Love this author! Her stories are riveting, and she makes you fall in love with her characters. The narrator is excellent, very soothing voice, wonderful articulation, and gives the stories a Heinlein-esque vibe somehow. My husband and I usually will wait for each other when listening to audiobooks, and only listen to them together, but I must admit that I jumped ahead of him on this one! 🙊🙈
I don't think the audio edition is better than the print version but it's close.
When Aral asks Cordelia to marry him when they've never even kissed.
Wonderful, even the women's voices were great.
I reacted mostly to the romantic sections of the book which made me go, "Awww."
I'm doing a re-read by audiobook.
Love this series. I am crazy about how these two disparate people find enough in common to fall in love. My favorite book of the series. Grover Gardner does a fantastic job with the narration.
Narrator brought the well written characters to life.
The plot is very unexpected and constantly moving. I was impressed.
The main character is a woman but the majority of characters in the story are men from Barrayar. Not only does he suit perfectly for that strong warrior class of Barrayar men, but he can switch to the female voice in a way which magically works. You don't notice the switch like other narrators I've heard.
Very well written and intelligent.
Just, UGH. The "love" story was puerile and melodramatic, bordering on the ridiculous, the "action" was contrived, and the "intrigue" was a mere afterthought as a superficial plot device. The dialogue and plot reminds one of the post-Victorian era pieces in pulp magazines (which can be fun when you are in the mood for that sort of thing), rather than having been written in the 1980's. Perhaps the stories get better as the series continues, but I definitely won't be continuing it to find out.
Fewer references to the doctor's observations of her attraction to Vorkosian.
Average reader with average voice.
I didn't get that far to figure that out.
This book is not particularly well written. I can force myself through it, so I'm returning it.
Definitely a female author. A little too "touchy-feely" for me. Story has a lot of dangling threads - unfulfilling, incomplete. My overall opinion of the book is, "Meh."
Great world-building with equally great character development. Cordelia is wonderful heroine--intelligent and calm. Since most of the story is told from her perspective, I was surprised the (male) narrator pulled it off so well. Aral was beautifully-drawn tortured hero. While the romantic element is a foundation of the story, there are no love scenes. The story has a lot of political intrigue and doesn't shun the horrors of war. Much of its depth is realized in the choices the characters make in the imperfect world they inhabit. Some reviews say this is one of the weaker stories in the series. If that's even partly true, I'm in for some seriously gratifying listening because I loved this one.
The humor, cleverness and intelligence that run through all of Lois McMaster Bujold's stories are made even more wonderful by the brilliant voice of Grover Gardner. Gardner is the perfect actor/narrator for Bujold's works; he totally "gets" the subtleties, nuances and humor in her writing, and seems to be amused himself as he's reading.
I cannot recommend the entire Vorkosigan Saga series highly enough. "Shards of Honor" is where I would begin... here you'll be introduced to Miles' mother, Cordelia Naismith, a hero in her own right.... and his father, a highly respected military leader, nobleman and hero as well.
This book will give you a great foundation for the rest of this thrilling series. Enjoy!
It is fast-paced and fun. I never got bored.
The romance and action.
No. But this is only the first book and I will listen to all of the others in the series and he narrates them all.
I have read and loved all of the books in this series and they are my all-time favorites.