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  • Brothers in Arms: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (493)

    Led by Admiral Naismith (a.k.a. Lord Miles Vorkosigan), the Dendarii Mercenaries have pulled off the daring interspace rescue of an entire Cetagandan POW camp. But they have made some deadly enemies, and Miles realizes he's in trouble again. First the Mercenaries' payroll doesn't arrive on time; then someone tries to murder him. Now Miles must juggle both his identities to unravel a plot against him, and to reveal an unexpected ally. Just who is trying to assassinate which of his personas, and why?

    Louis says: "This is the order in which to read this series"
    "Another enjoyable Bujold book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brothers in Arms to be better than the print version?

    I don't think you can compare the two versions. The audio version gives you someone else's take on the characters, the way of speaking and so forth. The written version allows you to build your own mental picture. I find it interesting that there are some things I put emphasis on in the written version which are just whisked over in the audio version while there are things in the audio version which stand out more that in the print version.


    What other book might you compare Brothers in Arms to and why?

    Other than other Vorkosigan books by Bujold there really is no other comparison


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Miles Vorkosigan


    Any additional comments?

    I reccommend this like any other Vorkosigan book as among the best fiction I have read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (809)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "Ivan's book"
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    What did you love best about Captain Vorpatril's Alliance?

    The continual in-jokes referring to events in previous books of the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line sort of suited Ivan... a bit bland on first appraisal but with lots of not so obvious depth


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Ivan


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A bit more light hearted than some of the other books in the series - very entertaining

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (514)

    Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.

    Louis says: "Order of series"
    "One of the Best Vorkosigan Books"
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    Would you listen to Memory again? Why?

    This is a book I can listen to over and over - either when re-listening to the whole series or just on it's own.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Bujold transitions Miles from warrior to Auditor and the whole 'can of worms' thing that Haroche finds himself in


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Miles


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, cry, feel for Miles, enjoy the spectacle.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best of a great series - a series not just for Science Fiction buffs but for anybody who appreciates superlative writing and characterization.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Dance: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (541)

    The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things get really messy.

    Paul Mc Galey says: "Excellent book, but needs editing?"
    "Yet another Bukold Masterpiece"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is yet another great book in the Vorkosigan series - some of the best fiction I have ever read. I recommend the whole series to anyone who likes well written stories, science fiction or otherwise. These books are about hte people not the setting.


    What other book might you compare Mirror Dance to and why?

    Brothers in Arms and Memory the preceeding and following books in the series - ad in Borders of infinity and they make a quartet of books the fit together.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Miles of course


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but as always I lack the time


    Any additional comments?

    Start with Cordelia's Honour and work forward.... brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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