This is my favorite Lois McMaster Bujold book. It's incredibly rich in characters and situations. It's not as much an action book as some of her previous in the series but it's the richest, I think, in drama and humor.
I think this could be a first read book in the series with great enjoyment. But, after reading a bunch of the earlier books, the tapestry becomes fully woven, here.
This book is about Miles' courtship of Ekaterin amid a BUNCH of difficulties, starting with her being repulsed by the idea of ever marrying again after her failed previous marriage which ended in the death of her husband just weeks before But Miles has no doubt SHE is the one he wants to marry and his intentions . . . leak to everyone he knows.
I'm struck by wishing I could be friends with a bunch of the main characters of this book. People you get to know and like.
Grover Gardner has again done an excellent job of reading a Bujold book, if anything, better than before.
The story mixed action with philosophy well. It's one my favorite Heinlein books. I wish Lloyd James would re-record it with the skills he has now. It's the reason I joined the Army instead of another branch - and I stayed for 3 years active and 18 years in the reserves. I guess you could say that this book was an important influence in my life.
BUT, this was one of Lloyd James' first audio books (I think and hope). He LATER became a very good reader. With this book he was stilted and artificial. Later, when he read "The Curse of Chalion" (a VERY good book, by the way) he read so well that I looked a couple of times to assure myself it was the same reader.
The realistic action (which hasn't deteriorated at all over 50 years) and the philosophy, mixed in, that I wish we could adopt now.
YES, BUT, look carefully at the performance reviews of Lloys James. He started off poor but became very good.
YES! But don't let Lloyd James reading put you off Heinlein. He was the king of SF from 70+ to 40 years ago. His books have aged remarkably well.
I wish for the rest of this story. As a short story, it's not bad. But, considering cost per minute, it's not so good. Where is the rest of the book?
There was only the beginning here. I want some assurance that the story will be complete before I recommend this author.
Fairly well done.
This book follow the formula - tales of daring-do at first followed by actual history then tales of the prison camps. I wish he'd put section one last (but, I guess, how many would stay to hear it if the history came first')
I had high expectations for this book but it did not live up to them. However, I think it is worth listening to because it does tell the story and the story is worth the time spent reading/listening.
The performance was good enough that it "disappeared" from my attention.
This is really original fantasy. Lois Bujold writes great stories, characters you want to have for friends (except the enemies who, themselves, are drawn believably) and worlds of imagination.
Lois doesn't just rehash the same old ogres, elves, etc., that are the staples of so many fantasy writers - she creates something new and fascinating.
The Curse of Chalion won the Hugo Award for the the Best SF/Fantasy of its year as voted by the fans - and it was well deserved.
Lloyd James did a REALLY GOOD job of narrating this. He has developed greatly as a narrator and his voices, emotion, pacing, . . . everything, were really appropriate to the content of the story.
This is a kind of fiction I generally don't like, yet, I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK and it's sequel, "World Without End."
The characters are many but they are well and thoroughly filled out in this epic. I've listened to this book two or three times and certainly will again. The times are drawn in a way to bring them alive.
This led me on to several of Ken Follet's other books - also good.
I like the premise of the book though it seems to be one of his early works. I haven't been able to finish it, though, because I CAN'T STAND the narrator. Sorry.
This narrator, Peter Ganim, read this book about as woodenly as the average sixth grader required to stand and read before the class. His little emotion is poorly related to the story. His sentence emphasis and cadence is very often wrong for the content. (Did he read the book before performing it?)
If someone else could narrate this book, I'd give it a second chance.
Lee and Miller write about fully developed characters and the problems they encounter. This story is great for introducing the rich and fully developed world of Liad and its customs and nature and its often uncomfortable abrasions with Terran customs and people.
The story is thoughtful and touching with just some action. (Some later books in the series have lots of action but all keep the characterization and fascinating social situations.)
I've read the entire series on paper multiple times. It stays on my comfort reading shelf.
Start here and look forward to the rest of the series.
Buy them on paper for now and again on audio when they come available. I'll be buying all of the series again on audible as fast as they get recorded. Search for Liad or Korval.
After reading the other reviews, I wonder if we read the same book. Agreed that this isn't the best Clancy but I did enjoy it.
The ending leaves us set up for one or many sequels.
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