Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne. There, one may seek asylum and build a new life in a society that doesn't track its residents every move, which is just what Pacelli has done. But now things are about to go royally to hell. Because Earth's government has found out where she is, and they want her back. Or dead.
This all-new offering contains Michael Z. Williamson's brilliant novel Freehold.
©2014 Michael Z. Williamson (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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This was overtly political, which usually turns me off. However, I found the open and intelligent portrayal to be so persuasive on both an economical and a moral basis, that my own viewpoint must forever be altered. I felt as though the essence of Heinlien was animating the story. The book has brought forth much thought as it challenged me to remember myself. Very pursuasive with strong emtional triggers!
decent characters and plot. could have used some trimming. Her Libertarian perfect paradise was too perfect and I found myself unable to suspend belief, I kept thinking "that would never work".
the first half of the booked had too much sex and basic day to day for my tastes. Way too involved in detailing their daily lives and sexual activities. felt like science fiction for bored hoisewives. howevee, the later parts of the books were very good, mode war and combat oriented, although sex repeatedly rears it's head throughout. Not badly, just too much for my tastes. All in all, very good read, well written. just depends on what you are looking for.
This book was entertaining, especially the battle and fight scenes. The performance was well done. Now, the complaints: I'm not a prude, but the continual, over the top sex scenes were an annoyance...I get it, this place is more libertine than earth, but I kept wondering if I'd accidentally downloaded a bodice ripper romance novel. Also, while I agree with the political philosophy of this book, even I found it a little heavy handed, at times. Heinlein did it better and with more subtlety in Starship Troopers.
I wanted to keep listening, finding excuses to do more chores
It reminded a lot of Pallas, similar idea with character suddenly freed from a repressive society that says they are free but is actually very fascist and severely limits rights causing it to be very uncivilized in actuality; the main character is very shocked but eventually sees how civilized and better freedom actually is.
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Starting as an immigrant story, evolving into a integration novel, ending in all out war and the aftermath it's thoughtchallenging and a way to explain where it goes wrong in Europe at the moment.
I wish EU politicians would read or listen this in stead of lining their pockets.
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What struck me was the relevance this science fiction book has to what is happening in the world today. I picked up on many things throughout the book but it hit me between the eyes when I got to chapter 21. After that, I was looking for all the similarities of human behavior today [actually through time] and what was happening between the two worlds.
The world building was awesome. I loved the spin the author put on the society of Freehold of Grainne in comparison to Earth.
I was highly entertained and can't wait to get to the next book in the series. Whispersync's $1.99 deal & free Kindle book once again has put me onto a series I wouldn't normally choose and have thoroughly enjoyed. Oh the hours of enjoyment and yet the credits I will be spending....
Freehold is a fun addition to the niche Conserve-a-porn sub-genre. For those unfamiliar, Conserve-a-porn is sci-fi stories where the heroes use libertarian, conservative values to overcome alien and/or liberal overlords, usually while engaging in a great deal of sex. "Liberlas" are universally presented as cartoonishly stupid. To those who this growing sub-genre might appeal are suggested to explore the works of John Ringo, the master of the art.
You don't necessarily need to be conservative to enjoy conserve-a-porn, although I imagine it helps. If your poilitcal leanings lie elsewhere the book presents an interesting perspective into the conservative mindset, and to that extent is socially relevant.
Politics aside, Freehold is rather well written. If the the feasibility of the Libertarian Utopia requires some suspension of disbelief and refusal to apply common sense I would point out that this is science-fiction, and that you the listener have already signed on to do that.
Once you accept the premise of the story the characters are interesting and the evil liberals buffoonish enough that their inevitable demise is enjoyable. The narration by Molly Elston is truly excellent, and clocking in at 21 hours its not a bad use of a credit, especially if you listen to audiobooks as part of a long commute.
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Williamson must love living under Donald Trump as president! His very obvious right wing ideals come out clearly in 'FreeHold', where everyone is armed, 24/7, and thus there is no rape, prostitution is considered 'just another job' and when the prostitute gets raped by two teens who came from Earth and considered a woman walking the streets almost naked, as 'asking for it', she's in tears and shocked by the experience. Cultural differences between Earth and Freehold..which is actually a city on the planet Grannia...are quite different and, of course, Williamson FreeHold is the perfect place while all of earth, now governed by some bastardized UN political forum, is full of mindless 'shepple' who only care about their 'vids', fashion, and are all couch potatoes.'
The FreeHold gangs, also armed, are really Boy Scouts in gang clothing, who protect their turf and other residents. Sex is everywhere, women and men walk around dressed provocatively, armed of course, and make fun of the puritanical Old US ideals about dress, nudity and sex.
On FreeHold, capitalism cures everything and people have a right to have anything they have the money for, including food..no allowances are mentioned for the elderly or disabled. Williamson presents a sort of capitalistic utopia but dosen't bother to address the real issues...the "You can have anything you can pay for" idea is easy to listen to and sounds fair but isn't realistic in an actual world....we aren't all the same, we aren't all young and healthy and able to work. Some of us were injured at work and can no longer be productive..I mean, this 75 year old woman climbed her last telephone pole at the age of 63...and that was a real effort! On FreeHold I'd have starved to death-or perhaps they don't allow aged disabled citizens to live there...Williamson doesn't touch on this at all-FreeHold is peopled by good looking healthy people who all have good jobs and know people who can help them advance.
Williamson is achingly obvious in his correlation between the US Bill of Rights and FreeHold's political structure, with its minimal government involvement (who fills the pot holes? Who makes sure the marketplace scales are adjusted correctly?) But on FreeHold, everyone is just so perfect and, the potholes must fill themselves.
I enjoyed the plot, and obviously would have liked it better without Williamson's continued politicking, as well as the sex scenes, in every chapter..and I'm no prude, but I do listen to my books around my 'TweenAge' grand daughter and the explicit sex isn't exactly what I want her listening to.
I've purchased the second book in this series as it's about one of the characters I grew to like in FreeHold, but , depending on the amount of political spewing, I'll hold off on the third..can't take too much of it.
Worth your credit if you're a right wing conservative, or if you can overlook the political stuff or just take it as plot development...for me, Williamson has burned his bridges on this series. I'll look into the new series about time travel with hopeful interest..maybe he's gotten all his philosophy out in this series.
"not a book for prudes"
it was well read, the reader gave a good set of voices and accents without making anyone whiny, always a plus
it was a long and involved story about the main protagonist's experience at upheaval and translocation and ultimate discovery of her true 'home.' I know the feeling of being transplanted from 'home' to another place that LOOKS like home, but even after 14 years there still some glaring differences that sometimes leave me confused/frustrated/delighted depending on the difference
most of the book
why bother, movies can't do novels justice, the bean counters won't allow the length needed or the faithfulness needed to render the story adequately.
if you have an issue with sex in stories don't get this book, there are quite a few scenes as well as a rape scene and reference to a gang rape. These are all part of the story and not at all gratuitous. Saying anything further would spoil the ending of the story.
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