• by Ursula le Guin
  • Narrated by Toby Jones
  • 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation, based on the first three books in Ursula Le Guin's best-selling Earthsea cycle.
Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, Earthsea tells the intertwined stories of Ged and Tenar.
Ged is a boy from the island of Gont, born with innate magical talent and a reckless nature, who tampers with long-held secrets and releases a terrible shadow into the world. He must risk everything in order to restore the balance.... Meanwhile, Tenar, a girl from the island of Atuan, is taken from her home and family to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan.
Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar encounter one another and seek a way of bringing peace to the troubled archipelago.
Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series have sold millions of copies and been translated into 16 languages, and this epic dramatisation of 'A Wizard of Earthsea', 'The Tombs of Atuan' and 'The Farthest Shore' will take you deep into a rich fantasy world of sorcery, wizards and dragons. Among the cast are Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch) and Toby Jones (Dad's Army). Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes approx.


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What did you like most about Earthsea?

It's a great audiobook for people who are already familiar with the Earthsea material, simply because there are less explanatory passages and more action. However, this does not detract from the quality and I highly recommend it for fans of the series.

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- Amazon Customer

Awful, unless perhaps you know the story already

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Folk who know the story already...hopeless to follow otherwise..confusing..tried twice but still confusing

Would you ever listen to anything by Ursula le Guin again?

Yes, very much. I'd just choose a more 'straight' version where l might just follow the text.

What didn’t you like about Toby Jones’s performance?

I just got confused about who was who, the plot, the characters.....just lost it. So difficult to follow and hard work.

What character would you cut from Earthsea?

Hard to say, didn't really get any of them

Any additional comments?

I know this is a well known, liked, and respected book. Maybe l just need to try a different version or actually read it myself

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- Wendy F.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2016
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.