This book is labeled "Sci-Fi" but as with most Le Guin novels it doesn't fit squarely in any genre. At one level it is "Social-Science Fiction," brilliantly imagining how real human beings might behave in a colony established on the basis of anarchism and vividly (and sometimes humorously) exposing the twisted logic of the capitalist/democracies, socialist states and autocracies from which those people came. At another level it is a love story which looks quite different in a world where sex isn't considered dirty, promiscuity isn't prohibited, and monogamous love (bonding) is therefore all the more powerful for being freely and fully chosen. At yet another level, it is a story of personal growth for a boy who feels isolated from his peers by his own genius, who is driven to serve others through his upbringing, and who has to confront the challenges and tradeoffs of maturity in the context of powerful scientific principles and unresolvable social dilemmas. The narration was good except for a few small things: it was too difficult to distinguish which character was speaking in several places and mostly there were no pauses between sections which I imagine must be indicated in the written text by blank space. Other than that, the narrator's warm voice, steady pacing, and clarity made it easy to enjoy.