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Parable of the Talents Audiobook

Parable of the Talents

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Publisher's Summary

Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. Taking advantage of the situation, a zealous, bigoted tyrant wins 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.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1999

"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)

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    Alana Berkeley, CA, USA 12-04-07
    Alana Berkeley, CA, USA 12-04-07
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    "Intriguing & Insightful"

    A captivating and believable look into thirty years from now in Northern California. The planet's warmth pushes rich and poor north, religious extremism grows unchecked, and people are torn between individual survival and holding on to fragments of their humanity.

    This book may not satisfy hardcore sci-fi buffs. It's about individual and group struggle in the future, though, just as easily could have been set in any number of dark times in the past that were ruled by corruption, chaos, and spiritual discontent. Characters are well developed enabling the reader to understand and relate to actions and motivations, even when they are extreme. Brutality is rampant, though, rape scenes are thankfully referred to instead of described. An excellent exploration of trust, loyalty, faith, power, and destiny.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David S. Mathew 04-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Darkest before the Dawn."

    When I finished Parable of the Sower, I wrote a review that said it might be a grimmer novel than The Road. The sequel, Parable of the Talents, is definitely a grimmer novel than The Road.

    I adored this series and it's ultimately uplifting message about the destiny of the human species, but this is not for the feint of heart. Possibly the most disturbing part of the story is that primary antagonist is a fascist, racist demagogue using, "Make America Great Again!" as his campaign slogan. Octavia Butler was certainly ahead of her time when she penned this one.

    Also, all the narrators work wonderfully together. I very highly recommend this novel. It might be the most important one you ever read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond D. Miller 04-07-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A punch in the gut. Great read
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    I waited a long time to read this, but it was worth the wait. So bitter and sweet, like literary grapefruit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip L. Rugejones San Marcos, TX United States 03-30-17
    Philip L. Rugejones San Marcos, TX United States 03-30-17 Member Since 2014

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    "spooky how accurate she was"

    what happens when a crazy man is elected president with the slogan "Make America Great." The author saw what was coming a decade ago and resisted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John K. Danenbarger 04-16-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Boring"

    Could have been interesting, but the format is much too preachy. I got three-quarters through and gave up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 12-28-14
    Eric 12-28-14
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    "Queen of fiction
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    Love everything by Octavia Butler. This is one of her best. I miss her. peace

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clova Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-14-14
    Clova Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-14-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an Afro American christian and I enjoy literature from Greo audio. I also like self help books and inspirational books and sometimes something funny.

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    "Cannot get through this book"
    Would you try another book from Octavia E. Butler and/or the narrators?

    The title is deceptive; the violence is deplorable; the book it too long and negative.


    Has Parable of the Talents turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes, I would shy away from books by this author.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The readers and characters are excellent as with most Audible books.


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

    There is lots of action and many people are into this type of storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the abridged version would have kept my attention better. It is rare that I don't complete a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-05-14
    Adrienne NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2011

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    "I really enjoyed this book!"

    I enjoyed Parable of the Sower, then Parable of the Talents. It's message was one I could really relate to. I love all of her works and these were no exception!! Also, the narration was excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kayla Durango, CO, USA 01-29-10
    Kayla Durango, CO, USA 01-29-10
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    "Gripping"

    I loved this book. Could hardly "put it down". The writing is excellent but the narrating is just a good. Together, the authors and narrators made nothing less than a full blown mini series in my head!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Charley Silicon Valley, CA 10-17-07
    J. Charley Silicon Valley, CA 10-17-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Repetitive"

    I should have liked this book more – it has many great science fiction elements in it – an apolyptical future, religious cults, struggle to stay alive, etc. But it really seems more like a short story that’s been stretched into novel length by repetitive ramblings about the same or similar concepts over and over again. The story is somewhat interesting, but becomes tiring a third of the way through and never really improves that much.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful

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