The Hainish Cycle

6 books in series
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The Dispossessed Publisher's Summary

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.

©1974 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
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    • The Dispossessed

    • A Novel
    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Don Leslie
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,586

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favorite novels of all time

    • By Isaac on 10-09-10

    Regular price: $34.22

    • The Word for World Is Forest

    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 320
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 267

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • She is talent incarnate

    • By Archaon on 07-10-11

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Planet of Exile

    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie, Steven Hoye
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The alienaness between them

    • By Darwin8u on 04-30-18

    Regular price: $17.47

    • City of Illusions

    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 346
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 225

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Quest For Falk, A Discovery For Me

    • By Cathy on 09-22-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Left Hand of Darkness

    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,453
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,239
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,240

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Almost 50 and still amazing

    • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-07-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Telling

    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 337
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 292

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just Beautiful. Just Brilliant.

    • By Ellenaeddy on 06-12-14

    Regular price: $17.95