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The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. The dead are pulling him to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea.

Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. Ged tells him to go to Tenar, Tehanu, and the young king at Havnor. They are joined by amber-eyed Irian, a fierce dragon able to assume the shape of a woman.

The threat can be confronted only in the Immanent Grove on Roke, the holiest place in the world, and there the king, hero, sage, wizard, and dragon make a last stand.

In this final book of the Earthsea Cycle, Le Guin combines her magical fantasy with a profoundly human, earthly, humble touch.

©2001 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Obnoxious narrator

I love the earthsea world. Unfortunately this narrator often put in tones of condesention and arrogance that were not there. Also his voice when narrating a woman's lines was down right insulting. Also he was inconsistent in how he pronounced one of the main characters names, having two dramatically different ways he pronounced it. I only finished this book because I've listen to the rest of the series (narrated by better narrators).

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love earthsea! sorry to see the series end.

I love this book. A happy and bittersweet ending to a wonderful series. My one complaint was the narrator's inability to decide how he wanted to pronounce the name"Irian". Eye-RYE'n? EAR-ee-on?? Either is fine with me, though most performances seem to go with the latter. But switching back and forth, even within the same short passage, was an oddity and a bit of a distraction from a job otherwise well done

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  • BMWilson
  • BALTIMORE, MD, United States
  • 05-07-18

Small things cast a big shadow

This was amazing. This brought a return to the magnitude of the original Earthsea trilogy while combining it with the simplicity of the human experience that we found in Tehanu. Like small things that cast a big shadow, so does this book.

Roukin’s narrative performance was also very much of quality. All in all this book has become a favorite. I never felt I would say this, but Ged’s tale feels complete.

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Great Story, but Uncaring Narrator

As the last book, The Other Wind brings a satisfying close to an amazing series. Le Guin masterfully ties up all loose ends to the wonderfully complex and in-depth universe she has created.

The narrator's performance was good in terms of tone, inflection, timing, and feeling. However, it didn't seem like he cared about the story or characters he was narrating. In addition to being inconsistent with the pronunciation of names (Irian and Thorion in particular), he did not do the research into previous books to voice his characters properly (like the soft, hoarse voice of Tehanu or the halting, harsh speech of Azver). This made the listening experience lose some of its magic.

Narrating flaws aside, the book is still worth listening to if you are a fan of Earthsea.

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Great book but women's voices done poorly

The book was great, however the end was kind of confusing in audiobook format, and the women's voices were done poorly by this particular narrator.

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Loved the story and...

Loved the story and hearing the names of all the characters I loved from the originals I read as a kid. The atheistic views of Le Guin are pushed pretty hard compared to other Earthsea books I think and to a point it was a little distracting from the story a few times but I could overlook that and still enjoy the story and imagination of her creative gift put together in this work. I blew through the audio in about 24 hours and was wishing there were more story left...

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Just love this series

Last books are great and sad, a good story that comes to a end is painful. For me this feeling tells me that I just finished a great series

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  • joe douglas
  • 01-08-18

A broken world made whole

I really enjoyed listening to this book. A hopeful tale of powerful beings working together to repair that which was broken.