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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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    Kathryn Bradley 01-22-08 Listener Since 2003
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    "Meh"

    Starting with an interesting premise, Butler squanders it with uneven story-telling, unlikable characters, and no true understanding of the world she has set them in.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Julian New York, NY, USA 11-02-07
    Julian New York, NY, USA 11-02-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Fails Promise"

    The first few minutes of this were really intriguing, the rest of it couldn't hold my attention. Bad writing, a flaw you can skim over quickly in a print book if the plot is good enough, never works in an audible book. Don't waste your money or credits.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-11-17
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    "The age of Trump"

    Octavia's writings is today's arena. God help us all. Please spare us mankind misguided madiness.

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    Deanna Walker 12-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a must read"

    the book started off slow but I was eventually hooked. I hate that it ended

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    Zei 11-12-16
    Zei 11-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Please Commission a Professional Performance of this EXCELLENT Novel"

    I, and I am sure many people, would appreciate a professional performance of this novel. The current recording is amateur at best. There are too many background noises, and the main reader's cadence varies too often and at inappropriate times. I hope a new recording of this timeless novel will be produced very soon.

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    PACH Ohio, U.S.A. 11-02-16
    PACH Ohio, U.S.A. 11-02-16 Member Since 2016

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    "What a great conclusion!"

    A fantastic conclusion to the first book. I loved it! I couldn't believe what happened at Acorn, but how the tragedy turned to triumph made me smile :-)

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    Brandon 10-24-16
    Brandon 10-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very timely"

    I always love her work. This was. I exception. And it's also really timely,,, imagine a world where there is a political force with the motto to "make America great again"

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    Daniel G Mcleod Jr 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a powerful and deep story. "

    i loved this. took me a while to finish because it was so deep and moving. I went through so many emotions. so many truths to live by. a must-read/listen.

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    Jillian Courtney 09-01-16
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    "Beautiful continuation of the previous novel"
    If you could sum up Parable of the Talents in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant, relevant, circumspect


    What other book might you compare Parable of the Talents to and why?

    As a new reader of science fiction I don't have much to compare it to in genre, however the fluidity and poetry of style calls to mind Barbara Kingsolver.


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

    Loren Olya Olamina


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lovely, well crafted story that carries on beautifully the writing from the first novel. The religious narrative draws parallels with contemporary religion and zealotry, making a point of the dangers of a hierarchal religion that teaches superiority ranging from a god figure to the lowest single celled life forms. Ms. Butler makes it clear through a poignant first person narrative her beliefs that in order to save the world we have to respect the interdependence of all living creatures. The first person narrative storytelling creates a strong relationship between reader and each character. I appreciated the variety of using multiple readers for the various characters. Some were stronger than others. All had confident, clear voices, but occasionally pushed the dialogue.

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    Liz Argall Seattle, WA 08-09-16
    Liz Argall Seattle, WA 08-09-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Beautiful story that speaks to our times"

    What a time to listen to this story. It has a gritty hope that can only come with hardship, healing through great pain, profound survival and a vision for the stars. Well characterized, a story that holds you, both narrators do a terrific job.

    My only sadness is that Octavia Butler isn't with us anymore, she had more to say and was gone too soon. I wish her books had been in my high school when I was a younger, her work would have been a good friend to me.

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