The Other Wind

The Earthsea Cycle, Book 6
Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
Series: Earthsea, Book 6
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (369 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Distracting mispronunciations

Distracting and inconsistent mispronunciations and odd character voice choices mar an otherwise entertaining read of a great story. Was there no editor around to correct the reader? A female (i.e., higher-voiced) reader would have been more appropriate.

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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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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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A decent listen, even jarringly pronounced.

It would have been nice if the reader had checked name pronunciations from the previous readings so that the listener wouldn't have to work out which character he was speaking of. I won't say he pronounced them wrong, but someone did, and since this is last book in a series, the effort should have been taken to make the readings consistent.

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Great ending to Earthsea main sequence

The final Earthsea novel finishes strong with many loose plot threads tied up, and an emotional but hopeful ending.

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Fascinating Tale Wrecked by Terrible Narration

Any lover of fantasy will love the Earthsea Cycle, and it was with eager anticipation that I began listening to this final story in the series. The story is superb -- perhaps a bit slow to get going, but really good and, ultimately, really compelling. But the narrator! It's clear that he isn't familiar with the cycle at all. He mispronounces names and titles constantly. If that weren't bad enough, there's one character whose name he pronounces three different ways, sometimes in the same paragraph! It's dreadfully distracting and I'm terribly disappointed. It's really too bad that the last Earthsea book has such poor narration.

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What an annoying and terrible narrator!

It was a good book, and well worth listening to for the value of tying up the loose ends from the previous 5 books in this series. It would have been more enjoyable for me if it had been read by a good narrator who acted like he was enjoying the story. This guy couldn't even figure out out to properly pronounce the name of one of the main characters, "Irian" ( formerly known as Dragonfly). He kept changing the way he pronounced and mispronounced her name. At times, it almost seemed to me that he was suppressing a mocking laugh, as if in enjoyment of his deliberate sabotage. He loudly and inappropriately rolled the r's when pronouncing the names of other characters. He was obviously an intelligent man with good language skills otherwise, so I felt his performance while reading this book was disrespectful to the listeners and to the story itself. Did he actually get paid to read it? I know I paid to listen to it. It was a great pleasure listening to the first 5 books which were narrated by Jenny Sterlin, and It's very disappointing that she was changed out for a terrible narrator for the very last book in the series.

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Great audiobook but...

The narrators for the previous books tend to take more care and deliberation in their speech. The pacing this narrator spoke at was just a little off-putting, especially when the women characters spoke, but playing at 0.8 or 0.9 speed helped. The story itself is fantastic. I know some people choose to forget that Earthsea is more than just a trilogy, but they’re missing out on a lot of good stuff built up in Tehanu and Tales of Earthsea, and paid off in this last volume, The Other Wind. It’s full of humor and heart, giving new dimensions to Earthsea and its afterlife, and delivers a humble but satisfying conclusion to the stories of Ged, Tenar, and the other major players in Earthsea.

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Good, but...

The story was not bad. the characters were mostly known, so LeGuin could further develop them. The writing was engaging, as always. But there wasn't enough to be said and done to fill a book. Truly, Earthsea should have ended after the third book. The first three were incredible. LeGuin had more story to tell, but didn't realize it all at once, unfortunately. She could have wrapped the last three books up in one, and it probably would have been much better. All in all, this book was better than the last two, and worth reading, but won't be worth reading again. I'll read the initial trilogy, on the other hand, many more times. Masterpieces.

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  • Mr. T. J. Phillips
  • 03-24-20

Not a fan of Samuel Roukin's performance at all.

some of his pronunciations were odd and jarring and seemed to change throughout the recording as though he had been given new guidance halfway through and his voice for Tenar was weird at best.

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  • DragonBadger
  • 07-11-20

Amazing book

I love this series, and this book is a stunning finale. Mostly, I liked the reading fine, but he doesn’t do the women’s voices very well - I found Tenar’s voice particularly jarring... and some weird variance in pronunciation of Irian’s name, but overall well worth putting up with those niggles!

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  • Mark P
  • 05-16-20

Great story let down by performance

This series has been fantastic, and, until now, superbly narrated. The narrator’s intonation for this book is off in nearly every sentence and pronunciation of some names changes from sentence to sentence. It’s a shame as it feels like the series falls flat because of this right at the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-20

Alright

The narrator was very slow but otherwise good. The first half of the book was very, very boring, but the second half picked up - in typical Le Guin style.

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  • Robert Simpson
  • 01-22-20

Good but rushed ending to the Earthsea story

The ending did seem to come in a great rush after was seemed like a long preamble. There was also a noticeable difference in tone between the original trilogy and the two new books. That said, I was still engaged by the characters. The one irritant was the inconsistency of name pronunciation by the performer. The name Irion was pronounced two different ways - sometimes differently in adjacent sentences.

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  • phoebe
  • 01-19-20

slow but beautiful

A decades long wait for this finale and it is so fitting. The world is broken to be made whole.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-19

Beautiful story, beautifully read

Beautiful, rich, compelling... it was such a joy to listen to, so sad to have it end.

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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.