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Tehanu

The Earthsea Cycle, Book Four
Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
Series: Earthsea, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan - she an isolated young priestess, he a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice.

A lifetime ago they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again to help another - the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.

©1990 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2016 Recorded Books

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The power of ordinary people.


I very much enjoyed these later chapters in the lives of fascinating people. Interesting to see the saga unfolding. It was lovely to hear the story so beautifully told too.

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Brilliance from Le Guin

This isn't about powerful wizards and their quests. This is the woman's story, the mundane story after the heroic. A book about gender and power (and dragons), it completes the Earthsea series brilliantly. Truly powerful and sad.

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Not what I expected

In a fantastical world of Dragons and magic this story spends much of its time washing dishes and tending onions and making clothes. Which is not what I expected. Yet the themes it deals with are nuanced and raw. I appreciate the underdog story.

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  • Anonlee
  • 10-02-2017

what a tale!!!

initially it was a bit of adjustment to switch from narrator Rob Inglis to Jenny Sterlin, but she stepped up to the plate and nailed the part. Since Ged played a lesser role, it was only appropriate that a female voice was used to portray the many female characters. I love all the earth sea books . At the end of my book journey I just wanted to enter the magical world of Gont ride with dragons and meet up with Ged and his entourage . It was a very sweet read!

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  • Jared Anthony
  • 30-08-2017

Delivers on Promise of Tenar and the Tombs

Only a misogynist or someone who heard excerpts could misread this book as feminist preaching. Round characters, beautiful sentences, and a fantastic reader, to boot!

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  • Reynaldo Garcia
  • 26-12-2016

Different, in a good way.

I really enjoyed this one. A far different type of tale, but just as grand in its own way. Recommend.

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  • Hilary Armstrong
  • 03-08-2016

An excellent story and a brilliant telling.

Tehanu is a critical and introspective look at female intuition and the expectations society can so often impose, knowingly or unknowingly, upon the wife, mother, sister, and daughter.

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  • Philip
  • 09-05-2019

Not enough wizardry action

A bit disappointed in the book. Not enough action happening, but the telling of the life story of a woman and her adopted girl. Yawn.

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  • Peter
  • 29-05-2018

Like a hot coal

Ursula le guin takes on a new perspective, that of the “powerless”- the women, children, and laymen of earthsea. This book is like a hot coal- it burns with anger, trauma, injustice, and beauty. It deserves to be studied and to be reread over and over.


The narrator did a fabulous job of harnessing tenar’s voice.


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  • Melanie
  • 18-08-2019

I've listened and re-listened to this book

As I've grown older I've grown to love this book more and more. I've come to appreciate what wisdom and maturity brings to fiction and the freedom of being fully in one's skin.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2019

Exploring power & freedom? Read the book

Gender and Power Issues Queried, and Romance!
Stunning reader for a worthy text. Engaging world building. Would you suggest reading this to discuss in class with Bluest Eye? I would.
Ged is delivered dragonback to Ogion's aerie, awaited by Tenar (GHE) and her adopted, abused and marred child. Adventures ensue, LeGuin at her mature best.
Keep your eye on young Therru as she learns to use the other part of her mind and heart, a self not destroyed by her abusers. Tenar sees herself as The Eaten One in Therru and determines to restore her with love and vitamins. The response of each person to the scarred child will trigger a tiny self examination in the reader. Have I done that? Would I?

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  • Whitney Goff
  • 26-07-2019

Meh

Loved the previous 3 books. By comparison this one is a bit dry. The villain has no dimension at all and is basically a cartoon depiction of male chauvinism. Overall the story features plenty of feminism tropes that resulted in numerous eye rolls throughout. More than anything, though, I just found it boring to listen to and was happy to finish it out. If I did it again I would have stopped after the third. I will say that the performance is very good.

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  • E. G. Merrill
  • 07-07-2019

wonderful

Tehanu is a great unfolding of deeper themes and underlying humanity to nourish the seed of wisdom and magic that the ever re-readable EarthSea trilogy is. A grateful read

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  • Michael Hirst
  • 28-07-2016

A story all it's own, tying up loose threads

Loved it, an original story woven around familiar characters well told and read. Total contrast to the 'trilogy' it now concludes.

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  • Penelope Bower
  • 28-11-2018

Tehanu

I love this book. My absolute favourite of the earthsea series. I read the trilogy over 30 years ago as a teanager and the tombs of Atuan was my favourite, and I wanted Ged and Tenar to get together, I was so glad when I discovered the sequel. Ursula le Guin was master story teller. Great narration. I see audible has just added a wizard of earthsea. Please release the whole series unabridged, and please do the same fur Diana Wynne Jones’ books.

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