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Fledgling | [Octavia E. Butler]

Fledgling

Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose 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.
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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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    Micah Athens, OH, United States 07-16-13
    Micah Athens, OH, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sexy, Queer, and Complex."
    Where does Fledgling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is the most entertaining I've found on Audible so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration is great and the complexity of the story unfolds at a good pace. The author clearly imagined an entire world in order to create the vampire culture for this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first few chapters really drew me in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a great book to listen to over the course of a week. We did it on the way to and from vacation (10 hour drive each way).


    Any additional comments?

    Great to listen to with a friend or family member so that you can talk about it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 04-02-11
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 04-02-11 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "Great Premise -- Weak Ending"

    I enjoyed this book right up til the end, when it just fizzled out. I wonder if Ms. Butler intended a sequel that was never written, which is unfortunate because the ending is so abrupt. It's really too bad.

    This book reminded me strongly of the same alien-mind type of story so well written by Stephanie Meyer in "Host." If you enjoy this kind of book, I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 06-22-09
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 06-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Her only one in audio!"

    This is my all time favorite writer, the most original you will ever read. This story is one of her weakest however it holds together well enough that I have listened to it already several times. Well worth the money. Let's agitate to get her other stuff on audio!

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    Tamara Dublin, CA, United States 10-11-08
    Tamara Dublin, CA, United States 10-11-08
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    "Interesting premise, weak execution and reading"

    The best way to explain this book is that it was as if it was written for a young adult audience (it's clearly not because the themes are mature) because the writing is very formal and unnecessarily repetitive. The dialog between the characters is unnatural. While the "universe" of vampires that was created by the author was fantastic, this particular story was not very interesting. The legal trial at the end was particularly boring.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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