Freedom’s Landing: Freedom Series, Book 1 Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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Freedom's Landing: Freedom Series, Book 1 by Anne McCaffrey

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It's the dawning of a new age for mankind when the Catteni descend to Earth and easily overcome the Earth's population. Thousands are herded onto slave ships headed for the intergalactic auction block. Kris Bjornsen is captured in Denver on her way to her college classes and wakes up on the primitive planet Barevi. Courageous and resourceful, she manages a single-woman escape from the Catteni and is living in the wilds of the planet when she comes to the aid of a Catteni soldier pursued by his own ranks. Recaptured together, they join forces with other slaves to outwit their captors and a hostile planetary environment. Listeners will delight in this "against-the-odds" story of survival, ingenuity and romance. As her audience has come to expect of McCaffrey, she delivers a rich and intricate science fiction adventure in Freedom's Landing, sure to win over even more listeners and add to her legions of fans.



  • I'm a huge fan of this awesome 4-part series. It's damn addictive, man! I've listened to it and read it multiple times, and if you're into McCaffrey's writing style, this baby won't let you down.
  • When I was a kid, I read this book and didn't quite grasp its true brilliance. The concepts presented in it are simply mind-blowing. However, diehard fans of space opera might be put off by the outdated perspectives on sexuality and the painfully cheesy dialogue. Anne McCaffrey's attempt to depict strong female characters who were in control of their own bodies was admirable, but the notion that men should feel grateful for being sexually harassed is simply not acceptable in today's society. Let's face it though, there are many widely-read books out there that are incredibly outdated and don't align with modern ideas. (Think of anything by H.P. Lovecraft or "Alas, Babylon" as examples.) We read them for the unique and imaginative ideas they offer. A planet being used as a farm? A deportation planet for disobedient slaves? These concepts are absolutely mind-blowing! Now, when it comes to the dialogue, authors can't excel at everything. McCaffrey manages to create complex and beloved characters who unfortunately have some pretty dumb internal monologues. But despite the lackluster dialogue, I consider it a success because we still manage to develop a deep affection for these characters and cheer them on. Regarding the narration, I partially agree and disagree with other reviewers. The narrator struggles with accents and there is some background noise present. However, having listened to hundreds of audiobooks myself, I can confidently say that this one is not the worst. At least, for me, the issues with the narration didn't distract too much from the story.
  • The speed of the narration is way too rapid for my liking. Furthermore, it's evident that the narrator didn't bother to familiarize herself with the book before starting the recording. I mean, how else can one explain her horrendous mispronunciation of the word "Catteni"? It's quite obvious that she didn't have a clue about the proper pronunciation, even though it should have been clear from the shortened derogatory term "CAT." I mean, come on! It's not like the species resembles actual cats, which is why the derogatory name was coined in the first place. Additionally, several characters sound as if they're struggling to speak properly, almost like they're battling with their own tongues. Honestly, I can only hope that someone else will come along and make a different recording of this audiobook in the future.