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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.
Finally You see Ivan in his own story.
Laughed at how all the characters treat Ivan as an idiot while you learn his true character
My favorite book in the series. I love Miles but Ivan has long been my most loved character.
Throughout the series you get to see bits and peaces of Ivan's loyalty and chivalrous nature. Here Bujold finally gives us a true look at just how deep those tendencies go.
Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
An entertaining misadventrue with everyone's favorite cuz Ivan. If you have any fears for a Vorkosigan novel without Mile's as the protaganist then allay them. Ivan makes for a good lead character and his development in this story is both entertaining and satisfying.
With comic relief from Byerly and even Simon the story unfolds with in classiv style with plenty of questions and ah ha, moments. Finished off with a very satisfying conslusion, there is little not to like about this book for any Vorkosigan fan.
As always Grover Gardner re-affrims his place as my favorite narrator, giving a performance without failing.
I loved seeing Ivan-you-idiot get his day in the sun. Bujold is a master storyteller and it's always a pleasure to put yourself in her hands to take you where she will, which she does here in typically witty and engaging fashion. Ivan and Tej were both terrific as the somewhat disappointing scions of extraordinary families. Neither are as dismissable as their families view them so it's lovely for them to find in each other someone who truly admires them for who they are.
This is a long series, and this book is chronologically near the end of it, which leads to the question of whether you need to have read the others first. I would say no, with some caveats. The only ones I have read are Shards of Honor, Barryar, Young Miles, Komarr and A Civil Campaign and I got along just fine. I probably missed a lot of the nuances about the Cetagandans and Jackson's Whole, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of this story. Likewise, if you hadn't read Shards of Honor/Barryar you would miss some of the depth of Barryan history and culture and of the backstory of Ivan's birth, but she does a really good job of giving you all you need in the present book without boring longtime readers with repetitive description. If this is your first entry point to the series, I think it will inspire you to read more, which is just what I plan to do.
Love coffee and a good read, especially audio while walking, cooking or whatever.
After reading ~8 novels in the Vorkosigian series, I still enjoy them, but did not expect new ground. Bujold has found an engaging new angle. Good show!
This book is a light hearted romp that is tangential to the story arc in Bujold's Vor books. The engaging central character has been a minor player in the series to date. There are passing references to the events and people that figured in the other Vor stories, but the dialog and plot in this book will amuse you regardless of your degree of familiarity with the other books. Warning: there is little profound character development or thought provoking world building in this book. It is just a fun read, well performed and worth the credit.
After the rather mediocre Cryoburn I thought this universe was played out, but maybe only Miles is played out. This one focused on Vorpatril was way better. I wouldn't mind seeing more books about the peripheral characters.
So many books, so little time
It was great to see Ivan come into his own. He's always been a favorite of mine as I read and/or listened to other parts of the series. At long last, he takes center stage. We get to revisit other well-known series characters as well.
Grover Gardner knows these characters well. It's hard to pick just one favorite.
I wish I had the time to listen through in one setting. I found myself grabbing opportunities to hear just a little more and a little more.
This would NOT be the place to begin an acquaintance with the Vorkosigan series. Treat yourself to reading them in order first. Much of my enjoyment depended on the knowing the back story and revisiting earlier acquainances.
A book with out Miles... I couldn't imagine another entire book in the Vorkosigan series without Miles or any other Vorkosigan in it. Ethan of Athos was an enjoyable book and it felt like it fit in the series..but it didn't have the same sizzle to it. A whole book full of "that idiot Ivan!" as he is coined by many family members and friends when his easy going and under achieving habits get in the way of rapidly developing events, seemed like a huge risk.
Well it is brilliant. Totally brilliant and it ins't just the absence of MIles or the example of Miles that spurs Ivan on. All the earlier flashes of charm, bravery, intelligence and honor all coalesce perfectly throughout the book as Ivan becomes a fully realized character and his own man.
Seriously i am awed by the author and can't wait for the next book. If Grover Gardner narrates it too? Heaven! :)
I recommend this series, the Vorkosigan Saga, to anyone who likes a bit of light space opera, sprinkled with believable romance. The characters, even the minor ones, are well fleshed out and, well, the sort of people I'd like to know.
This novel is about one of those minor characters, Ivan Vorpatril, cousin to the central character of most of the series. In earlier novels, he was portrayed as a confirmed bachelor, assiduously avoiding his mother's attempts to marry him off. A quintessential playboy. At the same time, he was a sad figure, at times, clearly looking for something he couldn't find and probably couldn't identify, and drowning his sorrows in wine. Here, he becomes the centerpiece of the story, and inadvertantly finds exactly what he needs, though it takes him quite awhile to realise it. That's ok, though, as there's plenty of fun along the way!