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Fledgling Audiobook

Fledgling

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Publisher's Summary

Fledgling, the late Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose alarmingly inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must learn who wanted to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself.

Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.

©2005 Octavia E. Butler; (P)2007 BBC Audio

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    Betty Orlando, FL, USA 05-01-09
    Betty Orlando, FL, USA 05-01-09
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    "NEW TWIST ON AN OLD STORY***VAMPIRE"

    FLEDGLING is an excellent story with a new creative and innovative twist to an old favorite of Sci-Fi fans, the vampire. Ms. Butler certainly had an imagination that far exceeds others in her genre. I've enjoyed all of her books and she will certainly be missed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "typical vampire genre good performance"

    it was okay probably more suitable for a teen reader. simple and enjoyable, not deep but credible.

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    Terrence 08-04-16
    Terrence 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "vividly told story."

    A interesting spin on a vampire story. It uniquely creates a sub culture with details of a vampire society with a pecking order. It offers a glimpse into racism and prejudices from a unique perspective.

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    a. rydzynski 07-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellant"

    I love how Butler messes with traditional relationships, this was basically "the xenogenesis trilogy with vampires", which is much more attractive I think than the summary on the audible page.

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    Carol Janicke 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Children or Adult Fiction?"

    the male voices sounded so ridiculous they probably should have just not tried as hard. It's ok if it doesn't sound just like a guy--we know the publisher probably couldn't afford multiple actors and we know it's a female impersonating males. the story--I read it because I LOVED the Imago series. One of the best scifi works I've ever read. I knew Fledgling was not going to be scifi, but I enjoy vampire narratives and love the author. This one had me conflicted. Sexuality in a vampire narrative is quite typical and I found a lot of the sex in Fledgling to be endearing, not too forced or trite. But there was something about the dialogue? or prose? If it weren't for the R rated scenes, I would have swore it was a children's novel. The first scene was so visceral but then it didn't keep pace. And it didn't go deep enough into character complexity, space or time. and there were times I was screaming at the track, "WE know what a helicopter is!" Too much spelled out in the places where there could be more texture and content. otherwise, the whole symbiosis idea was very interesting and a nice contrast to the mainstream reputation vampires have of being mere parasites and murderers. which I suppose was the concept, but I don't read for mere concept.

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    SBJ 05-21-16
    SBJ 05-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Octavia Butler"
    If you could sum up Fledgling in three words, what would they be?

    Twisted Vampire Tale!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the twist on the whole vampire folklore. The story is an original and fresh take on a very old subject. I love Octavia E. Butler and Fledgling is just another example of her genius. Completely different subject from her other books but served only as Octavia Butler can.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the entire book. I read it before listening to the audio book. I enjoyed reading it more as the narrator didn't do it justice.


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    alvin forshee 04-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "She was so much more ahead of her time than most."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is her foray into vampirism as a theme and she is excellent and eloquent in her own style. She breathes life into the work.


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    A 04-02-16
    A 04-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Half-baked"

    I was expecting this story to have an element of surprise; it didn't. The world and cast of characters are interesting, but not fully fleshed out. I wish Butler had revised this novel a few more times before publication.

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    kristi riley 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    so many great social justice lessons and an interesting story. great for fun or critical thinking

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    mjrsadrjs 02-09-16
    mjrsadrjs 02-09-16
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    "Exciting and strange!"

    Fledgling should be a vampire classic. Octavia Butler is brilliant & her social justice themes shine.

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