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Falling Free Audiobook

Falling Free

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Publisher's Summary

Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall.

Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

He hadn't anticipated a situation where the right thing to do was neither safe, nor in the rules. Leo adopted a thousand quaddies. Now all he had to do was teach them to be free.

©1988 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award Finalist, Best Novel, 1988

"Superb....Read, or you will be missing something extraordinary." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Bujold's best work in my opinion." (Science Fiction Chronicle)

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    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 12-29-09
    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 12-29-09 Member Since 2015

    Life-long reader, 10 years listening

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    "Well Done!!"

    I wondered how well this would convert to audio format, but Grover Gardner has once again done an excellent job voicing the characters and story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-02-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The quaddies seek freedom"

    This is my first Lois McMaster Bujold book. One of the people I follow recommended it. I am always willing to try an author I have not read before. This book touches on some interesting problems in sociology and genetic modification that are current issues in today's world. In this book Leo Graf and engineer is assigned to teach advance welding and its inspection at Cay habitat. When he arrives he finds that the Habitat contains 1000 genetic modified people designed to live in negative gravity. Their bones do not demineralize and they have four arms and no legs. The discovery of a way to produce gravity now makes them obsolete and as they are owned by the corporation that created them they were ordered to be eliminated. Leo sets off to save them and so begins an interesting story. There is really no battle scenes or even much violence in the story but it is a story of how they have to set about to modify the Habitat to travel in space and how to escape the corporation. There is some humor, a love story and lots of suspense. The story will keep you reading and leave you with some things to think about. Grover Gardner did and excellent job narrating the story. He is becoming one of my favorite narrators. I understand this is book one of a series.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-19-15
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    "Not as refined as her later works."

    Falling Free is interesting and worth a read if you want the whole Barayar story line, but not as good as her later work. still, it was entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 09-09-15
    Matt 09-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book, give it time"

    It takes a little while to get in to, but great book in the end. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 07-28-15
    G. Parish 07-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "An engineer's problems"

    What happens when an engineer is confronted with corporate evil? What is he willing to give up to fight for what is right and how hard must he fight to save his family and friends? This is the tale we see here and while being familiar it is extremely well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shea 06-10-15
    Shea 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "nice background story"

    Like the book Ethen of Athos, this story has little baring on the rest of the Vorkosigan saga, but it is great background on one of the bio-engineered races mentioned in various books of the series. As usual, Grover does a great job with his narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 05-31-15
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Least Favorite"
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    This is my least favorite installment of the Vorkosigan Saga. Even with that, I still loved it. This book has very little to do with the rest of the Vorkosigan Saga; so, it is best to enjoy it as a separate and tangential but special novella.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 04-03-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 04-03-12 Member Since 2013

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Not a Vorkosigan novel - but in the same universe"

    While the story is easy to follow, well-written and enjoyable, I found the storyline very straight forward, no real surprises. It is set in the same "universe" as the Miles Vorkosigan stories, but alas, it is not a Miles Vorkosigan novel.

    I thought Grover Gardner did an excellent job of bringing the story to life. The main character is Leo, an engineer, who becomes a sort of freedom fighter for a new people that was genetically engineered to be the best engineers in zero gravity space. The problem is that the new people are legally not seen as people.

    In Leo, Lois McMaster Bujold has created a sort of Sci-Fi Moses leading his adopted people from the proverbial "land of Egypt."

    If you just want something to relax while driving on the road, this story might be just the the thing for you, but be warned, if you expect this to be a Miles Vorkosigan novel, you will be bitterly disappointed. (Audible might consider, removing it from the Vorkosigan saga.)

    To summarise, a well narrated and written story, enjoyable despite a predictable storyline, playing off in the Vorkosigan universe but not a Vorkosigan novel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rodd K. Winscott Chicago area 10-29-16
    Rodd K. Winscott Chicago area 10-29-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Nice easy listen"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Gives good background to books I've already read


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

    He is a great reader


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    Good book , great author, excellent series

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    Chester USA 10-25-16
    Chester USA 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "quality story, writing and performance"

    quality story, writing and performance... looking forward to the rest of the series. good read.

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