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Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

Bonded to the aliens in ways no human has ever known, Lilith tries to fight them even as her own species comes to fear and loathe her. A stunning story of invasion and alien contact by one of science fiction's finest writers.

©1987 Octavia E. Butler (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Lewis MacKenzie 23/08/2016
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    "Great Sci fi. Very intriguing. Body horror galore!"

    I am required to write 20 words so that I can get past this screen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "masterpiece"
    If you could sum up Dawn in three words, what would they be?

    For years I read Octavia E. Butlers books and then I stopped and now Audible is giving me a chance to re-read (or better: listen to) books I had already read decades ago but also to listen to books I did not know.
    Xenogenesis is a group of 3 books that I had not read before and it's great.
    This one in particular, the first one, it definitely the best because it introduces the Oankali and their culture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


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

    All of them


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Learn about others and you'll learn about yourself


    Any additional comments?

    thanks for producing these audiobooks!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 13/10/2017
    Tom 13/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great, different Sci from excellent story teller"

    Octavia Butler is an excellent modern sci fi writer. A female writer with skill & perseverance in the craft to match Ursula la Quinne. This series from a perspective of a human being part of a fusing with an alien race. Narrator very good. Looking forward to the next part of the story.

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    Anonymous 15/08/2017
    15/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "great"

    although slow and tiring, it is very personal and quite emotional, as it attempts to paint a great picture of life with extraterrestials, that differs from the conventional 'bogeyish' depictions of such a life.

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  • Diane Walter
    MENLO PARK, CA, United States
    01/02/17
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    "Felt like a novel for teen girls"

    I was disappointed in just about everything in this book. The plot was full of inconsistencies, the characters were unrealistic, and their emotions and reactions gave the book a feeling of over dramatic teen angst. The narrator contributed to the feeling of a teenaged emotional roller coaster. I give this book four "Blahs".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    San Diego, CA, United States
    20/06/17
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    "A powerful beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book, both in terms of the story and the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dawn?

    I think for me it was about half way through, as Lilith comes to realize that she cares for the Ooloi (spelling?) Nikanj. Her bond with the Ooloi child is an interesting and dynamic one.


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

    Barrett nailed Lilith's voice, her fear, her anger, her disgust at times. She got me inside Lilith's headspace quite easily.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynnette
    CO
    08/10/16
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    "In a word, incredible!"

    It's been a while since I listened to an audiobook that caught me like this one did. I couldn't wait for my next chance to listen to it. I found myself thinking about the story and it's characters throughout the day.
    The narrator was wonderful. Male, female, or it, I always knew who was speaking. Aldrich Barrett kept the story flowing and changed between characters seamlessly.
    I'll definitely be looking for more from both this author and this narrator!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sean Hayes
    15/10/17
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    "amazing audio book"

    I loved this story! and the audio recording was AMAZING! she did a wonderful job voicing many different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BD
    01/10/17
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    "just pretty meh."

    All "feelings" and no content. The entire book takes place in two rooms and consists 90% of whatever feelings are in the protagonist's head. Not a single sentence of humor or tactics. The other characters are all one dimensional and exchangeable. Overall, this reads like a fan fiction romance novel, only without graphic sex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Walnut Creek, CA, United States
    26/09/17
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    "Almost Great"

    This is a very interesting concept with a well executed story The protagonist character is well developed but all the other humans are over simplified. The aliens are quite enjoyable. This is not a high action SF novel, instead it is introspective considering what makes humans human and what makes aliens alien and how much can these concepts be morphed. There is a lot of detailed talk about sex and sexual emotions which might make some readers uncomfortable. I found exploration of sex as a function of the mind and not the body along with reproduction being a function of choosing not intercourse quite intriguing. I will definitely read the next book in this series.

    I found the narration excellent, handling the various characters (including aliens) very well, expressing subtle emotions via tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • OnlineShoppingMomma
    North Texas, USA
    23/09/17
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    "This book will keep you riveted to your earbuds!"

    everything you want in a SciFi novel. plausible plot. layered characters. easy going pace. paints a vivid picture through details and prose

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AzDayton
    Phoenix, AZ
    19/09/17
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    "Okay if you have nothing better to do"

    Main objection - Humans are portrayed as universally stupid and xenophobic. it gets old fast. Aside from that, it's not bad, but also not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eric S Riley
    Washington, DC
    13/09/17
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    "A brilliant story with excellent narration. "

    I've read a number of Butler's books, and picked up this title when I heard the Xenogenesis Saga would be adapted for television. It's a heartbreaking story about the last vestiges of humanity being preserved and altered by an alien race. Moving and deeply character driven. Butler really understands human weaknesses and explores violence and reproduction in the face of near extinction. Fantastic read. The voice actor for this book was brilliant as well. She really conveyed the otherness of the aliens and the raw emotions of the humans exceptionally well. Great all around.

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  • Regina
    13/09/17
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    "Excited for the rest of the series"

    I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. The storyline was great and kept my attention. The narration was on point. Adding the 1st few chapters from the next book was a nice bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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