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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: October 2007 ISBN: 9781455189458
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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.”

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Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/2/2014

    " Reading a compiled edition of 3 of LeGuin's early books, about her Hainish worlds. Loved this! Don't let the cheesy cover dissuade you, it's really well written. Her worlds are always fascinating, and really well thought out. A very quick read, but full of great stuff. The character of Rocannon is great too. I'm wondering if she wrote about his earlier life at all in other books. You get a bit of his history, and want to know more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 1/19/2014

    " Don't read this book. There is nothing interesting about the main character. His magic suit is a really bad plot device. The ending is the epitome of deus ex machina. But her other books are good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Quirk | 1/3/2014

    " Good but rather dated sci-fi. Sort of the female analogue to Jack Vance's Dying Earth stuff. Lots of "traveling to a distant land" stuff, and that trippy/goofy mix of fantasy and sci-fi. Fun but nothing earth-shattering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Henn | 11/8/2013

    " 9/09 The first of Le Guin's World of Exile short novels. The story is set on a pre-industrial planet that gets pulled into an intergalactic conflict by becoming a hidden base for rebel forces. Good storytelling. Courage, bravery, and self-sacrifice are strong themes in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun | 11/4/2013

    " An early work of Le Guinns and my first experience with her "Hainish Cycle" it's a mishmash of sci-fi and fantasy that mostly works. Though it is not as satisfying as some of her novels she would publish just a few years later, it is still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 8/31/2013

    " Difficult to follow. Didn't have the clarity of her later work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uldene Lawyer | 5/25/2012

    " the story drags there in the middle and the ending is sort of abrupt but not bad. definitely not her best work, but worth the read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabriel C. | 5/18/2012

    " This is some Joseph Campbell shit right hurr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hal | 9/27/2011

    " Kind of old school for UKL, with its swords and chivalry and massive destruction. But it's from 1966 after all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake Berlin | 8/8/2011

    " i commend le guin for creating science fiction that often reads like fantasy. the world of this book reminded me a lot of gene wolfe's "book of the new sun" (although without the incredible, poetical language). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 4/28/2011

    " The three books are VERY losely connected. They can be read seperatly with no issues. Great job on the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashe | 1/7/2011

    " I enjoyed all three of the short stories and also how she tied the three together. I thought this book was a great introduction to the Hainish series and to Ursula Le Guin's style of writing and I can't wait to read Left Hand of Darkness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 diana | 9/23/2010

    " Phenomenal! This is what science fiction should be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/10/2010

    " Three related stories by Ursala K. LeQuin - well crafted and each carrying a theme inherent with the well-chosen titles. I'm glad to have found this book collecting all three novels together! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliet | 5/6/2009

    " First Ursula Le Guin book I ever read. Hooked for life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 3/31/2009

    " I read this years ago. I am re-reading it. It is excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karena | 1/19/2009

    " A well-written, wild adventure trilogy. "

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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

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.