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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,768 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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In this collection of short stories, Sita Dulip from Cincinnati finds a method of transcending the miserable experience of flying. A mere kind of twist and a slipping bend, easier to do than to describe, takes her not to Denver but to bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own and sometimes open doors into the alien. Changing Planes is by turns funny, disturbing, and thought provoking. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 2/11/2014

    " I love sci fi, but only got half way through this one. It has been a while since I didn't go ahead and finish a book. The astrial planes got more and more out there in a boring way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Silvio Curtis | 2/5/2014

    " The opening section tells how the special type of discomfort caused by waiting in an airport gives you the ability of "interplanary travel." The stories are parable-style sketches of different planes. I don't much care for parables, and some of these seemed pretty simplistic to me. If more of it had been funny, like the opening description of airports and a few short passages later on, I would probably have liked the book better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/29/2014

    " Awesome. Short stories of different worlds that are fascinating and thought-provoking. Ursula hits one out of the park again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/19/2013

    " Not my favorite Ursula Leguin book but still a worthy title that explores many alternate realities. Told in a number of vignettes the protagonist visits other planes of existence and describes as an anthropologist would the societies she finds. Has many intersections with choices we as a society are now facing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/17/2013

    " Is there any greater master of speculative fiction than Ursula K. Le Guin? Here she uses the maddening experience of changing planes (read: sitting in airports post 9-11) as a perfect time to change planes (read: alternate levels of existence). Like an anthropologist in the field, she gives short reports on imagined societies that are so advanced as to be post-language and so primitive as to extend the Christmas shopping season year round and to stage battles with preordained outcomes. There are angel-like creatures with wings and devil-like creatures with hooves. Builders and birds, queens, placid people and immortal souls, and places like libraries and gardens and hotels and grog shops and streets that change direction as you traverse them--all are conjured in Le Guin's clear, unreliable, contradictory, inspirational, satirical voice. Whisper in my ear anytime at all, o great Le Guin! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 12/1/2013

    " second time i tried to get through this and it just can't hold my focus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 11/30/2013

    " Le Guin writes short stories that are more psychological insights than tales to read. Like a philosopher/psychologist that can't speak her insights straight to english, but rather must compulsively share stories to get her point across, she sits down beside you as you open the book and shares a wealth of life experience by way of fantasy. Worth every penny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 11/18/2013

    " A wonderful book for anyone trapped in an airport. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 10/28/2013

    " I don't read fantasy or sci-fi books, but I thought this was fantastic. I'd heard so much about this author from everyone, and I'm really glad I gave this a chance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 10/9/2013

    " Le Guin has a rich imagination but the format is lacking. All in all, not my cup of tea "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Orchard | 9/6/2013

    " Le Guin's books keep getting richer and more thought provoking. With a really compelling premise this books shoots off in all directions as a sort of inter dimensional anthropological study/short story book.Brilliant and satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerrie | 6/15/2013

    " I love this one. She's soooo inventive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/25/2013

    " A discovery has been made that allows people to travel freely to other planes of existence. LeGuin uses her descriptions of the various planes to make telling commentary about political, social, and ethical issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 4/12/2013

    " A book of short stories. The supposed story teller had a friend who had found a way to overcome the boredom of waiting at airports. She would close her eyes and find herself in another "Plane(et)". These Planes were full of strange beings and places. Some stories were quite humorous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Hollo | 3/19/2013

    " Supremely brilliant collection of stories, reflecting on human nature through the invention and exploration of societies on other planes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/4/2013

    " A wonderful way to pass the time while waiting to catch a flight at the airport. Using the familiar medium of an airport, Le Guin shows you glimpses of different societies on different planes of existence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chie | 12/27/2012

    " Le Guin usuallys astounds me but this failed, the first time and the second time round. I just found it staggering and boring, it didnt engage me =/. Maybe I was too young back then(3 years ago?), ill try again and ill see if my opinion has changed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 7/23/2012

    " it's like Margaret Mead on acid. Fun/ makes you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/3/2012

    " Kind of fun in a trip through dimensional vacation spots. Kind of an accidental tourist approach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danyel | 11/24/2011

    " I throughly enjoyed this collection of short stories that looks at different facets of human behaviour and human nature through the various interstellar socities encountered bu the protagonist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marc | 11/13/2011

    " Interesting thought experiment about different levels of existence. It got kind of tedious to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 2/26/2011

    " A discovery has been made that allows people to travel freely to other planes of existence. LeGuin uses her descriptions of the various planes to make telling commentary about political, social, and ethical issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shinichi | 2/16/2011

    " Fantastic! These are a wonderful set of anthropological short stories treated with Le Guin's usual intelligence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaylia | 1/10/2011

    " I loved this book! SUch great stories... the kind of book I want to read to children and discuss in book clubs :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhoda | 1/10/2011

    " Great premise, Woman invents way of going to other planes while stuck at the airport, between planes. Great humor and mind stretching descriptions of other planes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/17/2010

    " At its best, this is classic Le Guin, with those little moments of wise insight expressed in beautifully crafted words that could come from no other writer.

    At its worst, it's slightly tedious and very obvious satire.

    More good than mediocre, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raj | 11/25/2010

    " Simply brilliant. Le Guin takes her fantasy-anthrophology to a whole new...em...plane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chie | 11/13/2010

    " Le Guin usuallys astounds me but this failed, the first time and the second time round. I just found it staggering and boring, it didnt engage me =/. Maybe I was too young back then(3 years ago?), ill try again and ill see if my opinion has changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amara | 10/31/2010

    " Short stories - some more like little snapshots, really - set in different planes or dimensions... some from a traveler from our plane's point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddalena | 10/5/2010

    " Amazing small stories, so different one from another that is hard to believe they were all written by the same writer.
    A book that everyone should try, even if they usually don't like scifi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 7/31/2010

    " A tongue-in-cheek collection of short stories from the points of view of travelers to alternate world which satirizes modern culture's attitude towards airport flying, genetic engineering, talking, technology, and territorial disputes among other things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 7/5/2010

    " Awesome. Short stories of different worlds that are fascinating and thought-provoking. Ursula hits one out of the park again. "

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About the Author
Author Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is widely recognized as one of the greatest science fiction writers in the history of the genre. She has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards on several occasions, as well as many other honors and prizes.

About the Narrator

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.