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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Ursula K. Le Guin, David Birney, Scott Brick Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN:
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Six of these tales are set in the author's signature world of the Ekumen, a world made familiar in her award-winning novel The Left Hand of Darkness. The title story was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as remarkable...a standout. Paradises Lost is a mesmerizing novella of space exploration and the pursuit of happiness. These stories explore complex social interactions, troublesome issues of gender and sex, and the meaning of transformation, religion, and history. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 2/18/2014

    " A collection of short stories in settings that push human social and mental development in directions other tan those we are familiar with. Humans adapt to androgyny, strict separation by gender, being born, living, and dying on a ship, and the responsibility of being gods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/16/2014

    " Many stories filled interesting concepts and ideas for other cultures, just what sci-fi should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cait | 2/15/2014

    " The stories in this collection are really varied. They're all basically thought experiments about worlds different from our own in some fundamental way - what if a society valued solitude more than social interaction? what if gender roles were reversed? what if marriages happened between 4 people instead of 2? - but beyond that they're stylistically very different. Some are dry, anthropological reports that were too superficial to actually grip me, while others are these beautiful crystalline tales that succeed amazingly well at capturing the human in all these strange worlds. "Paradises Lost" was my faaaaavorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/14/2014

    " This book contains eight short stories, all of which I enjoyed immensely. I had never read Le Guin before, so I wanted to get a feel for her writing through something like short stories. And I've come to the conclusion that I really like her writing! Not only does she create interesting and intriguing worlds, she brings up social issues that would have never crossed my mind but are almost difficult to think about. It really made me think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sofie | 2/10/2014

    " Some very thought-invoking stories about sex, family, religion et c and what it could be like, alternate groupings and other ideas. Really makes you think about our own construction of the world around us. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taya Vantol | 1/26/2014

    " Insightful prose about society, gender issues etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Frost | 1/22/2014

    " A collection of the best sort of science fiction stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/13/2014

    " Le Guin's unstoppable imagination brings us fantastic tales from various places in the universe of the Ekumen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 1/7/2014

    " Amazing book, I loved Earthsea as a kid, but man... this book was great. I cant wait to read more of her sf "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexi | 12/22/2013

    " This set of stories were creative and well-plotted. I only got half-way through before heading out of town. I'll check it out again (from the library) when I get back to Lansing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 11/12/2013

    " i love these stories. i have only listened to two so far, but each one makes me pause and wonder what makes us love and who and why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucia Fischer | 9/19/2013

    " Ursula presents great ideas about social constructs and gender issues. She has created intriguing sci fi worlds lead to subtle evaluations of our own social norms and why we adhere to them the way we do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/31/2012

    " Oh, I wish there was a neverending supply of short story collections be Le Guin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/29/2012

    " Lots of gems here. "Paradises Lost" was one of the best sci-fi stories I've read in a while. The only story out of the lot that I didn't love was "Old Music and the Slave Women." I think I might have liked it more in a different context- it seemed a bit out of place in this collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 9/24/2012

    " Human relationships on other worlds. It works. As in her other Ekumen novels and stories. These are among my favorite stories of all time. Even better re-reading now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana | 6/21/2012

    " This may be my favorite Le Guin short story collection so far. More later if I have time to write a detailed review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 6/19/2012

    " Another collection of short stories I enjoyed. None of them stuck in my head as clearly as "Things" from "The Wind's Twelve Quarters" did, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 3/8/2012

    " sometimes I think "generation ships! I love stories about generation ships!" and then I remember that I haven't actually read any except the final story in this collection. that should tell you how great it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphnar | 1/7/2012

    " Anthropological sf - most of the stories center on LeGuin taking every possible permutation of human pairings and imagining the corresponding society. Thought provoking if a bit dry at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie M. | 1/2/2012

    " She pretty much had me at sedoretus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iida | 12/26/2011

    " Great stuff, and I love her comments on genre discrimination in the essay in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana | 5/18/2011

    " This may be my favorite Le Guin short story collection so far. More later if I have time to write a detailed review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 3/5/2011

    " A collection of short stories in settings that push human social and mental development in directions other tan those we are familiar with. Humans adapt to androgyny, strict separation by gender, being born, living, and dying on a ship, and the responsibility of being gods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 12/13/2010

    " An amazing collection of fantasy short stories of other worlds that challenges our contemporary notions of gender and sexuality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/2/2010

    " The last story, Paradises Lost, was the best of the bunch...really good. Other stories could have focused less on sex, but were still interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chie | 11/13/2010

    " It was heavy. Some Funny...wierd, sad, others, all of the three and more. I need to re-read this a couple of times before i can come to an entirely sound conclusion, because this is packed. If you want a sort of dynamic frame of mind, then you have to read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BunWat | 9/15/2010

    " On the back of my copy there is a blurb from Robert Silverberg

    "Eight wise and wonderful stories by one of the great masters of science fiction."

    That about covers it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amara | 6/19/2010

    " Oh, I wish there was a neverending supply of short story collections be Le Guin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexi | 4/5/2010

    " This set of stories were creative and well-plotted. I only got half-way through before heading out of town. I'll check it out again (from the library) when I get back to Lansing! "

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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.