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This compelling story draws you into the fate of the Quaddies, genetically engineered slaves with a second set of arms in place of legs. Their desire to procreate and live as normally as they can, to experience the kind of lives we, as humans, take for granted, became far more absorbing to me than I had anticipated.
Lois McMaster Bujold is a truly fine writer, with a superb ability to capture your imagination when you least expect it...Grover Gardner does complete justice to her storytelling, narrating convincingly and without any distractions for the reader. Lois's "voice" still rings true.
I recommend you read this book as background after experiencing a few of the early Miles Vorkosigan novels.
I was put off by the pre-publication spoiler alerts, and postponed my purchase a few days...but, please, keep listening...I think perhaps Helen Fielding is in the running for very best comedic writer of our time, but she is so much more. The moments of poignancy--I shed real tears three times! Samantha Bond deserves an award for her performance, as well.
This book is so hysterically funny in places that I literally bent over laughing uncontrollably while out walking...it makes you laugh out loud. Without a spoiler, lets just say an itchy theme had me in paroxysms of laughter. The use of modern technology and culture was applied with unbelievable skill to move the story along. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is so entirely wonderful that I would listen to several chapters while out walking, then listen to the same material at my PC before moving on to the next set of chapters.
Beautifully plotted, rich in characters you understand and care about, completely entrancing!
Please purchase this book...it is superb and you will want to listen to it again and again.
Although I own this book in hardcover, it has been a long time since I read it. I used one of my credits to acquire it from Audible recently, and one day instead of listening to classic rock, I started this up on my iPOD on a marathon walk. I walk daily, very long and very fast.
Let me tell you, breaking out into laughter, so hard one even snorts, is quite disruptive to one's aerobic breathing! And genuinely fun :D! This is a delightful book that will make you laugh uncontrollably in many places. It is beautifully rendered by Celeste Lawson.
By the way, I have a few fans out there who wave at me and smile but because I have been grinning like a monkey while listening to this charming book, I have doubled my race walking fan club, a nice side bonus of being an Audible devotee.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED comedy! Also so nostalgic of a time gone by and what it is like to be young...
I own and have read the paperback volumes of this richly detailed classic gem from British literature, and then discovered the cassettes at my library...those are long since removed from the shelves, so I was thrilled to find Anthony Powell's Dance series available through Audible. They grow on you. At first I compared them to The Forsyte Saga, less favorably, but the subtlety is like the aftermath of a long embrace, and the characters stay with you even when the narration ends. I strongly recommend all three trilogy sets to get the full impact of Anthony Powell's masterpiece. Warmly recommended!
I just finished my third listening of this Audible recording and write through many emotions that will tug at your heart when you reach the ending....beautifully rendered story by Grover Gardner. He manages to capture the essence of a wide range of memorable characters, from young boys and girls to elderly women to middle aged men and women...honestly, he really comes into his own with this performance.
I can't say enough good things about the extraordinary talent of Lois McMaster Bujold and her beloved Miles Vorkosigan. I *think* this is my favorite of all her books...exquisitely plotted, just complicated enough, and a fabulous array of characters, both believable and richly unique.
HIGHLY recommended, especially if you never dreamed you would consider "space opera."
I already knew I loved Charlotte Fairlie, having read my paper copy several times. But what makes this so special is Hilary Neville and her splendid rendering of a lovely story. I feel she captures the very essence of talented author D.E. Stevenson's voice...I feel as though this special author is really speaking to me, telling me a wonderfully engaging story earnestly and truthfully. I am VERY happy with this recording, and sorry I didn't play it sooner. It is destined to be re-listened to a couple times a year.
I love this well-written epistolary novel, and have read it many, many times in paperback. The only reason I didn't give the performance and overall rating five stars is that I already had a set inner voice for Henrietta and the recording didn't match it...that is my issue, not the narrator's. She does a terrific job; I just had been "listening" in my head to Henrietta so many times that it took some adjusting. The overall treatment of civilian life in WWII Britain is terrifically well-done, with comedy used to handle privations and annoyances and worse. Highly recommended.
This is a delightful Lois McMaster Bujold novel, with the fine writing, superb plotting, and tremendous character development one expects from such a gem of a writer. I grew very fond of Ivan, finally, with this book. The recording is excellent and it is one I will re-listen to a couple of times a year, so well worth the expense. Oh, and I positively love Simon in this novel.
I've been listening to this audio recording at least yearly for some time...I used to rely on the public library, but I am so pleased to have an Audible version now. The plot is fantastic and the delivery of the narrator perfect. The characters are robust and compelling. I just can't say enough good things about The Sea of Trolls and its two sequels.
I adore Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan space operas...but I put off reading this one since he doesn't appear and I just didn't think I would be as captivated. I have now listened to the Audible recording three times and find the exciting plotline completely enthralling. What charms me the most are the comedic elements. The unique storyline is equaling compelling. The narration is superb! Highly recommended...I look forward to my fourth listen in a few months time.
Mrs. Tim and her diaries are among my favorite D.E. Stevenson novels. The narrator is gifted and the storyline is completely absorbing. Although I have read the hardback several times, I just finished my first "listen" through Audible and know that this was a wise purchase...I will listen again once or twice a year. I am just delighted to have this favorite novel in audio version. Well done!
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