Falling Free

By Lois McMaster Bujold
Read by Grover Gardner

The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures: Book 1988

8.73 Hours 09/15/2009 unabridged
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Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what’s wrong, and move on to the next job. Everything neat and according to spec, just the way he liked it. Safety Regs weren’t just the rule book he swore by; he’d helped write them. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat. Leo was to teach welding to a secretly produced batch of humanoid workers genetically engineered with two additional arms instead of legs to be ideally suited to 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? Leo 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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 2014 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award

Winner of the 1988 Nebula Award for Best Novel

A 1989 Hugo Award Nominee

A 2010 SoundCommentary.com’s The Best of the Best

Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what’s wrong, and move on to the next job. Everything neat and according to spec, just the way he liked it. Safety Regs weren’t just the rule book he swore by; he’d helped write them. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat. Leo was to teach welding to a secretly produced batch of humanoid workers genetically engineered with two additional arms instead of legs to be ideally suited to 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? Leo 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Superb…Read, or you will be missing something extraordinary.” Chicago Sun-Times
“Bujold’s best work in my opinion.” Science Fiction Chronicle
“Grover Gardner brings to Bujold’s work…an abiding ability to deliver a narration which communicates the emotional aspects of both the overall tale and the individual characters…Blackstone and Gardner have given Bujold’s favored book, along with the others in her Vokosigan series, high-quality treatment.” SoundCommentary.com (starred review)
“I’ve never been a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy stuff, but from the very first book in this series I was hooked. The characters grow and mature and take on wonderful shadings and subtleties. The dialogue is priceless and [Bujold] never misses an opportunity to mingle wry humor with taut action and a sprinkling of philosophical commentary.” Grover Gardner

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Author Bio: Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her second novel, The Warrior’s Apprentice, introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters in science fiction. In 2011, she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. And in 2017, the Vorkosigan Saga received the Hugo Award for Best Series.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 8.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English