Changing Planes

  • by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by Gabrielle De Cuir
  • 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Then came a child trotting to school with his little backpack. He trotted on all fours, neatly, his hands in leather mitts or boots that protected them from the pavement; he was pale, with small eyes, and a snout, but he was adorable." (From Changing Planes)
The misery of waiting for a connecting flight at an airport leads to the accidental discovery of alighting on other planes - not airplanes but planes of existence. Ursula Le Guin's deadpan premise frames a series of travel accounts by the tourist-narrator who describes bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own, and sometimes open puzzling doors into the alien.

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Le Guin and De Cuir: Great combination

This themed collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin isn't her best work, but it's head and shoulders better than most of the stuff out there. Some of the stories are exquisitely moving, thought provoking, and/or screamingly funny. There's a light touch to even the most serious ones that narrator De Cuir does a great job of bringing out.
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- Stef

Social Fiction

Le Guin is normally housed in bookstores under science fiction. Not normally a fan of the genre, this is the first book of hers I've "read." It's not "Star Wars" science fiction. Instead it's a look at what societies in parallel universes might be like if they weighed social and ethical responsibilities differently than we humans do here on earth. It's a GREAT, thought-provoking listen. I hope Audible will carry more of her stuff. Narrator does a great job, too.
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- C. Little

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2006
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books