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Parable of the Talents Audiobook
Parable of the Talents
Written by: 
Octavia E. Butler
Narrated by: 
Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson
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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    Jessica 07-28-16
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    The story was amazing but the weird editing and pacing make it hard to really immerse yourself in the story.

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    Clementine Marrow 07-18-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A Visionary Tale"

    Octavia Butler rides the delicate balance between present and future as only a Seer can. Her quotes transcend space and time.

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    adiaha 06-06-16
    adiaha 06-06-16 Member Since 2016

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    The mind which created this story is brilliant and as deep as the ocean. I am inspired and grateful.

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    my wds 05-21-16
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    The story was sad, but thought provoking and unpredictable. And the narration was excellent.

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    John K. Danenbarger Ottawa, Kansas & Paciano, Italy 04-16-16
    John K. Danenbarger Ottawa, Kansas & Paciano, Italy 04-16-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Boring"

    Could have been interesting, but the format is much too preachy. I got three-quarters through and gave up.

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    Jonathanji 04-02-16
    Jonathanji 04-02-16
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    "Wonderful continuation"

    Loved the story, found the voice acting distractingly bad and the editing poorly done. Wish that Thigpen had lived to reprise her reading in the first book.

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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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    Any additional comments?

    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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    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.

    2 of 4 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.

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    Lynnwood Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States 11-18-07
    Lynnwood Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States 11-18-07 Member Since 2011
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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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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