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Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.   

Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.  

Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

©2018 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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  • 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
  • Sam
  • 2019/11/01

Quality voice acting.

He sounds like a little much at first it I was impressed by the subtle transformation of his character voice for Ged: from sullen and sulky teen to brooding young lad to stoic reserved man grown. This subtlety works with rather than against the dramatic storybook narration of the tale. Good good reading of good good book. I await the next in 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
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021/04/15

Old story reinvigorated by best narrator ever.

I liked Ursula Le Guin's stories when I was younger, and stumbled across this audio book with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as narrator. Could not resist buying it and well worth it. Classic mage coming of age and wisdom story and still the best narrator ever. will go looking for more now, fingers crossed.

  • 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
  • Paul
  • 2021/02/12

Le Guin + H-Smith = Great performance 🙌👏🏻

A classic told by a great sounding voice with nuances and consistent style. Will listen to this again

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Helane
  • 2020/05/05

Good but bad reader

I enjoyed it but it was hard to follow because of the bad reader the voice was husky and I didn’t like it at all

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/05/06

Not for me

I love the book, but I can't just get past the narrator's silly whisper-growl voice. Listened to 1 minute and gave up.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Rebecca
  • 2019/03/20

A great classic, beautifully read.

I first read ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’ as a teenager back in 1969, shortly after it was published, in its classic, slightly psychedelic Penguin cover. Le Guin was always a true influence on those who followed, like Hope Mirlees, Tad Williams, or of course Tolkien, Lewis etc a decade or so earlier. Every dragon rider, every haunted wizard, every brave venturer into Death’s land in later fantasy fiction owes something to Le Guin.
What was so amazing to me, hearing it again after all these years, is that it is still groundbreaking, beautifully and unpretentiously written, the story of a young man’s personal development into maturity and confidence, with no tricks or over-stretched metaphor. And it’s short! Not an extraneous word or a self indulgent moment.
And of course - this has the wonderful Kobna Holdbrook Smith reading it! Having been a huge fan since ‘Rivers’, I now stalk him on Audible- if he’s reading it, I’m listening to it! At first I wasn’t sure about the slightly Norf Landon voice he gave Ged, but actually I grew to like it. It differentiated him from other voices.
So this too joins my list of favourites.

  • 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
  • Dr Ward
  • 2019/01/08

My first experience of Earthsea, truly excellent.

Amazing tale of being human, of facing our fears and of mastering them. A remarkable work and why I have only come to it aged 41 I do not know.

  • 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
  • Adnil
  • 2018/12/31

Brilliant

I hope they produce the others in the series and that they are read by the same narrator. His reading is excellent.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Miss Samantha J. Williams
  • 2020/04/27

Hard to listen to

The reader sounds like he either has laryngitis or is trying to sound raspy and sexy for the microphone... "this one's for you ladies..." - or both. He's feeling himself, I guess. Actors often do. Unfortunately it impedes understanding - the equivalent of trying to read something written in a highly serifed and flourished font. Perhaps this irritates me more than most because I work worth actors and I cannot stand it when they interpose themselves between the audience and the material - an affliction of an Angloamerican school of acting that makes it more about the actor's personality than the craft of communication. So if that and raspy voice doesn't bother you or if you enjoy a voice actor giving you the aural equivalent of a private dance, enjoy.

  • 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
  • Anonymous User
  • 2019/12/26

Reputation well deserved

Le Guin can take a relatively concise description and score it on your brain indelibly. This is fantasy of the highest calibre.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • AReader
  • 2019/07/02

Not for me

I adore other readings by KH-S and I know this is meant to be a classic, but I just can't get on with it. This doesn't mean others won't.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dave D
  • 2019/04/10

Narration a touch salty

I tend to hold that a noticeable narration is adding too much, and this is one such case, adding a little too much seasoning to Le Guin's beautiful but unassuming prose for my taste. But I enjoyed the performance and the book is a genre-transcending classic. Well worth a listen.

  • 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
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/05/22

Narrator was a good fit for the story

I have trouble fitting a narrator to my internal voice, but he fit the feeling of earthsea really well.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Dela Boy
  • 2019/06/08

A Mesmerising Tale

A simple yet strong tale of reconciliation between light and dark. The main character says so much with so little. I will certainly be taking a look at the second book of Earthsea.
I was attracted to the Author for her work with Taoist literature. This work appears to be reflected and clarified in her fiction.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Richmond
  • 2018/12/13

A Bit Disappointed

I Have been hugely excited ever since this book showed up for preorder on Audible, as A Wizard of Earthsea is my go-to story for sick days, lazy Sundays, or when I'm just not feeling 100%. It has been for over 10 years!

LeGuinn is a fantastic storyteller and wordbuilder, with an accessible narrative that weaves deep questions and themes into a child friendly story that will also truly delight, thrill, and hold the imagination of adults in a chokehold and refuses to let go.

I was equally disappointed when I finally opened A Wizard of Earthsea this morning to find narration that sounds somewhat akin to Neil Gaiman with a chest infection, and about half the audio frequencies removed.

I found the narrator perfectly adequate, but also somewhat lackluster after cutting my teeth on the Harlan Ellison reading; but as the options are not there, and the BBC dramatisation (which are normally very good) was also a bit of a flop with this story, im just glad to be able to have this story accessible at all times again, though the Ellison reading is preferable every time if you can find it.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Maia
  • 2019/03/24

Love Narrator

I love the Narrators voice so much I looked him up, hoping there are more books he's read that I would be interested in.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/04/04

Fantastic tale and escape

Beautiful story, great escape for your boring daily commute. Wish it was a longer story. Definitely stood the test of time. If you liked Harry Potter.

  • 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
  • Anonymous User
  • 2018/12/26

Thought provoking story

A philosophical novel with a rich and interesting world. The reader sometimes lapsed when using a variety of accents, but overall it was a really stellar reading, and his voice compliments the story wonderfully. I was particularly impressed with the way the voice of the protagonist matched with the feeling of him developed in the language and description of the novel. I came to this book not fully expecting to enjoy it like I did, but I was pleasantly surprised. I'll be making my way through the rest of the Earthsea novels when time allows.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ronny Bay
  • 2020/05/13

The Best Audio Fiction I’ve Ever Heard

I first read Ursula Le Guin’s “A Wizard of Earthsea” some 30 years ago at the age of 10, and have since read it numerous times and completed the entire Earthsea series. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s narration made this the single best non fiction audio book I’ve ever heard. It was 100 out of 10. That good. I’d love to tell him in person how amazing he was.

  • 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
  • Mairon
  • 2019/08/27

Fantastic classic fantasy

Loved this story! Le Guin's prose is elegant and her world building completely intriguing. The story is classic fantasy but still a fresh, surprising and compelling read even over 40 years since publication. Plus it's not that long and can be easily read/heard in a few hours! Can't wait to read the rest of the Earthsea books!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • venessa parry
  • 2019/05/19

Love it.

I listened to this straight through. I wish there was a second book in Audible.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/05/27

Great audio book

Really enjoyed the style of writing. Loved the narration. Appealed to both adults and kids

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/03/14

Nothing short of excellent

Captivating and compelling, precedent-setting and quintessential; easy to see why it is considered a classic.

Superb vocal performance.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021/05/02

Delightful

The narrator unfurls a resonant lyrical tale of heroic courage and companionship. Rich depth and nuance have been added to a written tale I have long treasured. It has brought sighs, laughter and soft tears to this listener; a true delight to which I will surely return.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021/01/11

Loved every second of it

The narrator's voice is beautiful and warm and matches the book perfectly. The story itself was both grand and humble. I love everything about this.