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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
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Nov 08, 2009

it was ok
Read in November, 2009

Although I couldn't stop listening to this one I can't say why. The story didn't have a great plot but it was an interesting vantage point from which to tell the story of slavery. The ultimate problem with this book is that the men in it are so terrificly annoying that you find them unbearable in spite of the fact that they dont' technically exist. They're really such whiners, pissing and moaning about their lot in life. And the problem with that is it isn't even the enslaved men doing the whining! The main character of the story isn't as strong as I think she should be. She's an African American woman who married a white man in the 70's. She would surely have had to have a little more fire in her than she is portrayed as having. The potential is there for the author to really attach you to the characters in the story and yet it's a missed opportunity. You feel very little for the characters and their trials. When one of the main female characters meets an unfortunate end it passes by barely noticed. I would have liked to be affected by that. This book misses the mark and fails to create a voice that is truly heard and absorbed by the reader and ultimately it has no more affect on the reader than the side panels of a Cheerios box.
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Bobby Bermea I wonder if this is because you listened to it as opposed to reading it and the reader's performance affected your experience of the book. I say this because I also listened to it and felt much the same way and am slightly shocked to see how much people love this book. Though there are some things which I don't think will change if I read the book, such as my distaste for the relationship between Diana and Rufus.

Eliza I listened, too and didn't love the readers voice but regardless feel the author missed the mark completely.

message 3: by Dcr (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dcr I completely disagree. Maybe this was not one that came across well as an audio book. I stayed up at night thinking about these characters, especially the main character. I found her to have amazing strength.

Kathie Edwards The plot was great but the book seemed immature. It should be in the YA section.

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