The Word for World Is Forest

  • by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
  • 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The planet Athshe was a paradise whose people were blessed with a mystical awareness of existence.
Then the conquerors arrived and began to rape, enslave, and kill humans with a flicker of humanity. The athseans were unskilled in the ways of war, and without weapons. But the gentle tribesmen possessed strange powers over their dreams. And the alien conquerors had taught them how to hate....


What the Critics Say

1973 Hugo Award, Best Novella
All-Time Best Novellas (Locus Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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She is talent incarnate

Rarely can one find a read so full of deeper, and not instantly obvious, meanings that one has to stop the recording regularly to think about it, while also being wholly enraptured by the tale as it progresses.
Le Guin is a rare breed of writer, a true innovator, a master of literary sorcery.
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- Archaon

Avatar's influence

Clearly, this book inspired James Cameron's Avatar. I enjoyed Avatar on many levels and appreciated very deep messages (and the not very deep messages). The Word for World is Forest is equally mesmerizing. Well worth your time.
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- Aba

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios