I enjoyed the plot, loved the character development, and applauded the way Miles, yet again, turns a society on its ear by simply being Miles. His intention is always to get his job done and get home but he always manages to utterly transform the lives of the people he interacts with. While not the best of the series it was very enjoyable and very moving. I highly recommend the newest of the adventures but also suggest you get familiar with the earlier episodes before listening to this one. Grover Gardner did an excellent job presenting the material and actually seems to enjoy the read.
Life-long reader, 10 years listening
When I reached the ending, I just sat there stunned for a long time, though Gregor???s comment in the last drabble almost had me in tears. I didn???t read any of the hints about this anywhere, and I didn???t see it coming. I had a hard time settling to another book or audiobook or TV show. I keep thinking about it, and I feel as though I've lost a long-time friend.
Lois Bujold is a wonderful author, and Grover Gardner is outstanding in his reading of this book.
Lord Auditor Miles Vorkosigan is as irreverent, as charming, as fascinating and as human as ever. The characters change, grow -- but never become predictable or stale. Great fun.
Probably not a good place to start the series, but if you have been with Miles from the beginning your gonna have a lot of fun here.
Well read by Grover Gardner as always.
Miles is back in full manic mode, with Armsman Roic and Dr. Raven Durona in tow. It will take all of them plus a resourceful local boy to get to the bottom of an shady pyramid scheme based on life after cryopreservation. Make sure there's a box of tissue at hand before getting to the end. Various loose ends are tied up for other characters in passing (Sgt Taura, the Koudelka sisters, Mark). This book deals with a lot of issues and is far deeper than it appears on first listen, I had to go through it twice and it does merit 5 stars. Don't start the series with this one, pick up Shards of Honor or Barrayar (one of LMB's very best).
I have checked every time I log on to this site for a new book from Lois and when i saw that it had finally happened I bought it right away. I agree with another review that it wasn't as gripping as some of her stories have been but it is still a wonderful story. The surprise at the end was totally unexpected and I being a guy will admit that I got chocked up and shed a few tears. I hope that Lois doesn't make us wait another 9 year for the next story. If you are new to this series I agree with others Start with Shards Of Honor or Warriors Apr, You will be sucked in and will never escape Lois attraction,
Bujold writes two types of books: Romances and dramas. This falls in the latter category. If you are new to the series, do not start here. I suggest you start at either Shards of Honor, Warriors apprentice, or Memory because these three books start large arcs of character development.
For Cryoburn in particular I was not driven to tears (either of sadness or laughter). Comparing this fact to other books by this author, this is not a good thing. For me, this fact goes to show that this novel had less emotional resonance compared with Paladin of Souls, Civil Campaign, or either Shards or Barrayar.
So while this book did not have the particularly intense moments, I felt that the world building and decent plot made up for it.
Also, I would have liked if Ekaterin did something. After being a main character for two whole novels, Bujold has dropped her like a hot potato. From the start I felt that Ekaterin was kinda bland, but by the end of Campaign she had grown on me. It's a pity she never got more depth.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, but mostly because it was so much fun to read about Miles Vorkosigan, Armsman Roic and the the other characters from the series again. This is not the strongest Vorkosigian novel. If you are new to the series, I strongly suggest you go back and start with The Warrior's Apprentice and work your way through the earlier books.
But Bujolds deft characterization and combination of action and humor made this book an entertaining addition to the series. Much of it made me wish for other books written in the interim between this book and the previous one- several favorite characters are briefly referred to, but it would be nice to read about them in more detail again.
The end of the book is what really clenches it though. If you've read the rest of the series, you will probably cry. I know I was in tears listening to it- it was like the end of an era- really the end of my own young adult-hood. I started reading Bujold in my early 20s and I'm now 40, so in a reader's sense, I have 'grown up' with Miles and his family and friends and enemies. I don't want to give anything away, but if you've also been reading this series for a while, the ending, while not completely unexpected, will be incredibly moving for you.
This is one of the more 'lighthearted' of the Vorkosigan novels, but not to be missed for all of that. Enjoy!
The Big Kahuna
There are very few books that I would consider awarding a five star rating. The Miles Vorkosigan stories, in my opinion, deserve every star. The books are a perfect blend of plot and character. This new addition is no exception.
I loved the story. The narrator took a little while to get used to, but after less than a chapter I didn't have a problem.