“The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. Le Guin

“The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. Le Guin

Narrated by George Guidall

I have always thought that I should try this author but just never picked up one of her books. Then, a couple of weeks ago, this one popped up on the Audible Daily Deal and I saw the narrator is George Guidall and I just couldn’t resist. You all know how much I enjoy George Guidall’s voice. George Orr has become a drug addict in the process of trying to avoid sleep. Why does he avoid sleep? Because when he dreams the outside world changes. He ends up in the care of Dr. Haber, a psychiatrist who claims that he can teach George how not to dream using an experimental machine he is developing. George gradually begins to think that Dr. Haber may have an ulterior motive in treating him and this leads to a disturbing series of events.

I don’t often dip into science fiction but I’m so glad I picked this one, and now I know what all the fuss is about with this author. This story is very unique and fascinating. The book was originally published in 1971 and if I had read it at a younger age I think I would have found it inconceivable, but reading it now, with all the technological advances since the 70’s, it doesn’t seem all that far-fetched. Dr. Haber was of great interest to me because of the way he starts out as being the benign “Sure, I can help you” kind of doctor from whom you don’t really expect much. He’s assigned to George, doesn’t see very many patients, and at the beginning seemed to see George as more of a bother than anything else. But then he begins to realize just what George can do and his transformation, while not unexpected, was nevertheless startling. George also goes through an amazing transformation as the story progresses. The story touches on some very intriguing topics, such as, where does a person’s value lie? What happens when an individual’s power goes unchecked? And, is there any such thing as a perfect society?

I also really enjoyed the pacing of the story. It was not rushed but moved along at a steady rate. Finally, of course, George Guidall again does an excellent job with the narration. He really knows how to present a dramatic story without forcing the drama. He doesn’t over-characterize with his voice but uses subtle changes to differentiate the characters. As you’ve probably guessed I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and I definitely would recommend this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Listening!

Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

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