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Kindred

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Kim Staunton

10 Hours 56 Minutes

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May 2008

Audio Book Summary

The first science fiction written by a Black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of Black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she's been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother. Author Octavia E. Butler skillfully juxtaposes the serious issues of slavery, human rights, and racial prejudice with an exciting science fiction, romance, and historical adventure. Kim Staunton's narrative talent magically transforms the listener's earphones into an audio time machine.

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  • Kathy Z

    I found this book very emotional for me and so we'll written I could experience the story as if I were traveling with Dana.

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  • Kim F.

    I loved the book! After having read from the corner of the oval, I did find the author less descriptive. I thought the writing was great and it was an easy read! The author did a suburb job of weaving the beginning, middle and end into an excellent story! The time travel into the slavery days was a bit hard to read, but, very understandable. I would recommend the book.

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  • Ken A.

    GREAT read!! very interesting concept for the time it was written. Great narration too

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  • Anonymous

    I was totally gripped the whole way though, never knowing what direction the story would take. Octavia Butler is an incredible story teller!

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  • Anonymous

    Loved the history!

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  • Anonymous

    Gripping story, well narrated.

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  • Lauren C.

    The story is intriguing and well organized with well placed flash forwards that keep you wondering how the protagonist will arrive to the end point as well as flash backs which help provide the full background. The narrator's flatness when voicing the main character, Dana, was the only major downfall of this audiobook. Surprisingly, the narrator does well with secondary character's accents/inflections/emotion but as soon as they return to first person speaking tge inflections end.

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  • Anonymous

    Wonderfully written account of American slavery from a minority author!

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  • Anonymous

    Extremely well-written, very engaging storyline and characters. You will learn a lot about slavery, that we all need to know, just be prepared for how hard and harsh and ugly the realities of slavery were and therefore how hard this book is at many junctures. The narrator was good tho not as emotionally resonant and believable as the story called for, in my opinion. All in all a very worthwhile book, presented in a novel and fascinating way through time-travel.

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  • Martha M.

    best book. narrator did an amazing job

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