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Parable of the Sower Audiobook

Parable of the Sower

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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Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Octavia E. Butler paints a stunning portrait of an all-too-believable near future. As with Kindred and her other critically-acclaimed novels, Parable of the Sower skillfully combines startling visionary and socially realistic concepts.

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.

For her elegant, literate works of science fiction, Octavia E. Butler has been compared to Toni Morrison and Ursula K. LeGuin. Narrator Lynne Thigpen's melodious voice will hold you spellbound throughout this compelling parable of modern society.

©1993 Octavia E. Butler; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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    "Frightening and Masterful"

    This book was a somber and hopeful story. It is a call to action, and the nightmare lived by these characters is just a few short paces ahead of us. Narration was lovely and warm and felt true. I strongly encourage this title. It is an unromantic dystopia like the hunger games or other YA titles. It is sad and heart wrenching but ultimately hopeful.

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    Maria Williams Italy (Military-USAF) 10-21-15
    Maria Williams Italy (Military-USAF) 10-21-15 Member Since 2015

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    "AMAZING Read!!!"

    This storyline was so enchanting and hypnotizing. I couldn't stop until I reached the end, and then grew upset because I wanted more, I went through every emotion, my eyes swelled up with tears more than once and despite the horrid conditions, there were moments I smiled in joy for Laura. This book makes you go into deep thought of social and environmental problems of today and what our future will look like if we continue. Amazing, amazing book. I must read more by Octavia Butler.

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    Krymson 10-09-15
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    "The Road meets the Celestine Prophesy"

    A lovely book and performance. Duskilly read and occasionally soft and tough to hear on a drive, but entrancing and worth stretching to listen.

    I now want to read a Book Of The Living, and this book is responsible for that.

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    Ray 10-01-15
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    loved it. Perfect reading. I have read this book and I'll listen to it. This reading had me totally involved and every day of the journey outlined in the story.

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    "Octavia Butler Does It Again"

    Octavia Butler remains a mystery to me,as a master of a genre little known to AA women's of her era. Her gift as a visionary and student of universe are clearly evident in her works and makes me want to know more about her. She possessed the ability to access knowledge unknown to many moving within this physical realm.

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    "Wonderful, terrifying, riveting"

    A bleak and so very plausible vision of what our future might hold. Yet, hope is never lost. we can change. Change is everything. Wonderfully read.

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    Aaron E. Houseknecht 06-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enthralling speculative fiction"

    I had to reread this for a book club, so got the audible version. I was delighted with the narration--the perfect voice for Lauren's first-person narrative.
    Published in 1993, the book's vision of the future is ever so closer to reality and I can see it as a possibility even more than when I first read it in 1996.
    Butler's writing style is sparse, but with enough evocative description to let the reader envision the settings and characters. She handles the brutal scenes with just the right touch; I neither need nor want the full gory details. She gives just enough to let us know what is happening.
    Rereading this has made me want to go back and reread her other works and the few I missed. Science/speculative fiction lost a bright star when we lost Butler to an unexpected aneurism. I would have liked to see her take on where we are headed twenty years later.
    Andie Ptak

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    Sheila Sine 02-28-15
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    "YA Dystopia Done Well"

    This YA dystopian novel and protagonist are well-written, engaging, and deep.

    Thigpen's narration is beautiful.

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    Dan Canada 02-11-14
    Dan Canada 02-11-14
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    "Story wasn't revelatory, performance fairly flat"
    What would have made Parable of the Sower better?

    I feel like there were too many tropes used, not enough character development.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Octavia E. Butler again?

    probably not


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lynne Thigpen?

    probably not, was a bit flat, didn't convey the intensity of some scenes


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    Tammy Jackson, TN, United States 11-30-13
    Tammy Jackson, TN, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you love best about Parable of the Sower?

    I bought this book yesterday and i stayed up all night just to listen to it-there was no way i was going to bed until i got to the end. I really really loved this book and can not wait to read the 2nd book in this series. I feel that Ms. Butler intensified what is going on today by the 10th power. People not having jobs, widespread racism, slavery, fear of whats around the next corner, etc.... all of it is was escalated in this book.
    I was wondering about Lauren's community i know they thought they were doing the right thing by staying behind their giant wall and locked gate, but you would think this intelligent community would have figured out a way to help the really poor on the other side of the wall by helping them out in some shape, form, or fashion would have saved their own lives but they were content on letting those people starve and die. Maybe that's what Lauren figured out when she started helping people on her journey that you can't turn a blind eye on the helpless.
    I can understand why this book won awards it makes us think about our own community and who we are as a people and what we would do in this situation.


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