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A Wizard of Earthsea

De : Ursula K. Le Guin
Lu par : Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
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    Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.   

    Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.  

    Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

    ©2018 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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    Beautifully read

    Kobna Holbrook-Smith has a wonderful voice. It was good to rediscover this book that I remember reading as a child. It is very good, compares favourably to The Northern Lights and Tolkein etc

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    • Ronaldo
    • 18/10/2021

    Fantastic, simply fantastic.

    I am a sucker for raspy voices so I loved the narrator and the accents used.
    Although the story is the show-stopper Ursula's work is wonderful in really special way not too long and not too short, the world is less bright without her.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 15/04/2021

    Old story reinvigorated by best narrator ever.

    I liked Ursula Le Guin's stories when I was younger, and stumbled across this audio book with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as narrator. Could not resist buying it and well worth it. Classic mage coming of age and wisdom story and still the best narrator ever. will go looking for more now, fingers crossed.

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    • Sam
    • 01/11/2019

    Quality voice acting.

    He sounds like a little much at first it I was impressed by the subtle transformation of his character voice for Ged: from sullen and sulky teen to brooding young lad to stoic reserved man grown. This subtlety works with rather than against the dramatic storybook narration of the tale. Good good reading of good good book. I await the next in the series.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 06/05/2019

    Not for me

    I love the book, but I can't just get past the narrator's silly whisper-growl voice. Listened to 1 minute and gave up.

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    • Carlos Luciano
    • 01/10/2022

    One of the greatest Fantasy Stories written.

    Fantasy lovers must have read/listened to this book series. A typical heroic story of a wizard from young and naive to wise and powerful.

    Absolutely recommend this version, the narrator gives the story a wonderful sparkle and interpretation.

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    • Marie Stadtherr
    • 01/09/2022

    Fantastic

    One of my Favourite books, well narrated! I am looking forward to completing the series

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    • A. B
    • 29/07/2022

    Love all her sci-fi and enjoyed this Wizard Fantasy

    A very enjoyable well crafted story with likeable characters and an interesting story.
    This is the first NON-Sci-fi Le Guin novel I’ve listened to. It did not disappoint. I don’t listen to many fantasy magic/wizard type stories, but didn’t regret in anyway using a credit for this book. I look forward to listening to Book 2 tomorrow.

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    • mario pankusz
    • 07/09/2021

    Wonderful book.

    Despite being a classic fantasy story about wizards and magic, Ursula K. Le Guin has created an enveloping tale about the upbringing and making of a great mage. The world it is set in, and the writing itself are both very original and fascinating. An awesome book, in every sense of the word.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 18/06/2021

    Timeless Tale, Incredible Narration

    The narration was the kind of narration you wish every story was read in. Stellar. The tale itself is so beautifully written, capturing and distilling a wonderous story without complicated details or drawn out suspense. Just simply brilliant.

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    • Paul
    • 12/02/2021

    Le Guin + H-Smith = Great performance 🙌👏🏻

    A classic told by a great sounding voice with nuances and consistent style. Will listen to this again

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    • Amazon-Kunde
    • 18/04/2019

    Eine der besten Fantasy Geschichten überhaupt.

    Der Erdsee Zyklus gehört für mich zu den Grundwerken des Fantasy Genres. Le Guin schafft ein absolut durchdachtes, komplexes Magiesystem, eine schlüssige und spannende Geschichte dazu, und streut nebenbei noch eine kleine Prise Gesellschaftskritik hinzu. Der Sprecher ist anfänglich gewöhnungsbedürftig, überzeugt aber bereits nach wenigen Minuten. Die Stimme des Drachen brachte mich zum Schaudern. Volle Empfehlung!

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    • Riaan Burger
    • 24/09/2020

    No story here.

    With only 40 minutes left to listen to, this book will be one of the very few that I will likely never care to finish.
    Although the author paints this story with pretty descriptions and a few good ideas in regards to world-building, it becomes a simple case of character goes to X and does Y or speaks to Z, with very little in regards to mounting tension or payoff. In short, its less a story than it is a series of inconsequencial events that drags on and on, that at the end becomes absolutely intolerable.

    That being said, the reader does a superb job and I would definitely seek other audiobooks with him as reader... but none written by this author.

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    • mia mia
    • 02/02/2022

    Enjoyed it, still sometimes tedious language

    Enjoyed the book. The use of language (kind of constructed old-fashioned biblical style sometimes ) can sometimes be tedious. But that depends a bit on the chapter - sometimes it´s a bit more natural. The storyline and worldbuilding itsself is really good (in my opinion) . Kind of a quest - and a good friend involved (lord of the rings recipe ) and loads of good ideas. The narrator saves the day , as I remember I gave up on that book a few years ago (there was an older version with a horribly boring narrator, even with a lot of willpower I didn´t even make it to the middle of the book back then ....) .... Sometimes the narrator´s voice is a bit airy (intended of course ) - but you get used to that and finally I enjoyed his late-night-whiskey -voice with the occasional creak :) later on that also fits quite well to the rough landscape somehow - liked it . the book won´t be my favorite pick , but it´s worth a read / listen to and a classic (or though it seems ) ,and probably a lot of people won´t mind the use of language . cheers

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    • TEMA
    • 26/10/2021

    Spellbinding story made more magical by an enchanting voice

    Please don’t heed the negative ratings and give Kobna Holdbrook Smith’s truly mesmerising (so very fitting for this story) reading a chance.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 14/04/2021

    Fascinating mysterious story

    Amazing speaker with an enchanting deep voice. I loved to listen to him.

    The story is as in all LeGuin book really mysterious, the plot is unusual and surprising, the atmosphere fascinating.

    I think J.K.Rowlings read a lot of Le Guin :-) lot of Great ideas about becoming adult and what does it mean deal with oneself.

    A great moment.

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    • Stefan Walser
    • 22/09/2020

    Sprecher schwierig, Geschichte erfrischend

    Der Sprecher ist leider etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig. In der richtigen Atmosphäre punktet seine raunende Art bestimmt, aber unter normalen Umständen habe ich ihn oft schwer verstanden (man sollte hier also vielleicht besser mit Kopfhörern und hoher Lautstärke zuhören.) Da ist das Problem bei anderen englischen Sprechern nicht hatte, schiebe ich das also eher nicht auf die ungewohnte Fremdsprache.
    Das Buch selbst ist toll geschrieben. Es hat etwas für heute erfrischend unmodernes an sich (ist ja auch schon etwas älter), das mir gut gefällt. Ähnlich wie andere Bücher seiner Zeit liegt der Fokus auf der Geschichte und der Bedeutung, die hinter Geds Kampf gegen den Schatten steckt. Während heutige Bücher mehr Wert auf Dialoge und innere Gedanken der Charaktere legen, rücken diese Aspekte hier in den Hintergrund. Den modernen Ansatz finde ich gar nicht schlecht! Im Gegenteil, so hat man oft das Gefühl, die Geschichte detaillierter und ausführlicher zu erleben, aber eine "altmodische" Geschichtenerzählart wie diese hier, ist zwischendurch auch sehr erfrischend und es schadet auch nicht, wenn sich ein Autor ein bisschen mehr auf eine interessante Handlung konzentrieren kann und diese nicht vor lauter inneren Dialogen der Protagonisten vernachlässigt.

    Ich werde mir definitiv den Rest der Bücher anhören, aber mit einem anderen Sprecher.

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    • Caroline Conte
    • 07/12/2019

    Awful narrator

    I can't stand the voice of this narrator. It's so croaky and raspy and he has no range for the different characters. For one teacher at the school he attempts a high voice and it was worse than listening to nails scraping on a blackboard.

    If you've read (or heard) Patrick Rothfuss' The Kingkiller Chronicle, this storyline has a lot of similarities but is a very poorly written in comparison.

    Do not recommend!