The narration and fast pace.
Oh, yes. I've listened to many books narrated by Mr. Gardner.
This was a fun book that didn't take itself too seriously but the world was fully fleshed out and full of realistic and relatable relationships. There is a not-so-subtle satiric tone that really enhances to story.
I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, this is a long book. I'm glad I did, in fact it doesn't seem very long now. I hope the others are as much fun as this one! Grover Gardner's narration was wonderful!
I don't like this kind of book and never would have bought it, but the information on it didn't make it sound like a sci-fi kind of book. I thought it was a mystery.
I looooooove Lois McMaster Bujold's series about the Vorkosigans and their friends! Absolutely I would recommend this one, it was wonderful to learn more about Miles' good looking cousin and his momma. These books are thinly disguised Regency romances with some space opera thrown in, and wonderfully sharp-witted dialogue. Absolutely engrossing! With strong female characters and unexpected plot twists. LMB is one of my favorite all-time world-builders.
When Simon Ilyian is waiting at the headquarters building to see it blow up. I loved it!
I wasn't sure if he could do as good a job of building the Captain's character, because Grover Gardner's voice IS Miles Vorkosigan for me, in fact I've never read any of the books - only listened to them - but he was amazing.
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance is a light, easy read. The reader can predict what's going to happen next, but the writing is funny and cute enough in places that you don't really mind.
I've never listened to any books by Lois McMaster Bujold, but I've read a few and am a little disappointed. Her writing is as clever as always, but this story is just so-so. I'm not the romantic type, so perhaps this story would appeal to other readers more.
He's got a wonderful way of reading in a smart-ass, likable way that makes you hang on every word he speaks as if the next thing he says is going to be a real zinger. I recognized his voice from "Play Dead" by David Rosenfelt, and he was the perfect narrator for that book's main character, a smart ass little lawyer.
This was a pleasant book, it didn't cause any extreme emotions.
I probably wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who hasn't already read the Vorsokian saga.
In the top 3rd- I have read a lot of great Audible books!
All of the Vorkosigan Novels
Everything, I love Grover Gardner's performance- he is Vorkosigan! He is the essence of Barriyar for me.
Must see for Mc Master Bujold fans
I wish she would write more. Of course I love to read a new Vorkosigan novel- this one exceeded my expectations. I really liked to see a story about Ivan.
I was thinking this was more of a sci-fi novel than a somewhat funny romance novel set in the future with space princes and princesses with elaborate families.
There was not enough action to my taste.
The narator was ok but not great.
In the end I just not cared enough about what happened to the characters.
I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.
Story is great. Intrigue, romance, humor all tied together with blindingly good science. To cap it all off, Grover Gardener's reading is faultless! He sounded like he was enjoying the book as much as I was. I am VERY impressed
In this book, Lois Mcmaster Bujold takes a familiar character who is often a secondary character in everyone elses' stories and gives us a whole new understanding of his world and his personality. Even though its a great addition to the series, it is a fabulous stand alone romp. Written with classic Bujold skill and humor, with the brilliant characterization we have come to expect from her books. Its intelligent and witty, sweet and forceful and this time our delightful Miles is just a bit- player. I didnt stop chuckling for days.
To hard to choose just one. Ivan getting stunned, the proposal, meeting Mom, meeting the inlaws, the tunnel,......it was all just too good to choose.
The best things are often hidden.
Keep them comming Lois, Its pure escapism for intelligent readers.
Sure, it's good to continue the series. But it didn't grab me the way a story inside Miles' head does. Miles is so brilliantly sardonic and Ivan just is... not. So i found this book bland in comparison to those that focused on Miles. Still a decent read, though.
I thought the whole family treasure hunt under the city was kind of silly. But liked the odd way that Ivan fell in love.
When Ivan gets married.
NO - please LMB, go back to Miles!!
I wish she would write books more quickly. :)
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It was great to have a story that focuses on Ivan — an engaging but hitherto background character in the Vorkosigan books. Bujold's wit and charm are in full force. Having Simon Illyan's post ImpSec life fleshed out was a welcome addition
Grover Gardner's performance was excellent —the characters came through well. Ivan's occasional whine was very well done! There...but not excessive.
TO enjoy you really need to be familiar with the Vorkosigan books.