• Rocannon's World

  • By: Ursula Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-24-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (160 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This debut novel from preeminent science-fiction writer Ursula Le Guin introduces her brilliant Hainish series, set in a galaxy seeded by the planet Hain with a variety of humanoid species, including that of Earth. Over the centuries, the Hainish colonies have evolved into physically and culturally unique peoples, joined by a League of All Worlds. 
Earth-scientist Rocannon has been leading an ethnological survey on a remote world populated by three native races: the cavern-dwelling Gdemiar, the elvish Fiia, and the warrior clan Liuar. But when the technologically primitive planet is suddenly invaded by a fleet of ships from the stars, rebels against the League of All Worlds, Rocannon is the only survey member left alive. Marooned among alien peoples, he leads the battle to free this newly discovered world and finds that legends grow around him as he fights.
©1966 Ursula LeGuin (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-27-07

good story, poor editing

As usual this author turns in an excellent story, however the editor fell down on their job. Several paragraphs are repeated verbatium and the joins overlap between cuts in several places. Slightly frustrating for listeners.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Darwin8u on 04-30-18

Not all roads that lead down lead up as well

“Not all roads that lead down lead up as well.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, Rocannon's World

'Rocannon's World' is the first book in LOA's Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1. It was Ursula Le Guin's first published novel (1966) and the beginning of her Hainish Cycle, 'Rocannon's World' is beautiful literature and not just poetic SciFi. It reads like a Space Opera told with Fantasy characters in the style of The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue, or some other Norse myth.

Negatives? It was a bit short, a bit light, but I can excuse most of that knowing that Le Guin is simply building a grand story and this is just one clever brick, one stone in the crown that will be Hainish.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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