No spoilers here other than I think that Bujold decided to dedicate an entire book to torturing Miles' cousin/best friend/frequent victim, Ivan Vorpatril.
This may not be the best of the Vorkosigan books, but it was a lot of fun. Many parts had me laughing aloud. It is fun seeing many of the usual characters from a different perspective. Heck, the capitol city's most infamous landmark is good for a laugh.
Grover Gardiner does his usual great job.
Listen to this book if you like Bujold in snarky mode.
The continual in-jokes referring to events in previous books of the series
The story line sort of suited Ivan... a bit bland on first appraisal but with lots of not so obvious depth
A bit more light hearted than some of the other books in the series - very entertaining
Ivan is on his own in this book, out of Miles's shadow and forced to play a highly political hand. Now we learn the motivation behind the "Ivan, you idiot" remarks - Ivan never was an idiot, he just played one quite skillfully. It served him well and kept him alive until now ...
This book doesn't quite stand up to the best Bujold ("A Civil Campaign", "Mirror Dance", "Memory", "Barrayar", some of my favorite books of all time), and it has the feeling of a series finale because all the loose ends not tied up in "Cryoburn" (which chronologically follows this one) seem to be addressed here. On the other hand, any time spent in the Vor universe is golden. I hope we haven't seen the last of Miles and Ivan.
A really enjoyable addition to the Miles' series, although focusing on Vorpatril - enables his true character to shine. Highly listenable!
Grover Gardner continues to provide stellar performances - always enjoy his books.
All of Bujold's Vor books are favorites. This one rates right up near the top among this series.
Throughout the time line we have seen an dieing emperor arrange the heroic death of his own son and the adoption of his grandson. This child emperor is raised as part of a noble family that includes Ivan Vorpatril who would be technically in the line of succession anyway.
Ivan has been a secondary protagonist and sometimes a plot driving victim. Now he comes into his own. The previous main character, Miles, is winding down his career in Covert Ops and as special investigator for the Empire. Raising Ivan to prime status gives the stories a place to go.
This is a space going sci fi book but it is more of a romantic comedy. You could easily swap spaceships for horse drawn coaches and planets for continents with out changing the story a bit.
While on his military duty station he is invited to meet an off worlder woman. This invitation comes from am acquaintance in the intelligent branch. Ivan has a reputation for getting on well with the ladies. This seems like a win win until Ivan is ambushed shot by the woman's servant and companion. He is tied to a chair in the middle of their apartment living room over night and so is the first to see the kidnap team break in, coming for the women. Oh it gets much more complicated, trust me.
Like all Bujold's books this one is written with humor and a genuine love of the main characters. Your heart will ache for Ivan and his, he hopes, soul mate.
Yes. Great story, well told, fun and funny, and as always, interesting with a multilayered plot with twists. I've listened to the whole Vorkosigan series, and really enjoy the characters, and it was great to have another installment so I had the pleasure of their company once again. Ivan has been a big part in many of the books, and I have always liked his character, however it was nice to have a more in depth look at him.
Ivan, of course.
He does a great job with the story, pacing, characters. When I listen to him, I am transported and really "see" the story.
I hesitated to buy this book because, although I love the Vorkosigan series and Bujold, Ivan had never been an especially interesting character to me and I saw him largely as a fairly simplistic foil to Miles. But, I couldn't find anything else I wanted to read, and Bujold is a wonderful writer, so I thought what the hell, I'll give it a shot.
Boy was I surprised! It was terrific. I laughed, giggled, smiled and just plain enjoyed the whole enterprise. I will say that in all honesty it is (in my opinion) not as deep and layered as Miles as his best, but it is a truly fun read.
It was fun to listen to a book starring Ivan alone. I wondered how
Bujold would handle Ivan as the protaganist. She kept him in character but allowed his smarts to show. I recommend this book without reserrvation, especially to Bujold fans.
I admit it, I'm a Bujold fan. So, I was extremely happy to find this title. At first, the reader put me off. He uses the whangy twang of the privileged few. Soon it seems absolutely appropriate.
The story line is not only interesting but also amusing. It reveals the inner and outer life of a minor actor in the Vorkosigan saga that shows him as more than a side kick. Of course, with friends like his, you don't need enemies and complications will ensue. But, for a plot outline, see the blurb above.
Know that you need not have read any of the Vorkosigan books to enjoy this one.
Lois McMaster Bujold created another masterpiece. I love her stories. I was sad to see the Miles stories to be over, but I find Ivan just as intriguing. Grover Gardner did an amazing job too.