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
"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)
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.
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.
Poignant, relevant, circumspect
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.
Loren Olya Olamina
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.
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.
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.
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