time - and introduced by the legendary author - in one breathtaking volume.

Ursula K. Le Guin has won multiple prizes and accolades, from the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the Newbery Honor, Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and PEN/Malamud awards. She has had her work collected over the years but never as a complete retrospective of her longer works, as represented in the wonderful The Found and the Lost. This collection is a literary treasure chest that belongs in every home library.

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

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You gotta be kidding me.

How do you release a collection of Novellas without giving the listeners some way of navigating through the individual titles? So incredibly lazy of whomever was responsible for releasing this title. Give me a break.

Update: OK I will just do it myself. Below is list of novellas and which chapter to choose to begin each title...

Table of Contents
* Vaster than Empires and More Slow (1971, Hainish Cycle)
* Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight (1987)
* Hernes (1991)
* The Matter of Seggri (1994, Hainish Cycle)
* Another Story or a Fisherman of the Inland Sea (1994, Hainish Cycle)
* Forgiveness Day (1994, Hainish Cycle)
* A Man of the People (1994, Hainish Cycle)
* A Woman’s Liberation (1994, Hainish Cycle)
* Old Music and the Slave Women (1999, Hainish Cycle)
* The Finder (2001, Earthsea)
* On the High Marsh (2001, Earthsea)
* Dragonfly (1997, Earthsea)
* Paradises Lost (2002, Hainish Cycle)

Vaster than empires and more slow STARTS CHAPTER 1
Buffalo gals won’t you come out tonight STARTS CHAPTER 3
Hernes STARTS CHAPTER 8
The matter of Seggri STARTS CHAPTER 12
Another story or a fisherman of the inland sea STARTS CHAPTER 15
Forgiveness day STARTS CHAPTER 17
A man of the people STARTS CHAPTER 21
A woman’s liberation STARTS CHAPTER 24
Old music and the slave women STARTS CHAPTER 29
The finder STARTS CHAPTER 32
On the high marsh STARTS CHAPTER 39
Dragonfly STARTS CHAPTER 41
Paradises lost STARTS CHAPTER 46

That’s all of them

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I loved this book BUT

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I Loved this book BUT
I hated the fact that there was no index of the stories so you couldn't find the start of any individual story, or if your reading app put you in the wrong place in a story you couldn't
even find the story that you were listening to in the index

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Chapters do not align with story

It is very difficult to follow this collection since the chapter stops do not align with the stories. One cannot begin listening to a story in the middle of the collection since stories aren’t book marked.

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Masterpiece!

Ursula La Guine delivers an absolute masterpiece!

The Found of the Lost is one of the most incisive anthology of sci-fi and fantasy that I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Le Guin is an absolute master! She expertly delves into into magic, slavery, gender, misogyny, patriarchy, theology, the nature and formation of family and the terrible fragility of life.

The stories flows through all of these topics in creative, lyrical and at times whimsical pros that are delivering in fantastic narrations. She does this all while building credible strong and clear futuristic sci-fi speculative fiction and imaginative fantastic alternate worlds.

This has to be one of the best narrations ever put together on audible. The production was outstanding.

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very good

I loved the variety of stories and hearing about my dear friend ged once more. the only problem I found wasn't a book or story issue but is the listing of chapter numbers vs story names and titles. I LOVED the final story and a few between but it would be hard to go back to the beginning of them to re "read" it.

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Broken?

The lack of chapter breaks makes this impossible to listen to more than once. I can't seem to scrub forward or rewind either.

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Great Collection

Ursula K Le Guin has been my favorite author for a long time, so I was excited to find so much of her in one place. This is a very high quality collection. Le Guin really shines at worldbuilding and making us love characters quickly, so I honestly think she's at her best when she's writing shorter narratives. Many of the stories are interrelated, so you will get to know some worlds very well after reading three novellas that take place on the same planet, but you see them from different points of view. Several stories take place on a planet whose society is centered around the owning of slaves. You will see this planet through the eyes of a soldier who fought and lost a war against a slave revolution, You will also see this planet through the eyes of a couple different off-planet visitors and hear their varying responses to encountering slavery. Finally, you'll see it through the eyes of a woman who was herself a slave. This series of novellas was probably my favorite thing I read this year.

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running from story to story

entertaining but better breaks and possible an introduction between would help the listener keep track of where they are.

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LeGuin carries us far outside and deep within.

I never imagined enjoying a collection of stories more than a long, tightly-woven tapestry, but so it is.

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Ursala Le Guin rediscovered

I remember being fascinated by the thoroughly human descriptions Ursula colours her stories with, which I read when I was a youth.

It was delightful to have the same experience again with this anthology.

I can’t wait for them to make a screen adaptation.
Thought provoking and entertaining!

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  • Martin Walker
  • 10-26-17

Excellent, except for one thing...

The works by Le Guin and the delivery by the two readers are as excellent as I expected.

However, the anthology contains no chapter headings. Indeed, you don’t even get a simple list of the works included. This makes it difficult to keep ones place.

So here, for reference, are the works included.

-Vaster Than Empires and More Slow
-Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight
-Hernes
-The Matter of Seggri
-Another Story or a Fisherman of the Inland Sea
-Forgiveness Day
-A Man of the People
-A Woman's Liberation
-Old Music and the Slave Women
-The Finder
-On the High Marsh
-Dragonfly
-Paradises Lost

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  • DW
  • 11-26-17

The found and the lost

Excellent mix of Earthsea, Hain and other novellas. Good performances by both narrators: enjoyed this.

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  • TW8
  • 09-20-19

Disappointing Audible couldn't provide chapters

Disappointing Audible couldn't provide chapter titles.
Material excellent, narration good.

Check Martin Walkers review as he has added the titles that Audible didn't

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  • Alice Nant
  • 03-19-19

Short stories in other worlds.

This is the first Le Guin book I have listened to (or read) and I wasn't sure what to expect. That this is a series of short stories make it accessible to a Le Guin novice and also allows the listener to begin to understand her different worlds and her narrative idiosyncrasies. I enjoyed this audiobook enormously. I listened to 'Buffalo Gals won't you come out tonight' a number of times. If the story was not on this compilation I would not have chosen to listen to Buffalo Gals as I really don't like the title. However the story is a bitter tale that struck me to such an extent I cannot stop imagining it and playing it over in my head. It has followed me like a ghost.

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  • Mary
  • 03-13-18

Captivating ideas, outstanding narrators

A great selection of Le Guin's work, very varied, enjoyed some genres more than other, which was to be expected. Buffallo Gals and Paradises Lost being personally the most memorable. Great listen for many evenings!

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  • Emily R. Poore
  • 10-10-18

Wonderful collection, excellent narrative.

A fantastic means to delve into Ursula Le Guin myriad of worlds, even for the first time. 35 hours flew by. One of my best audible purchases.

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  • Chris
  • 09-15-20

Some wonderful concepts wrapped in dreamy worlds

Some tales better than others. Some are absolutely brilliant. All are worth a listen. Personal highlights were buffalo gals, a women’s liberation and paradises lost.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-17-20

Le Guin never disappoints

loved all of the titles in this. I preferred the Hainish Cycle related ones over the Earthsea ones, but that comes down to personal taste. all great.

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  • Mr. Ian L
  • 08-10-19

tfatl

not my cup of tea, mostly blah blah blah, with the occasional story breaking out.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-18

Unintelligible gibberish

Very disappointed . I could not make head nor tale of any of it. I’d jog on if I were you.

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  • rachel
  • 11-14-17

Difficult/frustrating to navigate audiobook

This is a wonderful book and is read beautifully. I would recommend it to anyone. But not this audiobook version.
This is a collection of many (I think 12+) novellas. With a collection this size, you should be able to skip one story and go to the next, or choose which story you want to read not necessarily in a linear order. But it is impossible to do this. The audiobook is divided by a hundred or more 'chapters' but not by novella and most books have quite a number of chapters. So you can't event work out which book you're up to from the chapter numbers. What is perhaps more annoying is that it is not always clear when one novella ends and another begins. One story runs into the next while you are listening. There is no pause and no indication one book has ended, except that the title of the next book is read out. But it is not always clear if this is a new book or just a new chapter in the old book (especially as some of these books share common universes). It is frustrating because it is otherwise such an amazing audiobook let down by the technology/ navigation.

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  • DM
  • 12-11-20

A treasure trove of gems from a great writer

These stories are so much more than just science fiction or fantasy tales. Some take us far into the future to many worlds in UKlG's amazingly believable universe of planets peopled with beings, all unique but also quite human owing to a shared origin from the ancient Hainish who seeded many worlds in the distant past. This literary vehicle and the invention of almost lightspeed travel allows us to visit many planets, and UKlG to write about many topics: slavery, power relationships, amazing sexual relationships and endlessly fascinating and detailed descriptions of enthralling cultures, societies and struggles. She uses the vehicle of fiction to question, to wonder what if? to broaden our minds.
IMO she is one of the great writers, and I read each of her works many times over. Some of these stories come from her Earthsea world, going back in time to a simpler life without technology, where wizardry is strong, IMO her Earthsea books are right up there with the best, a more human, gentle, believable world peopled with real characters without the endless wars and racism of Tolkien.
I really enjoyed Alyssa Bresnahan's narration of half of these stories, the other narrator was good but she was excellent.
So much to enjoy here, can't recommend enough. Timeless classics. Amazing value too.
My only complaint is that it is hard to navigate when some of the novellas are quite long and only are listed as a single chapter, that is a technical problem and could be fixed.
5 stars from me!