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A bold young wizard enters the labyrinth of the sacred Tombs of Atuan to steal the magical ring of Erreth-Akbe. Instead, he finds an unhappy priestess in need of a hero to save her.
©1970 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Winner, Newbery Honor, 1972

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In Some Ways, the Best of the Original Trilogy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you liked The Wizard of Earthsea, this is a must-read sequel. I love how LeGuin pulls on a few threads from the first novel but mostly departs into a completely different tale ... in tone, structure, plot, and even in geography. Marginalizing Ged as a character until halfway through is a brilliant stroke and gives us a new character to care about in the form of a young girl, chosen one of the old powers of the Earth. The result is powerful ... lyrical, dusky, narrow in scope. Wow. It probably works best for young adults, as a coming of age story for girls. But it has a universal appeal.

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A tale of a Priestess

This is more the tale of the priestess than it is that of the Wizard. With that in mind though, it is a solid tale well worth listening to.

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Best. Fantasy. Series. Ever.

I purchased, downloaded and began reading this book the moment I finished the Wizard of Earthsea. And I did the same for the next book the moment I finished this one.

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Narrative > Narrator

Rob Inglis's imperfect telling of "Tombs of Atuan" doesn't do justice to what is fundamentally a perfect story. Inglis's vocal range is not particularly strong, and it ignores nuances within the characters he represents. Ged, for instance, is no longer the youngster he was in "Wizard of Earthsea," but he's certainly not the elderly sage he sounds in Inglis's performance of "Tombs." Part of the problem is associative: Inglis uses precisely the same deep tone for Ged's voice in "Tombs" as he does for Ogion's in "Wizard." While this narrative decision does underscore the subtle parallels between the more mature Ged and his aged master (for instance, the way he controls the earthquake while underground), it mischaracterizes the age gap between Ged and Arha, which is not as great as Inglis makes it sound. Ged's voice is certainly deep, as the story explicitly states, but Inglis's rendition makes him sound ancient.

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Dull and dreary compared with the first book

This book generally takes place in a dungeon setting, with a weak protagonist. This isn't inherently bad, but it's a significant departure from the vast landscape and dynamically powerful hero of the first book. I found it generally dreary and unsatisfying, but I'm still hooked on Le Guin's sage writing style and jumping right into the next book.

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In the vein of Tolkien

I first found this story because I love the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed his reading of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I found LeGuin’s writing to be similar but without all the added poetry and songs. This series is a delightful adventure. Enjoy entering the land and waters of the Earthsea.

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Hearty fantasy

I can't believe it's taken me this long to read this series. I'm a seasoned fantasy reader and, since I'm deeply involved in a scifi series right now, decided to get the audio books for Wizard of Earthsea. So far, the story and character development is reminding me of Dark Tower. It was so satisfying to see our main character from the first book meet the main character from the second. Gave me a chance to get to know the Atuan Priestess.

This is good, solid, hearty fantasy.. Not too much fancy magic, and slight hints to metaphors.

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Phenomenal

Engaging and breath taking story and characters. Leaves you wanting more of the tale. Party on.

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This is one of my favorite books EVER

I love this series and I loved listening to this book. I got so immersed in the story I forgot everything else. I would strongly recommend this series to anyone as it is one of my favorites (after Harry Potter and some others. However, I do wish it was written from Ged’s perspective (or Ged and ArHar). But I loved it anyway.

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A bit disappointing

While Rob Inglis does a great job as always, the story is rather uninspired. While it does help with world building for some of the other books in the series, there isn't really enough meat or character development for it to easily stand on its own.