Sleepless

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 604 ratings

Beggars in Spain Publisher's Summary

This Hugo and Nebula Award winning story is a modern day science fiction classic.

This coming of age tale follows Leisha Camden. She is the first person genetically altered before birth so that she does not need to sleep. Her rich industrialist father pays for the procedure so that his daughter will have a competitive edge over others. It's soon discovered that Leisha's mother is also carrying a "normal" child. As Leisha grows older she finds others who've had the non-sleep genetic alteration. Compared to their age mates, the non-sleep children, who have not had I.Q. genetic manipulation, are more intelligent, better at problem-solving, and more joyous than non-engineered children. And no negative side effects reported so far.

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  • Book 1

    • Beggars in Spain

    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Theo Moffett
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    This coming of age tale follows Leisha Camden. She is the first person genetically altered before birth so that she does not need to sleep. Her rich industrialist father pays for the procedure so that his daughter will have a competitive edge over others. It's soon discovered that Leisha's mother is also carrying a "normal" child. As Leisha grows older she finds others who've had the non-sleep genetic alteration.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Award-Winning Sci Fi

    • By Sheila on 05-04-08

    Regular price: $12.59

    • Beggars in Spain

    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 360
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 241

    In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pleasantly Surprised

    • By CB on 09-23-09

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 2

    • Beggars and Choosers

    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Cassandra Campbell, Mirron Willis, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    In a future America strangely altered by genetic modifications, millions of ordinary people are supported by the efforts of handsome and intellectually-superior gene-modified humans. These, in turn, are running scared in the face of the near-superhuman powers of the Sleepless, radically altered humans who have their own agenda for humanity. The Sleepless have withdrawn from the rest of the race to an island retreat, from which they periodically release dazzling scientific advances.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good

    • By Simone Jester on 08-16-17

    Regular price: $18.87

  • Book 3

    • Beggars Ride

    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Judy Young
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    In this final installment of Nancy Kress's award-winning Beggars trilogy, it is now 200 years in the future. Regular human beings hate and fear the Sleepless and the SuperSleepless, genetically-modified humans who are immune to disease and hunger and who do not need to sleep. When the Sleepless plot to take over the world and leave regular humans powerless, civilization and the very meaning of the word "human" hang in the balance.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wheels come off the cart

    • By Ken on 06-21-11

    Regular price: $21.68