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.
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.
I can't wait to get back in the car to listen to the next chapter. A new plot twist just at the right moment . . . over and over again.
If you love Bujold's Vorkosigan universe, this book brings together the events and the people of a dozen prior books with new viewpoints and revelations.
The role of Ivan Vorpatril had been under-developed before this book. You will like the trouble Ivan can get himself into . . . . and out of.
Just when all seems lost, Ivan finds a novel use for breakfast cereal.
I love the Vor world that Ms. McMaster Bujold has created. It feels real to me and I want to know what happens to these people I've come to know. But this book just makes me miss Miles. It's like attending a family reunion only to find out that your favorite cousin isn't coming. Not a bad book, but Ivan just isn't as interesting as Miles. After reading this book I re-read Memory. In retrospect, this book feels more like an Afterword. I'm glad to know what became of Ivan but can't see myself ever reading this one again.
I love Mr. Grover's performances. I always feel that he loves the material as much as I do and takes great care to accurately portray the author's intention.
This is an interesting sub-plot to the Miles Vorkosegan series. Not a lot of action, but still a good read. Highly recommended for those that have the other books in the series.
Haven't read the print version but it would be hard to believe the print could do as good a job of conveying the warmth and humor which Grover Gardner puts into this book. His ability as a narrator has caused me to buy more than one bookwhich I would otherwise have avoided.
The scene where everybody has been rescued from the lab / vault and the Impsec building is sinking into the ground has got to be the high point of the novel. However, it was a close call since Vorpatril's wedding is a very close runner up.
Grover Gardner is probably one of the best narrators ever. His capacity to express warmth without turning a passage maudlin and to convey dry humor and irony are unsurpassed by anyone.
The fall and rise of the last great Vor bachelor.
I've enjoyed reading each of this series as Lois McMaster Bujoldd carried it from a somewhat whacky, teenish tale of an insecure young man to a complex universe with fully developed characters who act in accordance with their history and experiences. She almost makes me believe the old saw about the best form of government being a benevolent dictator. Her humor tends toward the dry and ironic and it is plentiful. I'm not sure I would have gotten hooked on this series if it had not been for Grover Gardner but his narration and Lois McMaster Bujold's excellent writing have me impatient for more books in this series. I've even resorted to rereading some of the books which I already have.