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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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    "Surprisingly good book"

    This was an off the wall pick for some travel reading on a summer trip. Wonderful idea and well told story. I would love to find out if there was a follow on when I get time. A worthwhile listen and a very good choice to introduce SF for a Young Adult reader.

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    Andrew Reid 08-25-17
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    "fun, slightly old fashioned."

    Likely the best account of Zero-G welding techniques you'll read this year. extra words needed.

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    Rocky 08-15-17
    Rocky 08-15-17
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    "great story and performance. Loved tech detail."

    Enjoyed character interactions and story of overcoming adversity. Bujold is favorite author. She takes you into a different environment with familiar character types and had them solve problems.

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    Mike T. 06-26-17
    Mike T. 06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hard Sci-Fi and ethical drama mixed well."

    In short: Ethical dilemmas about the treatment and rights of sentient bioengineered beings (no ethics committees in the future I guess), mixed with classic technical Sci-Fi stuff.

    A fairly light read in spite of the topic.

    Grover Gardner is a good narrator, but he has a rather hard, sharp "creaking" voice. Had to adjust the equalizer to a softer sound. Then it was fine.

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    "Satisfying"

    Elements of the story and characters probably fit a little too neatly in the box for some readers. I found it satisfying, though it may contribute to a lack of greatness and limiting it to satisfying goodness ;)

    Narration seemed perfect for the wry humor and snarkyness.

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    "Not bad, dated by modern standards"

    Was an interesting story, good plot if predictable. The book shows its age in some places, especially the obvious and repeated sexism, but if you can struggle through there's some good characters.

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    Rodd K. Winscott Chicago area 10-29-16
    Rodd K. Winscott Chicago area 10-29-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Nice easy listen"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Gives good background to books I've already read


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is a great reader


    Any additional comments?

    Good book , great author, excellent series

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    Chester USA 10-25-16
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    quality story, writing and performance... looking forward to the rest of the series. good read.

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    The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem 09-28-16

    I love a good chaotic adventure with creativity, heart and lots of laughs.

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    "Fun. Kinda reminds me of classic scifi dramas."
    What did you love best about Falling Free?

    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".


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the science fiction classics, then you might really enjoy this one.

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    Pickledgringo Caribbean 09-27-16
    Pickledgringo Caribbean 09-27-16

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    "First in the Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I liked this book and look forward to reading the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong woman character.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He is competent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Space thriller!


    Any additional comments?

    As noted above, looking forward to the next book in the saga.

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