This is the one that explains Miles' physical limitations to us all, for the books to come. It also gives us a good look into Barrayaran politics, which is important to understanding the "why" of most of what happens later.
These books are ALL wonderful, and you can't go wrong reading, um, listening to them.
This is like a prequel to the Miles Vorkosigan series. It was enjoyable to get to know Miles parents and what they went through to bring Miles into this world. Their personalities are funny as well as courageous and down-to-earth inspite of their high standing in their world. I read A Civil Campaign first, which is like almost the last one in the Miles Vorkosigan series and then this book. So, now I guess I need to read in between some.... Funny, romantic, dramatic, adventurous -- it's all there.
Last summer when I listened to the end of "Shards of Honor" I immediately began anticipating the release of the rest of Cordelia's story in "Barrayar". Grover Gardner's voice once again brought the characters to life, and made the story even better than reading it does. I found new insights and new questions about the story and the interactions between the characters. Well done!!
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
An excellent back-fill of Miles' origins. I really liked how characters that play a big role later in Miles' life are introduced and developed here. Cordelia is also interesting as a character on her own - trying to make it in a world very different from her home planet.
There is no confusion as to what political stance Bujold holds, but it isn't overwhelming or condescending. There's enough action and suspense to keep the story moving forward, but the book has a huge character and society development component to it. After the denouement there is still quite a bit of "story" to read - there is no action or suspense in this part, but it's very interesting if you really want to know how Miles (and his compatriots) came to be.
The narrator is the same as in the rest of the Miles' books - he does a good job but, since the main character is Cordelia, it was a bit odd to hear the voice I associated with Miles in the other books when Cordelia was talking.
I've read or listened to everyone of the books in this series and know that I will again, and again.
Between the authors writing and the narrators narration you become lost in another world. Isn't that what we read these things for?
Do yourself a favor and get started now.
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!
This installment is the follow-up to Shards of Honor. We learn more about Aral and Cordelia and just how nuts Barrayaran politics are. Lois McMaster Bujold is a phenomenal writer who consistently delivers fully developed, living characters who truly show the grays of real people. Furthermore, the narrator is a perfect pairing to the writing. Listen to these books. You will not regret the decision.
I am at a loss to explain how much I enjoy her writing. I need her writing talents to give her just praise and adoration, and if I try, I risk sounding like a potential infatuated stalker. I will say if you enjoy science fiction at its most authentic in scale and quality, you will find no better author to follow today.
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Another entertaining Bujold novel (I expect no less). Barrayar won the Hugo Award. This books shows us the culture in Barrayar, the Vorkosigan home planet, and explains how Miles, the protagonist of most of the VORKOSIGAN books, became deformed.
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This is a later novel in the Vorkosigan Adventure. Story holds together well - bit slow getting started. The ending is pretty good. The performance is good.
it's often surprising, and funny, and gives great insight into the characters, with lots of action, too
great with the voices, the pacing ... making the book even better, without putting his performance in the forefront.
I've read them all, and the audio versions are even better than print.