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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455191369
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • A 2010 SoundCommentary.com’s The Best of the Best
  • Winner of the 1988 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 1989 Hugo Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2014 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/16/2011

    " A good book for those who like hard sci-fi. There's a lot of welding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 3/26/2011

    " While Falling Free has many of the strengths of the Vorkosigan saga, it's missing actual Vorkosigans and therefore doesn't really pack the same punch. It's entertaining enough, if a trifle obvious. I am getting mildly creeped out by Bujold's consistent young woman/older man pairings, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zeruhur | 2/9/2011

    " Preludio ad un ampio ciclo ascrivibile alla space opera, Gravità zero affronta il tema dell’ingegneria genetica e dei diritti umani in un contesto fantascientifico ad alta tecnologia. Buono, non un capolavoro ma di piacevole lettura "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick | 1/1/2011

    " Honestly, I couldn't read past the second chapter. I just had no interest in this one. The rest of the Vorkosigan saga is great, and should be experienced, but give this a miss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tjhei | 12/19/2010

    " Leo rettet junge Gruppe von Quaddies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabby | 12/12/2010

    " This book is set in the same universe as the Miles Vorkosigan books, but about 300 years earlier. It is a fantastic novel in its own right and a detailed exploration of the interaction between genes and destiny and human nature. Fantastic stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 12/1/2010

    " One of the best unlikely heroes ever.
    If Leo Graf were a real person, I would marry him.
    Also one of the best civil rights novels I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 10/13/2010

    " I liked it quite abit, more for the social issues than the science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth S. Q. | 8/19/2010

    " The quaddie origin story! I read this while on a plane, which was rather appropriate--never have I been so simultaneously conscious of gravity and of being offplanet. I think Bujold could have made a great novel out of this, but she did make a thoroughly enjoyable one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 8/11/2010

    " My first Bujold. Everyone remembers their first Bujold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 8/10/2010

    " It's the story of some genetically-engineered humans with arms where their legs should be, and the corporation that treats them like disposable property. They, of course, have an inevitable fight for freedom, which is kind of fun, but fairly predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 8/10/2010

    " It's not Miles, but despite a few minor plot/character flaws, it's the next best thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 5/25/2010

    " An easy and very enjoyable read. Classic Sci/Fi(engineering). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 4/26/2010

    " A short but entertaining adventure. A good chunk of the fun is seeing how Leo's going to engineer his way out of yet another mess. Not deep, but still quite good. "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.