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Download Gifts: Annals of the Western Shore, Book 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Gifts: Annals of the Western Shore, Book 1 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Ursula K. Le Guin
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,470 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Jim Colby Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN:
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In the Uplands, people have magical and fearsome gifts. Orrec, a boy growing into his powers, can destroy any living thing with simply a glance. But he refuses to use his ability, and wears a blindfold to protect others from his devastating gaze. This allegorical coming-of-age tale shows that power can be cruel. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PEN Center USA | 2/2/2014

    " 2005 PEN Center USA Award Winner for Children's Lit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/16/2014

    " Dark in the way that real YA fiction should be. The various brantors and -mants are a bit difficult to parse at the beginning, but if you just read, the field resolves itself by about forty pages in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndy | 1/6/2014

    " Understated, stark, coming-of-age story. Everything seems magnified in the story - the sorrows more sorrowful, the joys more joyful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice Anne | 12/20/2013

    " Annals of the Western Shore #1 of 3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Davis | 11/29/2013

    " "With eye and hand and breath and will" is not just the way of the gift of unmaking but also the gift of making, as in storytelling. I am amazed by Ursula Le Guin's gifts. Many authors come up with one really great concept for a fictional world, and a few do it more than once, but Le Guin keeps doing it again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jezenia | 11/19/2013

    " This book is a very great book and i recomend it to people who like mystery suspense and like to follow the point of view. This book is about magic and powers. its about two seperate places of living and one place is for mortals or normal peole while the other is a place of power and fighting for power. To read this book u must be patient and have to understan that the concept is hard to get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/29/2013

    " Enjoyable high fantasy that lends itself to discussion of how we use the gifts we are given, but I just never found Orrec to be a very sympathetic character, and Le Guin's writing style kept me at arm's length. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 10/18/2013

    " Thanks Lucy for sending me this one. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 10/8/2013

    " I liked it. She has a way with story telling. Can't wait to get the second book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J | 10/8/2013

    " meh. and one of those partial books, so it's just background for whatever's next, really. and to be honest, i don't care a ton what's coming next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 9/22/2013

    " An audio book. So far a little lame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Turner | 9/21/2013

    " I could have given this 4 stars, but that would be partly in comparison to other books by Ursula K LeGuin which I liked even more. I recently read all three volumes of this trilogy and I'm going to give them 5 stars as a unit. Continued in next review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 9/19/2013

    " Bleak. Hard to endure. But so lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Millsap | 9/9/2013

    " Interesting book. I liked the Earthsea series by the same author, and saw this on the shelf at the library. I had to give it a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 8/23/2013

    " 3.5 stars, rounded down for not quite getting to the plot soon enough. I will be interested to see how the three stories in this series fit together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keziah Dreaver | 6/29/2013

    " Fairly typical young adult book. Well written and enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcella | 5/19/2013

    " I found this style of story telling to be kinda boring. It was then main guy Orrec, just retelling his story of his gifts as well as his families. I think it would have been more interested if it was written like a story instead of the main guy telling the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn | 5/8/2013

    " Le Guin continues her quiet fantasy writing style with Gifts. Gifts introduces us to Orrec and Gry and follows Orrec as he comes to grips with his family inheritance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/6/2013

    " This book started slow, but it is well written with a beautiful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ksj | 4/18/2013

    " Started a little slow, but I got hooked into this world and characters. Really liked the next book in the series. What intrigued me about this book was the main character's need to shut out a part of himself that he deemed "bad." Don't we all do that with parts of ourselves we think are bad? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/30/2012

    " it was good but it lacked action during parts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/10/2012

    " A beautiful story that reminded me somewhat of Orson Scott Card's "Alvin" series. Most of the LeGuin that I've read and loved has been geared towards adults so it was interesting reading some of her YA work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/21/2011

    " Dark in the way that real YA fiction should be. The various brantors and -mants are a bit difficult to parse at the beginning, but if you just read, the field resolves itself by about forty pages in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 5/16/2011

    " This book was recommended by a friend. It was an average read. It is part of a series but this is likely where I step out of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 4/20/2011

    " This book just didn't work for me it was... too young I hate to say. The author I felt just dumbed it down too much. They need to add more detail and get me more attached to characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/12/2011

    " A beautiful story that reminded me somewhat of Orson Scott Card's "Alvin" series. Most of the LeGuin that I've read and loved has been geared towards adults so it was interesting reading some of her YA work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 2/27/2011

    " Part one of a triology. Well read and engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 2/2/2011

    " This book is beautiful and painful to read. I see why certain of my friends like it, but I'm just not sure if it's to my taste. Too much grief and anticipation of grief. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 peefer | 2/2/2011

    " I have a particular gift, but it has faded over the years. Actually, it's a freckle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hirosasazaki | 1/25/2011

    " Her works are always stunning. The way she tells her drama and the world she makes for the story belongs to the realms of the god. I want her to live as writer for 30 years more and I WILL be faithful fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/17/2011

    " Orrec and his friend Gry were born into families with Gifts, powerful abilities they use to protect those who live under their care. I love the premise, but this book felt more like a preface to something else than its own story. So I'm not surprised to see that it's the first in a series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/6/2011

    " I could have given this 4 stars, but that would be partly in comparison to other books by Ursula K LeGuin which I liked even more. I recently read all three volumes of this trilogy and I'm going to give them 5 stars as a unit. Continued in next review. "

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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.