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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Andy Paris Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Annals of the Western Shore Series Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9781428199491
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Ursula K. Le Guin’s haunting epic of survival, self-discovery, and hope is third in a sequence that begins with her PEN Award-winning Gifts. Young Gavie sometimes “remembers” the future. But as a slave living among those who feel threatened by the powers of the Marsh people, Gavie must hide his abilities. And then tragic events force the grief-stricken Gavie to flee the only world he’s ever known. In his perilous quest for freedom, Gavie must learn to harness his unique gifts or he may never find a place he can call home.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 -kevin- | 1/30/2014

    " I thought this one was a bit better. I have a hard time thinking I am better for having read it, but I did think it was well written and I did lose myself a bit in it. I guess I wasn't convinced it was a story that needed to be told. Well, I am glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven L. | 1/29/2014

    " Excellent ending to the trilogy. This where Le Guin shows her chops for putting together a great story with some philosophical insights into the human condition. Spoiler alert . . . I found the ending rather quickly and unsatisfactorily resolved. The tension set up by the pursuit of Gav's long time enemy just sort of falls off the story as well as the horse. That was the only real disappointment in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book! Gav is about 11 when the story starts. He is a house slave in a city state in another time and place. He starts out thinking he has a pretty good life but gradually he begins to understand the injustice of the whole system. He is educated to be a teacher. When his sister is murdered he runs away and begins a journey to discover his powers and his place in the world. One one level the book is about justice and freedom, on another level it is about friendship, family ties, and cultural roles. On still another level it is about what makes for a good life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 1/7/2014

    " Good. Except the climax is at the beginning. It gets uninteresting towards the end. I had to force myself to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/4/2014

    " Third in the series I liked the least. One of the most anticlimactic "the villain is finally gone" moments ever. Might have well just said "Oh, and I think I heard somewhere, 35 years later, he died or something, I'm not sure." Unsatisfying. "

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

    " I enjoyed this series -- good YA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruby | 12/3/2013

    " The third book in the Annals of the Western Shore. Born into slavery, Gavir learns about his extraordinary gift to "remember," both forwards and backwards as he triumphs over devasting loss and change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 10/26/2013

    " It was a good addition to the series, but overall the series is not as good as some of her other series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/20/2013

    " Interesting in its premise. While technically a fantasy book, the magical part doesn't play a huge role overall. It is an interesting look at slavery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 3/12/2013

    " Could... not... finish... too... slow... read... two... thirds... of... it... and... was... bored... really... wanted... to... enjoy... but... too... slooooooooow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Mikell | 1/11/2012

    " Great potential - yet, fails to captivate or resolve compellingly leaving the generally unsatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 9/14/2011

    " I love most of Ursula Le Guin's books. My first was left Hand of Darkness. Still a favorite. This one is part of a brand new series of three. They are Young Adult - very easy reads, I read through all three very quickly. But as a fan... I'll read anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandee Terry | 6/7/2011

    " Powers was good although not as good as voices. If was slower than voices and lacked the excitement as well. I found that a few places it was dragging but otherwise I enjoyed it. The ending was good and the characters do make an appearance, although its a small appearance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/14/2011

    " The concluding book in a wonderful trilogy of YA fantasy fiction. LeGuin has a gift of using cultural anthropology to add depth to her wonderful stories. I wish the series could continue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/27/2011

    " Can be read as a stand alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/17/2011

    " Liked this one too. Search for self and place in world. Ends up tying characters from all 3 books together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qing | 1/14/2011

    " Gah, so good... got a bit teary a couple of times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hamidah | 11/19/2010

    " lyrical narrative hooks you right into a most compelling journey of self discovery from the get go! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/24/2010

    " A simple yet mesmerizing tale about growing up, about life and most of all, about freedom and what to do with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 8/5/2010

    " Great potential - yet, fails to captivate or resolve compellingly leaving the generally unsatisfied. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ange | 6/8/2010

    " This is the first I've read of the series. The other two I just listened to. It is considered a young adult book and it was kinda simple. I did like the various characters. "

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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

Andy Paris is an actor and writer. A member of the Tectonic Theater Project, he and others wrote The Laramie Project, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2002, and in which he played Stephen Belber. He has also appeared in Law & Order. Paris is the winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.