- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: August 22, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001EPO4SY
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Fledgling Audible – Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
|Free with your Audible trial|
Read & Listen
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
In Butler's other fiction, she has often concerned herself with themes of prejudice and power and, just as often, transformation. In taking on the vampire theme, she certainly allows these interests full development. Obviously, she also takes some unexpected twists in her vampires, drawing on familiar images of the (sub) genre, but taking them in fresh and interesting directions.
Take, for example, themes of transformation. Typically, the vampire narrative concerns a protagonist going through "the change," embracing a new (un)life and letting go of his or her former humanity/mortality. Butler has certainly explored the theme of bodily transformation in other novels (e.g. Clay's Ark or the Xenogenesis series, to name a few). The vampires in Butler's novel, however, are a separate species on earth, co-evolved with humanity and full of their own laws and culture. Collectively, they call themselves "Ina."
While they live in a mutually symbiotic relationship with (some) humans, they cannot transform humans into Ina. The Ina have their own careful and intricate systems of reproduction, which shape and guide their culture. Transformation in this novel has more to do with the Ina's interest in genetics, a study some of them have been pursuing long before it interested humans.Read more ›
Since the plot is well covered in the description and by other reviewers, I will simply give my own brief impressions of the book.
Ms. Butler has always excelled at telling great stories while making significant social commentaries about our world, and "Fledgling" in no exception. Issues of race and genetic engineering are at the forefront of this tale, and the unique way Butler deals with these issues here is handled skillfully, albeit not so subtly, as some readers might prefer. But then Octavia Butler was always an author who tackled such social commentaries within her writings head on, while stil creating a compelling read.
For me, the story is at its best the first half to two-thirds of the book, when Shori and her symbiots are on the run from the mysterious assailants who are on her trail. But the story seems to flatten out once she finds a safe haven and begins to learn who may be responsible for the murder of her families.
The story becomes more about revealing the ins and outs of the Ina culture, the vampire like race to which Shori belongs. Even the death of someone close to Shori, and the eventual "showdown" between Shori and the guilty party, lack (for want of a less punny word) bite. I just felt more like an observer to the events and not emotionally involved in them. I believe this is due to the lead character's memory loss, which has left her far less emotionally affected by the tragic events around her. And what strain she does feel are more told than shown in any empathetic fashion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shori appears to be an amnesiac girl but is actually a young vampire, reconstructing a circle of symbionts to feed from while investigating the destruction of her family. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Juushika
I wish they would make a movie based on this book. It's really great.Published 2 months ago by Phoenix1990
This book has the quality and detail that I have come to expect from an Octavia Butler story.Published 2 months ago by L. Morrison
I enjoyed reading this book. It was an interesting view of vampires. Octavia writes with great detail. You forget you Are treading fiction. I recommend this book to everyone! Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Murry Johnson
Simply put, this is a fast-paced, high-tension read! You will immediately fall in love with the protagonist and her struggle through a seemingly-new world.Published 2 months ago by Stanford McConnehey
Amazing read! I'm reading this for a women writers course. The story is amazing and well developed with so much noir feel.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Strong female character. This book left me hungry for more. A great twist on a vampire tale with current social undertones. Wow.Published 3 months ago by Slidertx