Kris Bjornsen is captured in Denver on her way to her college classes and wakes up on the primitive planet Barevi. Courageous and resourceful, she manages a single-woman escape from the Catteni and is living in the wilds of the planet when she comes to the aid of a Catteni soldier pursued by his own ranks.
Recaptured together, they join forces with other slaves to outwit their captors and a hostile planetary environment.
Listeners will delight in this "against-the-odds" story of survival, ingenuity and romance.
As her audience has come to expect of McCaffrey, she delivers a rich and intricate science-fiction adventure in Freedom's Landing, sure to win over even more listeners and add to her legions of fans.
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"McCaffrey has created another set of winning protagonists and a carefully detailed, exotic background." (Publishers Weekly)
I've read many Anne McCaffrey novels, most of them are truly excellent. This novel is a mixed bag because the premise is interesting and the story well thought out, and the cast of characters is engaging and work well together. Unfortunately, the dialogue of the main character, Christine Bjornsen, especially her inner dialogue, is less than stellar, and occasionally, it even gets a little repetitive. For instance, for the first half or more of the story, every time she finds herself attracted to the Catteni character, Zeinal, we hear her inner voice telling herself "Down girl!" Every. Time. Another annoying distraction was that it seemed like 80% of all dialog was accompanied by grins. Yes, these characters are tough, can-do types - courageous and unsinkable in the horrible situation in which they'd been placed. But too much grinning. It's just unbelievable. I actually read this book a few years ago, and felt the same way about these and a few other things, but it was an interesting story and I liked it well enough to buy the audio version, thinking that perhaps it was just a mood phase I was in when I read the book the first time. But the same things popped out at me in the audio version. However, as I mentioned, the story is engaging, and I will undoubtedly listen to it more than once over time.
The part that's hardest to handle about this audio book is the actual performance. Susie has a great voice, and as long as she's reading in unaccented American, she's very good! But she has absolutely NO EAR or ability to perform accents, and she is called upon extensively to render Irish, American Southern, Norwegian, and most especially Australian characters. Her Irish accent is passable, her Southern American character, Sargeant Mitford, is not really southern, but - credit to her - she reads him with the right feeling. But her Australian accent is ABYSMAL! A horribly mangled, open-mouthed half-swallowed garble, that always sounds vaguely Irish . Actually, all of her human, non-American accents sound vaguely Irish. But mostly her rendering of Australians was a constant distraction from the story although I was able, eventually, to stop gritting my teeth and kind of push it into the background, thus enabling me to still enjoy the excellent plot and characters, which, incredibly, are strong enough to trump this linguistic travesty.
Overall, if you can ignore or get past Susie's terrible rendition of Aussie and other accents, I think you will find it both rewarding and well worth the effort.
Freedom's Landing and its sequels are based on a short story Anne McCaffrey wrote in the early 1970s. Sometimes a short story really doesn't have enough in it to make up a novel, let alone 3 or 4. But Ms McCaffrey has done a very good job of this book, with her usual style of narration that just keeps you reading, even when it's only exposition and not dialog. Kris is a strong and interesting character, and the others who are landed are also well-developed. These are people you like and want to know more of their story.
Susie Breck does a very good job of differentiating the voices of the characters, complete with all the accents - American, Irish, Australian, etc. - in spite of Kris being nearly the only woman's voice in the story.
Well worth a listen, or even a second one!
for the narrator. The story is great. I really enjoyed reading this book last year and the second book of the series. I gave this one star because of the narrator. Her S's and T's are high pitched whistling noises. It's SO damn annoying and grates on my ears. You never notice how many T's and S's are used in a single paragraph. Let me tell you, there are a lot and each and everyone is whistled by this narrator. *eye twitch* When she pauses after a word or sentance, she makes those "my mouth is way too full of saliva" popping and swallowing sounds. It honestly made me nausiated, it's that disgusting sounding.
Read the book, it's an amazing story. But steer clear of listening to this version.
If there is life on other Planets and they came to Earth, what would be their intentions? Would the be beneficent or have evil intentions. McCaffrey makes one case for a conquering Species that invades Earth and captures and enslaves millions while killing millions more. But there is more to this series than meets the eye. Are the invaders acting on their own, or is there an even more insidious species out there taking down planet after planet, galaxy after galaxy.
Susie Breck is a master at making different character voices.
I read this series years ago and enjoyed it very much. In this particular book I found the production poor and the method of echoing the protagonist's unspoken thoughts irritating.
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I listened to this a while back, but I can still remember that although the story was somewhat entertaining, the narration bothered me. There was some kind of echo effect thrown in for when the character was supposed to be thinking, but this is done effortlessly by other narrators without distracting sound effects, and this kept annoying me.
You see the first two paragraphs of the Publisher's Summary? That's about the length and effort devoted to setting up the premise in the actual book. It felt as if I had accidentally picked up the second or third book in a series. Extremely off-putting.
In addition, for the audio version, whenever the main character thinks to herself, the production adds a hollow, echo effect to her words. Extremely irritating.
As for the story, it quickly becomes Jane meets Tarzan. I had to check again thinking I had picked up the second or third book in a Harlequin romance series.
Keep in mind, I didn't get very far. Though it probably wouldn't have improved, for me, considering the established style, tone and direction.
As a guy, I strike out with a lot of female authors. But every once in awhile there's a surprise. Such as "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M.R. Carey. Loved it. Cried at the end. So you see, I'm not some macho dumbhead.
I would have thought that the reader had to read the book before recording it. Therefore, when it referenced the Dr. Who Dalaks "exterminate" she should have watched the program to make sure she said it the way it did in the program.I know that it is a very picky point but it ruined the book for me. I do not get rid of any books and I will listen to them multiple times I have the book in paperback and I know that I will read it again. But I know I will not listen to this book again
The book lacked any real plot. McCaffrey does a great job fleshing out the characters but they don't really do anything. Just bounced over to Amazon to check the reviews there and it turns out these books are not the complete story.
Not the books but certainly the audiobooks.
Nice voice actor. She did a good job telling the story (such as it was).
Problem wasn't that there were too many scenes. The problem was that there were too few.
This story is horribly boring and insulting to me as a woman. Heroine Kris tried to rescue on of the alien bruts who enslaved the human race, and he tries to rape her. They are captured together and dumped on a planet, and thereafter, Kris suddenly developes an intense attraction to this man and they end up together. Also, in colonizing this new planet, we are told there are many dangerous beasts but the people preceed to troop around exploring with only knives for protection. Then, the colonization of the planet itself is way,way to easy. They find a cave with food stores and other supplies, the people find carbon for pencils, sodium carbonite for salt and soda bread, make bowls/utensils/beds/water berrels/tea ect all within two weeks. The aliens in the story are utterly "human" with human expression and gestures. And, all the humans are white with the exception of the COOK who talks in a "low class" speach pattern. And, the humans trust the aliens and even the "slaver" alien with token resistance if any at all. At one point, some humans are JOKING with the slaver alien about the invasion and enslavement of the human race. I found this book rather racist, sexist and just plain boring.
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