There's a little smack of oddness to it i can't put my finger on, and i was afraid the accent would kill me - but no. it was nice. And original. which..Show More » you don't get much these days. Reminded me a little bit of Niel Gaimon's Anansi boys only much darker and a different point of view. Again, not one of my all time best hits, but a good solid creative story with a little something for everyone. And that ain't bad.
TECHNICAL: My highest praise in this area is that I didn’t notice. When technical issues show up it’s because they detract from the listening experi..Show More »ence. With this book, I didn’t notice. PERFORMANCE: I imagine that it must be daunting for an author to hear a performance that is flat or worse that misses the ‘voice’ of her work with odd or awkward presentation of the characters or the story. Christie Clarke’s reading was a pleasant and enriching experience. I think Ms. Butler if she were still alive would be excited for us to hear this performance of her work. STORY: Ms. Butler’s writing is unique. I read her ink and paper works before my discovery of audiobooks. And she became one of the authors whose work I started to hunt, wishing to read every opus she made. I’m not the only one to note her exceptional ability. She was the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Back to this specific review: This work as with her others doesn’t just inform, but it transports you to a different perspective, a different world view, a different world. Characters are rich, well developed, consistent and engaging. The plot was a ‘page turner’ and I wished it was longer when I finished.
I'm not exactly sure how this goes into book 1 and 2. Seems like it belongs in a totally different series. It was a bit of a struggle to finish. I wil..Show More »l go on to book 4 so at least I finished the series. I love Octavia but this wasn't so great. the narration was mediocre at best.
Brilliant narrator who wonderfully makes the listener believe that he has intimate knowledge of more than a dozen different characters.
The..Show More » story itself reminds me of the first book by Octavia Butler that I read, and the reason I'm so into AfroFuturism, Wild Seed. For a while I was worried that Wild Seed was the best story of the genre and that I would never again experience the unadulterated joy of a story of that caliber. I've been exposed to other works by Octavia and other writers and found myself wanting more than the works could offer. This book totally restored my faith.