The Left Hand of Darkness

Written by:
Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by:
George Guidall

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2017
9 hours 41 minutes
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.
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Elizabeth H.

The preview is of the intro. The narrator for the intro was quite different from the narrator for the rest of the novel. Imagine my shock (after I buy it) when it changes from a soothing female voice to a a male voice I don’t quite like. What is the purpose of the preview if not to let us hear the voice.... ?

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Bryan J.

I found the narrator hard to follow , not clear enough enunciation . I don’t have perfect hearing and struggled , I found it tiring to listen . Otherwise it’s a fantastic classic

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Andrea H

The narrator had an accent and slurred voice.

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Melanie M

Lovely, captivating, a great listen.

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Donna S.

I hate sci go. Don’t know how I ended up with this

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The book was actually really good and I loved the different writing styles it took. Also the narrator fit so perfectly with this book. I first listened to an audio that was on YouTube but it wasn’t so great, then I went here and I literally listened to the whole book in one sitting!!

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Magnus P.

Amazing story, great writing. At first I was not super happy about the narrating voice, but it really grew on me, and the way he made the characters come alive was really great.

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James D.

Vastly overrated. A drearily boring, ideologically possessed work by an skilled author who should do better. The narrator was fine. His accent was untraceable and let me feel immersed on a different planet.

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Yves-Antoine R.

I’m glad I got this VIP book. It’s interesting, well written, the story and the manner in which the world unfolds is out of the box. I’ve developed even greater respect for Le Guin and my thoughts keep returning to this story and it’s implications. I’m not finished listening to it but I’m already happy of the impact. The narrator is good, and plays really well the different voices and gender fluidity. I do agree that he must not be easy to understand for everyone, and even though I appreciate him I can’t listen for long lengths of time because I need alot of energy to stay focused (I’d say he lacks charisma?).

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Dorothy T.

George Guidall is one of my favorite narrators. This is a thought provoking narrative.

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Elizabeth K.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it. I liked the narrator but I did think toward the end he slurred some parts. Overall I liked his voice though.

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I won't finish this book.

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Chris Kraisser

My first books by Ursula K. Le Guin and I'm hooked. Looking forward to the next.

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Liz S.

a refreshingly different sci-fi. Loved it!

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Iron butterfly

I found this book to be extremely well written and the Narrator was excellent. A very thoughtful read. I came away with more understanding of the Live one has for friends. Whatever gender or non gender they are. A great read!

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Jeffrey M.

Great read. Good story.

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Paige B.

great book!

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Jeannie B.

Can't believe I didn't come across this incredible, thought-provoking classic earlier. I am all the time telling friends and family about different elements of the characters, premise, writing, or story. There is *so much* in this novel. Finished it and immediately listened through again.

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Rauf S.

Excellent, some of the best world building in sci-fi

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