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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,763 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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This debut novel from preeminent science fiction writer Ursula LeGuin introduces her brilliant Hainish series, set in a galaxy seeded by the planet Hain with a variety of humanoid species, including that of Earth. Over the centuries, the Hainish colonies have evolved into physically and culturally unique peoples, joined by a League of All Worlds.

Earth-scientist Rocannon has been leading an ethnological survey on a remote world populated by three native races: the cavern-dwelling Gdemiar, the elvish Fiia, and the warrior clan, Liuar. But when the technologically primitive planet is suddenly invaded by a fleet of ships from the stars, rebels against the League of All Worlds, Rocannon is the only survey member left alive. Marooned among alien peoples, he leads the battle to free this newly discovered world and finds that legends grow around him as he fights.

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  • “I had forgotten, in the thirty-five years since I first read it, just how good a book Rocannon’s World is…So when I listened to Stefan Rudnicki’s brilliant reading of the book…I was prepared for the book to be good. It was more than good…I would call the book unforgettable, except that I had forgotten almost everything about the plot. What I didn’t forget was the impression it made on me; and this time through, especially with Rudnicki’s deeply emotional reading, it made just as strong an impression.”

    Orson Scott Card

  • “Stefan Rudnicki’s muscular, antiseptic voice is the perfect vehicle to deliver this tale. His tone is impeccable, his pronunciation exact...It’s well worth your time.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Zach | 2/13/2014

    " Light, breezy, and, in the end, kind of lacking in any kind of impact. Plus it reminded me of "Tracking Song" only (of course) it wasn't as good as "Tracking Song." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cindy | 2/10/2014

    " I think this is one of her first novels, if not her first. It combines the legends of fantasy in a brief Science Fiction framework. Rocannon encounters the stereotypically beautiful alien of legend and travels to a backwater world, leaving behind all he knows to find that he has played a part in something that now poses a deadly threat to the people of the planet, and becomes a legend himself. Not as lovely as her later work, but still enjoyable. (January 30, 2005) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tamara | 2/9/2014

    " I'm so glad I came across this book! Amazing writing, as always. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sylvain | 2/8/2014

    " The kind of book the sole purpose of which seems to be to entertain. "

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