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The tales of this book explore and extend the world established by the Earthsea novels - yet each stands on its own. It contains the novella The Finder, and the short stories "The Bones of the Earth", "Darkrose and Diamond", "On the High Marsh", and "Dragonfly". Concluding with with an account of Earthsea's history, people, languages, literature, and magic.

©2001, 2012 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Beautiful collection of novels

I really enjoyed listening to this book. If you are a fan of fantasy and magic, this is a pearl for you. The writer also tackles the human aspects in this enchanting world, which she expertly invites us into, in this book.

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Brilliant book. This series is better and better

I can't get enough of earth sea and will now buy the sixth book. love it

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  • Darwin8u
  • 11-08-19

The Rest is Silence

"That’s the art, eh? What to say, and when to say it. And the rest is silence.”
- Ursula K. Le Guin, Tales from Earthsea

Solid. A couple of the stories really resonated with me (The Finder, On the High Marsh, Dragonfly). I cried at the end of one, and one made me pause for half-a-day chewing on it. Overall, I prefer her novels (or novellas) and this showed in this series because I gravitated towards the longer stories. Like with Tehanu, Le Guin alters the form. She is focused as much on the community as on the mages, witches, and magicians. She is looking at community, power, gender, and areas where the page folds, bends, or rips. Her magic is found in the ghost notes of fantasy. She would rather wander in the woods than travel over the expected trails of fantasy. The genre isn't where she creates. She creates in people, in weakness, in the humanity of the oppressed AND the oppresser.

- Foreword - nonfiction introduction: ★★★☆☆
- "The Finder" - School of magic is established (largely by women; or the Women of the Hand) on Roke island: ★★★★★
- "Darkrose and Diamond" - Romance between the daughter of a witch and the son of a rich merchant: ★★★★☆
- "The Bones of the Earth" - Ogion the Silent deals with an earthquake: ★★★★☆
- "On the High Marsh" - Mysterious healer arrives in a remote village with a livestock epidemic: ★★★★★
- "Dragonfly" - Postscript to the novel Tehanu: ★★★★★
- "A Description of Earthsea" - Fictional reference material*: ★★★☆☆

* Most of the story descriptions were lifted/based on the Wikipedia page for Tales from Earthsea.

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  • Adam Shields
  • 13-02-18

A bridge between books 4 and 6

I have not read the later books of Earthsea properly. The first three books I read as a teen multiple times. Then five years ago I picked up Wizard of Earthsea, the first in the series. Which lead me to read the sixth book (The Other Wind) of the series. I thought I had read the fourth book (Tehanu), but I have no record of reading it.

So I am all wrong about reading this series. I have picked up the threads of the story and I think I mostly know what is going on. But if I were recommending it, I would tell you to read the series in order and not spread out by 30 years. (Although it was over 30 year spread from the start to the completion of the series.)

There are six stories here and a description of Earthsea. The stories range from 130 to 25 pages. Not unusually, I liked the longer ones more than the shorter ones. The first two and last I think were the best. Throughout the book there was an exploration of why the wizards were only celibate men. A history that shows that the founding of the school at Roke was not by only celibate men. And the final story is about a woman that comes to the school to learn to be a wizard.

The other theme of the book is why and how power is used. All of the stories concern power of one sort or another. When the magic is present to only some. And that magic gives power, there has to be some sense of how and why it should be used. Magic in Earthsea is bound by a balance. Use of magic is limited by the balance of the world around you. The stronger the magic, the more impact it has. Roke is concerned with magic, but not always with the ethics around magic. There is not a religious system in Earthsea that teaches ethics. It is the magic itself that teaches. But like many teaching, experience is how many learn. And experience can be a hard teacher.

I need to go back and try to read book four and see if I have read it and forgotten or if I have not yet read it.

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  • DAVE R
  • 16-03-17

Awesome

Loved hearing the history of Earthsea. The stories were easy to connect with and I was emotionally invested in the characters. Especially in The Finder and in The Bones of the Earth.

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  • Blue Phoenix
  • 12-09-20

Essential reading for fans of Earthsea Cycle

I seriously debated about whether or not to listen to this book because I just wanted to get on with the last book to find out what happened to Ged and Tenar...
I am so glad reason won and that I did listen to "Tales Of Earthsea". It lays essential back storylines, histories. I loved all of the stories. It is also well worth the time to listen to the forwards and afterwords of the author as they further understanding of the world of Earthsea. Listening to the author explaining her thought processes was fascinating. Great read!

My only complaint is that although Jenny Sterlin is a fantastic narrator for the most part, it was hard for me to listen to her grating attempt at the old men voices of the master wizards of Roke. I wondered if doing it made her throat sore. But this was a minor irritation that was easily overlooked.

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  • Josh Angel
  • 24-06-20

One of the best Earthsea books!

It seems I read this book of short stories out of order, and should have read it between Tehanu, and the final Earthsea book, The Other Wind. however, it seemed to fit just fine as a final volume of Earthsea, and one of my favorites.

Jenny Sterlin, who did a stellar job narrating Tehanu, returns for this Earthsea installment and does an equally excellent job.

I felt that many of the Earthsea books were just a smidge too long, so the short story format worked very well, with the author having only meat in her stories, no filler. There are a variety of tales here, all of them good, and nearly all of them dealing with the same issues: the Wizards gaining of balance, their loss of balance, and finally, a story that seems to imply that balance will be restored.

In The Other Wind, we see many plot threads resolved, but the one plot thread that I felt was left irritatingly unaddressed was the Wizards sexism, and exclusion of women from the school of Roke. The final story in this collection, Dragonfly, suggests strongly that the practice has ended, with the final words being that they will go back to the school and "open the doors". And with those words, I feel satisfied to close the book (literally) on Earthsea, a place that I enjoyed spending quite a bit of time in.

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  • Bob
  • 16-06-20

Le Guin gets away from what made the first 3 great

The first three Earthsea books were absolutely wonderful. They were pure stories, and the philosophy expressed in them was based in human experience and learning. They were powerful and touching. In Tehanu, Le Guin started to stray from that power, and weaving her own politics and philosophy, which are very different from my own. This book goes further down that road, such that even the good stories lack the power and heart of the first three books. Of the five stories, three are pretty much forgettable. The first one is good, but lacks much of the human motivation that could make it touching and powerful. The last one tried to be great, but tried too much by half, imposing greatness on the main character without building the personal and character base needed to connect with and awe the listener. It makes me doubt whether Le Guin can capture the former greatness in the last book to close out the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-20

Fifth book of the Earthsea Trilogy

Wizards, cowherds, witches, sailors, sorcerers, merchants figure in this quilt patched together with glimpses of Earthsea myth and history. Read it to sleepy children, read it to bedridden old folks in pain, reread it for yourself. A treasure. The narrator is faultless and charismatic.
Last and Best: LeGuin reads her own essay, outlining her struggle to weave a path from Ged's world of imagined men's privilege on Roke and Gont through Tenar's reimagining the construction of female power by men on Atuan. Then LeGuin lands Ged and Tenar together in middle age, each with a further altered perception of self as shaped by gender, and she introduces Tehanu, the young smoldering spark of insistent, living change.
At a late 20C Wiscon, after the author had finished The Other Wind, she replied to collegial queries about her ethics in using such power to create flawed emphatic cultural myths of gender. LeGuin stated with conviction that the myth was incomplete, and that more would be written to explore all mythic possibilities in Earthsea, but not by her. This essay is Sartor Resartus. Celebrate with her your own right to be emphatically wrong.

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  • RIGHT
  • 22-04-17

loved it

loved it I wish there was more... I really enjoyed it see I even dream to sometimes and Percy then listen to it before I fell asleep