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The Unreal and the Real is a major event not to be missed. In this two-volume selection of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories--as selected by the National Book Award winning author herself--the reader will be delighted, provoked, amused, and faced with the sharp, satirical voice of one of the best short story writers of the present day. Where on Earth explores Le Guin's earthbound stories which range around the world, from small town Oregon to middle Europe in the middle of revolution to summer camp.
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- Jean R
From the descriptions at the start of the book it sounded like it would be very interesting. Unfortunately, it seems as if most of the stories are simply exercises by Le Guin in character development. Interesting, and her writing is interesting, but not enough to make a book out of it.
I stuck it through to the end to see if there was anything that was worthwhile. I don't think I needed to read the entire thing.
The second volume of science fiction stories is much more interesting and I believe are definitely worth reading. I would not recommend this first volume to anyone. Unfortunate, because I really enjoy Le Guin. I have read many of her books and look forward to reading more.
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- Audrey McCombs
Shame on you, Audible
Every story in this collection was a labor of love by Le Guin. And the narration seemed effortless, which is generally a sign of a lot of hard work. And Audible can't even get the chapter breaks right, or include a useful Table of Contents? Seriously, I could fix this in an hour with basic audio editing software. Audible, you disrespect the work of the artists when you release such a shoddy version of their product.
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Le Guin uses a very beautiful language, but not much happens. And if it does, you are neither provoked nor interested. Her sci-fi writings are much better.
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