• Freedom's Landing

  • Freedom Series, Book 1
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Susie Breck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,030 ratings)

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Freedom's Landing

By: Anne McCaffrey
Narrated by: Susie Breck
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Publisher's summary

It's the dawning of a new age for mankind when the Catteni descend to Earth and easily overcome the Earth's population. Thousands are herded onto slave ships headed for the intergalactic auction block.

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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©2007 Anne McCaffrey (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"McCaffrey has created another set of winning protagonists and a carefully detailed, exotic background." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Good Books poor Narration

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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A Training tape gone wrong

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Actually this book is one of my favorites but the audio recording is so far removed from the book that its like a Readers Digest version performed by school kids

What do you think your next listen will be?

Could be anything but it wont be something narrated by Susie Breck.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her ordinary narration was ok apart from the mispronunciation of the word antipodean. but her accents were truly appalling. I thought my husband was the only person with the ability to make every accent the same but what that woman does to the aussie accent is not only unprofessional its so distracting that it ruins what is left of the book.

Any additional comments?

Its been a while since I read this series but I am pretty sure there was much more to it than what was in this audio version. I dislike that it was advertised as an unabridged version when it clearly is not and I would be very surprised if the amazingly talented author was happy with this version. I was not.

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    2 out of 5 stars

OK story, annoying narration

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.

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Good story. Bad audio.

While the story and narrator were very good. There were a bunch of popping sounds throughout the story, which were very distracting.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Better than expected

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!

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What happened to the original ?

I read this book when it came out in 95. This audio version has been edited, This is not the unabridged version. There are scenes missing. And what’s with the narrator? She’s got a nice voice but she’s horrible at accents. And that annoying clicking noise in the recording. Also,the audio quality on this recording is horrid. I’m very disappointed. I loved this series when it came out. This audio edition is junk. Don’t buy.

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Terrible accents

The narrator did pretty well until the Australians landed, (altho her Irish accents weren’t good either) then it all went down hill fast.

The story itself is ok, but if you are interested, I’d recommend reading the text version instead. 👎

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Horrifying Attempts at Accents

I love the book and was excited to have it on audiobook, but the narrator needs a dictionary (pronunciation is painfully inaccurate) and a good ear canal cleaning. Her attempt at an Australian accent made me embarrassed for her. I happened to be cleaning a mirror when I first heard it and discovered what my "what-the-what?!" face looks like. (Not attractive.)

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Is there life on other Planets?

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.

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Why all the high reviews?

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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