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Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Hainish Cycle Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780062025449
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“One of the greats….Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon.” – Stephen King

From the brilliant and award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin comes a classic tale of two planets torn apart by conflict and mistrust — and the man who risks everything to reunite them.

A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.

To visit Urras—to learn, to teach, to share—will require great sacrifice and risks, which Shevek willingly accepts. But the ambitious scientist's gift is soon seen as a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, he must reexamine his beliefs even as he ignites the fires of change.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Although it’s set in a science-fiction realm, LeGuin’s novel is really a meditation on capitalism, communism, anarchism, and individualism.” 


  • “Le Guin’s characters…are complex and haunting, and her writing is remarkable for its sinewy grace.” 


  • “A seamless creation: everything is made up, nothing seems arbitrary.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The combination of intelligence and imagination sends ideas dancing endlessly around the brain.” 

    Christian Science Monitor

  • Winner of the 1975 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1974 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1975 Locus Award
  • Recipient of the 1993 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
  • Recipient of the 1975 John W. Campbell Memorial Award
  • A BookRiot Pick of Readers' Choices for Best Activism Fiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suey | 5/13/2011

    " I was a little disappointed. I thought this one would wow me a little more. As it was, it was just alright. I needed more connection I suppose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie | 5/11/2011

    " This was an overdue re-read. I think I'll work my way through the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swallowfeather | 5/10/2011

    " Really excellent. I first read this many years ago and it's one I would re-read; a lot of reality and depth to it, and she's got that kind of lucid prose that doesn't draw attention to itself & yet is stunning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/9/2011

    " This is my favorite book. Le Guin is a master fantasy writer, and her Earthsea series is wonderful. Her fantasy is a safe bet, but her science fiction is hit or miss. "

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

    " selalu suka cerita2 dengan genre seperti ini "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Creative | 4/24/2011

    " I think I would enjoy this better if Ged had been a more likable character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ines | 4/21/2011

    " Actually, the book that inspired my book... "

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) was an American author of novels, children’s books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry, literary criticism, and essays. She was widely recognized as one of the greatest science fiction writers in the history of the genre. She won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards on several occasions, as well as the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and many other honors and prizes. In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.