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Parable of the Talents Audiobook

Parable of the Talents

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Publisher's Summary

Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. Taking advantage of the situation, a zealous, bigoted tyrant wins his way into the White House.

Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Persecuted for "heathen" beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.

Best-selling author Octavia Butler's fluid writing and keen observations about race, gender, politics, and religion make for a moving parable that will be pondered for generations. A powerful reading from three standout narrators captures the multi-generational sweep of this poignant tale.

Butler's acclaimed novels have won numerous awards, and she is a recipient of a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Parable of the Talents was selected as one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly.

©2007 Octavia Butler; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1999

"Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction....period." (Washington Post Book World)
"These...are the keynotes of Talents: family and characters, warmth and endurance, hope and determination. It's a worthy book, well up to Butler's standard for thoughtfulness and insight." (Analog Science Fiction & Fact)
"Though not for the faint-hearted, this work stands out as a testament to the author's enormous talent, and to the human spirit." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Eric 12-28-14
    Eric 12-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    Love everything by Octavia Butler. This is one of her best. I miss her. peace

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    Clova Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-14-14
    Clova Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-14-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an Afro American christian and I enjoy literature from Greo audio. I also like self help books and inspirational books and sometimes something funny.

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    "Cannot get through this book"
    Would you try another book from Octavia E. Butler and/or the narrators?

    The title is deceptive; the violence is deplorable; the book it too long and negative.


    Has Parable of the Talents turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes, I would shy away from books by this author.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The readers and characters are excellent as with most Audible books.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There is lots of action and many people are into this type of storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the abridged version would have kept my attention better. It is rare that I don't complete a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-05-14
    Adrienne NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2011

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    "I really enjoyed this book!"

    I enjoyed Parable of the Sower, then Parable of the Talents. It's message was one I could really relate to. I love all of her works and these were no exception!! Also, the narration was excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 11-09-13
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.

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    "Moving Story - great performance"

    What is most disturbing about this story is how it is not that far out of the range of possibility. If the current economic situation crashed, this is entirely possible. And I found that quite distrubing. The idea is interesting (forming a new religion based on science) and the terrible things that the person went through to get the new idea moving makes the story compelling. I am not a fan of the ending - I found the weakness of the brother/sister bonds very disturbing and how the author kind of forgets that the main character saved the brother from slavery - never seems to come back up.

    But the performance is good and the story compelling. worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonelle 12-04-12
    Jonelle 12-04-12
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    "I have always loved this book...."
    What did you love best about Parable of the Talents?

    The vision and sheer terror that Octavia Butler can communicate while telling a story of hope. it's a gift she has.


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

    The enslavement parts. I've read this book several times but hearing voices put to this part...unsettling.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Good. The voice of her daughter was my favorite. I would like to listen to her read more. What else has she done??


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always have an extreme reaction to Octavia Butler--you're dead if you don't. I didn't cry this time, although I thought I might.


    Any additional comments?

    GET MORE Octavia Butler on AudioBook..

    PLEASE!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Charley 10-17-07
    J. Charley 10-17-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Repetitive"

    I should have liked this book more – it has many great science fiction elements in it – an apolyptical future, religious cults, struggle to stay alive, etc. But it really seems more like a short story that’s been stretched into novel length by repetitive ramblings about the same or similar concepts over and over again. The story is somewhat interesting, but becomes tiring a third of the way through and never really improves that much.

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    Marcia Irmo, SC, USA 09-19-08
    Marcia Irmo, SC, USA 09-19-08
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    "Depressing and lacking in real substance.."

    I was compelled by the title and summary and hoped for better than what I got. I found the futuristic world of chaos intriguing in that we could be headed for something like that with the state of our economy right now. The haves and the have nots.. But it was more like "what if everyone lost their minds" a bit too biazzare!

    I found the whole story line depressing and it reminded me of the guy who got all of his followers to kill themselves during the eclipse or comet sighting some years back. They poisoned themselves and had on purple sneakers and were going to ride the tail of the coment... or something, right?!! "Lauren" was overbearingly and simple minded. As noted by another reviewer, the characters are not very developed.

    The most important thing though was the narrator! Boy was her voice aggrevating and I could hear her swallow quite often throughout the text being read!

    I know there are a lot of long passages, however I have listened to many other books and this is the first time the narrator's voicebox expressed all of the annoyances that come with regular, non-professional exchanges, very fluid! Maybe it was the audio equipment that was not set properly, I am not sure. I just found that everytime I heard her swallow, I cringed..

    Sorry and better luck next time!

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    Erika L Peterson Dorena, Oregon 04-07-15
    Erika L Peterson Dorena, Oregon 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"
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    I found this book pedantic. Too much was "told" instead of "shown," and the majority of the book seemed to be the simplistic promotion of a hackneyed personal philosophy. Like Ayn Rand for Greens.

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    Eric C. Zawadzki Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-31-10
    Eric C. Zawadzki Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-31-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting but ending disappointed"

    I enjoyed this story. Plot, characters, voice, and setting lived up to my expectations throughout. It would have gotten a pretty solid 4 stars, which tends to be my way of saying I liked it, but it didn't completely blow me away.

    However, the ending felt like a cop-out, as though the writer thought to herself, "This has been a fun writing exercise, but I'm ready to work on something else, now." There's a great story going, and I'm wondering how the heroine is going to deal with the challenges of the next phase of her master plan, and then we get a huge time jump right into the epilogue. It felt like the third act of a three-act play had just gotten cut. Imagine if the Star Wars trilogy had gone straight from the final scene of The Empire Strikes Back directly to the last scene of Return of the Jedi with only a brief narrative voiceover to describe all the events of the third movie.

    After crafting such a well-written and interesting story, the ending is a missed opportunity. The story is weaker for it, and an otherwise perfectly satisfactory conclusion rings hollow and sloppy. It's really a shame, because the rest of the story is so strong.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kayla Durango, CO, USA 01-29-10
    Kayla Durango, CO, USA 01-29-10
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    "Gripping"

    I loved this book. Could hardly "put it down". The writing is excellent but the narrating is just a good. Together, the authors and narrators made nothing less than a full blown mini series in my head!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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