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.
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! :)