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The Left Hand of Darkness Radio/TV Program

The Left Hand of Darkness: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation

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Publisher's Summary

The first ever broadcast dramatisation of Ursula Le Guin's seminal science fiction novel.

On an alien world in the middle of an ice age, one man prepares for the biggest mission of his life. Alone and unarmed, Genly Ai has been sent from Earth to persuade the people of Gethen to join the Ekumen, a union of planets. But it's a task fraught with danger.

Genly is shocking to the natives, for Gethen is a world in which humans are ambigendered - everyone can be a mother, and everyone can be a father. First Minister Estraven is the only person who champions Genly's cause, but their relationship is deeply incomprehensible and troubling.

As the duo embark on a journey that will take them to the edge of their physical and emotional endurance, the stakes are high - to save a world from war and save their own lives.

Ursula Le Guin's award-winning masterpiece was one of the first feminist SF novels, and this compelling dramatisation is both a subtle exploration of gender and a thrilling tale of love, betrayal and survival in a landscape of endless snow and ice. It stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey), Toby Jones (Dad's Army) and Louise Brealey (Sherlock).

Duration: two hours approx.

©2016 Ursula Le Guin (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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    Erin 24/09/2016
    Erin 24/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "love this story."

    was wonderful to hear this story that i know so well to be acted out

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  • Scott S
    20/10/16
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    "This is not the full book"

    Wish someone else had wrote this in a review, I guess I spent more time looking for a review and not enough looking at the length. Only two hours. It's not bad, but obvious well short on details amd explanarion that must be in the book. As for performance, the dialogue was often read in a soft voice, dramatic maybe but harder to hear and understand than most audiobooks. I would rather be able to listen to someone just read the book than act it out as an audio play. My fauly I should have paid closer attention to the description.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scott K. Simpson
    Sacramento, CA USA
    28/10/16
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    "Good, but not the novel"

    I like the dramatization, however there were parts not included which could've been with good effect. There is a particular chapter in the novel " The question of sex" which I think would've explained much more about the gethenians for those who hadn't read the novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eli
    California, USA
    9/07/16
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    "meh"

    i expected more but left unimpressed. only one thing made me go woah. and that was the inability for gender changers to comprehend how non-changers view the opposite sex within their own culture.

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