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The Found and the Lost

The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin
Written by: Ursula K. Le Guin
Length: 34 hrs and 3 mins
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Every novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, an icon in American literature, collected for the first time - and introduced by the legendary author - in one breathtaking volume.

Ursula K. Le Guin has won multiple prizes and accolades, from the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the Newbery Honor, Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and PEN/Malamud awards. She has had her work collected over the years but never as a complete retrospective of her longer works, as represented in the wonderful The Found and the Lost. This collection is a literary treasure chest that belongs in every home library.

©2016 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Le Guin doesn't disappoint, but the format . . .

Ursula Le Guin was a genius. Anyone who considers her work genre and thus dismisses it has not read it. This collection in particular illuminates so many flaws in the human condition, which is what science fiction has always done. It also reveals her incredibly sharp eye and intellect and brilliance in illuminating who and what we are as a species. If only more people would recognize her ad learn from her work. And enjoy it! She writes so beautifully, so deeply. I cannot say enough about how I respect her as a writer, and her work.
This collection is also well narrated. But it is so poorly organized, that I longed for an option for commenting on that beyond 'performance.' There is no titling of stories/novellas. They come in chunks that blur them together. It is incredibly annoying. I want a title at the beginning of each new story/novella and for it to be clear in the table of contents to which story/novella each 'chapter' belongs. Imo, this was sloppy on the part of Audible. It would also take not a lot of work to remedy. Hint hint. Because this is a collection I intend to re'read' many, many times, but I groan at the thought of doing so with it in its present condition. There are stories I wish to seek out, rather than struggle to find.

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  • Stacey Leyton
  • 2017-04-19

Masterpiece!

Ursula La Guine delivers an absolute masterpiece!

The Found of the Lost is one of the most incisive anthology of sci-fi and fantasy that I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Le Guin is an absolute master! She expertly delves into into magic, slavery, gender, misogyny, patriarchy, theology, the nature and formation of family and the terrible fragility of life.

The stories flows through all of these topics in creative, lyrical and at times whimsical pros that are delivering in fantastic narrations. She does this all while building credible strong and clear futuristic sci-fi speculative fiction and imaginative fantastic alternate worlds.

This has to be one of the best narrations ever put together on audible. The production was outstanding.

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  • Tom
  • 2018-02-26

I loved this book BUT

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I Loved this book BUT
I hated the fact that there was no index of the stories so you couldn't find the start of any individual story, or if your reading app put you in the wrong place in a story you couldn't
even find the story that you were listening to in the index

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  • Courtney Christopher
  • 2017-05-17

very good

I loved the variety of stories and hearing about my dear friend ged once more. the only problem I found wasn't a book or story issue but is the listing of chapter numbers vs story names and titles. I LOVED the final story and a few between but it would be hard to go back to the beginning of them to re "read" it.

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  • julie m bartolotto
  • 2018-04-09

Chapters do not align with story

It is very difficult to follow this collection since the chapter stops do not align with the stories. One cannot begin listening to a story in the middle of the collection since stories aren’t book marked.

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  • Jesse Sierke
  • 2017-02-18

LeGuin carries us far outside and deep within.

I never imagined enjoying a collection of stories more than a long, tightly-woven tapestry, but so it is.

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  • David S.
  • 2018-01-02

Ursala Le Guin rediscovered

I remember being fascinated by the thoroughly human descriptions Ursula colours her stories with, which I read when I was a youth.

It was delightful to have the same experience again with this anthology.

I can’t wait for them to make a screen adaptation.
Thought provoking and entertaining!

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  • Terri Rudolph
  • 2017-06-28

Thoroughly Enjoyable

I've relished this author's works more than fourth years now and have always enjoy the psycho-social ponderings of writers such as Le Guin who exam gender roles in non-traditional fantastical cultures. The narration was very engaging. Being new to audio books, It was surprisingly effortless to give over control to the narrator. Good story telling!

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  • Jordan Hardy
  • 2018-08-07

Great Collection

Ursula K Le Guin has been my favorite author for a long time, so I was excited to find so much of her in one place. This is a very high quality collection. Le Guin really shines at worldbuilding and making us love characters quickly, so I honestly think she's at her best when she's writing shorter narratives. Many of the stories are interrelated, so you will get to know some worlds very well after reading three novellas that take place on the same planet, but you see them from different points of view. Several stories take place on a planet whose society is centered around the owning of slaves. You will see this planet through the eyes of a soldier who fought and lost a war against a slave revolution, You will also see this planet through the eyes of a couple different off-planet visitors and hear their varying responses to encountering slavery. Finally, you'll see it through the eyes of a woman who was herself a slave. This series of novellas was probably my favorite thing I read this year.

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  • W. Tate
  • 2019-03-10

Broken?

The lack of chapter breaks makes this impossible to listen to more than once. I can't seem to scrub forward or rewind either.

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  • Rebecca Studer
  • 2018-11-02

running from story to story<br />

entertaining but better breaks and possible an introduction between would help the listener keep track of where they are.

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