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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Kress Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Kirsten Potter, Mirron Willis, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Beggars Trilogy Release Date:
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In Beggars and Choosers, Kress returns to the same future world created in her earlier work, an America strangely altered by genetic modifications. Millions of ordinary people are supported by the efforts of the handsome and intellectually superior genetically modified humans, who are in turn running scared in the face of the astonishing, nearly superhuman powers of the Sleepless, who have their own agenda for humanity. The Sleepless, radically altered humans, have withdrawn from the rest of the race to an island retreat, from which they periodically release dazzling scientific advances.

Most of the world is on the verge of collapse, overburdened by a population of jobless drones and racked by the results of irresponsible genetic research and nanotechnology.

The question arises as to whether or not the world can be saved but a bigger question remains: for whom?

Beggars and Choosers is a major work of hard science fiction and a rich, morally complex novel of a future world eerily like our own tomorrow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Takes an admirably complex look at controversial issues…[This] isn’t merely an excellent and thoughtful work of science fiction but is also an important commentary on some of the key issues we'll be facing in the next century.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A plot that hums like a high-tension cable. The miracle is that this excitement is generated by readers’ own moral confusion…Beggars and Choosers will terrify, delight, enrage, and engage.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Kress’ sequel to Beggars in Spain fearlessly addresses a host of ethical quandaries while simultaneously relating a vivid tale of people trapped by their biological destinies.”

    Library Journal

  • “Kress’ work remains strongly character driven, an approach that in her hands raises social-speculation SF to about as high a level as one can reasonably expect.”


  • A 1995 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1995 Locus Award Nominee
  • A 1995 Nebula Award Nominee

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Keith Sanders | 1/15/2014

    " It does what a lot of the best science fiction does... social commentary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Yosafbridg | 12/31/2013

    " Kress displays her flexibility and versatility in Beggars and Choosers by effectively alternating the narrative between four extremely different voices. Beggars and Choosers picks up about 15 years after Beggars in Spain ends. The world is further enmeshed in economic and social upheaval, and we now have the "Super-Sleepless" even more cognitively advanced than their Sleepless progenitors, and thus, more feared. More questions than answers here, but well worth considering, nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa McCauley | 12/26/2013

    " This book picks up about a decade after the end of BEGGARS IN SPAIN and mainly follows the path of the Super Sleepless on Earth, specifically Miranda Sharifi, the brilliant granddaughter of Leisha's nemesis from the first novel. American society has become more stratified than before, where the wealthy working class called "Donkeys" literally buy votes by providing bread and circuses for a large uneducated welfare population called "Livers". Of particular interest is the character of Drew Arlen, a young Liver who wants to raise himself above his birth and be on par with the Super Sleepless. Drew becomes involved with Miranda's plots within plots to remake society as she sees fit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Foxglow | 12/8/2013

    " Part two of Nancy Kress' "Sleepless" series. Every bit as compelling as the first! "

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