I would actually rate this a 2.5 stars.
I have enjoyed other books by this author, and I believe she is an excellent writer/storyteller. Unfortunately, Ms. Bujold is inconsistent.
I really enjoyed the first third (approx.) of this book. The characters and plot were well developed, consistent, and rich ... and quite honestly, I thought this book might become a new Favorite.
However, after about 3.5 hours the entire novel fell apart.
Added Characters were transparent or cookie-cutter stereotypes. The plot became trite and wandering - almost as though the author had run out of excitement for the story - or was rushing to meet a last minute deadline.
If you are already a fan of this series, I would recommend this book - narration and presentation were excellent.
If you are looking for something on a par with "The Curse of Chalion" - definitely pass on "The Vor Game".
Not the worst book I have ever downloaded, but far from the best. The story line is dragged out with boring details. No real plot ever developes. The main character changes identities so often, you forget which side he is suppose to be on. Kept waiting for it to get better - it didn't.
The writing is excellent. Story details explained so that one can follow. Characters consistent through out the book. Lots of humor. Once you start you can not put it down. Recommended to all those that like a space opera adventure mixed with politics and social structures and well defined characters. Wonderfull.
I thought I had read all of Bujold's Max Vorkosigan tales-- missed this one, and it's a good rip-roaring adventure. Ensign Max annoys three successive superiors and by breaking just about every promise a Vor makes, allows his emperor to.. Nope, not going to tell you. Read it- or listen to it on Audible.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
In this installment, Miles accidentally reprises his role as Admiral Naismith and proceeds to lead a hostage rescue. In the end, he proves that he is very much his father's son. This is a great series by an amazing writer. If you haven't listened to it, start! Also, excellent narration.
Too many adverbs and scene descriptions, not enough character development and story arc. Not enough science for a science fiction. More of a espionage novel in the future. I ended up not caring about any of the characters. Probably a better story than I could have written, but that's not saying much.
There are aspects me the story I thought were great. Then were times I simply wanted to quit. Worthwhile I think, but it is frustrating how many twists the main character has to go through.
My name is Melvin, I grew up with NLS talking books, so naturally I just love Audible!! My favorite narrator is Grover Gardner!
Lois McMaster Bujold is an artist at aircraft. This is just another example of a superb science-fiction speculative fiction book!
As it indicates, there’s lots of strategy involved with this one. I don’t think I’d have appreciated that aspect as much if Miles didn’t shine so well in that role (and the others he plays here too—there are several). The dry wit I’ve come to expect from Ms. Bujold pulled me through those complicated patches, as did the relentless action. Getting to know Gregor better was a treat too; when you get to the end, if you want to know the truth about his father, you’ll need to read “Shards of Honor” (the true first book in the the Vorkorsigan Saga). The narrator does a fine job, as he has so far in this series. “Watching” Miles grow (and yes, he has grown) into adulthood while maintaining his knack for getting in trouble in the last two installments of this character-driven SF series has me looking forward to finding out what the next one has in store.