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The Patternist is a telepathic race, commanded by the Patternmaster, whose thoughts can destroy, heal, rule. Coransee, son of the ruling Patternmaster, wants the throne and will stop at nothing to get it, including venture into the wild mutant-infested hills to destroy a young apprentice - his equal and his brother.
©1976 Octavia E. Butler (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jordan on 08-14-16

FINALLY SOMETHING LIVES UP TO WILD SEED!!

Brilliant narrator who wonderfully makes the listener believe that he has intimate knowledge of more than a dozen different characters.

The story itself reminds me of the first book by Octavia Butler that I read, and the reason I'm so into AfroFuturism, Wild Seed. For a while I was worried that Wild Seed was the best story of the genre and that I would never again experience the unadulterated joy of a story of that caliber. I've been exposed to other works by Octavia and other writers and found myself wanting more than the works could offer. This book totally restored my faith.

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3 out of 5 stars
By DeeDee on 03-03-17

Annoyed

There's no way I can listen to this. The reader's voice is terribly annoying!!!!! Will have to wait until I have time to read it.

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By Sandra on 12-31-16

Her first book?

Published in 1976, I assume it is. Intrigued by her protagonists and their behaviour, I shall now eagerly pursue her subsequent offerings, in chronological order.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Svein Olav Nyberg on 05-08-18

Now you know why Clay's Ark was #3

This fourth story ties the threads from books 1 and 2 about the patternists, and book 3 about the clay arks. It was an enjoyable, but perhaps a tad too short read. Being a non-mutant "mute" myself (like most or all of us), I found myself shifting between wishing Tyree well, and wondering how our "mute" branch of humanity would feel in a world dominated by the twin monstrosities of patternists and clay arks. And in that, I think there lies a potential for at least a fifth book in the series.

The narrator has a great voice - in principle - but he chose landing on the "crocodile voice" of vocal fry for a majority of the time. That works better for action movie trailers. Go up half an octave, man, and drop the fry, and you have a great reading voice!

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