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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,429 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Susan O’Malley Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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George Orr's dreams do change the world. He is the only one who knows it...he and the power-mad psychiatrist who is forcing George to dream a new reality - a better reality that is free from war, disease, overpopulation, and all human misery. But for every man-made dream of utopia, there is a terrifying, unforeseeable consequence; so George must dream and dream again, forever seeking a perfect future - until the very essence of cosmic reality begins to disintegrate. The Lathe of Heaven is perhaps the finest, most eerily provocative novel from an author who is world renowned for the dramatic force of her fiction. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darceylaine | 1/27/2014

    " Wow. I love her. This book is everything I love about LeGuin. And though it was written decades ago, it is timeless as her books almost always are. I love any book that plays with dreams and the nature of reality, but she does it so wisely and so skillfully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mairi | 1/16/2014

    " For some reason this book didn't appeal to me, despite being very fond of Le Guin. The beginning felt slow, and I didn't make it past it my first time reading. The middle-to-end, however, was very well done, particularly the imagery and emotional depth of Orr's assertiveness and interaction with the aliens. The very end, however, felt vague and was something of a let-down. However, the book explores some very interesting ideas about dreams and changing reality, and does so quite well. "

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

    " Really wonderful read... speculative in all the best senses, with just enough unresolved threads to leave you not just wondering but thinking. Spare and beautiful prose throughout, with a compelling premise that becomes more intriguing as it gets fleshed out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissie | 1/11/2014

    " This was an incredibly interesting book with some lines that I felt were quote-worthy, but a lot of the brain matter didn't feel like thinking about the ideas and things as much as I think it deserved. Perhaps I will have to read it again; I think it might be worth it, so that would mean it's definitely worth a first read to most everybody else. Except for the people who are too smart for it or something silly like that, I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Jehle | 1/10/2014

    " A beautiful dream of a novella. One of my favorites of all time. Le Guin's powerful prose and skillful treatment of complex moral issues on full display, without the somewhat dry, anthropological 'outside observer explores an alien culture' excesses of some of her other Sci-Fi works (not that The Dispossessed and Left Hand of Darkness aren't great, just not quite as gripping as this one). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julio Gagne | 1/2/2014

    " Fantastic. Poetic. A must read not just for sci fi fans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 rinabeana | 1/2/2014

    " Though published in the 1970s, it's still frighteningly relevant. It was an interesting read, but I thought the world could have been depicted in more detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 12/18/2013

    " Le Guin's writing style is exquisite, as is her character development in this short, poignant contemplation on power, reality, and of course alien-human relations. I may need to read a second time to fully appreciate Lathe of Heaven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Ahern | 12/4/2013

    " Complex enough for me that it almost demands a second reading. Maybe it's just me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis M. | 11/26/2013

    " i read this book in College in 1977 and have read it three time since then it's a book that is a must read, for all who love SyFy Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the Great Authors of are time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sven McNiven | 11/25/2013

    " I loved the intriguing metaphor of the title. The novel certainly didn't disappoint. Le Guin crams a great mind bender into a short book. It was an enjoyable, engrossing and entertaining read. Le Guin is quickly rising in the ranks of my favourite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cam Bell | 11/17/2012

    " Masterfully written, truly a classic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny | 7/18/2012

    " Very cool and creative. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anjana | 10/2/2011

    " Interesting concept, but sometimes the non-allegorical direct discussion of deeper philosophic questions raised was, well, a little too obvious & pedantic. I also liked the second half of the book better than the first. It took a while for the pace of the story to pick up. But, I recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scribal | 9/7/2011

    " I love LeGuin but i was disappointed in this book--too conceptual. I mean it's just one idea made into a book and once you get the idea.... More like a short story. And it's pretty depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Williams | 7/4/2011

    " I loved the book. I thought the premise was marvelous. I liked the made-for-PBS movie and even the later remake to a lesser extent. I think this is Le Guin's greatest work which is saying a lot - she has wrote a number of great books. Others may disagree with my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 5/5/2011

    " Great story, and relevant as ever forty years out (first published 1971, I think). One star off for some repetitiveness and the incredible passivity of our hero (though I know the latter may have been part of the "point"). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 5/5/2011

    " Weird, strange, and at times a little disturbing. So of course I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kramer0012us | 4/30/2011

    " A Sci-Fi, but truly accurate analysis of the dangers of psychology as well as the inner drive and resolve of human nature. Short book, but brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayme(the ghost reader) | 3/27/2011

    " It had a good premise. The idea that dreams can be manipulated into what we want and controlled to make a better place or destroy. I thought it was average because the book was published in 1971 and it was supposed to be the year 2004. It is now 2011 so it didn't feel like the future to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 3/6/2011

    " A fun read with an interesting core idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 2/18/2011

    " This book shaped my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 2/9/2011

    " This was really good, and appropriately short. I couldn't identify with the main character... you can tell Ursula K. LeGuin was just starting to get into Taoism when she wrote this. "

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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

Susan O’Malley (a.k.a. Bernadette Dunne) is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.