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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 Leig Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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