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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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    Benjamin 05-19-15
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    "excellent book"

    This book tackles complex dilemmas such as the consequences of human genetic manipulation in an entertaining and often light hearted manner. Highly recommended.

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    Delilah Boston, MA 02-25-15
    Delilah Boston, MA 02-25-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Sci Fi Sociology"

    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.

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    Joseph Butcher 01-28-15
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    "classic tale of the fight for freedom"

    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.

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    E. Smakman Netherlands 11-13-14
    E. Smakman Netherlands 11-13-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Separate story in the Vorkosiverse"

    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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    Bruce Dixon, CA, United States 10-20-14
    Bruce Dixon, CA, United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Concept, Juvenile Execution"

    The basic idea for this book is intriguing. This could have been a much more interesting story if it had been more convincingly written. I feel that a good editor could have done wonders. I bought this book on a promotion of series books. Hopefully the second book is a little better.

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    Keon San Antonio, TX, United States 04-23-14
    Keon San Antonio, TX, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Sci Fi That Probes Ethical Dilemma"
    Where does Falling Free rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. It's a very engaging story. I like the topics covered in the story. Can synthetic life count as human? What if it doesn't look human? If you made it does that make it yours even if it's sentient? All of these questions encircle the story and Lois does a great job exploring all of them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leo Graf because he is confronted with several hard decisions and watching him come to the correct choice was very entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Leo again. Grover makes Leo sound as flustered as anyone would be, given the situation. His voice is kind of nasal which is also humorous.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Leo asks himself what one man can do to create change, and decides that the answer is 'more'. Whatever you are doing to create change you can do more. It was very touching.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was masterful all the way around.

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    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 06-27-13
    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Uncomplicated moral science fiction"

    I was a little surprised to discover, post-reading, that Falling Free was published in 1988 because it had the feel of a work much earlier in the SciFi genre (the tone reminded me a bit of the Lensman series, or maybe Heinlen). That said, I like early SciFi so it was all good!

    The plot isn't particularly complex and it goes exactly where you think it's going to, nary a twist in sight. The characters are not really three-dimensional, although they're very nicely painted 2D. Basically it's a fun read about an engineer who runs into a moral dilemma and engineers his way around the evil bureaucrats and their perilously binding, emotionless red-tape and into a brave new world.

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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 05-09-13
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 05-09-13
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    "Just couldn't get into it"

    I was fresh out of listening to the Ender series and the Area 51 series, both of which I loved. But with this book, the characters were not interesting, the villain was not believable and I struggled to get through it.

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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 03-29-13
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 03-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Thought Provoking"
    What did you love best about Falling Free?

    Entertaining but made me think outside the box. Lots of ideas that stretch the boundaries of "acceptable" vs "atrocity "


    What other book might you compare Falling Free to and why?

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    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a great reader. The book flowed along very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The thought of what makes us human and worthy of civil rights or not.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining and thought provoking. I would recommend this book highly.

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    Richard Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-18-13
    Richard Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Thought provoking insights for any project manger."

    This author was unknown to me but I was delightfully surprised. I'll hazard a guess that the author or someone very close to her was a life long engineer / project manager. The story does a good job of handling a problem we as humans are sure to face sometime in the near future: what status will genetically modified organisms hold? Are they property? Slaves? A new race or species? While exploring the moral consequences of advanced genetic engineering, the author takes a tongue in cheek stab at project management, the Peter Principle, parenting and even the gravity we take for granted every day.

    A fun listen with lots of points to giggle about. Won't change the world and wouldn't even make my 'must read' list but one of life's unexpected little treats!

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