Freehold : Freehold

  • by Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by Molly Elston
  • Series: Freehold
  • 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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A fun addition to the Conserve-a-porn genre

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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- Adam

Sophomoric Garbage

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

Adolescent boys. Lots of guns and orgies on Freehold. Somehow everyone gets along in this ultra - free-market radically libertarian gun-totin' fantasy-land. Unless you have venereal or blood - borne pathogens, in which case you don't pass customs. That would disrupt the planet-wide sex party.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None whatsoever. Four hours in and I just can't force myself to continue listening to this pseudo-masturbatory nonsense. I can't believe anyone published this starry eyed, politically naive tripe; let alone Baen. Even Ted Nugent would roll his eyes at how this society is supposed to work.


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- Sprocket

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios