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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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    Kathryn Bradley 01-22-08 Listener Since 2003
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    "Meh"

    Starting with an interesting premise, Butler squanders it with uneven story-telling, unlikable characters, and no true understanding of the world she has set them in.

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    Julian New York, NY, USA 11-02-07
    Julian New York, NY, USA 11-02-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Fails Promise"

    The first few minutes of this were really intriguing, the rest of it couldn't hold my attention. Bad writing, a flaw you can skim over quickly in a print book if the plot is good enough, never works in an audible book. Don't waste your money or credits.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Story, but the Audio Editing."

    Great story and narration. The only opportunity I say was for the editing. It seemed like a lot of the transitions were too abrupt and too away from the progression of this great story.

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    Anna T 04-26-17
    Anna T 04-26-17
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    "Great book, not the best production"

    I have recently discovered Octavia E. Butler, and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors. This is a wonderful and sad book, surprisingly relevant today.

    I found one of the narrators to be an overperformer, sometimes unnecessarily saccharine. Just as bad, the editing between chapters and tracks is not good. Sometimes it's startling how little of a pause there is in between. Other than that, I'm glad it's available on audible.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Matt 03-19-17
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    "Outstanding"

    Not AS outstanding as he parable of the sower, but still exciting, fun, sci-fi filled and intense. Full of interesting twists. Listen to it al to get the biggest twist ever.

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    ayodele higgs 03-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!!!"

    I have enjoyed reading all of Octavia Butler's books. Reading this book convinces me she is a visionary. I don't want to be s

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    Moe Oakland, CA, United States 03-13-17
    Moe Oakland, CA, United States 03-13-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Profetic and hopeful"

    This book skirts our own present so much it is scary. The best thing about it is that it almost works as a manual of survival in the Times of change we are and will be having. It remains us that we need not be angels in order to uphold our beliefs, but we should always have standards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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