I liked the first book all right (probably 3-4 stars), so I thought I'd try this one. The problem is, this reader is killing me. The reading is over-pronounced and halting. I hate it. The book seems OK, but I can't finish it because of the reader.
I read the mixed reviews and thought I would give this book a shot. In the end, I didn't believe the premise of the book.
The "artificial intelligence" ship was really stupid, and whoever came up with the "command personnel" tests was also really stupid. For such an advanced civilization, I just didn't believe that they would design or program a ship so poorly.
The characters were kind of shallow, but the story moved along and I actually enjoyed the book in the end. It was an interesting take on an old concept.
Bujold has come to be my favorite author. I first read her Miles Vorkosigan series, and then I found this one. She has a gift of developing rich and interesting characters, and of moving along a plot without feeling forced. She also does well developing strong female characters. This is an interesting story told well.
This was the slowest-paced Vorkosigan novel so far, but I still enjoyed it. I don't know if I would have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed listening to it. It has the great characterization I've come to expect of the author and an interesting mystery.
This is an interesting concept and an interesting execution. I'll definitely pick up the next novel. The reader is very breathy (i.e. you can hear him take breaths, sigh, etc.) but considering the genre of the novel, like a film noir detective movie, it kind of works.
I loved the depth of this novel, and the previous novel, Pandora's Star. The characters were believable, the technology was interesting, and the worlds were fascinating. I also liked the reading. Brits definitely make the best readers.
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