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.

  • Anonymous

    Such an empathetic and beautifully written story. I guess it's easy to believe that we would be able to fo better than our ancestors did when it comes to surviving those circumstances but this is such an honest and brilliant piece of writing.

  • JK

    Superb story and loved narration!! Octavia Butler's books don't disappoint. Time travel was such a clever element but it focuses more on Dana's experience in antebellum South and loved, though horrifying and gruesome, the stark reality of 1800s.

  • N A.

    An amazing narrative and an excellent narration

  • Kayla Prowell

    I really liked this book, it was an interesting take on slavery from a black woman who traveled back in time. There was a lot of truth to the book without it being to emotionally draining

  • Gwendolyn G.


  • Reasha W.

    So immersive, fantastic story. Couldn't put it down! Wish I had read this book a long time ago.

  • Gabriel R.

    Incredible story by Octavia Butler and excellent narration by Kim Staunton.

  • Anonymous

    I was totally gripped the whole way though, never knowing what direction the story would take. Octavia Butler is an incredible story teller!

  • Anonymous

    Loved the history!

  • Anonymous

    Gripping story, well narrated.

  • Lauren C.

    The story is intriguing and well organized with well placed flash forwards that keep you wondering how the protagonist will arrive to the end point as well as flash backs which help provide the full background. The narrator's flatness when voicing the main character, Dana, was the only major downfall of this audiobook. Surprisingly, the narrator does well with secondary character's accents/inflections/emotion but as soon as they return to first person speaking tge inflections end.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderfully written account of American slavery from a minority author!

  • Anonymous

    Extremely well-written, very engaging storyline and characters. You will learn a lot about slavery, that we all need to know, just be prepared for how hard and harsh and ugly the realities of slavery were and therefore how hard this book is at many junctures. The narrator was good tho not as emotionally resonant and believable as the story called for, in my opinion. All in all a very worthwhile book, presented in a novel and fascinating way through time-travel.

  • Martha M.

    best book. narrator did an amazing job

  • Alisa C.

    Powerful book. I learned a lot.

  • Anonymous

    I love historical fiction, and this... this has stuck with me a beat.

  • Louise McCartney

    Great narration and easy on the ear. the story theme had me wondering at points what is the aim of the story. The lack of obvious direction was made up for with the detail of life for the slaves. The ending I felt was a bit flat and I found it an anticlimax.

  • 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

  • Suzanne M.

    Great for learning in a fun way, real history. Highly recommend for middle and high school kids as well as adults

  • Saint Hedwig

    I have read this book multiple times now, and this narrator surely brings the novel to life. I love the juxtaposition of Dana’s slavery days and her life with Kevin in the 1970s. There is much to be learned about attitudes and just how easily one could slide so comfortably into something as insidious as slavery.

  • Natasha D.

    Ocatavia Butler wrote a both absolutely amazing and very tough book, introducing a cool and weird concept of time travel, exposing the sheer cruelty of slavery and weaving in gripping details about the past and present. To me, the story feels depressingly real. Also, Kim Staunton narrates the story brilliantly.

  • Danny W.

    I really enjoyed this novel. I think this novel would make very good motion picture,


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