This isn't the 1st Vorkosigan book, but it works as the beginning of its own series. It's a smart, fun action series. You will laugh & cheer for Miles.
Miles isn't always the smartest guy in the room, but he's so good at faking it on those rare occasions when he encounters someone more intelligent, that you'd never know. Bujold has created a character that keeps you coming back for more.
Listening to this I find myself thinking that they need to find a younger clone of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones) to play Miles. Both are characters that live in societies that disparage them for their appearances that become massively important people due to their wits.
Thanks to other readers for the rest of the series in order:
- The Warrior's Apprentice
- The Vor Game
- Ethan of Ethos (No Miles, but important for later stories)
- Brothers in Arms
- Mirror Dance (1994)
- Memory (1996)
- Komarr (1998)
- A Civil Campaign
- Winterfair Gifts
- Diplomatic Immunity
... and all hell breaks loose of course. With the usual panache and character development that we've come to expect of Bujold. A great read.
Grover Gardner's reading is competent and did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book.
I admit that I am not normally a fan of the space genre of sci-fi. Usually its all just a bit too male-orientated for me, especially when long sections of book are dedicated to weapons, or technology or the spaceship... However, I loved this series, I have now listened to all the Miles Vorkosigan books, they have been fabulous company as I have repainted the interior of my house :-) Miles is flawed, but extremely well understood by the author, you can't help but love him in spite of himself. I have enjoyed that in later books the author has you watching Miles through the eyes of others, which is fairly amusing when you have watched him 'grow up' through the series. If you, like me, do not normally choose this genre of book, give it a go, maybe you will also be pleasantly surprised and become a fan.
it is really funto get to know the main hero in the novel. Like so many of us, he puts in his best, well intentioned efforts which result in moving from one crises to the next. He has many endearing qualities, weaknesses and sadistic moments.
I am very picky what I spend my monthly allotment of audible credits on as I am sure most are and I forget exactly how I stumbled upon this great book. But I am glad that I did. I really enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
The story telling is wonderful, and even though Grover Gardner, the narrator does not give each character their own voice, as many other productions do, it took nothing away from this adventure. In fact Mr. Grover has been added to my list of all time favorite narrators.
Lois McMaster Bujold's plot development is wonderful. But it is her character development that really makes this book. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to. I found a connection with many of the characters and at many points in the story I found myself laughing out loud at one witty comment or another.
Say something about yourself!
I really wanted to like this book. I liked the characters a lot. I liked the narrator. I liked the beginning, I liked the end. It was just everything in between that I hated. It was so boring! I just could care less about all the mercenary stuff. What a waste of interesting characters. I won't be listening to any more of this series.
I just could not get into this. The narration was very good and the characters interesting. But the story was either jumping around too quickly or dragging. There was no good medium. I ended up stopping it about 2/3 because it hit a slow part and lost me.
I normally go for fantasy books and use sci-fi as a break. This was a fun book to listen to. It had aspects of a feudal system in a space era.
Miles over comes his physical limitations to earn his place as a master mind of war tactics.
I'd recommend this book
Open up your eyes young one
I Love this book. Miles will lead you on a trail that goes across the universe and back again. What a delightful story. I have since purchased all the Vorkosigan series books since listening to this book. well worth your time. Highly Recommend
I can't believe I haven't read/listened to the Miles Vorkosigan books earlier. The characterization is fabulous, the story fascinating. I have already listened to another book and read nearly all of the others. Wonderful!