This is my favorite of the Vorkosigan Saga. It's the first published book in the series but is often overlooked because it does not feature Miles Vorkosigan. He is referenced by Commander Elli Quinn, Miles' future girlfriend, mentions him on occasion. I have read the paperback version of this book many times and listened to the first recorded version released in the 90's - which was awful, overacted by poor narrators. I do have o say that I took offense to the wording of "lived their peculiar social experiment" in the description of the book. I think the wording - the use of "peculiar" in particular - is rather homophobic. Don't you have proof readers? But as I said this is my favorite of the series and am glad that you put out a superb recording.
When I heard that Richard K. Morgan wrote a fantasy novel I thought Wow. When I looked up the book here at Audible and saw that it was in audio I said this is great. But when I started reading the reviews that others have written I thought 'OMG are these people for real.' If you are a fan of RKM's books you know that he writes explicit sex scenes at times. Why is it a surprise? Oh wait, it's because the explicit scenes in this novel are gay in nature. All I can say is get over it. RKM is a great writer regardless of the main character's sexual orientation.
I downloaded this book several years ago and loved it. It was engaging and fastpaced. I've listened to it twice since then. Not sure why it has received so much hate from other reviewers. I say don't pay attention to them. Live by your own rules. You won't be sorry.
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