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"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.

©1968 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Marjorie
  • 2012/05/14

A little gem, excellently narrated.

A Wizard of Earthsea is the first installment of Ursula K. Le Guin's classic fantasy. Having read the Earthsea novels (five in all, plus a collection of short tales) years ago, I was very happy with this audio version, which is beautifully done. Re-visiting Earthsea, it's interesting to notice how many of what are now conventions of fantasy writing were in fact pioneered by Le Guin so long ago.

One thing that's different about her books: the writing is beautiful but spare. She can tell you in a few paragraphs what other fantasy writers seem to need long chapters to explain. Each of the Earthsea books comes in at something around 200 pages, quite a contrast to the bloated tomes of so many contemporary fantasy writers.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Finance Guy
  • 2010/08/03

Elegant & unique fantasy, deliciously performed

I can't believe I didn't listen to or read this book sooner. Ursula K. Le Guin has rekindled my believe that fantasy can be a legitimate literary genre.

Charming and entertaining like a fairy tale but simultaneously dripping with the suspense, drama, and authenticity of a Viking Saga or Epic Poem, A Wizard of Earthsea (the first of the series) cannot be ignored by any serious fantasy reader. So much sub-par fantasy is written in this, age of World of Warcraft and Eragon, that it's refreshing to have Ursula K. Le Guin to discover and delight in.

The narrator of this book makes it sound like he is recounting an ancient tale around some campfire in the Iron Age. Amazing!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • B. Mertz
  • 2011/06/02

This one is a classic for a reason

Incredibly engaging, masterfully crafted, full of some of the best-written and most complex wizards you will find in literature, A Wizard of Earthsea is the fantasy genre at its absolute finest.

Those of us who read a lot of fantasy have read too many "kid goes to wizard school" books. Many are badly written with flat characters and predictable plotlines. Ursula Le Guin dazzles in this book, which though originally published in 1968, reads as fresh and new and inspiring as all great art does. The old fantasy archetypes are brilliantly and creatively revisited, and adventure abounds.

Anyone who loves fantasy will love Earthsea, and those who don't may find this an ideal introduction. Kids, adults, you name it, Earthsea is short, well-paced, suspenseful, epic, and a delight to read. This audiobook version is excellent.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cai
  • 2016/03/17

A classic: 2018=50 years in print

I first read this in the 70s. It was among the first fantasy novels I encountered, and hooked me into the gene. It was a delight to encounter it once again.

These days we tend to compare magic systems and world building, but when LeGuin was writing it was as one of the pioneers of modern fantasy. If it seems familiar at times, that would be because she helped to chart these waters. After 40 years, I had forgotten much of the story. To me, it still stands strong and tall on its own.

As this is an old school audio book, the narrator doesn't use character voices, and apparently didn't need to. His resonate deep voice carries the story along in a strong, clear, captivating tone.

There was a curious moment when out of nowhere came instructions to switch to the second cassette. But that adds to the old school charm of the book.

I would recommend this book to people who can enjoy a fantasy book for more than its action. It is appropriate for YA, with any dark elements being fairly tame. There is a coming of age element to the book. In fact, it has many delightful layers of elements to uncover if you choose to dig in. But some will want to know that there is not a significant love interest.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah Clarke
  • 2015/08/08

Classic Ursula Le Guin never gets old

This is an archetypal story told much like a ballad from times of old. It is sparse yet full of detail at the same time. The narrator readsbeautifully, with feeling, pacing himself lovingly through the tail. I felt like I was a child again listening to my granddad. It is a wonderfully told story that I can't wait to listen to again.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Brian
  • 2015/02/03

An old favorite beautifully realized

I had forgotten how beautiful and spare LeGuin's writing can be. Here she's like a cross between Tolkien and Hemingway: lyrical, but no extraneous cruft.

I am a big fan of the performer/narrator, Rob Inglis, who can also be heard reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I was so happy to find more opportunities to listen to him read to me.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Robert
  • 2013/05/09

A Classic

While Ursula K. Le Guin wrote several novels about the fantasy world of Earthsea, A Wizard of Earthsea appears to be the first of the main cycle by that name. I found it difficult to pin down whether the series is written for children and/or adults. I concluded that while there are a number of philosophical themes that adults could appreciate, the target audience was probably that of a younger age. Let’s say YAs.

Further, on the subject of age, this is basically the coming of age story of a young mage named Ged who is drawn to wizardry and develops into just that as the story unfolds. There’s much in the way of magic, spells and personal discovery along the way. However, as Ged learns, all of the power and might of of a wizard comes with a price. Wizardry is not for the faint-hearted nor is its magic lightly wielded by the ignorant or arrogant. Much of this is taught Ged by Ogion his primary mentor along with his own life’s little (and not so little) foibles in and around Earthsea. Does all this sound a bit familiar?

The monster of the story we learn is… uh, not so fast. That would be a major spoiler. And I believe the book is worth reading to discover that as well as the other things Ged learns along his way through apprenticeship and personal discovery. The book is very straight forward. That appears to be Le Guin’s style. After recently reading a bunch of China Mielville prior to Earthsea, the latter was a refreshingly, relaxing read. However, we probably should not be fooled by her simplicity. Contained within the pages are a depth and breath that can be easily missed if we’re not paying attention. What can I say; it’s obviously a classic and who could not recommend that.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Brian
  • 2012/04/23

wonderful reminder of an old favorite

What made the experience of listening to A Wizard of Earthsea the most enjoyable?

absorbing the deatail - i tend to speed read so as always listening to books ive read is a treat

What did you like best about this story?

the textured appreciation that one makes mistakes and pays for them

Which scene was your favorite?

hard to say as it all fits togehter in such a balanced manner

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

not really; but i did feel the shared satisfaction of finally facing ones demons

Any additional comments?

Audible needs to present the missing books of the series asap

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing really matters
  • 2016/07/22

I’m not usually into fantasy, but … WOW.

A Wizard of Earthsea was published in 1968. Read it and you’ll see that J. K. Rowling borrowed a *surprising* number of its key elements for her Harry Potter series. That said, this and the other Earthsea books struck me as covering a more inventive magical universe. The writing and dialogue are also much better.

It’s interesting to compare the magic in both series. Earthsea magic has less flash and more substance. Potter magic is flashy and occasionally illogical. You can also say the same things about their respective plots.

The Wizard of Earthsea is unconventional. For example, most of the characters are not handsome caucasians and the universe is not some variant of the England of the Middle Ages. Again, it’s interesting to compare this with the Potter series which is quite conventional. And while this book is progressive, the Potter books promote the last acceptable prejudice, that being the one against the overweight. Nice one, J.K.

Earthsea series is now my favourite sci-fi/fantasy series and I’d rank it second only to my favourite series of any type, the Hornblower books. That’s high praise.

After starting this book, I listened in every spare moment and promptly downloaded the next book as soon as I finished this one. I did the same with the second one. All the books are excellently narrated by Rob Inglis, btw.

I highly recommended this and the other two Earthsea books Audible carries. I only wish Audible had the last three books in series.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2020/07/08

Doesn't hold up

Maybe it was good for it's time, but it absolutely does not hold up to modern standards. Would not recommend.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Macwoman
  • 2015/04/13

Unbeatable fantasy classic

I first read this 20 years ago and was moved to revisit it because of hearing the author, Ursula Le Guin, being interviewed on radio. She is still writing at 85, but I doubt she has bettered this magnificent book. The precursor of so much modern stuff - Harry Potter is built on its back! - but written with extraordinary sensitivity to language and character..

The hero is Ged the trainee wizard and the story is of his journey towards wisdom, the obstacles he encounters and the suffering he creates for himself through pride and the desire for fame and power. It is gripping as a yarn apart from its fascinating symbolism. I particular love the theme of self-encounter. His first mentor is Ogion, to whom he returns when he has reached rock bottom in his ability to fight the shadow. Ogion says simply:

'If you go ahead, if you keep running, wherever you run you will meet danger and evil, for it drives you, it chooses the way you go. You must choose. You must seek what seeks you. You must hunt the hunter.'

There is a whole philosophy of life in this, as it works itself out through the story.

I also love the setting of the archipelago called Earthsea, a mass of islands, inhabited by an island people whose knowledge is of the wind and the waves the sky, which is beautifully realised. And I also love the dragons! Any dragon lovers cannot afford to miss this book!

Rob Inglis's reading is adequate but it is really time we had an up-to-date version of this classic that includes all the four books in the quartet.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • J.
  • 2011/11/20

Magic like it ought to be!

This is a very thought-provoking read. Splendidly written and for once includes the responsibilities and consequences that come with great magical power.

I wish the 2nd and 3rd book were available on audible...

I was mesmerised.



  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mark
  • 2015/04/03

Loved the Earthsea series as a child...

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

& I really like Rob Inglis as a narrator (his reading of Lord of the Rings is fantastic).
Really frustrated to find that the remaining books in the series aren't available. But still, it's one of the great fantasy works & beautifully read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Wizard of Earthsea?

Enough good moments that I wouldn't want to spoil them for future readers.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Whereas Tolkien gives chapter & verse, allowing you to visualise as perhaps he imagined things, UKLG is more broad sweeps, allowing the reader / listener more scope for their own imagination.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Don't do it! Series was awful beyond belief.

Any additional comments?

Any chance of obtaining the rights & getting Rob Inglis in to finish recording the rest of the series?

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amy Oudot
  • 2014/07/21

Proof that classic fantasy fiction is timeless

Would you listen to A Wizard of Earthsea again? Why?

Yes, definitely. It is a masterclass in story-telling. Le Guin builds a world whole and complete that is both engaging and

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vetch. A simple yet beautifully drawn character.

Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favourite?

Vetch. Rob Inglis' choice of accent for the character suited him well. He captured the essence of his likable nature perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I generally listen to audio books on my walk to and from work (an hour each way) and found myself reluctant to stop when I reached work and sitting at home saying to myself "just one more chapter..."

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Piano man 2007
  • 2011/08/28

Good wizardry


I enjoyed this book, made me think of Terry Pratchett but without the catchy humor :-).

The narrator voice was ok. A shame I can't find part 2 or book 2 on audible.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Case Study
  • 2017/11/22

fabulous

so good was gripped. why aren't the others in the series available. only available in US. shame

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • M. J. Curran
  • 2017/07/27

loved this as a kid

used to love this when i was little and upon rereading I now realise how simplistic it is, it's still a good story but has very little depth really, wouldn't recommend for anyone over the age of 15

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alistair Murray
  • 2017/07/09

Unforgettable story.

Very well read but for some occasional irritating "cracking" of voice in later chapters. Gripping and thrilling. Not to be missed.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Wright
  • 2017/02/21

Absolutely Brilliant

The story moves faster than most fantasy novels, so it took a little getting used to. But once I got used to the pace I felt very comfortable in Earthsea. The idea behind the magic works perfectly and is perhaps the most satisfying account of magic I've ever read. This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to as the speaker's classic English accent compliments the tone of the story perfectly. I highly recommend this audiobook. I just wish there were unabridged versions of the next two novels available on Audible!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Angela
  • 2017/02/06

A classic

Any additional comments?

This is one of those classic books that I wish I had first read as a child or teenager. As an adult, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
I'll read it again as the narration was great. I suspect this is one of the books that gets better every time you read it.