Earthsea

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,920 ratings

A Wizard of Earthsea Publisher's Summary

"The shapeless mass of darkness split apart. It sundered, and a pale spindle of light gleamed between his open arms. In the oval of light there moved a human shape: a tall woman...beautiful, and sorrowful, and full of fear." - from A Wizard of Earthsea, first in a tetralogy that includes The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore, introduces the listener to Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, known also as Sparrowhawk. When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught. There, Ged's natural talents enable him to surpass his classmates in little time. But when his vanity prompts him to summon Elfarran, the fair lady of the Deed of Enlad, he unleashes a shapeless mass of darkness - the shadow.

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  • Book 1

    • A Wizard of Earthsea

    • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1
    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,176
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,812
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,836

    When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A little gem, excellently narrated.

    • By Marjorie on 05-14-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • The Tombs of Atuan

    • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2
    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • In Some Ways, the Best of the Original Trilogy

    • By Troy on 06-22-14

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • The Farthest Shore

    • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3
    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 905
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 817

    Return to Earthsea with Ged, the brash young wizard who survived the enchanted labyrinth of The Tombs of Atuan. In the third episode of this brilliant fantasy saga, a much older Ged sets off on a harrowing quest for the source of a terrible darkness that is taking the magic out of Earthsea.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The most poignantly esoteric of fantasy writers, sailing with the full force of the mage-winds of Earthsea!

    • By Uther on 03-04-17

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 4

    • Tehanu

    • The Earthsea Cycle, Book Four
    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285

    Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan - she an isolated young priestess, he a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice. A lifetime ago they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again to help another - the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • what a tale!!!

    • By Anonlee on 02-10-17

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 5

    • The Other Wind

    • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 6
    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Obnoxious narrator

    • By Julianne on 06-06-18

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 6

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    • Tales from Earthsea

    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    The tales of this book explore and extend the world established by the Earthsea novels - yet each stands on its own. It contains the novella The Finder, and the short stories "The Bones of the Earth", "Darkrose and Diamond", "On the High Marsh", and "Dragonfly". Concluding with with an account of Earthsea's history, people, languages, literature, and magic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By DAVE R on 03-16-17

    Regular price: $27.99