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The Patternist is a telepathic race, commanded by the Patternmaster, whose thoughts can destroy, heal, rule. Coransee, son of the ruling Patternmaster, wants the throne and will stop at nothing to get it, including venture into the wild mutant-infested hills to destroy a young apprentice - his equal and his brother.

©1976 Octavia E. Butler (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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FINALLY SOMETHING LIVES UP TO WILD SEED!!

Brilliant narrator who wonderfully makes the listener believe that he has intimate knowledge of more than a dozen different characters.

The 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.

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Annoyed

There's no way I can listen to this. The reader's voice is terribly annoying!!!!! Will have to wait until I have time to read it.

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Meh

Listen to the series in the series order, not the publication order. This book is worth a listen because it finished the story, but as her first published, it lacks the polish of the other three.

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Great 1st outing by Bulter!

A book and a great ending! Butler had more hitting her sleeve then I realized thanks to that great ending!

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the narrator seemed so ANGRY

Pretty good story in a continuing saga. However the narrator doing the audio came across as ANGRY even when the story was subdued and gentle. It was hard to listen to and interpret correctly due to this tone.

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Not the best choice for narrator

I have really enjoyed the Patternist series. This book, however, is only average, compared to the others. That is due, in large part, to the choice of narrator. His deep, gravelly voice might be much better suited to other books, but it really detracted from this one. He just doesn’t have the range to do justice to characters such as Amber. I alternated between listening to this in the car & reading the Kindle edition. If it had been feasible, I would have just read this book on the Kindle & skipped the narration entirely.

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Not one of her best

I really disliked the reader who seemed to be reading at times robotically. The story was good, but not great.

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That was pretty good. It is an interesting world.

The world that this book takes place in is very different from what we saw in Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind. You definitely have to read/listen to Clay's Ark to understand this world. The world is not pleasant at all. This series could have ended for me in the 2nd book. Don't stop until the 4th if you happen to read the 3rd.

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  • Moe
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • 09-09-17

Robotic Narrator, but story good

started slow, but a good story of intrigue and power structure. The narrator was robotic and lacked expression. Made the story hard to listen to sometimes.

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Like yoga for the imagination.

I know what you are thinking. Octavia Butler books are just as hard to pick up as they are to put down-- she can be really intense. Pick this one up. Like food, with literature there is a trade-off between enjoyability and nutrition, and sometimes you get the best of both worlds. This book is one of those.

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  • Sandra
  • 12-31-16

Her first book?

Published in 1976, I assume it is. Intrigued by her protagonists and their behaviour, I shall now eagerly pursue her subsequent offerings, in chronological order.

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  • Svein Olav Nyberg
  • 05-08-18

Now you know why Clay's Ark was #3

This fourth story ties the threads from books 1 and 2 about the patternists, and book 3 about the clay arks. It was an enjoyable, but perhaps a tad too short read. Being a non-mutant "mute" myself (like most or all of us), I found myself shifting between wishing Tyree well, and wondering how our "mute" branch of humanity would feel in a world dominated by the twin monstrosities of patternists and clay arks. And in that, I think there lies a potential for at least a fifth book in the series.

The narrator has a great voice - in principle - but he chose landing on the "crocodile voice" of vocal fry for a majority of the time. That works better for action movie trailers. Go up half an octave, man, and drop the fry, and you have a great reading voice!