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Written By: Octavia E. Butler

Narrated By: Kim Staunton

Date: May 2008

Duration: 10 hours 56 minutes


The first science fiction written by a Black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of Black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she's been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother. Author Octavia E. Butler skillfully juxtaposes the serious issues of slavery, human rights, and racial prejudice with an exciting science fiction, romance, and historical adventure. Kim Staunton's narrative talent magically transforms the listener's earphones into an audio time machine.


  • Kathy Z

    I found this book very emotional for me and so we'll written I could experience the story as if I were traveling with Dana.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Kim F.

    I loved the book! After having read from the corner of the oval, I did find the author less descriptive. I thought the writing was great and it was an easy read! The author did a suburb job of weaving the beginning, middle and end into an excellent story! The time travel into the slavery days was a bit hard to read, but, very understandable. I would recommend the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Ken A.

    GREAT read!! very interesting concept for the time it was written. Great narration too

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kim M.

    The narrator was phenomenal! Somehow she was able to differentiate flawlessly between the various characters. The storyline kept me engaged and coming back for more.

  • Anonymous

    A good listen. Wish their would have been dual narrator's though. Wouldn't listen again.

  • Queenie

    Makes me wonder what cane first, this book or Outlander. Very similar

  • Appl3 T.

    This book is amazing! Will definitely be reading this again. The narrator really made the characters come to life!

  • Sylvia B.

    I feel so deprived that I haven’t read Octavia Butler’s work until now. But it was a welcomed treat during this crazy time we’re living in. It’s interesting that the book is set in a future that is now our past but still so relevant to the present. It was tough to listen to at times but that is what makes it a dark yet beautiful work of literature.

  • nleckband

    Great read. Very immersive.

  • Kesha

    I really enjoyed the book...I guess I was wishing for more at the end...narrator was ok but kinda blah


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