My favourite author is Bujold. I have read every book in the series multiple times. Mr Gardner brings the story and each character to life. Each has their own authentic voice.
This was a joy to listen to with my wife.
Grover Gardner does a fantastic job of bringing the world of Miles Vorkosigan to life. This book services all the characters you've known and lived throughout the series. If you haven't read Komar, go back and read that first. This book is a modern love story and a future love story set in the future. the science fiction is well thought out and seamlessly blends into the world so that the ethical and socio-political questions it presents are all the more poignant. The characters are so much fun to spend time with that I've listened to this book a literal hundred times. I often listen to it as I'm going to bed, kept company by my favorite characters written by my favorite author.
So, finally a Miles adventure that is not all about mercenaries, shooting, kidnapping, and so forth, but more about Barrayaran history and politics, hereditary wheeling and dealing, the council of counts, medical ethics, and romance.
Of course, the emperor's impending wedding is central, as expected. So, almost all the action takes place in the capital of Barrayar, Vorbar Sultana.
Yes, indeed, this is a bit different from the usual, but still very Miles... and Mark... and Vorkosigan. But with a bit more romance and comedy mixed in with the usual intrigue. Parts of it are hilarious!
I listened to this book via the Audible app and the narrator, Grover Gardner, is awesome.
This is a book of surprises, from Ekaterine to Ivan to Miles and his enemies. Miles commits some extraordinary blunders... not blunders so much in themselves but in light of his goals and extraordinary strategic skills. Ivan has a moral laspe. He royally complicates matters and a fiasco is born.
It works out in the end and this book comes closest to "happily ever after' as the Vor series comes...almost a Shakespearean comedy.
Bujold does a wonderful job with the genre of a comedy of manners. It ends as a proper comedy should, and makes you feel for the characters-- even at the height of their stupidity.
one of the best written of the series. really fills out the Miles character as well as Ivan.
I have listened to these stories at least once, they are so intertaining that I will probably listen to them again. I love the humor.
Some new and old characters mixing together and ending up in one umorous situation after another. The other books in the series have a few humourous moments, but this one has many of them. There are some less light moments, but it is the comedic situations that the characters find themselves in that really makes this book great.