Good narration. Great story. A tale of new beginnings for several characters, a soul-searching character-making shake-down, and bone-deep loyalty and friendship. It's a mystery plot, a "who done it" with minor elements of science-fiction (the memory chip, embedded in Simon's brain for decades). I quickly guessed who the villain was, but loved the scenes where Miles set the culprit up to reveal his true colors.
Characters: Miles Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, chief of Imperial Security (Imp Sec) at planet Barrayar. Various employees at ImpSec. Lady Alyce Vorpatril. Ivan Vorpatril, and several others.
I chuckled several times, mostly at the untrained butler / chauffeur.
Miles takes a trip to his country estate. Wonderful fishing scene.
Miles also goes back to see the hill folk in the Dendarii Mountains, to pay his respects to the baby's grave (relates to scenes from the prequel, Mountains of Mourning).
Oh, and this is where Miles gets his fantastic cook.
Expect just the slightest bit of romance for more than one couple.
It has not been enjoyable at all.
Miles - because he's Miles!
Get a different narrator!
I love the Vorkosigan Saga, and I was really looking forward to listening to this book. I've read the other ones in e-book format. But I just cannot bear this narrator. Something about his voice and inflections grates on my last nerve. I've listened to about 1 hour of this recording, and can't take any more. Will be returning this one, and buying the e-book.
This is a book I can listen to over and over - either when re-listening to the whole series or just on it's own.
The way Bujold transitions Miles from warrior to Auditor and the whole 'can of worms' thing that Haroche finds himself in
Laugh, cry, feel for Miles, enjoy the spectacle.
This is one of the best of a great series - a series not just for Science Fiction buffs but for anybody who appreciates superlative writing and characterization.
While a little more cerebral and less action packed than other installments in the series, this episode adds important dimension and complexity to Mile's character. I enjoyed it and recommend it to Miles Vorkosigan fans.
It is a major turning point and must-read for series fans!
Say something about yourself!
For me the book has like 15 boring chapters, and at the very end it got better. I have been reading other reviews, and one of them says that it is a very good book, but in order to grasp the story you need to have read at least five or six Miles stories before in order to understand the characters. I am assuming that was the reason I did not like this book that much. However I am going to give a try to at least one of the other stories.
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
Lois McMaster Bujold has created an extraordinarily clever, credible scion of one of the great houses of Barayar, part of the empire ruled by the young Emperor Gregor. For those who haven't read any of the series, it's well worth starting at the beginning because in a world where men are expected to be physically perfect and very strong, the hero is a pint-sized young man with brittle bones and other disabilities which are more than offset by lightning intelligence, quick wittedness and the boldness to create a second character for himself as the leader of a mercenary fleet. But Miles has suffered badly during a raid and returning home, he is nonplussed to find that his cousin the Emperor is somewhat distrait, while his intelligence chief (Miles' superior) is having problems with what appears to be approaching senescence. Miles finds himself out of one job, at a loose end and then suddenly thrust into action in a quite unexpected fashion. This is a highly recommended work but unless the reader is familiar with the history of the character, this is a purchase to defer until you are: it's well worth the time!
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Years ago I read Warriors Apprentice and at that time it was said it was the first in the series. I liked it, I would give it four stars. The series was very popular so I read more. Later it was said that Falling Free was the first, but I don't remember Miles even being in that one. It was unique and I would give it 3 and a half stars. Then I listened to Brothers in Arms and Cetaganda. These books bored me to tears. I would give them one star. I wasn't going to bother with anymore, but I have the hard cover (SFBC 50th Anniversary edition) of this book, so I thought I would try once more. With the exception of describing a 8 ft tall genetically enhanced warrior women as sexy, I found this to be terribly boring.
You know how most sitcoms, will eventually have that episode, where everyone reminisces about the past and they show out takes of older episodes. That is what this is. If you have not read all the books up to this book or if you had trouble staying awake, then this is like sitting at a table with a bunch of people who have know each other a long time but you just meet and they spend all night telling private jokes.
I will not be reading anymore books about Miles.
All of these books have high ratings, so maybe it is worth a try for you.
All the personality, non of the action. It was Very slow the first time and I fast forwarded much the second. There will be no third. Probably a good chick book.
Character driven to the point that atmospheric and descriptive details are almost non-existent ...but there's enough to drive the story along. A bit better than expected.