The Telling

  • by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman
  • 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once a culturally rich world, the planet Aka has been utterly transformed by technology. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth will discover a group of outcasts who still practice its lost religion - the Telling.
Intrigued by their beliefs, she joins them on a sacred pilgrimage into the mountains...and into the dangerous terrain of her own heart, mind, and soul.

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What the Critics Say



Locus Award, Best Novel, 2001
"In this virtually flawless new tale set in her Hainish universe, Le Guin...sends a young woman from Earth on her first mission, to the planet Aka as an Observer for the Ekumen....This is a novel that aficionados of morally serious SF won't want to miss." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gabra Zackman's steady and grounded narration lays the foundation...." (AudioFile)

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Sci-fi with feeling

An emotional and heartfelt story about the power of love and stories. Le Guin explores how trauma can warp a world view by exploring two societies through the eyes of a protagonist who is meant to be impartial, but can't quite divorce her observations from her own experience.
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- Kristin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios