Parable of the Sower

  • Type: Audiobooks
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror
  • Recommended by: Ramona B.P.
  • ISBN/UPC: 0788747606
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Perfect combination of voice and text.

This was the first book I listened to written by Octavia Butler. I usually do not read science fiction but kept hearing about this author and decided to give it a try. What I found was an incredible, intelligent and thought provoking story that I still think about from time to time. We are introduced to a young lady by the name of Lauren Olamina who was born with a special gift or curse depending on how you look at it. As the world in which Lauren lives falls into chaos, something happens to Lauren that will change her life forever. I enjoyed listening to this version narrated by the late actress Lynn Thigpen. Lynn’s pacing, warm and yet commanding voice really makes this story come to life. Questions to ponder: 1.) Is our society headed for the same fate as Lauren’s? 2.) Is there an equivalent to Lauren in today’s society? You may also enjoy the sequel, Parable of the Talents.