This story is a necessary transition between two of Lois's best. While it meets her standards of excellence, it's not as strong as some of her other books.
The recording is very badly edited. It was obviously recorded once and then parts of it were re-recorded and spliced in later in a very different recording environment. In particular, any phrases containing the names "Vorsoisson" or "Radovas" have a very different timbe than the rest, maybe even a slightly different accent. The splices, which often happen in the middle of sentences, are downright jarring to me. Considering the frequency these names occur, it's almost unlistenable. I wouldn't normally be able to sit through it if it weren't for the story.
I suggest skipping the recording and buy the book instead.
If you have gotten this far with the Vorkosigan Saga then you will know exactly what you are getting with this book. It's not one if the great ones, only very good, hence the 4 stars. That's good enough though.
I've read every book in the series, and I got my mother (who's 80) to read them, too. Fun, sweet, very well written. Komarr just pushes Miles' story along even more. READ THEM ALL!
He's always great.
If you haven't read Bujold's Vorkosigan series, and you love science fiction, then get them all!
I liked that the Miles character was made to develop his approach to life, although I miss the cavalier characteristics, it seemed a natural morph of character and the change kept the story from being overly predictable.
it was okay
yes.....the reader is really good
Ekaterina, she was trapped in a terrible relationship, which seemed alright because it wasn't violent, until she realizes that she doesn't have to stay, even though leaving is scary. I wish I had recognized this when I was in a similar relationship, rather than seeing it in hindsight.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to someone new to the Vorkosigan-verse.
My one qualm was that the character-interaction/character-development and the plot were almost entirely separated from one another for Ekaterin. While occasionally the plot did influence her in a dramatic fashion, I didn't like how Ekaterin didn't have much to do with the conspiracy until the very end. The book would have been slightly better if she had a vested interest in stopping the conspiracy from the beginning, but instead the hand of the author forced her to care.
That said, I still liked it. Bujold does fairly hard sci-fi (ignore the wormholes). The terra-forming details were excellent. This is as good a place to start as any if you are new to the series.
Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
It’s been some time since I finished Memory, but the moment I heard that gravely Grover Gardner introduction I was back in Lois McMaster Bujold’s fantastic universe. Komarr is a fantastic tale one part intrigue two parts romance, though romance is not my usual forte I enjoyed it thoroughly simply because Miles is a character to which one grows attached.
Both parts of this story are enjoyable. A plot which could change the political and military landscape across the universe, together with a new relationship for Miles that could burgeon into something more if he can avoid putting his foot in it.
As always Grover Gardner’s performance is flawless, his character portrayal perfectly consistent with clear distinction between all.
Beautiful writing, clever dialog, great story and well-developed characters--everything you can expect from a Bujold book. Add Gardner's excellent narration, and you have an unbeatable combination. I enjoyed this book even though I haven't read any of the Vokosigan books except Shards of Honor, which was also incredibly good. I will be going back now getting the entire series.
This was the slowest-paced Vorkosigan novel so far, but I still enjoyed it. I don't know if I would have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed listening to it. It has the great characterization I've come to expect of the author and an interesting mystery.