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Fledgling Audiobook

Fledgling

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Publisher's Summary

Fledgling, the late Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose alarmingly 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.

Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.

©2005 Octavia E. Butler; (P)2007 BBC Audio

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    michelle 10-15-14
    michelle 10-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "comes pretty close to child porn :("
    What disappointed you about Fledgling?

    the thought of child sex


    Has Fledgling turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no I like vampire stories


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    did not finish because it offended me


    Any additional comments?

    the explicitness especially of a child-like being should be clearly marked in summery. I was given the impression from the summery that this book was about a young adult and explicit sex was not part of the summery. As I have children who also listen to my books, I would really like to know before buying about inappropriate segments..

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Winder, GA, United States 01-12-12
    Kristi Winder, GA, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't like it"

    I have really liked previous books I've read by Octavia Butler, and had been looking forward to this one, but I just didn't like it. I'm not sure how much was the narration and how much was the story itself, but it just seemed really stilted and flat. This particular vampire concept was unique and interesting, but I was not able to muster any emotional attachment to any of the characters, or really believe the emotions that they were feeling. Very disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 03-18-13
    Amy 03-18-13
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    "Great concept, poorly written"

    At first I simply thought the performance was bad--that the reading was stilted and unemotional, but actually the reader seems to have done her best with the material she was given. It's the novel itself that is bad. While the concept--vampires using genetic experimentation to add African traits to their genome in order to withstand daylight, and the racism that results from this choice--could have been fascinating, the execution of the book is dismal. The writing is stilted with no attention to style, there is too much direct explication, and the mystery aspect of the plot provides little suspense. By the end I just wanted it over. If you like the concept of this book, read a summary. Don't waste your time ploughing through the whole thing.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ladonna Williams 05-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This book was FANTASTIC....I couldn't put it down."
    Would you listen to Fledgling again? Why?

    Absolutely yes! The story is intricately created with many twists abd turns....a second read would fill you in on any delicious details you may have missed the first time around.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fledgling?

    As the ancient members were voting either yea or nay...I was stunned to hear some of the same justifications for racism used in our modern day society. So sad that racism exist even in this mythical realm of storytelling....I hope one day it will be a thing of the past.


    What about Tracey Leigh’s performance did you like?

    The audio was just right for the story.....great intonations throughly enjoyable and appropriate.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Conquering the Light.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anya 05-27-17
    Anya 05-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "very cool and different"

    I didn't know what I was getting into when beginning this story and honestly that is the best way to do it!

    the writing and performance are phenomenal. I highly recommend this to fellow sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts. also anyone who enjoys a good story.

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    Amazon Customer 04-25-17
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    "Interesting"

    The story itself was overall interesting. I believe it was a little drawn out. Some parts seemed to continue to repeat itself.

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    Brandy LEXINGTON, KY, United States 03-04-17
    Brandy LEXINGTON, KY, United States 03-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "different vampire"

    I loved this book as it portrayed vampires in a much different light.

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    Andrea 02-24-17
    Andrea 02-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    "So good I couldn't stop listening"

    I loved everything about this audiobook: excellent narration, intriguing characters, and riveting story. This is the second Octavia Butler book I've read. I look forward to reading the next one.

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    connie smith 02-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent audible book. All of the characters were exciting."

    Octavia E Butler was an excellent writer. I plan to listen to all of her books in the audible library. Fledgling was very well written and the characters were outrageous. The book was fantastic and an unpredictable plot. I truly liked the vampire lore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JG New York 01-26-17
    JG New York 01-26-17
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    "Sterile"

    This book is sterile; the lifeless retelling of an otherwise interesting tale, made worse by the pleasant but utterly neutral reading of this narrator. The net effect is very disappointing, despite the subject matter's potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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