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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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Amazing!

I will admit it took me a little while to get into this book. I started listening on a long drive and the narrator has such a beautiful voice and reads so well, I was pretty much lulled to sleep! Please don’t misunderstand, it was not boring! His voice is just so soothing, I’m not sure how else to put that.

This book was chosen for a book club, otherwise I am sure I never would’ve read it, futuristic, science fiction type books are not my thing. But after listening to this one, I might have changed my mind. The story was wonderful! Different from anything else I’ve read. I enjoyed everything about it.

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Science Fiction Lovers

If you like Science Fiction, you will love this book. I read it many years ago and enjoyed it all over again via audible. Kind of a star trek Time Space Continuum theme. Delves into different universes, dimensions and time lines. Not a very difficult read, but thought provoking all the same.

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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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Dreamy

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

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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.

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Simply fantastic

The best Le Guin work I’ve read yet, and Guidall gives such a great performance on this one. Do not pass this one up.

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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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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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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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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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful