Miles fans will adore this, but slow readers like me might bog down in "remember when ..." as I did, waiting for the innovations the author always delivers. Bujold, like Homer, seldom nods. Plot, character, setting, layered meaning, all sterling quality, but not her gold standard. Our hyperactive hero finally integrates his separate selves, and Simon Ilion begins to ripen and develop complexity when an assasination attempt only partly succeeds.
The reader has since improved his readings by discovering his mispronounced words and correcting then. The Greek sounding names ending in "I" really the him in this book, but in others he gets it perfectly. other than that, the reading was excellent.
Memory is a true turning point in the Miles Vorkosigan series, in all aspects. The book cuts the first books, which are steeped in adventure and comic mishaps due to Miles' overconfidence and 'forward momentum' and the next books, which have a more mature and personal character, and Miles is more restraint (relatively :-)). Memory is the stepping stone in between, which is sometimes an odd combination of the two.
If you expect action, you will be mostly disappointed. If you wanted more Miles, you definitely get it, and maybe more than you wished for.
The storyline without giving much away: Miles is not fully recovered from his death when because of that he makes a horrible mistake. A mistake which is compounded with him trying to hide this mistake from his Imperial masters. When they do find out, Miles has got to re-invent himself. He does find his identity by doing what he does best: helping his dearest friends by pushing on where others would give up. By following up on hunches and thinking through its logical causes and consequences. This story gives you more of the familiar people in the background, like Illyan, lady Alice Vorpatril and to a lesser extent, Ivan and Gregor. And that is a good thing.
Well worth the read for a more mature audience.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
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.
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!
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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!