The Hainish Cycle
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  • The Dispossessed: A Novel | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Dispossessed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
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    Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

    One of my favorite novels of all time

    Some readers and critics have suggested that Le Guin is "promoting" anarchism/communism; this is too simplistic, since the book is far too s..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 09 2010 by Isaac (Coquitlam, BC, Canada)
  • The Word for World Is Forest  | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Word for World Is Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    The planet Athshe was a paradise whose people were blessed with a mystical awareness of existence. Then the conquerors arrived and began to rape, enslave, and kill humans with a flicker of humanity. The athseans were unskilled in the ways of war, and without weapons. But the gentle tribesmen possessed strange powers over their dreams. And the alien conquerors had taught them how to hate....

    She is talent incarnate

    Rarely can one find a read so full of deeper, and not instantly obvious, meanings that one has to stop the recording regularly to think about it, whi..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 10 2011 by Archaon (Port Sydney, Ontario, Canada)
  • Planet of Exile  | Ursula K. Le Guin

    Planet of Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Steven Hoye

    The Earth colony of Landin has been stranded on Werel for 10 years. Ten of Werel's years are over 600 terrestrial years, and the lonely and dwindling human settlement is beginning to feel the strain. Every winter, a season that lasts for 15 years, the Earthmen have neighbors, the humanoid hilfs: a nomadic people who only settle down for the cruel cold spell. The hilfs fear the Earthmen, who they think of as witches and call the farborns.

    Not the best place to start with Le Guin

    Originally posted at FanLit.

    Planet of Exile is a novel in Ursula Le Guin’s HAINISH CYCLE and one of the author’s first published books. In t..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 21 2012 by Katherine (St. Johns, FL, United States)
  • City of Illusions | Ursula K. Le Guin

    City of Illusions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    He is a full-grown man, alone in dense forest, with no trail to show where he has come from and no memory to tell who or what he is. His eyes are not the eyes of a human. The forest people take him in and raise him almost as a child, teaching him to speak, training him in forest lore, giving him all the knowledge they have. But they could not solve the riddle of his past, and at last he has to set out on a perilous quest to find his true self - and a universe of danger.

    A Quest For Falk, A Discovery For Me

    I normally do not read science fiction or fantasy, but this book sounded different. I have read a few Asimov and Bradbury novels and enjoyed them, so..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 22 2009 by Cathy (Northern CA Coast)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Left Hand of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

    Almost 50 and still amazing

    Some books you have to go back to once in awhile and Left Hand of Darkness is certainly worth multiple visits. Published in 1969 the book is one of th..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 07 2017 by kwdayboise (Kim Day) (Boise, Idaho)
  • The Telling | Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Telling

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
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    Once a culturally rich world, the planet Aka has been utterly transformed by technology. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth will discover a group of outcasts who still practice its lost religion-the Telling. Intrigued by their beliefs, she joins them on a sacred pilgrimage into the mountains...and into the dangerous terrain of her own heart, mind, and soul.

    Le Guin at her best!

    While involving the reader in an intriguing tale of a woman discovering herself on a strange world the main character discovers that stories are much ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 24 2013 by Steph (MARION, MA USA)