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Beggars in Spain Audiobook

Beggars in Spain

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Publisher's Summary

In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep.

Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her "gift," a world marked for destruction by a deadly conspiracy of freedom and revenge.

©1993 Nancy Kress; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Superb....An exquisite saga of biological advantages." (Denver Post)
"A depth of imagination unusual even among science fiction writers." (Analog)
"[T]hrilling drama, compelling dialectic." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Robert N. Stephenson Blackwood, South Australia Australia 04-21-16
    Robert N. Stephenson Blackwood, South Australia Australia 04-21-16 Member Since 2012

    robert@altair-australia.com

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    "Okay, Kress is Bloody Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to Beggars in Spain the most enjoyable?

    To have great enjoyment you need great writing. Nancy uses words like a master, she drags you into places you might fear to tread and then rubs a salve on the wounds afterwards. I loved this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beggars in Spain?

    For me the memorable moment is actually hearing words that have been put together properly and expertly. The dialogue ios crisp and accurate and the scenes are lavish and yet sparse at the same time - she reaches a balance so few writers today even try to reach. If you want to be a writer of note, then Nancy is one to learn from.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not as yet, but she is now on my list.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I fell in love with this book. Yes it has taken me some time to get to it, but the thrill was wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    You want only to read or listen to the best in the over-crowded book world - so why not get this now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-02-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-02-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "THE DELIBERATELY BLIND, DESERVE NOT TO SEE"

    THE DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN MOVES ON.
    This is divided into four books and after reading the first book, I thought I had found another go to author. Nancy won a Hugo for the novella by the same name and that must have been book one here. It was all about this new genetic engineering that could make your baby never need to sleep. Their were also other genetic enhancements to go with this, such as increased intelligence and looks, athleticism, etc... It was still in it's experimental stage. Only a few babies were getting it. The story is mostly about a girl that has this done to her and her growing up. Nancy covered all angles of the child growing up. How it affected her, her family and society. I loved the whole story and was really enjoying it. Then book 2 starts and probably what she added to the original novella.

    I AM NOT ARGUING, MERELY CORRECTING YOUR FALSE STATEMENT
    Now the book is preachy, telling not showing, lots of talking, no depth to characters who come in and out willy nilly. It basically sucks. I stuck with it for a long time hoping it would go back to the great book it was in the beginning. With 7 hours left I gave up. If you can find the novella, read that, but skip the book.

    THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HATERS

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    Seth St. Charles, MO, United States 05-16-15
    Seth St. Charles, MO, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "If you loved Atlas Shrugged you might like..."
    What disappointed you about Beggars in Spain?

    Beggars in Spain is 'what if' a science fiction novel that assumes a modification in the world economy coupled with a modification in some members of the human race. The overly-simplistic modifications are not scientifically or sociologically very satisfying. The characters all wear either white or black hats and are melodramatic without complexity. It is a yawner, from start to finish.
    The book is not helped by Cassandra Campbell's marshmallow interpretation, which I find a bit irritating.


    What was most disappointing about Nancy Kress’s story?

    Like a lot of sci fi, the writing does not betray any particular skill or knowledge of human nature.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Cassandra Campbell?

    I would rather not, but if the book is good enough, I would.


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    Miller Fenton, MO, United States 04-28-15
    Miller Fenton, MO, United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Enlightening and thought provoking"

    The story delved into the differences we all present to the world. No single group of disabused individuals can join and blame another group for their distress, everyone must take on that responsibility upon themselves.

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    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 03-09-15
    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic story"

    I'd been hearing about this book for so long. I finally gave in, and gorged myself on it. It was fantastic. I'll say that you can tell that first "book" was the original novella (it was amazing), but it did have growing pains when the author introduced the other viewpoints. Overall it was still great. 5 Stars.

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    Mark Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 09-13-12
    Mark Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 09-13-12

    I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)

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    "Interesting concept and a well-written story."

    This is a very good book that considers some interesting questions about biological advancement and distinction in society.

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    teresa 04-02-12
    teresa 04-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting Topic"
    Would you listen to Beggars in Spain again? Why?

    Interesting story. Liked the character and plot development for both characters and changes in the behavior of the United States population.The sleepless do seem to have all of the advantages until later in the book, when you realize they have needs and limitations, same as all human beings. I hated the leader of the sleepless Sanctuary, a testament to Ms. Kress' writing because I usually don't care enough about the characters to actively hate them after I put the book down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the main sleepless character softened into a member of the human race.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Campbell has a gift for voice inflection. She does not rely on over-dramatization or drastic changes in pitch or tone (men v. women for instance); minor changes to inflection set mood, character and frame of mind.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself hating Jennifer Sharifi, the champion for the Sanctuary more than usual for any good book I read.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the

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    Ruth Turku, Finland 11-25-10
    Ruth Turku, Finland 11-25-10
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    "Entertaining but occasionally hard to follow"

    Others have commented on the Ayn Rand similarities - that didn't bother me, though. I found it to be entertaining science fiction.

    The one irritation for me is that the narrator had a similar voice change when switching characters as she did when switching emotions. Some characters had voices very similar to one another's (and I guess the author under-did it on the "he said / she said"), so that sometimes it was hard to follow who was speaking when. The narrator had a wonderful odd breathy "Yes", but too many different characters used it. This is a minor quibble, though. I'm glad I bought it.

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    Jesse Plano, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 08-10-10
    Jesse Plano, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 08-10-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting"

    The style that this book was written lets you see what life could be like from a completely different perspective. It does bog down at parts but for the most part this is a well written and character driven book. The audio performance is quite solid but could have been better.

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    Ciana Smithfield, RI, United States 01-05-10
    Ciana Smithfield, RI, United States 01-05-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic!!! Can't wait to read the sequal."

    This was a well read and well written book. The characters grew throughout and were not stagnant boring, 2-d people. The premise was creative and thought provoking. I liked all the references to actual historical events and people.

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