No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin audiobook

No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Read by Barbara Caruso

Recorded Books, Inc.
6.56 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts-always adroit, often acerbic-on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation. Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she's in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice-sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical-shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula's blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it. On the absurdity of denying your age, she says, "If I'm ninety and believe I'm forty-five, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub." On cultural perceptions of fantasy: "The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is 'escapism' an accusation of?" On her new cat: "He still won't sit on a lap.I don't know if he ever will. He just doesn't accept the lap hypothesis." On breakfast: "Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime." And on all that is unknown, all that we discover as we muddle through life: "How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us."

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Related Work

Winner of the 2018 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

A Harper’s Bazaar Pick for December

A Real Simple Pick of Best Books to Read in December

A Southern Living Magazine Pick of the Month

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A Bustle Pick of Books to Read in December

A BookRiot Pick of Must-Read Books for December

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From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts-always adroit, often acerbic-on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation. Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she's in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice-sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical-shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula's blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it. On the absurdity of denying your age, she says, "If I'm ninety and believe I'm forty-five, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub." On cultural perceptions of fantasy: "The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is 'escapism' an accusation of?" On her new cat: "He still won't sit on a lap.I don't know if he ever will. He just doesn't accept the lap hypothesis." On breakfast: "Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime." And on all that is unknown, all that we discover as we muddle through life: "How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The more you re-read this collection of blog posts by science fiction Grandmaster Le Guin, the more you’re convinced of Oliver Wendell Holmes’s quip that for the true thinker, nothing is trivial.” Christian Science Monitor
“Caruso’s wondrous ability to capture Le Guin’s humor and energy gives listeners an unhurried experience…framing the audiobook as a journey. Distinctions between essays are clear; Caruso pauses a few beats before and after announcing each selection…Interspersed between sections are the adventures of her irrepressible cat, Pard.” AudioFile
“This delightful book [is] inquisitive and stroppily opinionated in equal measure.” Wall Street Journal
“Witty, often deeply observed…If she’s arrived at a ‘crabby old age,’ as she puts it, it’s inspired her to be engagingly mindful of everything around her.” USA Today
“Touches on…everything from feminism to swear words in fiction. Each entry is filled with warmth, insight, and humor.” Real Simple

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Author Bio: Ursula K. Le Guin

Author Bio: Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) was an American author of novels, children’s books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry, literary criticism, and essays. She was widely recognized as one of the greatest science fiction writers in the history of the genre. She won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards on several occasions, as well as the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and many other honors and prizes. In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Essays
Runtime: 6.56
Audience: Adult
Language: English