Beggars in Spain

  • Author Nancy Kress
  • Narrator Cassandra Campbell
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 16 hours and 11 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Science fiction.

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What to expect

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.

Critics Review

  • “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

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