I continue to he impressed by Bujold's mastery of the turned phrase, and her uncanny ability to bring characters to life in little details: a single tapping finger or change in posture illustrates human emotion with a precision that draws me in and keeps me hooked.
The story is succinct and paced to keep the reader engaged, no passage too laborious or lull in the action too protracted. I am suspicious of most science fiction, as many examples of the genre tend toward overemphasis on technology or alienness. Bujold's universe is very recognizable, as are the people and political/economic forces within it. There is just enough tech to convince me I'm in a space-faring solar system without weighing down the pacing.
The performance is wonderful as well, and the narrator remains throughout the two prequels, so it was like having an old friend guide me through each adventure. I actually recommend this novel as the introduction to the Vorkosigan saga, as the two prequels are more palatable in their slower pacing and emphasis on political intrigue once the reader has become more fluent in the names and places via this more stimulating narrative.
Who reads print?
His smooth delivery with enough inflection and voices to keep it interesting makes for pleasurable listening. He captures the humor and essentially the whole range of human emotions and behavior portrayed in these books. Grover Gardner has been a trustworthy companion of many hours.
After over 650 audible volumes and many other audiobooks from libraries, CD's and tape, I almost never "reread" a book. There are only 2 series and books of 3 authors that I have read multiple times. McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is one of those, and this is one of the key novels in the series in which the main character comes of age, driving himself and associates into accomplishments beyond his dreams and into too much power for his own good. The good story is told with drive, yet a lightness of touch that makes the listening something that you can enjoy while working in the garden or trying to go back to sleep. I think its the energy and accomplishment of the well developed characters against terrible odds, but with an often humorous acceptance of their initially severe limitations.
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loved this series the best ever will read the rest of this series ! thanks
It was inspiring how Miles meets his life . Head first, and never blames other's or life. You gotta love him. I did.
Miles mother and father. Super We all can learn from this great story.
Life With Mountains.
Give this one a try. It is worth your time. You will be glade. Powerful personality.
This is the first book with Miles, but it’s NOT the first Vorkorsigan book. This is actually third in the series (not counting the prequel which doesn’t involve the Vorkorsigans). You could start here, but you’d be missing a great deal—about Barrayar (especially the politics), about his parents (of almost opposing backgrounds), his childhood, and about Bothari. This is great sf and although the protagonist is 17 and thus could be labeled YA/NA, I’m not going to because it would be a shame to risk cheating more mature readers out of a great book. Due to his physical disabilities, Miles is an unusual choice for a hero. His intelligence, charm, and antics make for a fun, fast-paced read that I would recommend to almost anyone willing to even try sf, as well as hardcore fans. A word about the narrator: One of the problems I sometimes have with audio books is not being able to tell the difference between a character’s internal dialog and what they say out loud. This narrator handled the transitions in such a way that I wasn’t confused and I always knew who was talking. He spoke clearly and with appropriate emotion.
Im not sure depends on the book and the content
never finished it. The characters were not engaging enough for me to be invested in the book
I dont know
gave it a try saw it on audible with some good ratings. made it through 5 chapters just didn't seam to go anywhere. The characters seamed bland and the writer seamed to be trying to hard to be scifi.
Just an Excentric Dirt Lawyer
This is generally considered the best starting point for reading the Vorkosigan series. It introduces Miles Vokosigan. It is a very-good novel. It is not the best in the series.
I highly recommend the series. The people are real and I always anticipate the next book. A few are better than mediocre, most are good to very good, and a few are great!