The second book in the Vorkosigan saga, Barrayar picks up almost instantly after Shards of Honor. This book is chock full of political intrigue, machinations - honestly, is Machiavelli required reading on this planet? - and murder.
Bujold throws a little romance, social commentary, and ethics into the mix. Also, it's just a great adventure.
The worlds and culture of Barrayar and Beta are wonderfully sketched out. Beta a truly egalitarian society - where access to information is a constitutional right - and Barrayar a more rigid, warrior-centric, and imperial society are good case studies.
I also think this idea that making all the different worlds as direct descendants of Earth, instead of including actual alien civilizations is interesting. All the different civilizations are distinct and different, while all are human.
The characters are wonderful. Not only do you care for them, but you really want to know more about them. A sign of a great storyteller. On to the next!
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
A novel filled with humour, satire and just plain fun and adventure, ???Barrayar??? is the second instalment in the light hearted Vorkosigan saga.
Starting where ???Shards of Honor??? left us, this book follows Cordelia as she becomes Lady Vorkosigan. To her surprise her ???retired??? husband, Aral Vorkosigan is appointed Lord Regent of Barrayar, the backward planet she escaped to for love. Suddenly he is immerse with the politics of the planet all over again and she??? well she does very much the same thing she did in ???Shards of Honor.??? Furthermore she discovers that the reality of marriage and being in love are two very different things.
Although something of the general plot was very predictable, the way that Lois McMaster Bujold wrote this story, makes it really enjoyable. It is easy to listen to, not too over dramatic, plays with absurdities and doesn???t try to be too philosophical, while sharing some grandmotherly advice. I think this might be the reason that I???ve been hooked.
Again Grover Gardner is the narrator. He continues with a good solid performance. I never opted out.
At the end of this novel the stage is set, you will have met Miles Vorkosigan, the actual hero of the rest of the novels??? the stage is set. While not so Indiana Jones-like as the first adventure, it still reminds me of an action novel ??? maybe this novel is a bit more Mr. Bean-like.
Given that the protagonist is a women, I would have preferred to have had a female narrator read this book. However Mr. Gardner does a perfectly fine job.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Having listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed most of Lois McMaster Bujold's 'Miles' stories , read by Grover Gardner, I found this a little disappointing. Story is great. The reading, well below Mr Gardner's ability.
The back history did bring Cordelia to life, left me wondering why Arel was so crash hot,and, fleshed out many other major players in the Miles series.
The 4 stars are for the story fleshing out some of the later characters,and Barrayar history.This helps put Miles in context, though he is big enough to be a memorable and a most enjoyable personality anyway. I would only give it a two or three star as an Audible listening experience. Mr Gardner's telling of the tale is that bad..
This is the second 'stand alone 'in the series. My suggestion though is cut to the core and listen to 'The Warriors Apprentice' first if you do not know the series of 'stand alone' books. Unlike other series tales, each of the Miles books is complete within itself. More credit to Lois McMaster Bujold for that.
This is a good sci fi listen in my opinion. FYI I am 40 and enjoy reading all sorts of literture. I suggest reading the first one ( this is the 2nd in series) even tho it doesn't get as high reviews. Bujold does a good job with depth of character (keeping in mind this is a fun sci-fi book and not anything too deep. Good action and sense of tension. Never had that "This is amazing!" feeling but I have listened to 4 in the series. After the 4th I was bored. By the way listened to Midwich Cuckoos, it has a full cast and is my favourite so far.
Lois is very good at filling in back stories. I would like to see a book with young miles driving his playmates in all affairs.
This has to be one of the dullest books I have picked. Boy was it hard to get through. Forget it. Several hours go by before anything of note happens!
The book was hard to follow and very boring. I tried to keep going since I spent the money but had to give up. very little plot and little character development. a great waste of time and money.