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Publisher's Summary

Once a culturally rich world, the planet Aka has been utterly transformed by technology. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth will discover a group of outcasts who still practice its lost religion - the Telling.
Intrigued by their beliefs, she joins them on a sacred pilgrimage into the mountains...and into the dangerous terrain of her own heart, mind, and soul.
©2003 Ursula K. Le Guin; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews



Locus Award, Best Novel, 2001
"In this virtually flawless new tale set in her Hainish universe, Le Guin...sends a young woman from Earth on her first mission, to the planet Aka as an Observer for the Ekumen....This is a novel that aficionados of morally serious SF won't want to miss." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gabra Zackman's steady and grounded narration lays the foundation...." (AudioFile)
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By Steph on 05-24-13

Le Guin at her best!

What did you love best about The Telling?

While involving the reader in an intriguing tale of a woman discovering herself on a strange world the main character discovers that stories are much more important than she ever realized. They impact both for her own past and the history of the planet she has come to.

Among the upper crust of Sci-Fi authors, Ursula K Le Guin lives up to her reputation in this book as she wraps you in multiple layers of intrigue, politics, religion and emotion.

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By Cindy on 03-25-13

Tell me about it!

If you could sum up The Telling in three words, what would they be?

Don't toss traditions

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Telling?

When the heroine and her nemesis realize their childhood experiences caused them both to reject their peoples' traditional values, and to rethink those decisions. The realization that life is not black or white, but many shades of gray.

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

no

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By Kristin on 11-09-16

Sci-fi with feeling

An emotional and heartfelt story about the power of love and stories. Le Guin explores how trauma can warp a world view by exploring two societies through the eyes of a protagonist who is meant to be impartial, but can't quite divorce her observations from her own experience.

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