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.
"Superb....Read, or you will be missing something extraordinary." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Bujold's best work in my opinion." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
Gives good background to books I've already read
He is a great reader
Good book , great author, excellent series
I love a good chaotic adventure with creativity, heart and lots of laughs.
The vibe of the audio book. It's hard to explain, but the combination of language (written 1988) used in "Falling Free" combined with Grover Gardner's narration made it seem very classic science fiction. Brought back the same feeling as "twilight zone", "Lost in Space" or the very first episodes of "Star Trek".
The thought put into the limited amount of culture the Quadies developed due to their odd environment was well thought out. I also liked how all the characters where conflicted. They weren't violent by nature but they had to learn to stand up and act against wrongdoing.
There was a scene where Leo had to accept the fact that he couldn't do everything and was asked if he wanted to help take care of one of the quady children. His and the child's reaction were pretty funny.
If you love the science fiction classics, then you might really enjoy this one.
Yes. I liked this book and look forward to reading the next one.
Strong woman character.
He is competent.
As noted above, looking forward to the next book in the saga.
Falling Free is enjoyable & thrilling. Good story. Grover Gardner's unhurried reading flawless. His voice does justice to Bujold's masterful writing.
My name is Irene and I'm a lifelong bookaholic. A few years ago, I started adding audiobooks and I'm so happy I joined Audible in 2015 :-))
A story of the 1st Gen Quaddies referenced in later books. It's a pleasure reading LMB's intelligent, thoughtful & entertaining stories. Grover Gardner nails the narration.
Reminiscent of Heinlein, this deals with the personhood of the genetically engineered. A bit dated and heavy-handed, but good solid work in the genre. I'm surprised it's a jumping off point for a series, it didn't have that feel to me.
people who consider others less simply because they are different have always enraged me. That being the case this story really got my dander up at times. I does a slightly casual view towards sex and such, which I did not appreciate. The story on the whole is very compelling and more than makes up for its short comings.
To start, this book is part of the Vorkosigan Saga series, but does not have any direct relation to the other books as the story is set 200 years ahead of the other books. The story explains the origin of the Quaddies, a strange race of four-armed (extra arms for legs) humans which we encounter also in the Miles books, particularly in Diplomatic Immunity.
Events and places in that book can be better understood if you have read Falling Free, but it is absolutely not necessary to do so. This book can be read on its own without the others, or the others without this one.
I give this book 4 stars because - even though the story is more simple than later novels, and things go a bit too easy (comparatively) - Lois McMaster Bujold once again mixes SF with moral questions and dilemmas in a pleasant way. What to do with a bio engineered race that their creators own, but are conscious. Being humans, it might be easy, but what if they are stranger still? What if they potentially form a threat to the human race? These questions are not answered, but cause different reactions in the various actors in the story.
Particularly interesting it becomes if the morality shifts or people overstep a moral boundary. What would you do?
Grover Gardner is one of the best readers and shows it here once more.
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