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Imago Audiobook

Imago

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Child of two species, but part of neither, a new being must find his way.

Human and Oankali have been mating since the aliens first came to Earth to rescue the few survivors of an annihilating nuclear war. The Oankali began a massive breeding project, guided by the ooloi, a sexless subspecies capable of manipulating DNA, in the hope of eventually creating a perfect starfaring race. Jodahs is supposed to be just another hybrid of human and Oankali, but as he begins his transformation to adulthood he finds himself becoming ooloi - the first ever born to a human mother.

As his body changes, Jodahs develops the ability to shapeshift, manipulate matter, and cure or create disease at will. If this frightened young man is able to master his new identity, Jodahs could prove the savior of what's left of mankind. Or, if he is not careful, he could become a plague that will destroy this new race once and for all.

©1989 Octavia E. Butler (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Tia 29/03/2016
    Tia 29/03/2016
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    "worth a read"

    Trilogy worth reading but 3rd book a little underwhelming.

    Performance excellent and consistent with previous two installments of the trilogy.

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    an italian in london London, UK 25/08/2015
    an italian in london London, UK 25/08/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "One book too much but still a recommended read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I liked the Xenogenesis saga but, with all due respect for a great writer such as Octavia E. Butler, I found that overall the story could have been told in 2 books.
    I found certain parts a bit boring and that they did not really add to the experience.
    Overall Xenogenesis is a great story and it's an absolute must for anyone who likes this type of sci-fi (sociological, anthropological with the theme of racism in the background.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Imago?

    To learn of the Oankali and to discover how had the author imagined this alien species.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Anything that had to do with life on the spaceship


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    absolutely and not just once


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, listen to it despite my critique above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 10/04/2015
    Steve 10/04/2015
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    "Science Fiction from a truly unique angle"

    Truly alien aliens who save the human race from self extinction.
    Beautifully written book skilfully narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Carolina
    Montreal, QC, Canada
    15/01/15
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    "What an amazing trilogy!"

    Originally posted at: A Girl That Likes Books

    First impression

    What an amazing trilogy. I am so glad this was my first contact with the work of Octavia E. Butler, because I completely loved every book and the series as a whole. In this book we encounter Jodahs, another son of Lilith and her Oankali family; a construct. For the first time, a construct that is turning into an ooloi, the first one to come from human parents. Once again, Butler explores how we deal with the unknown and the changes this brings to everyone including yourself.

    Final thoughts

    I think I have never encountered and author that makes me question what identity really is like Octavia E. Butler with this series. Not only to what a human is, but all those little labels that we gather through our lives: male, female, foreign, normal, etc. This third book is off course not exception, and it comes in the form of a coming-of-age for the main character, Jodhas, who as it turns out, won't be male or female, since the ooloi are neither. First we see its own struggle it has accepting what he is becoming and at the same trying to explain to others so they will not only understand this new step in the Oankali-Human relationship but also so they will accept it and hopefully embrace it.

    Once again, as in the rest of the series, the subject of xenophobia is discussed at large, except that in this book, is not just humans who are afraid, the Oankali don't know what to do with Jodhas, and fear what its presence might mean. I loved that she (Butler) shows so beautifully how the unknown is always scary, independent of our background, but that at the same time, we don't need to be afraid. Acceptance is always present in this trilogy, sometimes reluctantly, but always there.

    Jodhas has this ability to modify its appearance to make whoever is around more comfortable, to adapt to others and I found this extremely interesting, as it cannot help but do it, most of the time it wouldn't realize this was happening until someone else pointed this out. This is something so common in relationships, we change a bit, not to much that we lose ourselves, but enough to reflect our new situation. The problem of changing so much that our identity is lost is also addressed, but I don't want to discuss it too much, as I fear it might give some spoilers.

    I particularly enjoyed the feeling of family portrayed in the book. While sometimes it would seem like a more complicated structure, at the end it is always a net of support, with all of the members being woven together by love, expectations and belonging.

    The other thing that the trilogy addresses in an impressive way is sexuality, and what it might mean to a person (or to an Oankali). What it might mean to feel and identify as male, female, both or neither and how others that might be more accustomed to a more black-and-white perspective would respond to this perspective being challenged. I can only say that Octavia E. Butler was a genius being able to put herself in the skin of so many issues and most importantly being able to transmit these feelings in her writing.

    I would recommend this series to anyone seeking a brilliant sci-fi series with a lot of social subtext.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lia
    Sutton, Australia
    17/06/16
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    "Good Ending to The Trilogy"

    This trilogy frames two major issues. The first is the self destructive nature of human life, and the second is our evolving relationship with our own bodies, especially issues surrounding gender. Butler gives us an earth already destroyed by humans in a final great war that leaves only a few survivors tottering on the brink of extinction. How are they to survive when the seeds of self-destruction are encoded in their own DNA? Their salvation comes from above in the form of aliens who collect and preserve humanity's remnants much as we preserve endangered species. Like us, they reintroduce humans into their former habitat, but in s doing so they intermix their own DNA with ours and create a new species with three different genders which all must come together nine order to reproduce. The story is really one of the seduction of human beings onto an evolutionary path that has a very different kind of future than we usually imagine for ourselves. Butler was a great writer, and the first book bowled me over. The second book challenged me to re-imagine he human condition, and the third swept me away into a very different vision of what we might become. Listeners who are looking for science fiction at its best, imaginative, challenging, and complex will love this trilogy and look for more of Octavia Butler's superb stories of about who we are and what we might become.

    Aldrich Barrett was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Donald C. Lawson III
    Allentown, Pennsylvania
    01/03/16
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    "Pretty Good Wrap-up"

    I was unable to develop an imersion of emotions to match those I felt from the first two books. Still, I really enjoyed the overall concepts. Only one "why didn't the aliens do..." which is rare in sci-fi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TeacherRachel
    14/06/15
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    "Part of a great series - but not the best part."
    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed that the book didn't continue the overall what will happen to the human species question of the first two books as much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Mount Rainier, Maryland, USA
    17/08/15
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    "Very Disturbing"
    What made the experience of listening to Imago the most enjoyable?

    I'm still waiting for the hot, white guy (or Will Smith) to come and rescue humanity from this "virus" and total annihilation. Then we could return to Earth and use the Mars space station as a launch point for Star Trek, and then Star Wars!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anybody who fought the Oankali.


    Which character – as performed by Barrett Aldrich – was your favorite?

    Lilith. She became a Judas goat, but I understand and appreciate her situation. Bygones.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's prayin' time, saints!


    Any additional comments?

    Still waiting for the humans to destroy everything Oankali and reclaim Earth!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John
    11/05/17
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    "Weak trilogy finish"

    The first of this trilogy was riveting as it established the really interesting premise. The second was tolerable as it pursued the premise 'years later.' This third book (also 'years later' style) was a disappointingly weak ending that highlighted all the weaknesses of the first two novels without bringing anything new (and potentially redeeming) to the table.

    The first book was easily the best because despite weak character development and heavy exposition, it was new and unique. The second one started to get predictable and boring, with mediocre characters. If you found the second one disappointing, definitely don't bother listening to the third. I listened to it the whole way through, but by the end it was mostly for closure and less because I cared at all what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynnette
    CO
    16/10/16
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    "Wow!"

    In all honesty, I struggled through the first few chapters of this book. But having listened to the first two books of the trilogy, I continued. Boy, was I glad that I did!
    Once it got going it carried me away just like the others had. It was the perfect ending to the series.
    I highly recommend this book! I would however, highly recommend that the trilogy be read in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda Renee Wilson
    05/10/16
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    "soooooo incredible and this voice actor is amazing"

    could not stop once I started the first of this series. octavia is a genius. the layers the social commentary. just see for yourself already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K.E.H.
    Oakland, CA United States
    29/09/16
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    "Beautiful and Wonderfully Imaginative!"

    This is an incredible, intricate, moving, and imaginative story, that was surely well researched by the author. The research comes through in her precise and compelling prose, that details one of the most vivid worlds, a post apocalyptic Earth, and beings, the alien Ooloi, that I've come across. Coupled with a very talented voice artist, whose range of voices was truly vast, and it is a very difficult story to pause. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Mackenzie
    Seattle, WA United States
    14/09/16
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    "Well, OK"

    How do you end a story about a truly alien species? Honestly, with difficulty. You're asked to accept a lot in imago and from a lesser writer eyes would have been rolling. But Butler powers through, and had the integrity to do a trilogy, not and endless-ogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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