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Octavia E. Butler

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  • Kindred | Octavia E. Butler

    Kindred

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Kim Staunton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1979)
    Performance
    (1613)
    Story
    (1608)

    Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

    Kirsten says: "Octavia is awesome!!"
  • Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler

    Parable of the Sower

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Lynne Thigpen
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (593)

    God is change. That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose unlikely prophet is 18-year-old Lauren Olamina. The young woman's diary entries tell the story of her life amid a violent 21st-century hell of walled neighborhoods and drug-crazed pyromaniacs - and reveal her evolving Earthseed philosophy. Against a backdrop of horror emerges a message of hope: if we are willing to embrace divine change, we will survive to fulfill our destiny among the stars.

    David says: "A dystopian vision of collapsed America"
  • Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1 | Octavia E. Butler

    Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Aldrich Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1510)

    In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

    Barbara says: "Wow..."
  • Wild Seed | Octavia E. Butler

    Wild Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (635)

    Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. He fears no one...until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals.

    Annette says: "Fairy Tale... even if it's not"
  • Parable of the Talents | Octavia E. Butler

    Parable of the Talents

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (353)

    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.

    David says: "Powerful, dark sequel that stands on its own"
  • Fledgling | Octavia E. Butler

    Fledgling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Tracey Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (332)

    Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must learn who wanted to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.

    Gabriele says: "Octavia Butler is a genius"
  • Adulthood Rites: Xenogenesis, Book 2 | Octavia E. Butler

    Adulthood Rites: Xenogenesis, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Aldrich Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (514)

    In this sequel to Dawn, Lilith Iyapo has given birth to what looks like a normal human boy named Akin. But Akin actually has five parents: a male and female human, a male and female Oankali, and a sexless Ooloi. The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compelled to genetically merge their species with other races, drastically altering both in the process.

    Adam Shields says: "Better than the first"
  • Mind of My Mind: Patternist, Book 2 | Octavia E. Butler

    Mind of My Mind: Patternist, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Christie Clarke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    For 4,000 years, an immortal has spread the seeds of a master race, using the downtrodden as his private breeding stock. But now a young ghetto telepath has found a way to awaken - and rule - her superhuman kind, igniting a psychic battle as she challenges her creator for her right to free her people.

    Michael says: "The value of diversity in fiction authors."
  • Imago | Octavia E. Butler

    Imago

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Barrett Aldrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (469)

    Human and Oankali have been mating since the aliens first came to Earth to rescue the few survivors of an annihilating nuclear war. The Oankali began a massive breeding project, guided by the ooloi, a sexless subspecies capable of manipulating DNA, in the hope of eventually creating a perfect starfaring race. Jodahs is supposed to be just another hybrid of human and Oankali, but as he begins his transformation to adulthood he finds himself becoming ooloi - the first ever born to a human mother.

    Donald C. Lawson III says: "Pretty Good Wrap-up"
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories | Octavia E. Butler

    Bloodchild and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Janina Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Six remarkable stories from a master of modern science fiction. Octavia E. Butler's classic "Bloodchild," winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, anchors this collection of incomparable stories and essays. "Bloodchild" is set on a distant planet where human children spend their lives preparing to become hosts for the offspring of the alien Tlic. Sometimes the procedure is harmless, but often it is not. Also included is the Hugo Award - winning "Speech Sounds," about a near future in which humans must adapt after an apocalyptic event robs them of their ability to speak.

    Donna says: "Good stories, well narrated"
  • Clay's Ark: Patternist, Book 3 | Octavia E. Butler

    Clay's Ark: Patternist, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Neal Ghant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    In a violent near-future, Asa Elias Doyle and her companions encounter an alien life form so heinous and destructive, they exile themselves in the desert so as not to contaminate other humans. To resist the compulsion to infect others is mental agony, but to succumb is to relinquish humanity and free will. Desperate, they kidnap a doctor and his two daughters as they cross the wasteland--and endanger the world.

    Tiffany says: "a little confusing"
  • Patternmaster: The Patternist Series | Octavia E. Butler

    Patternmaster: The Patternist Series

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Eugene H. Russell IV
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    The Patternist is a telepathic race, commanded by the Patternmaster, whose thoughts can destroy, heal, rule. Coransee, son of the ruling Patternmaster, wants the throne and will stop at nothing to get it, including venture into the wild mutant-infested hills to destroy a young apprentice - his equal and his brother.

    my wds says: "Great story."
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