I found this book pedantic. Too much was "told" instead of "shown," and the majority of the book seemed to be the simplistic promotion of a hackneyed personal philosophy. Like Ayn Rand for Greens.
I am an Afro American christian and I enjoy literature from Greo audio. I also like self help books and inspirational books and sometimes something funny.
The title is deceptive; the violence is deplorable; the book it too long and negative.
yes, I would shy away from books by this author.
The readers and characters are excellent as with most Audible books.
There is lots of action and many people are into this type of storyline.
Perhaps the abridged version would have kept my attention better. It is rare that I don't complete a book.
I enjoyed Parable of the Sower, then Parable of the Talents. It's message was one I could really relate to. I love all of her works and these were no exception!! Also, the narration was excellent!
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What is most disturbing about this story is how it is not that far out of the range of possibility. If the current economic situation crashed, this is entirely possible. And I found that quite distrubing. The idea is interesting (forming a new religion based on science) and the terrible things that the person went through to get the new idea moving makes the story compelling. I am not a fan of the ending - I found the weakness of the brother/sister bonds very disturbing and how the author kind of forgets that the main character saved the brother from slavery - never seems to come back up.
But the performance is good and the story compelling. worth the listen.
The vision and sheer terror that Octavia Butler can communicate while telling a story of hope. it's a gift she has.
The enslavement parts. I've read this book several times but hearing voices put to this part...unsettling.
Good. The voice of her daughter was my favorite. I would like to listen to her read more. What else has she done??
I always have an extreme reaction to Octavia Butler--you're dead if you don't. I didn't cry this time, although I thought I might.
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I enjoyed this story. Plot, characters, voice, and setting lived up to my expectations throughout. It would have gotten a pretty solid 4 stars, which tends to be my way of saying I liked it, but it didn't completely blow me away.
However, the ending felt like a cop-out, as though the writer thought to herself, "This has been a fun writing exercise, but I'm ready to work on something else, now." There's a great story going, and I'm wondering how the heroine is going to deal with the challenges of the next phase of her master plan, and then we get a huge time jump right into the epilogue. It felt like the third act of a three-act play had just gotten cut. Imagine if the Star Wars trilogy had gone straight from the final scene of The Empire Strikes Back directly to the last scene of Return of the Jedi with only a brief narrative voiceover to describe all the events of the third movie.
After crafting such a well-written and interesting story, the ending is a missed opportunity. The story is weaker for it, and an otherwise perfectly satisfactory conclusion rings hollow and sloppy. It's really a shame, because the rest of the story is so strong.
I loved this book. Could hardly "put it down". The writing is excellent but the narrating is just a good. Together, the authors and narrators made nothing less than a full blown mini series in my head!