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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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    Yitzhak 11-05-16
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    "Worth a listen, very long and entertaining"

    For some reason I thought this book had something to do with science fiction in Spain and took a chance on the title alone.
    That was a mistake, but not a terrible mistake. Turns out the story was very interesting.
    Again, this book is very long and full of wonderful scenarios of genetic engineering on humans. I believe this book was written before jurassic park and way before real science made any real progress in genetic engineering. The story has a solid footing and still reads as not preposterous 25 years later.
    On the other hand, its not until Book 3 that you start to see some interesting characters. Book 4 had me hooked. But it was all thanks to the world the writer built in Book 1 and 2. If you are a hard core science fiction fan and love drama, you should not miss this book. I enjoyed it very much and would love to know more what happened after the ending.

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    Ashly 10-06-16
    Ashly 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story and narrator"

    I read this book for a 9th grade assignment many (many! ) years ago and was completely enthralled. I've read it a handful of times since then and I still love the concept for genetically altered individuals and how they affect society. And how society affects them. The narrator adds a rich new level to my imagination's idea of the characters and their complex personalities. I'd recommend it as 14 years old and up because the themes are adult by it's not written in a way that'd go over their heads but it's certainly NOT just what would be categorized as Young Adult Fiction. Do your brain a favor: read this book.

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    Ilja 08-15-16
    Ilja 08-15-16 Member Since 2006
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    "A modern Fountain Head"

    A marvelous and complex story that reminds me strongly of Ann Rynd's Fountain Head. Loved it.

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    I Love London 05-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Smart look into the possible/probable future."

    If you can recall what your world looked like in 1993, and then listened to this book, I would say the author did her homework, or was channelling a slanted futuristic version of 1984. Well worth the listen.

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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

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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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    Seth St. Charles, MO, United States 05-16-15
    Seth St. Charles, MO, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2016
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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 Listener Since 2009
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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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    Yesteryear Farms Washington State 02-18-15
    Yesteryear Farms Washington State 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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    "Imagine if you will. . ."
    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 Campbell’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.

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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