A Wizard of Earthsea Audiobook – Earthsea Cycle #1

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A Wizard of Earthsea Audiobook by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea Audiobook marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea series titles.

Ged, a motherless goatherder from a small island village, shows early signs of magical power. First taught by the village witch, he is then apprenticed to the wizard of the island. But he is restless for power and glory, and is eventually sent to study at the Wizard School on Roke Island.

There he is a top student and shows signs of one day becoming one of the greatest of wizards. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world.

This is the tumultuous 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.

Story Theme

A central theme of Wizard of Earthsea Audiobook is the ethical and proper use of power. Le Guin’s created world is not merely a depiction of an idyllic pastoral world in which people still practice subsistence lifestyles; all inhabitants are aware of something called the Equilibrium.

Maintaining the Equilibrium means maintaining the pattern and the order of the Earthsea universe. This is something that is always on the minds of mages. The cool thing is that, through the book, we see Ged realize the limits of his power. See, when you’re a wizard, you may have godlike power, but that doesn’t make you a god – it mostly makes you responsible for what you do with that power.

The wise must possess a deep understanding of how the world works before performing any deed of magic, great or small.

Language and mood

George Slusser described the Earthsea works as providing a counterweight to the “excessive pessimism” of the Hainish novels. I

n discussing the style of her fantasy works, Le Guin herself said that in fantasy it was necessary to be clear and direct with language, because there is no known framework for the reader’s mind to rest upon.

In A Wizard of Earthsea Audiobook Free, language is power. Language is usually a very social thing, right? It’s something you use to talk to other people. But magical language is often a secret thing, with the wizards guarding their secret spells and everyone guarding their secret name.

This narrative technique, which Cadden characterizes as “free indirect discourse” makes the narrator of the book seem sympathetic to the protagonist, and does not distance his thoughts from the reader

Conclusion

“The shapeless mass of darkness split apart. It sundered, and a pale spindle of light gleamed between his open arms. In the oval of light there moved a human shape: a tall woman…beautiful, and sorrowful, and full of fear.” – from A Wizard of Earthsea, first in a tetralogy that includes The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore, introduces the listener to Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, known also as Sparrowhawk.

When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry.

So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name – Ged – and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

There, Ged’s natural talents enable him to surpass his classmates in little time. But when his vanity prompts him to summon Elfarran, the fair lady of the Deed of Enlad, he unleashes a shapeless mass of darkness – the shadow.

Audiobook Review

A dreamlike fantasy audiobook charting the coming of age of a wizard, born in a marginal land but destined to become great. Written before works of fantasy became widespread, A Wizard of Earthsea Audiobook Mp3 hits most of the beats that came to define the genre, but quietly subverts others; most of the characters aren’t white, the land doesn’t much resemble England or continental Europe, war’s absent, community’s valued over individualism.

Le Guin’s prose is tailored to the tastes of teens – simple, stark, sensuous – and in spite of a conventional start and ends the plot takes many hallucinatory turns that make the middle feel fresh.

Download and listen for free

You may love to listen to all stories in the Earthsea Audiobooks series by Ursula K. Le Guin on my website:

  1. A Wizard of Earthsea Audiobook
  2. The Tombs of Atuan Audiobook
  3. The Farthest Shore Audiobook
  4. Tehanu Audiobook
  5. Tales from Earthsea Audiobook
  6. The Other Wind Audiobook

Ursula K. Le Guin – A Wizard of Earthsea Audiobook is now available in audible format, almost 7 hrs and 17 mins long, the narration by Rob Inglis, is so enticing that you get hooked instantly.

By: Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
Series: Earthsea, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10

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