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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,079 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Octavia E. Butler Narrator: Tracey Leigh Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781482976663
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Fledgling, the late Octavia E. Butler’s final novel, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, fifty-three-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The much-lauded Butler creates vampires in her twelfth novel (her first in seven years) that have about as much to do with Bram Stoker’s Dracula as HBO's Deadwood does with High Noon…Butler has created a new vampire paradigm—one that’s more prone to sci-fi social commentary than gothic romance—and given a tired genre a much-needed shot in the arm.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Butler has a reputation as a master for good reason, and her narrative flows quickly and seamlessly along as Shori seeks those who would destroy her. Gripping and memorable, Butler’s latest is a welcome return performance.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A finely crafted character study, a parable about race, and an exciting family saga. Exquisitely moving fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Set in time periods ranging from the historical past to the distant future, Ms. Butler’s books were known for their controlled economy of language and for their strong, believable protagonists, many of them black women.”

    New York Times, praise for the author

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tbfrank | 2/17/2014

    " In my opinion, OEB writes marvelous fiction. Her best stories are often the most difficult ones to accept. As others have said, Fledgling is one of those, provoking extreme distaste in some and whole-hearted admiration in others. I'm in between on this. I didn't care for the genre... but her her writing is so effortless that as often as I put the book down, I picked it up again. Yes this is a 'reimagining' of the vampire stories - so popular now. But it fits well with a theme she has explored often, what it means to be human. You have to think about vampires and mirrors and Ina as a reflection of human behaviors, good and bad. This is perhaps the Dawn series inside out with a bit of Kindred and the Parables thrown in for good measure. I also suspect this would have been a trilogy, or more, as the story introduced lots of characters, many of which deserved greater depth, and posed many questions and allowed for a stage that could span thousands of years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milton | 2/2/2014

    " A good book. I'm not as big an Octavia Butler fan as some of my friends but I do admire her work. It was an interesting take on the vampire legend, containing Butler's commentary on family and relationships. An enjoyable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/8/2014

    " Really enjoyable vampire story... man I wish there could be a second one. I miss you, Octavia Butler! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiswana | 1/6/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. I had to get over the fact of pseudo pedophilia. I wasn't feeling that. All in all this was a very good read. I would love to read this for a book club to engage in discussion about the themes of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mousemeredith | 12/28/2013

    " dear twilight: THIS is what vampire fiction should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robby | 12/20/2013

    " One more time Octavia Butler's produces a compelling, well-written story that revolves around racism. This time with vampires! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 12/15/2013

    " Interesting concepts, but unfortunately not well developed. No twists, no turns, no surprises. I almost dropped it in the Did Not Finish shelf but I muddled through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/10/2013

    " Reading this one for book club! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee Dee | 9/25/2013

    " This book is REALLY disturbing. I love vampire books, but this one made Anne Rice look normal. Seriously... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah S | 9/18/2013

    " I liked this for some of the same reasons that I like Le Guin. I also stayed up a little late reading, so that's as coherent as that gets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Hanlon | 8/6/2013

    " This is one of those books you don't want to put down, that you think about while you are working. I can't wait to get home to finish it. I wish it were longer... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara Hale | 7/10/2013

    " Nice dose of vampire, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priscilla | 7/5/2013

    " Parts of this book were riveting, yet parts of this book squicked the hell out of me. I almost didn't finish it, I was so repulsed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 3/9/2013

    " Unique view on vampires and super creative! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmi | 1/16/2013

    " It was so thrilling to FINALLY have a new Octavia Butler to read. Leave it to her to create an original spin on vampires. I was devastated when I heard that she died a few months later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 10/28/2012

    " This reinterpretation of the classic Vampire story was fresh and insightful. Though the storyline had a meandering feeling at times, it somehow used that to help drive the characters instead of distracting the reader. Anyone into the whole vampire thing should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jennie | 6/25/2012

    " This was a quick read and I enjoyed it very much. I wish that there could be another since I was really drawn in by the characters but, this was her last book before she pasted away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne | 4/24/2011

    " This was a really interesting take on vampires and their relationship with humans and themselves. I was very drawn into the story which I loved and felt connected to the characters. It was a very good read indeed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mintgum | 4/10/2011

    " Interesting concept, ok writing. Had some... interesting themes. o.O "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Darling | 4/7/2011

    " Really 3.5 stars. The writing is great, set-up is convincing and engrossing..just wish there had been less talky courtroom droning at the end and better closure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carli | 3/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this vampire story- some interesting ideas in it. Ultimately, though, it got repetitive and I lost interest in the immediate story, though I would willingly read more about the Ina. I liked Butler's Kindred much more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lakeshia | 3/21/2011

    " Yeah this story didn't do it for me. I never connected to the characters or the story. For me there was no suspense and the story never climaxed. It flatlined rhe entire time. So happy to be finished with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 3/15/2011

    " This is some delicious, social conscience sci-fi. Starkly written and gripping, Butler is probably going to quickly become of my favorite authors. "

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About the Author
Author Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, one of very few African American women in the field. She won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was the first science fiction writer ever to receive the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant in 1995.

About the Narrator

Tracey Leigh is an actor with numerous theater, television, and radio credits. She has also narrated a number of audiobooks, including A Taste of Reality by Kimberla Lawson Roby, The Other Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey, and What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage.