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Patternmaster

The Patternist Series
Narrated by: Eugene H. Russell IV
Series: Patternist, Book 4
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

The Patternist is a telepathic race, commanded by the Patternmaster, whose thoughts can destroy, heal, rule. Coransee, son of the ruling Patternmaster, wants the throne and will stop at nothing to get it, including venture into the wild mutant-infested hills to destroy a young apprentice - his equal and his brother.

©1976 Octavia E. Butler (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Sandra
  • United Kingdom
  • 31-12-16

Her first book?

Published in 1976, I assume it is. Intrigued by her protagonists and their behaviour, I shall now eagerly pursue her subsequent offerings, in chronological order.

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Now you know why Clay's Ark was #3

This fourth story ties the threads from books 1 and 2 about the patternists, and book 3 about the clay arks. It was an enjoyable, but perhaps a tad too short read. Being a non-mutant "mute" myself (like most or all of us), I found myself shifting between wishing Tyree well, and wondering how our "mute" branch of humanity would feel in a world dominated by the twin monstrosities of patternists and clay arks. And in that, I think there lies a potential for at least a fifth book in the series.

The narrator has a great voice - in principle - but he chose landing on the "crocodile voice" of vocal fry for a majority of the time. That works better for action movie trailers. Go up half an octave, man, and drop the fry, and you have a great reading voice!

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  • Jordan
  • 14-08-16

FINALLY SOMETHING LIVES UP TO WILD SEED!!

Brilliant narrator who wonderfully makes the listener believe that he has intimate knowledge of more than a dozen different characters.

The story itself reminds me of the first book by Octavia Butler that I read, and the reason I'm so into AfroFuturism, Wild Seed. For a while I was worried that Wild Seed was the best story of the genre and that I would never again experience the unadulterated joy of a story of that caliber. I've been exposed to other works by Octavia and other writers and found myself wanting more than the works could offer. This book totally restored my faith.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-18

Not a great narrator

This book is fascinating. Glad I listened. But the narrator was really disappointing. His reading style was very mechanical, and he frequently made errors in pronunciation, emphasis, and voice. Quite disappointing and distracting.

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  • Zephyris
  • 14-09-15

Meh

Listen to the series in the series order, not the publication order. This book is worth a listen because it finished the story, but as her first published, it lacks the polish of the other three.

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  • DeeDee
  • 03-03-17

Annoyed

There's no way I can listen to this. The reader's voice is terribly annoying!!!!! Will have to wait until I have time to read it.

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  • Paula Wills
  • 15-07-18

I am running out of Octavia books to read.

Brilliant book! Patternmaster did not disappoint. I have yet to come across an Octavia Butler book I don't like.

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  • Brian G. Taylor
  • 10-03-18

Great 1st outing by Bulter!

A book and a great ending! Butler had more hitting her sleeve then I realized thanks to that great ending!

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  • Osaretin Obaseki
  • 24-10-19

Wonderful

I loved it!!! This is a masterful conclusion to an epic series. One of the most brilliant series I have ever read.

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  • SheilaB
  • 08-08-19

Worthy of your time

It started slow but had been recommended. I’m so glad a kept listening. I’m buying the next book now.

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  • Kristy O
  • 19-06-19

The reader was so awful I can’t listen to this.

I enjoy Octavia Butler books and listened to the first 3 books in this series but this narrator is too grating to continue. Very unhappy about it.

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  • Cenia
  • 12-04-19

Def recommend but..

Intriguing novel. I would recommend reading "Mind of my Mind" first. There is s substantial amount of information needed in order to understand about the Pattern or the descendants of Mary from this novel "Patternmaster." Thirdly to understand who Doro is and why he is important control freak that beeded to die read "Wild Seed." To understand the Clay Arks disease read Butlers "Clay Ark" novel. Butler was a smart lady to weave interconnected details that expand her science fiction world through all these novels. It is worth your time in reading through all her work.