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This is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted - and still wants - to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.

©2005 Octavia E. Butler (P)2020 Recorded Books

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really?

I used to have this book, read by someone else. That, was a great book!! The woman that reads this version is a real whiner! it's awful!! Horrible! Soooo disappointed.

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Why is everyone okay with the child porn imagery?

I'm not a prude by any means. But when you describe a 10 year old having sex with an adult, that's just wrong. I don't care if she's supposed to be older, it's described as a 10 year old, repeatedly, carefully ensuring you cannot make the mistake that this isn't a child's body. I could forgive it if there wasn't a graphic scene. But I couldn't even make it beyond this.

I've heard many amazing things about Butler, but this was clearly not the book I should have read first. Or at all. Literally none of the reviews discuss the child pornography in the room!

The reader was good. I was interested, thinking "no, nobody mentioned child porn" until it very much went there.

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narrorator...

I remember the story from when I was younger. it's a great great story. but this narrorator sounds like shes having a contestant orgasm. it's really off putting from the story. but I really wanted to hear the story so I had to tolerate it. ew though. it was hard.

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Narrator was not dynamic

I might have liked this book better if I read it instead of listening to it. The narrator spoke without feeling, just matter of fact like. It left me feeling like no one felt any emotion, or what they did feel was mild. This also made the story very anticlimactic. I was surprised when it ended. The stories of the Ina were interesting, and would be more so if told in a dynamic voice, but the story seemed to lack a point. The delivery of all the information just seemed off.

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FANTASTIC! No spoilers

Fresh story, from a fresh perspective. The ‘visual age’ of lead character was off-putting at first, but it quickly becomes apparent she is not a child. The narrator is great—her voice is measured, not flat, as some reviewers have said. True, she isn’t all breathless and sparkly, but that’s not something I want to hear for 8 hours—THANK YOU! The only thing I can say is I wanted the story to go faster because I wanted to know what would happen.

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🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Wish this was a series . . . I'd love to know what happened next❤

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interesting metaphors

Really interesting story with deep parallels to life as a POC in the US. Beautifully written, so that the parallels are subtle. So much depth to the story if you can understand what you are looking at. And if not, still an engaging, entertaining story for a mature reader (meaning older than YA target audience).

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sexually active vamp that looks 10. nope

Good things first I spose. I actually didn't mind the story as a whole, but from what I can tell, there wasn't a good reason to make the MC look 10. it doesn't add to the story, it instead distracts from it more than anything.

Narrator did a good job though, so that's a plus.

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Great novel from a great author

This has to be one of the most common-sensical, tragic, and heart-warming approaches to the vampire legend I've ever read or listened to. I really wish the author hadn't passed away not long after publishing this, as I'd really like to read more stories based on the premise. This story seems to have many layers which appealed to me. It addressed and portrayed unusual relationships, cultural baggage, loss, triumph--often loss and triumph were intermixed--love, difficulties in getting past appearances and personal paradigms, courage under immense pressure, evil, complacence, duty, and sense of duty. It is a complex story from a complex author, but without the author talking down to the reader, and well worth the read. There were a number of social and psychological lessons to be appreciated here, though the story does not appear to be written primarily as a message-novel. In addition, the narrator was excellent. I enjoyed her voice(s) and her narration was fluid enough and passionate enough that I often forgot I was listening to someone read the story. I'll be looking for more of her work. :)

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Don’t choose this story

If you can get past the pedophilia, maybe you can stomach this story. However, I found the story repetitive and somewhat dull, not fully fleshed out.

I would eliminate the constant references to her looking like a ten year old adjacent to sex scenes.

There’s a narrative here that could have been explored but wasn’t (racism) and a narrative that could have been interesting (the power dynamics of relationships and and the exploitative nature of their symbiosis) but really never got deep.

It’s just a dull story that will gross you out at times because of all the people having sex with this vampire that looks ten years old.

Also - the narration is fair, at best.

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  • 07-30-20

Less impressive than other works

There's a lot to like about this story - again there is a woman leading the narrative, people negotiate and honour the rules, there is kindness and common sense throughout despite some violence and threat. Butler presents as always a characterful experience that doesn't rely on tropes or half-formed players.

For me though the story was thinner than the other works of hers that I've read (listened to) and somehow lacked the substance I've come to expect. I also found the narration somewhat grating, the voice chosen for the main character having a constantly pained register. But that may be a personal issue; if you're a Butler enthusiast, this is still worth a listen but perhaps with slightly lowered expectations.

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  • Lucyhoo
  • 10-17-21

Awful narrator ruins average story

I wouldn't have finished this if I didn't need to read it for university. The narrator might be the worst I've ever heard. Every sentence feels overly dramatic, as if the narrator thinks exhaustion is the most compelling tone speak in. Sentences are really weirdly stressed, with pauses in strange places that make basic sentence level meaning needlessly difficult to understand. Don't bother getting this unless you have to read this book, and you're dyslexic like me.

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  • parodi
  • 10-24-20

First hour of the book unnecessary

One of the worst readers I've had to listen to. That coupled with the unnecessary pedofilia undertones of the first few chapters almost made me stop listening. Truth be told I used it this book mostly as background noise. That being said the second half of the book wasn't God awful so I don't regret giving it the complete listen.

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