For 4,000 years, an immortal has spread the seeds of a master race, using the downtrodden as his private breeding stock. But now a young ghetto telepath has found a way to awaken - and rule - her superhuman kind, igniting a psychic battle as she challenges her creator for her right to free her people.
©1977 Octavia E. Butler (P)2014 Audible Inc.
TECHNICAL: My highest praise in this area is that I didn’t notice. When technical issues show up it’s because they detract from the listening experience. With this book, I didn’t notice.
PERFORMANCE: I imagine that it must be daunting for an author to hear a performance that is flat or worse that misses the ‘voice’ of her work with odd or awkward presentation of the characters or the story. Christie Clarke’s reading was a pleasant and enriching experience. I think Ms. Butler if she were still alive would be excited for us to hear this performance of her work.
STORY: Ms. Butler’s writing is unique. I read her ink and paper works before my discovery of audiobooks. And she became one of the authors whose work I started to hunt, wishing to read every opus she made. I’m not the only one to note her exceptional ability. She was the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Back to this specific review: This work as with her others doesn’t just inform, but it transports you to a different perspective, a different world view, a different world. Characters are rich, well developed, consistent and engaging. The plot was a ‘page turner’ and I wished it was longer when I finished.
As someone who hasn't read the first book, I consider this one to be very well written and although dry at some times was also well preformed. The story takes precedence over the characters and their archs but I imagine this has more to do with the world building aspect of the series than anything. still it a great read with an intriguing villain.
I liked Butler's concept of biological systems as the framework for the supernatural abilities of her characters. This made them paradoxically believable and fantastic. Many sci-fi/ fantasy just make up magic without a system, without the concepts of risk and cost for having gifts which can then be used to explore the moral and emotional transformations or conflicts that drive the story.
I did not enjoy the narrator. She has a nice tone and timbre to her voice but the way she enunciates certain words, as though she was congested - I found it irritating. But then again, I have preference for British/Scottish/Irish accented narration.
It's a good book. I would recommend that you read it.
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