• Earthsea

  • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Ursula le Guin
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 07-07-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
  • 4.3 (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation based on the first three books in Ursula Le Guin's best-selling Earthsea cycle.
Set on a vast archipelago of islands where magic is a central part of life, Earthsea tells the intertwined stories of Ged and Tenar. Ged is a boy from the island of Gont, born with innate magical talent and a reckless nature, who tampers with long-held secrets and releases a terrible shadow into the world. He must risk everything in order to restore the balance....
Meanwhile Tenar, a girl from the island of Atuan, is taken from her home and family to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar encounter one another and seek a way of bringing peace to the troubled archipelago.
Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series has sold millions of copies and been translated into 16 languages, and this epic dramatisation of A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore will take you deep into a rich fantasy world of sorcery, wizards and dragons. Among the cast are Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch) and Toby Jones (Dad's Army).
©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.
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By gander on 07-08-16

Anxiously awaited!

What made the experience of listening to Earthsea the most enjoyable?

I hove long loved this series and now can listen to it in a new way.

What did you like best about this story?

It is a well-done adaptation. As such it condenses the overall story into a presentation worthy of the long cherished series.

Have you listened to any of Toby Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

While I had not previously heard Toby Jones perform, I will be looking for more of his works.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

While you could enjoy this in one sitting, it matters not for you will enjoy it nonetheless.

Any additional comments?

Chapter 6 will awe you!

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By Eli on 07-09-16

disappointing

pacing poor. highly abridged. narrative not straight foward enough. lacks the punch of the bbc's previous Earthsea adaptation.

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By Amazon Customer on 01-25-17

Fantastic

What did you like most about Earthsea?

It's a great audiobook for people who are already familiar with the Earthsea material, simply because there are less explanatory passages and more action. However, this does not detract from the quality and I highly recommend it for fans of the series.

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By Wendy F. on 01-12-17

Awful, unless perhaps you know the story already

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Folk who know the story already...hopeless to follow otherwise..confusing..tried twice but still confusing

Would you ever listen to anything by Ursula le Guin again?

Yes, very much. I'd just choose a more 'straight' version where l might just follow the text.

What didn’t you like about Toby Jones’s performance?

I just got confused about who was who, the plot, the characters.....just lost it. So difficult to follow and hard work.

What character would you cut from Earthsea?

Hard to say, didn't really get any of them

Any additional comments?

I know this is a well known, liked, and respected book. Maybe l just need to try a different version or actually read it myself

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By Charles on 05-26-17

Abridged to point of loss

This is a fantastic novel which I have read many times. Like all BBC radio plays this has been done wonderfully with perfect music and excellent vocal performances.
Sadly they have chopped so much of the book as to lose the book.
It's really a travesty, a beautiful easy to listen to travesty.

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