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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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    Danni 02-16-17
    Danni 02-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent author, Good novel"

    I love Octavia Butler. She is one of my favorite authors. Her work is so profound; exploring ideas about Race, gender, sexuality etc. This was not my favorite from her. I loved the story about the Ina. There was something very different about this vampire species, they seemed almost alien. I enjoyed the Ina because they are not like any vampire community that I've encountered in the genre. I liked how themes of prejudice were explored though discussions of Race and species. The Ina thought themselves to seem so beyond these concepts yet some were just as bigoted as humans can be. I can tell that this was the start of a series, based on how it ended. It is a shame we lost such a gifted writer.

    The one thing I could not accept was the fact that Shori appears as a pre-teen girl and she is engaging in sexual acts. Every time she became intimate with someone I felt like I was listening to kiddie porn. I found myself skipping those parts because they made me VERY uncomfortable.

    The narrator was okay but didn't wow me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Silverlyn 08-10-17
    Silverlyn 08-10-17
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    "Terribly Beautiful & Intricate Story"

    Tracey Leigh did a great job narrating this story. She has an even, dry narrator voice that is distinctly different from the lively & emotion rich voices she adapts for a variety of characters in the story. She also does some of the best male voice acting that I've heard this year. She definitely added a lot to the story with her skillful inflections.

    The story is a rich tale about a young girl that lost it all and has to fight to learn how to survive a world without an identity. All she has is instinct. A bit of luck, hidden knowledge and staying true to what she thinks is right. That doesn't seem like much but it's exactly what makes her be strong enough to fight to live and find out exactly who she is. Butler did a great job of weaving history and the present to create a secret society that's lived among humans for thousands of years. This is a story about tradition, blind hatred, extreme passions and the drive to change for something better. I loved it.

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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.....


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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 Member Since 2017
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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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    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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    CC 02-02-17
    CC 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.

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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.

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    J.G. 01-22-17
    J.G. 01-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not your regular vampire story"

    This book is something like The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest meets vampires. The way Butler introduces the characters and the world, through an amnesiac's eyes, it's done masterful storytelling. The mystery unfolds throughout the book and there's little I can say without spoiling it.
    Great for action, suspense, mystery, and vampires!

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    Angela M Brown 12-27-16
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    "Enthralling! loved it!"

    I hated for this book to end! I can't wait to read another Octavia Butler!

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