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Beggars in Spain | [Nancy Kress]

Beggars in Spain

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.
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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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    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 2015
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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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    Evelyn Claremore, OK, United States 04-20-09
    Evelyn Claremore, OK, United States 04-20-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Incredible!"

    Bar none, this was the best credit I've spent with Audible so far. Excellent writing, impressive narration, and a fantastic story; I haven't been able to put it down.

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    Mark J. Carroll USA 06-25-09
    Mark J. Carroll USA 06-25-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible, boaring with zero character development"

    One large sloppy collection of words with no editor and yet people are talking about it like it is the crucible of audio entertainment. The narrator does her best with the thin story line - which lacks logical direction. Characters are less then endearing - couldn't give a hoot if the the main character even if she was to get her hair caught in a industrial shredder while being doused with gasoline and having a sparking chainsaw at thrown at her. The whole things sounds like an abridged version - short snippets of story. Characters are introduced at will or pop up every now and then and then you are expected to believe that they care about the outcome of their actions. Children are born, then grow up in two paragraphs to have meaningful discussions with other characters about philosophy in the next paragraph. There is very little actual in-scene action. Most of the story is around conversations in different locations.

    Absolutely nothing about the plot, writing style or politics would endear me to any more of her works. This one is just blah, blah after blah blah blah.

    If you want some good sci-fi to read then take a look at Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land), Neal Stephenson (The Diamond Age), Robert J. Sawyer (The Terminal Experiment) or Ben Elton (Blind Faith) for a good laugh.

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    Sue 02-18-15
    Sue 02-18-15 Member Since 2013

    I am an avid lover of books and stories. Audible has provided a great outlet for me to read when otherwise I couldn't. I love dogs.

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    What did you love best about Beggars in Spain?

    The vision of the author. She found a new story to write. Well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Leiesha, she was aware of herself and grew during the writing. Worth following as a character.


    What about Cassandra Campbellā€™s performance did you like?

    It was steady and solid. She did the voices well, something not all narrators achieve.


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

    It simply made me think. The gift of ageless sleeplessness is a gift that would only make a difference if you used it well.


    Any additional comments?

    No, but you need 15 words to make a review and so now you have them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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