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Parable of the Talents | [Octavia E. Butler]

Parable of the Talents

Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. And a zealous, bigoted tyrant has won 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.
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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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    Clova Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-14-14
    Clova Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-14-14 Member Since 2008

    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.

    0 of 0 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!

    0 of 0 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

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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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.

    0 of 0 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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2007
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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.

    1 of 2 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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth 11-20-07
    Elisabeth 11-20-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Down With Earthseed!"

    The book had some good ideas but would have been better without the repetitive Earthseed stuff. There wasn't enough content to justify the loving attention this supposed religion received--it was just a bunch of platitudes, over and over and over. The mother-daughter relationship was the most interesting part of the book.

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    Lynnwood Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States 11-18-07
    Lynnwood Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States 11-18-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Convoluted Message"

    This attempt to anticipate an American Taliban consisting of members of "Christian America" is a shallow effort to address human weaknesses and strengths. It lacks meaningful insight or message and it is not an engaging enough story for pure entertainment.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Durham, NC, USA 12-22-09
    Linda Durham, NC, USA 12-22-09
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    "Octavia is brilliant, this book is not"

    I have read everything I can find by Ms. Butler every since I found Kindred and read it. Some of her work I loved like Wildseed, Adultrites, Blood Child, and of course her last book Fledging. Just super writing. But there are a couple I didn't like and couldn't read beyond the first couple of chapters, this book is one of them. The audio is great, skilled readers the book itself is the problem.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amenta Dallas, TX, USA 12-31-08
    Amenta Dallas, TX, USA 12-31-08
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    "arasa"

    Ms Butler is my favorite sci-fi writer. I look forward to all her books on tape. The Parable of the Talents was great and much entertaining as usual.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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