Le Guin's rich and beautiful prose, and her fine-crafted storytelling are sadly destroyed by this narrator. It is like listening to a carnival barker. I don't think Le Guin's tales should be relegated to the hushed whispers of a cathedral of wisdom (which I think is how some would have it), but I don't think this narrator had the slightest clue of what made this author worthy of being chosen one of the few women accorded the honor of being a Grand Master of Science Fiction.

I hope anyone seeking to hear the stories of Earthsea will seek out another narrator, or read Le Guin's books for themselves. Don't miss out on the wonders she has written just because this narrator has done an execrable job on this particular book.

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