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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,284 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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