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Beggars and Choosers

Series: Sleepless, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

In a future America strangely altered by genetic modifications, millions of ordinary people are supported by the efforts of handsome and intellectually-superior gene-modified humans. These, in turn, are running scared in the face of the near-superhuman powers of the Sleepless, radically altered humans who have their own agenda for humanity. The Sleepless have withdrawn from the rest of the race to an island retreat, from which they periodically release dazzling scientific advances.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. Will the world be saved? And for whom?
©1994 Nancy Kress (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"An excellent and thoughtful work of science." (Publishers Weekly)
"Beggars and Choosers will terrify, delight, enrage, and engage." (School Library Journal)
"Fearlessly addresses a host of ethical quandaries while simultaneously relating a vivid tale of people trapped by their biological destinies." (Library Journal)

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06-04-19

Not that great again but still good

Yet not that outstanding as Beggars In Spain which ideas and storytelling perspective I really enjoyed, this book could still be considered a good read worth it, in general.

I find it quite difficult to get accustomed to Drew's voice but other's performance is roughly how I imagined.

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  • Simone Jester
  • 16-08-17

Pretty good

Excellent except for Drew's voice actor. I found his voice grating. I hope Lizzie is in the next book.

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  • Kevin Famighetti
  • 17-05-15

Great Suff

This wasn't as good as Beggars in Spain. ..but only because Spain was my glimps of this alternate "Gene Mod" reality. Future really. Chooser's is an excellent stand alone. Highly recommended.

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  • Ken
  • 21-06-11

Begins to beg some of its own questions

This is a solid sequel to Beggars in Spain, but it simply does not live up to the original. There is excellent further development of some of the key characters from book one, but some of the very clever and thought-provoking questions raised in the original are begged here, and the story line, rather than becoming tighter, is starting to unravel. Kress is still one of the best in the genre and the multi-reader narration brings the book to life in a remarkable way. Definitely worth a listen.