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4.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 5 4.04 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Octavia Butler Narrator: Lynne Thigpen Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Octavia E. Butler paints a stunning portrait of an all-too-believable near future. As with Kindred and her other critically-acclaimed novels, Parable of the Sower skillfully combines startling visionary and socially realistic concepts.

God is change. That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose unlikely prophet is 18-year-old Lauren Olamina. The young woman's diary entries tell the story of her life amid a violent 21st-century hell of walled neighborhoods and drug-crazed pyromaniacs - and reveal her evolving Earthseed philosophy. Against a backdrop of horror emerges a message of hope: if we are willing to embrace divine change, we will survive to fulfill our destiny among the stars.

For her elegant, literate works of science fiction, Octavia E. Butler has been compared to Toni Morrison and Ursula K. LeGuin. Narrator Lynne Thigpen's melodious voice will hold you spellbound throughout this compelling parable of modern society. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/20/2014

    " I loved this book, it is a great glimpse into the possible future. This is a must-read for everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom/aka:Annette | 2/19/2014

    " A little too graphic though I liked the story line and the author's writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 2/5/2014

    " This book is amazing and also scared the shit out of me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen Reeger | 1/21/2014

    " First book I ever read by this author and I absolutely fell in love with her. I read all of the books in this series and was so sad to find out that she died. The edition I read was edited poorly and although that can really kill a book for me quickly I let it go b/c I liked the story and writing in general so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aerin | 1/11/2014

    " I loved this book. Very dark, very dystopian, but with a thread of hope throughout. Similar in theme and story to Children of Men, though with more spiritual themes, and a female protagonist. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrisolu | 1/11/2014

    " OMG the realist Ddytopia, armagedon book ever. Scared the BeeJesus out of me too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynetta | 1/10/2014

    " This is science fiction about the problems of drought and weather. The book copyright is 1993 but the heroine of the story is born in August of 2009. It is as relevant now as it ever has been! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlena | 12/22/2013

    " I would read this book again! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darcy | 11/25/2013

    " I wasn't sure about this one, but it was recommended by a GR friend. After 30 pages I gave it up. I didn't care for the religious aspects of it and how the kid didn't think much of herself. In the end this one just wasn't for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eboni | 11/22/2013

    " Given the environmental/political/spiritual state of current events, I'm thinking it hit me WAAAAY harder than it would have previously "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 11/5/2013

    " Interesting dystopia, post-appocolyptic story. Felt it was slow to develop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Keeve | 10/23/2013

    " Really cool. Butler presents her setting in a very unique way. It's not the apocalypse or post-apocalypse, but the slow collapse, decay, and downward progress. The author very effectively manipulates progress narratives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 7/24/2013

    " Change comes, whether we're ready for it or not. We either adapt to it or shape it to adapt to us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 3/23/2013

    " Great story but I was not as interested in the religious aspect which of course, was a large part of the novel. Recommended for someone who enjoys post-apocalyptic literature or has interest in religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathay | 8/8/2012

    " Listening to or reading this book during a bleak winter was sometimes a struggle due to the portrayal of a future that parallels the darkest of the middle ages. The journey was one of hardship and a single-minded hope for change; quite in tune with current goings on in the U.S. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 7/20/2012

    " Octavia Butler's dystopic vision of the future might be seriously depressing, but her heroine, Lauren Olamina, is a determined survivor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Atlas | 5/4/2012

    " Steve read it in college, and I looked at it on my "To read" shelf for over a year. For days I listened to the CD, then read parts I'd listened to, then read ahead. I finished yesterday morning, and haven't stopped thinking about it, so I suppose it's somewhere between 4 and 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 winter | 2/25/2012

    " I have never understood why Octavia Butler is not more widely read. Her vision is eerily prescient, and her stories completely engaging; this is one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 8/4/2011

    " Someone did not proofread before publishing. There are so many typos it's difficult to take the book seriously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryn | 5/19/2011

    " I finally read them, and they were as good as everyone told me they would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi | 5/7/2011

    " I love this author, and particularly this book. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 4/13/2011

    " This review will be completely unenlightening, but this book kept reminding me of a cross between Dune and a zombie novel, except for the part where there are no zombies and it takes place on Earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 4/8/2011

    " The themes in this book are simply put, but Butler manages to pull off a kind of elegance with her pacing. Not a bad read ( for post apocalyptic science fiction ). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 3/28/2011

    " impressive and frightening and REAL! too many parallels with life NOW. i need to make my emergency supply kits... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 3/25/2011

    " Butler writes characters that are relatable, which is at times difficult to deal with as a reader, in this harsh novel. Difficult to read because of how close to reality this book feels, I think this work by Octavia Butler is an important read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 3/21/2011

    " This plot has been used several times before. Still a good read if you like end of the world scenarios. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.B. | 3/18/2011

    " Excellente!

    Read this a while back. Loved it. Maybe I'll do a proper review later. "

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About the Author

Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction writer. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, nicknamed the “Genius Grant.”

About the Narrator

Multi-talented actress Lynne Thigpen (1948–2003) was born in Joliet, Illinois. She performed in community theater and university theater productions while attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Following graduation, she taught high-school English for a short time, but her interest in acting eventually prevailed over teaching. During her thirty-year career, Lynne went on to appear in nearly forty movies and numerous television series