Beggars in Spain : Sleepless

  • by Nancy Kress
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • Series: Sleepless
  • 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her "gift," a world marked for destruction by a deadly conspiracy of freedom and revenge.

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What the Critics Say

"Superb....An exquisite saga of biological advantages." (Denver Post)
"A depth of imagination unusual even among science fiction writers." (Analog)
"[T]hrilling drama, compelling dialectic." (Kirkus Reviews)

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THE DELIBERATELY BLIND, DESERVE NOT TO SEE

THE DOGS BARK, BUT THE CARAVAN MOVES ON.
This is divided into four books and after reading the first book, I thought I had found another go to author. Nancy won a Hugo for the novella by the same name and that must have been book one here. It was all about this new genetic engineering that could make your baby never need to sleep. Their were also other genetic enhancements to go with this, such as increased intelligence and looks, athleticism, etc... It was still in it's experimental stage. Only a few babies were getting it. The story is mostly about a girl that has this done to her and her growing up. Nancy covered all angles of the child growing up. How it affected her, her family and society. I loved the whole story and was really enjoying it. Then book 2 starts and probably what she added to the original novella.

I AM NOT ARGUING, MERELY CORRECTING YOUR FALSE STATEMENT
Now the book is preachy, telling not showing, lots of talking, no depth to characters who come in and out willy nilly. It basically sucks. I stuck with it for a long time hoping it would go back to the great book it was in the beginning. With 7 hours left I gave up. If you can find the novella, read that, but skip the book.

THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HATERS
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Pleasantly Surprised

This book was kind of an impulse-buy for me, and I'm very glad I took a chance.

The premise of the book is very good, but the execution is absolutely wonderful. The tone of the book is a little melancholy, but is not overly dark or negative.

I haven't read any of Nancy Kress's books until now, but I'm looking forward to picking up the sequels that finish this trilogy.
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- Rachelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.