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The Tombs of Atuan

The Second Book of Earthsea
Narrated by: Aysha Kala
Series: Earthsea, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this second novel in the Earthsea series, Tenar is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, and everything is taken from her - home, family, possessions, even her name. She is now known only as Arha, the Eaten One, and guards the shadowy, labyrinthine Tombs of Atuan.

Then a wizard, Ged Sparrowhawk, comes to steal the tombs' greatest hidden treasure, the Ring of Erreth-Akbe. Tenar's duty is to protect the ring, but Ged possesses the light of magic and tales of a world that Tenar has never known. Will Tenar risk everything to escape from the darkness that has become her domain?

©1970 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"[This] trilogy made me look at the world in a new way, imbued everything with a magic that was so much deeper than the magic I'd encountered before then. This was a magic of words, a magic of true speaking." (Neil Gaiman)

"Drink this magic up. Drown in it. Dream it." (David Mitchell)

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  • ncinci
  • 29-10-2019

I love Le Guin - the voice just didn't fit to me.

I love Le Guin and have read the Earthsea series many times. The readers voice when in the characters of the Priestess and Wizard just didn't fit to me -but as a narrator she did build atmosphere.

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  • Emilio
  • 16-10-2020

Good story, though narration could be better

I wanted to listen to this story but the narrator makes so many mistakes that it is difficult to engage with. Harder than reading

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  • olympian
  • 25-09-2020

New perspective expands world of earthsea

Lovely brief writing style, explores lots of complex ideas and themes around who we are and how we deal with our past and future, and a nicely resolved story. I sort of wish the series followed Ged more closely, but then this new perspective adds a lot. Overall enjoyable and recommendable, and lots to think about despite it being a short book for young adults!

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  • Mr D.
  • 27-08-2020

Enjoyed it & beautifully read

After listening to the 1st book I felt a little bit miffed because the Tombs of Atuan was read by a different person but when I got over it I enjoyed it more than the first one. I think it's very beautiful & the reader did it very well.

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  • Mina
  • 02-08-2020

Looking forward to the 3rd book

Compared to the first book in the series, the plot if this one isn’t very exciting. The world, characters and atmosphere that the author creates remain unique and special, so I ling to return to Earthsea and am looking forward to the 3rd book.

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  • Alexander Johnston
  • 06-05-2020

Good

The story a little slow to get started but the narrating is very well executed!

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  • Ardeshir Sarosh
  • 22-03-2020

A good book we'll read.

I read this kbook years ago and still enjoy it. Thank you very much enjoyable indeed.

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  • Leelo Baggins
  • 16-03-2020

Left wanting more. So glad there's more books

So glad Ive found the Earthsea series. Loveable characters and great storyline thats left me wanting the next book. All of my credits are reserved for the next few months.

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  • JC Reus
  • 24-01-2020

subtle and haunting

really lovely, like wizard of earthsea it takes a bit before things get started but then absorbs you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2020

a return to childhood

less satisfying than the original. why does the narrator give Ged voice of chimney sweep?