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TECHNICAL: My highest praise in this area is that I didn’t notice. When technical issues show up it’s because they detract from the listening experience. With this book, I didn’t notice.
PERFORMANCE: I imagine that it must be daunting for an author to hear a performance that is flat or worse that misses the ‘voice’ of her work with odd or awkward presentation of the characters or the story. Christie Clarke’s reading was a pleasant and enriching experience. I think Ms. Butler if she were still alive would be excited for us to hear this performance of her work.
STORY: Ms. Butler’s writing is unique. I read her ink and paper works before my discovery of audiobooks. And she became one of the authors whose work I started to hunt, wishing to read every opus she made. I’m not the only one to note her exceptional ability. She was the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Back to this specific review: This work as with her others doesn’t just inform, but it transports you to a different perspective, a different world view, a different world. Characters are rich, well developed, consistent and engaging. The plot was a ‘page turner’ and I wished it was longer when I finished.
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This is my first review ever. I was wonderfully surprised. This book had the kind of sophisticated layers that spoke to my soul. Octavia's character developments were very well done. I loved the intricate nature of growth and maturity of the various characters. I loved the uncharacteristic way she laid out and wheeled the relationships. I saw such skill and care in the story line that showed how talented and unique a writer she is. This was no cookie cutter formula story. It did not take a conventional route to entertain. This story had you thinking and experiencing the pleasure and pain of the human condition in a very amazing way. At times uncomfortable but amazing.
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If you could sum up Mind of My Mind in three words, what would they be?
What other book might you compare Mind of My Mind to, and why?
Wild Seed as it sets the context for this book.
Which character – as performed by Christie Clarke – was your favourite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When we realise that Doro's 'children' (i.e. the entities that he created) have developed far beyond him.