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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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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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Balance is ephemeral.

I love the restore balance of Feminine and Masculine the characters of this series conclude with. I see and here Doro and Sun Woman in them all. I love this.

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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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Incredible book!

This was an amazing book. I am so sad to have finished the whole patternist series so quickly.

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Ready for the screen, big or small!

Octavia's Patternist series has long been a favorite of mine. This audio version was an entertaining performance, but left me wanting more. I'll always miss Octavia. This should be adapted to the screen for a new generation to enjoy with all its politico social nuances.

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  • 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.