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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,904 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Highly acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin lends a resonant voice to a pivotal yet often overlooked character of Virgil's The Aeneid. Born into peace and freedom, Lavinia is stunned to learn that she will be the cause of a great war - or so the prophecies and omens claim. Her fate is sealed, however, when she meets a man from Troy. 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 Chantel Acevedo | 2/18/2014

    " This book came right when I was in the middle of an Aeneid obsession. It was the perfect complement to Virgil's masterpiece, a retelling of the latter part of the story through Lavinia's eyes, written in LeGuin's exquisite, crisp prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Silverman | 2/7/2014

    " Possibly the last novel by my favorite author, Lavinia made me feel as though I was inside a Kurosawa film or a late Beethoven quartet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oscar | 11/25/2013

    " Reviewed on The American Book Center Blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 11/23/2013

    " Good book! I recommend having a copy of the Aenid by your side so you can look up the parts of the poem she is referencing (books 6-12) to see how she interprets what Virgil has to say. Now I want to read Dante Aligheiri's Inferno! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 11/8/2013

    " A retelling of Virgil's Aeneid from the perspective of Lavinia. Lavinia is a self-aware character, questioning her poet author and her place in his work. Le Guin details the rituals of life during an uncertain time for all, and especially for women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pirkko | 6/28/2013

    " Le Guin is a fan of Vergil, so it makes this book a (very brilliant) fanfic? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darceylaine | 4/8/2013

    " An interesting direction for Le Guin to take. Kind of a strange artifice, but she is always worth reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janeece | 3/16/2013

    " This was Amy's pick for SDBBE. Amy always picks books that I would never, ever, ever read but I'm always glad I did. I knew nothing of the aenid and it sure would have helped. But all in all, I'm glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/26/2013

    " I rather enjoyed the afterword after having finished the book. It just... made certain details pop & made me wonder about the history of the Romans, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca R.G. | 12/9/2012

    " Good story. Poor Lavinia, although she does a great job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Turner | 11/28/2012

    " The bronze age as a science fiction/fantasy setting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Spanos | 11/17/2012

    " This is the first Ursula Le Guin book I've read, and after hearing so many adoring reviews of her work I think I was expecting something a little more, well, epic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/19/2012

    " Horrible book. Sorry I bought it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katey | 7/15/2012

    " it was kind of confusing at first but in the end i thought it was one of the best books i've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 10/22/2011

    " I didn't finish but I got pretty close. I just couldn't bring myself to care about these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meor Nithorynque | 9/18/2011

    " Well written, as usual, and the story is elegant and well done, for the moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramona | 6/21/2011

    " novel-based-on-ancient-poem, myth, cities, fantastic-reality, epic, pg "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 5/2/2011

    " Naturally, when Ursula K LeGuin chooses to take on a character from myth, she works magic: both changing a minor female character into a different kind of hero and enhancing our understanding of the pre-Roman world. There are many layers of meaning here, making a very satisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tapanga | 4/26/2011

    " I have to read this again, slower. My first Ursula LeGuin book. Definitely not my last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 4/18/2011

    " Not as good as the earthsea series, but if you enjoy The Aeneid, you'll love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saleris | 3/12/2011

    " I REALLy liked this. If you like pre-roman fiction, this is good stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/11/2011

    " Wow. Just wow. This was profoundly beautiful. I regret every minute I didn't read this book. Perhaps I'm a special kind of perfect audience for this book--it had everything that would appeal to me. It's a woman's story, ancient history, Roman legend, the Aeneid, with touches of magic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 3/8/2011

    " I am reading this book for my new book group with other parents at Kyler's school. It is our first book to read for the group. We meet later this month to discuss.update: Not a bad book but I wouldn't read or recommend if not for my bookgroup. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Obernauer | 2/27/2011

    " Lavinia never speaks in The Aeneid. However, Ursula K. LeGuin gives her a voice in her novel. Lavinia is a tale about passion, war, religion - all the stuff that currently fills our newspapers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/9/2011

    " An excellent historical fiction book about the wife of Aeneas and the mythical founding of Rome. "

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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

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned sixteen Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.