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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:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Mary | 1/24/2014

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

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