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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1993 Octavia E. Butler (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By Peregrine on 10-24-09

A good story, a little preachy

I can't decide if the author intends us to take seriously the religion developed by the main character. It's pretty lightweight stuff. But the tale of survival in 2025 California is entertaining. It's not America in the post-apocalypse, exactly, but in the middle of new Great Depression as it is becoming a corrupt violent dangerous capitalist country like Brazil or India.

Some of the dialogue is embarrassingly stilted--audio books bring that out, and the reader is very, very slow--I listened on my iPhone in 2x speed, and I do believe that helped the pace.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Noah Paul on 11-05-09

Better than Mark

I greatly enjoyed this audio adaptation of Octavia Butlers book. Thigpen did a fine job reading paying sincere attention to Olaminas character. At one point the word 'yes' was all it took to move me. A fantastic listen and an intriguing work of literature, accessible to fans of future fantasy, amateur philosophers, survivalists and those who struggle with spirituality and its' emotional fight with science. Never too preachy, but instead encouraging, this book makes amends for much of the God heavy literature of this same type. The comparison of God to Entropy was notable and thought provoking. The conversations were believable and situations easily within mental grasp. Totally worthwhile food for thought and entertainment with some real literary meat. Moments of subtle cutting sexuality dug in and gave even greater depth to what could have been left simply to a story of disconnected pain and struggle to survive. This book all in all had me wishing everyone had a little "hyperempathy". A good read for sure.

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