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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Kress Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Beggars Trilogy Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781455193332
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…An exquisite saga of biological advantages.”

    Denver Post

  • “Thought-provoking…Raises some intriguing scientific and sociological issues.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Kress] explores the nature of humanity’s fear of differences in this elegantly written novel set on tomorrow’s horizon. A priority purchase for sf collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “A thoughtful, carefully constructed exploration of various ethical questions.”

    Locus

  • “A depth of imagination unusual even among science fiction writers.”

    Analog

  • “Thrilling drama, compelling dialectic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1991 Nebula Award for Best Novella
  • A 1994 John W. Campbell Award Nominee
  • A 1994 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Nominee
  • A 1994 Locus Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 1992 Hugo Award for Best Novella

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/18/2014

    " Loved loved loved the opening novella. Liked the rest of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 2/7/2014

    " This is a series? Gad, I barely made it through the first one, and I could not care less what happens in the future of this alternate...future. It's not painful, but it feels like a waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horatio Nunez | 2/1/2014

    " A great read. A tempting concept and a beautiful (yet rational) conclusion to the greatest dilemma we can found in our current societies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darla | 1/30/2014

    " Okay. Nancy Kress is another one of the those gender-issue authors I usually enjoy. And this was okay, but I had to read the description to remember what it was about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel Proulx | 1/18/2014

    " I originally came across this title on an online list of the top 200 science fiction novels of all time. As with most lists of that sort, most of the novels[return]that made it were so litterary as to be unreadable. While this particular title wasn't, in my opinion, one of the best of all time, it was worthwhile.[return]The characters are believable and well done, and they grow and change throughout the book. This is classic science fiction in that it takes one what-if[return](what if some people no longer had to sleep?) and runs with it, fleshing out all of the many implications of that change. In a time when most science fiction[return]tries to build a complete world, the consintration on this one what-if is refreshing. The changes that it causes, and the resulting plot, are well thought[return]out. This is not a space opera. But it is quality sf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andres Torrubia | 1/16/2014

    " Great concept, but pretty misleading title "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/10/2014

    " Book selection for the Hard SciFi group (aka the Yahoo hardsf group) for the month of October, 2009. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Bell | 12/21/2013

    " Tried to read this once before and couldn't get into it. Glad I gave it another shot. Will look for more in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Petrina | 12/17/2013

    " Something of a cross between the Heinlein Lazarus books and Atlas Shrugged. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elaine Asrai | 10/16/2013

    " I hated it. Poorly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 10/16/2013

    " This book brings up some very interesting questions about genetic engineering, and the need for sleep. I read this after reading Steal Across the Sky and Maximum Light, which got me started on an author binge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 9/25/2013

    " Excellent book about breeding children who need no sleep. Mixed results ensue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Dugan | 9/23/2013

    " Very Objectivist in its morals, very Randian in its structure, this novella was nonetheless entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie C | 8/29/2013

    " Enjoyable and thought provoking but slightly exasperating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Thrailkill | 2/21/2013

    " Much prefer the novella to the novel. A sensitive tale of compassion, devotion and...well, better not say more and spoil the read for those about to read the story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/10/2013

    " 3.5 - found the mix of political philosophy in a sci fi situation a really interesting combination. The philosophy it espoused so typically american, and as much as it annoyed me, I was still interested. I am keen to read the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L Jung | 12/14/2012

    " CLA Honors Sci-Fi @ UMN. LOVE this book. Nancy Kress is a genius. This is part of the Sleepers series - fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 6/21/2012

    " Good idea, but lots of Randian claptrap to wade through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 2/11/2012

    " A very quick read. I really liked it, but it does feel like a novella made into a novel (which it is). Genetically modified subgroup that doesn't need to sleep is ostracized. I don't think I'll move on to the others in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten Kowalewski | 11/13/2011

    " An unbelievable novel of speculative fiction in which people genetically modified to be sleepless show extraordinary intelligence and power and face persecution and paranoia both from within and without. Truly stunning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Pelchat | 9/23/2011

    " great book. Looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia | 9/14/2011

    " I was reminded of this novel because I read an article on a woman who can't forget anything. This book is about people who don't have to sleep. Fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 5/14/2011

    " An excellent premise for a science fiction book. Ms. Kress keeps you on the edge of your seat writing about a new generation of humans whose DNA is changed and require no sleep. There are two other books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 4/24/2011

    " I LOVED the premise of this book--and I want the vaccine for myself! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/8/2011

    " Loved loved loved the opening novella. Liked the rest of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 3/2/2011

    " Addicting. Finished in two days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 2/12/2011

    " Great concept, not sure if it needed to be anything other than a novella as she lost me in the last sections of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/3/2011

    " Loved the emphasis on importance of the decisions of each individual person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xdyj | 1/3/2011

    " An interesting thought experiment concerning social inequality, racism and their consequences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 12/21/2010

    " I had to read this book for a 'Classics of Science Fiction' class in college some years ago.
    Never heard of Nancy Kress, but was blown away.
    Amazing story. "

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About the Author
Author Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is the bestselling author of twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including Beggars in Spain, Probability Space, and Steal across the Sky. She has also published four short-story collections and three books on the fundamentals of writing. Kress frequently explores biology and genetic engineering in her fiction, as in her acclaimed Beggars series and her bio-thriller, Dogs. She is a four-time Nebula Award winner and the recipient of the Sturgeon and Campbell Awards as well as two Hugos. Her fiction has been translated into nearly two dozen languages. She teaches at venues including the Clarion Writers’ Program and, as a guest professor, at the University of Leipzig.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.