http://www.audible.com/offers/30free?asin=B00HZOLWH4&source_code=AUDORWS1028159FDP All is being explained to Lilith and through her to ours and yet it all feels so alien.Someone said that for him this book was racist and homophobic, which I feel obliged to counter here. I once had a doctor check something out, turned out to be a spider bite, by (he said) the second most dangerous creature in New York City, the brown recluse spider. Aldrich Barrett, Narrated by: If you watch The Walking Dead, you know the gross deadly zombies are not the most dangerous or frightening denizens of that post-apocalyptic world -- the live humans are, by far.In Dawn, even before the scary aliens arrive, humans have already wreaked so much havoc that billions are dead and the planet in uninhabitable, a ruined wasteland. A young woman is selected to lead the reintroduction of humanity to Earth. To resist the compulsion to infect others is mental agony, but to succumb is to relinquish humanity and free will. I have just discovered Octavia E. Butler last week. First class narration as well. For 4,000 years, an immortal has spread the seeds of a master race, using the downtrodden as his private breeding stock. How does this one compare? Cancel anytime. Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. The narrator contributed to the feeling of a teenaged emotional roller coaster. I've never had that with an author before. Adenrele Ojo, By: "those idiots"), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos®. But over the centuries, legends grew of people vanishing, of strange, deformed animals and of an unexplained luminescence down in the lake depths. Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. Brilliant story about the best and the worst in both humans and these aliens, and a solid story on how the protagonist manages to live in both worlds and to contribute to humanity's future. Stephen Moss, Narrated by: Is your network connection unstable or browser outdated? Robert Petkoff, By: This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. Have you listened to any of Aldrich Barrett’s other performances before? The Oankali and Ooloi are part of an alien race that rescued humanity from a devastating nuclear war, but the price they exact is a high one the aliens are compelled to genetically merge their species with other races, drastically altering both in the process. S.T. However, I feel confident that this is a personal choice of the listener, I’m not normally a big sci fi person, and I worried that this book might be a bit out of my depth, but it was so accessible and such a seemingly simple story with some really complex themes hidden behind it. Her performance is generally good, but the various character voices she does are extremely annoying, the alien voices in particular. But now a young ghetto telepath has found a way to awaken - and rule - her superhuman kind, igniting a psychic battle as she challenges her creator for her right to free her people. Need help? Get this audiobook for free when you try Audible: These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out. The Oankali are frustratingly vague, and while despite all of Lilith's paranoid imaginings, they never mistreat her or do anything to her at all, they also refuse most of her simplest requests, like paper to write on.As she learns more about the Oankali and what they plan for her, she realizes that humans and Oankali are now inextricably bound together whether either race likes it or not.Octavia Butler, the late, lamented genius of SF, wrote stories that were very much statements about race, sex, and power, and in plain sight, but like her prose, it was straightforward and unelaborate. The premise seemed so unique and I really wanted to read a book by Octavia E. Buttler so I decided to get myself a copy through Audible. She has no overly cartoony voices. This is the first Octavia Butler book I have listened to, and I found it totally compelling, with good characters and a convincing stoyline, set after a nuclear holocaust, when an alien species has intervened to save humanity. 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. Lynne Thigpen, Narrated by: Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Her character voices are easily distinguishable. I was afraid I was going to have a problem with the voice given to the Oankali since a lot of people were wondering about this on the Internet, but Aldrich Barrett made a great job, at least for me. Enjoyed whilst working on my allotment, and became totally engrossed in both. And a zealous, bigoted tyrant has won his way into the White House. I'll definitely finish the trilogy. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge. Great novel, exploring how humans may learn to interact with aliens (and viceversa) who are willing to help humanity thrive again after a catastrophe nearly destroyed earth, but the trade off seems to be a change in the definition of humanity itself. I would definitely recommend reading this on paper, and would not recommend the audiobook. It was at times also difficult to follow and understand, but I think that's part of it. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. It is 'true' science fiction, not action in space, romance in space, drama in space, etc. Stephen Moss. An alien species manages to save the few remaining humans and maintains them in a suspended animation while it restores the Earth itself. Octavia E. Butler, Narrated by: But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever. He fears no one...until he meets Anyanwu. I read the paperback in 1993 and then avidly went through all of butler's books, this trilogy being the best in my opinion. "Rescued" them and put them in a sort of suspended hibernation aboard their giant world-like ship.When Lilith Iyapo awakens, she is slowly made aware of her new situation. But I think the author's intention was to start a discussion about them, show how this can appear and the consequences. Give the book a go but i defy you not to root for our alien overlords within a couple of chapters . She doesn't try to have a "male" voice, yet it comes across clearly that she's speaking as a male character. The other thing I really enjoyed was the constant edge that Butler keeps you on about the ethics of the Oankali. Kira Jane Buxton. http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00HZOLWH4&source_code=AUDORWS1028159FDP "I need to send a message." This is a book that makes uncomfortable observations about humans in a setting where another author might have gotten away with lazily allowing the reader to root for humanity. Her voice is soothing yet to the point and quietly intense when it needs to be. Octavia E Butler's Dawn is the first book in her Xenogenesis series. I'll add that the narrator does a marvellous job of rendering the various voices without 'acting' them and I'm glad to see she's the narrator for the next two books. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Where does Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far? Greig Beck. Science fiction is a genre as diverse as you can imagine. But hoping we would move on to new characters I gave it a go, and as soon as Lilith started her interminable whining, I quit. Bray, Narrated by: I believe this book pushes a lot of buttons, but in a very good way. Hard to believe it predates it by nearly 30 years! They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. Bonded to the aliens in ways no human has ever known, Lilith tries to fight them even as her own species comes to fear and loathe her. Depicting themes of existentialism, philosophy, hubris, and personal and historical trauma, sci-fi has a cadre of topics and moods. Yes, some are negative, but he whole package is too complex for simple statements -- humanity comes with its good, bad, and ugly, replete with warts and all, no matter how hard a super-advanced alien race tries to appeal to its better nature.Such is Dawn. What other book might you compare Dawn to and why? For years I read Octavia E. Butlers books and then I stopped and now Audible is giving me a chance to re-read (or better: listen to) books I had already read decades ago but also to listen to books I did not know.Xenogenesis is a group of 3 books that I had not read before and it's great.This one in particular, the first one, it definitely the best because it introduces the Oankali and their culture. 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