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  • Parable of the Sower

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Lynne Thigpen
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    God is change. That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose unlikely prophet is 18-year-old Lauren Olamina. The young woman's diary entries tell the story of her life amid a violent 21st-century hell of walled neighborhoods and drug-crazed pyromaniacs - and reveal her evolving Earthseed philosophy. Against a backdrop of horror emerges a message of hope: if we are willing to embrace divine change, we will survive to fulfill our destiny among the stars.

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    Where does Parable of the Sower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Parable of the Sower is one the best audiobooks that I've listened to, for the first half.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Parable of the Sower?

    The narrative of the slow unraveling of Lauren's community paired with her own transformation into adulthood is facinating and beautifully put together. Unfortunately this level of narrative doesn't carry into the second half of the book. I'll save the spoilers, and only say that the pace, character development, and cast of characters get extremely herky-jerky. This is not at all the fault of the producers of this audiobook, but a problematic feature of Butler's novel.


    Have you listened to any of Lynne Thigpen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Lynne Thigpen is terrific as a narrator. She is very well cast for the part. I haven't heard any of her other performances, but this one is delivered with a smart understanding of the character and appealing aesthetic sensibility. Both the idealism of young Lauren, and her character's innate wisdom and strength come through clear as a bell.


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