It would not be part of the VorKosigan saga without Mr.Gardner!
Great addition to the series. Am waiting for the next.
This book has my favorite moments of Ivan, who has largely irritated me most through most of the series. Tej is truly a beautiful character discovering who she is and growing from her trauma into appositive and wild unknown. Rish makes an interesting combination with Byerly. Ivans creative if not impromptu solution to Tej's dilemma was hilarious. I cheered for Tej and Ivan for about half the book until her family showed up. They are more obnoxious than the family of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I got to a point were I was tempted to not finish the book. That's never happened with Lois. I'm usually riveted by every paragraph in a chapter. With this book, I literally had to discipline myself to muscle through. I kept telling myself, "This is Vorkosigan series. It has to get better!" It did get better and had quite an inventive ending. I suppose it was worth it. I hope the next book is better.
I am sad to learn that there's only one more book in the series. Like Game of Thrones I will be like all the other fans just waiting for the next book to get my fix. Lois has taken us on quite a ride and I am sad at the idea of finding a new favorite author to fill my voracious reading appetite.
Lois bujold books read by grove Gardner were my first great find on audible. Love the vor series and it's character focused development instead of a science fiction focus.
Through most of the series, Ivan is the sidekick. Our focus is on miles, and Ivan is less inspired, less driven. In this book, the focus is one Ivan, he is a good man, and quite CREATIVES at need. He just refers not to try all limits and yah himself at all times. An ImpSec agent and a beautiful refugee need Ivan's help, and the consequences are surprising. And hilarious.
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.