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1.33 out of 51.33 out of 51.33 out of 51.33 out of 51.33 out of 5 1.33 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Stephen Hoye, Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hainish Cycle Release Date:
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The Earth colony of Landin has been stranded on the planet Werel for ten orbits, each of which is sixty Earth years long. As Werel once again enters its fifteen-year-long winter, the lonely and dwindling human settlement is joined by the nomadic hilfs, an indigenous humanoid people who only settle down for the cruel cold spell. The hilfs fear the Earthmen, whom they call farborns, regarding them as witches and avoiding interaction with them. Although both populations share a common genetic heritage in the Hainish people, the differences are believed to be significant enough to prevent interbreeding. But hilfs and farborns also share common enemies: the hordes of ravaging barbarians called gaals and the eerie preying snow ghouls. As the winter dangers approach, a visit from the curious young hilf Rolery to the human colony becomes a sign of coming changes.

Will they join forces or be annihilated?

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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

  • “As good as any contemporary at creating worlds, imaginary or our own…Le Guin writes with painstaking intelligence. Her characters are complex and haunting, and her writing is remarkable for its sinewy grace.”


  • “This book is performed quite well…Hoye and MacDuffie give formidable performances.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Raisu | 3/30/2011

    " As a writer and thinker, Le Guin gets better the older she gets, so may she live to be 210. Her early work, like this novella, isn't bad by any means, simply not as good as the later stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mckinley | 2/15/2011

    " Part of Hainish cycle. This section mostly war and seige of city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marc | 12/29/2010

    " Simple straight-forward story. Not bad, not terribly exciting. Felt more like a short story than an actual book but was interesting none-the-less. Concept was not new, although at the time it was published it may have been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 1/7/2010

    " A great two-hour read.
    Why did I stop reading Science Fiction? "

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