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2.99839357429719 out of 52.99839357429719 out of 52.99839357429719 out of 52.99839357429719 out of 52.99839357429719 out of 5 3.00 (1,245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hainish Cycle Release Date:
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He is a full-grown man, alone in a 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, teaching him to speak, training him in the knowledge and lore of the forest, but they cannot solve the riddle of his past. At last, he sets out on a perilous quest to find his true self—and discovers a universe of danger.

City of Illusions is a part of the acclaimed Hainish Cycle, set in a galaxy colonized hundreds of thousands of years ago by a variety of humanoid species. Since the golden age of the League of All Worlds, Earth, like the rest of the known worlds, has fallen to the Shing, who rule through subtle mind control. Scattered groups of humans endure in a state of paranoia and semibarbarism. Is there one who can stand against the Shing?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Le Guin writes in quiet, straightforward sentences about people who feel they are being torn apart by massive forces in society—technological, political, economic—and who fight courageously to remain whole.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The writing…has the generous ardor and judiciousness which mark Le Guin as the rara avis she is: a sci-fi novelist writing for grownups.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by itpdx | 1/23/2014

    " This book is classic LeGuinn--"what would human society's response be if...?" It is an interesting story but the ending is a little disappointing. I did not know enough about Ramerren's world on Ching society to not feel that the ending was "pulled out of the hat". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erik Graff | 1/21/2014

    " This may be the first novel I ever read by Ursula K. Le Guin. It left little impression. Her Nebula Award Winner, The Left Hand of Darkness, is what brought her to consciousness soon thereafter, constituting her as one of my favorite sf authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by James Quirk | 12/16/2013

    " I don't think Le Guin knew what to do with this story as it progressed. The idea of this "alien" who, in the end, might be a spaceship pilot whose mind was erased...it doesn't really make much sense toward the end and then just ends abruptly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Larry | 12/4/2013

    " Didn't finish, I got tired of the odd,annoying writing style and gave up. "

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