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Download Parable of the Talents Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,943 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Octavia Butler Narrator: Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, and Sisi Aisha Johnson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. Taking advantage of the situation, a zealous, bigoted tyrant wins his way into the White House.

Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches God Is Change. Persecuted for heathen beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.

Best-selling author Octavia Butler's fluid writing and keen observations about race, gender, politics, and religion make for a moving parable that will be pondered for generations. A powerful reading from three standout narrators captures the multi-generational sweep of this poignant tale.

Butler's acclaimed novels have won numerous awards, and she is a recipient of a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Parable of the Talents was selected as one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 2/16/2014

    " Highly acclaimed and award-winning, but didn't do much for me. Characters weren't developed nearly enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni Tabora-Roberts | 2/13/2014

    " As with all Parable of the Sower, and even Fledgling, I had a difficult time putting this book down. The storytelling structure is extremely clever and effective in revealing three voices, three characters - Olamina, Marc and Larkin/Asha - side by side. Each one, is achingly damaged, flawed and yet good and empathetic. The scary thing about the book is it's almost prescient foreboding of our world with right-wing leaders and cultish opposition. And as with all of Octavia Butler's works, it's refreshing to read about such fascinating characters of color. Now to figure out which of her books to read next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/31/2014

    " Cripes, this was bleak, and even more so than Parable of the Sower, the dystopian future portrayed struck felt very possible and very disturbing. It's a testament to the strength of Lauren's character (as created by Butler) that this was, despite its difficulty, very hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2014

    " Sequel to Parable of the Sower. Very good pair to read sequentially. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Esse | 1/22/2014

    " Holy cow this is rough... she gives you some hope and then slaps you down hard. I'm setting this down until I have the strength to go on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MK (Consultant, Corporal Therapist) | 1/20/2014

    " A great read from a very talented author. I have no idea how it came about that I started reading Octavia Butler. No one suggested her to me and I hadn't heard of her before. So it was Fate I suppose because never in my life had I thought I'd have my mind blown in such a way. She is unlike any other author in any genre I have ever read. I almost don't want to stop reading once I pick up her books, but they are long, lol! Fantastic writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Robinson | 1/15/2014

    " Butler gives us two narrators in this sequel: Olamina and her grown daughter. Olamina appears through her journal entries. This is a longer book than its predecessor, and while Sower was a chilling trip through a nightmarish future with a growing group of interesting companions on the road to safety, this book is static and the companions begin to wear on the reader. The strength and tenacity demonstrated by most all in book one is lost in this one. More whining, doubt and incredibly, a surprise blast from the past character serves to discombobulate the main storyline in a way that's just not believable. Still a page turner, but not every page was read from top to bottom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.H. Walker | 1/14/2014

    " This sequel to Parable of the Sower didn't disappoint. It's the story of a woman trying desperately to maintain stability in a world gone mad with anarchy. This isn't a happy book. In fact, it's bleak and sometimes difficult. But it's well worth the read. If you like stories of genuinely real characters fighting to survive in incredibly difficult circumstances, this book is for you. What I found particularly interesting is how the main character, Olamina, develops her own belief system, based on what she found what worked in the real world. There's social commentary, adventure, and fast paced action. The late Octavia Butler was a master storyteller. This book was enthralling and compelling and really made me think. She did dystopia before it became popular. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malice Amarantine | 1/13/2014

    " This was good but more political than it's predecessor, which is not to my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Eilertson | 1/2/2014

    " This is a cool post-apocolyptic book that I had to read for a class once. It makes you think but it is also fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 12/24/2013

    " Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents are hands down two of my favorite books. They are the only books I can bear to re-read and something new jumps out at me everytime whether it's the comments about religion, education, war or where our country is headed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen Reeger | 12/10/2013

    " Second book in the series and just as wonderful as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/5/2013

    " I heart Octavia Butler - what an engrossing, beautiful, thoughtful, powerful and interesting book! I am NOT a sci fi reader but Octavia might make a liar out of me - I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sukismeg | 11/13/2013

    " I love this book and have read and reread it, in fact i think i want to reread it again but I'm going to get it in this new printing first... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matteo | 10/24/2013

    " the continuation of "parable of the sower". i found that its impact was less dramatic, but it still delivered a dark, compelling picture of a not-implausible near future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mano (Leslie) | 1/9/2013

    " what happens when a woman and sci fi collide; perfect harmony "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mairi | 12/21/2012

    " This was an incredibly difficult book to read in the lead up to the 2012 US presidential election. Incredibly difficult. It was hard and powerful and ugly and hopeful and refused to take an easy way out of anything. I really don't have the words to do it justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billie | 8/26/2012

    " Incredibly dark, violent and wonderful. Very good social and political commentary. Good storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/5/2012

    " maybe 3.5....this is unlike anything i've ever read and i appreciate butler's refusal to conform. gives me a lot to think about...a lot of layers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 11/24/2011

    " A much weaker sequel to Sower. The weaker plot structure surprised me, considering that initially the author had planned these two books to be one and she did a much better with the structure of Sower. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabina | 11/19/2011

    " Where is the support group for depressed and anxious people who want to read Octavia Butler without having a panic attack? This book is ALL THE THINGS. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 11/13/2011

    " Too dark for my taste "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlena | 10/20/2011

    " Octavia Butler has made me a fan on science fiction! I absolutely loved this book! You know it's a good book when you are still thinking about the characters and events well after you have finished the book. "

  • 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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