This is not the first time I've been priviledged to listen to one of Bujold's wonderful Miles Vorkosigan books on a long car trip; Bujold has always been my author of choice for my wife to read aloud to me while I drive.
With Gardner narrating, I was delighted to listen once again to the wry wit and snappy pacing in "The Vor Game". It's more lighthearted and adventurous than Bujold's fantasy novels, yet it continues to display the rich characterization one can reliably expect from this outstanding author.
If you're looking for a straightforward military SF read, check out this series. Straightforward heroic Marine heroes marooned on a world with four armed barbarian aliens, and all the battles you could ask for. Narration is strong, suitable for the core material.
Make sure and listen to the sample before buying. This is a fine story -- I've read it several times. However, in this case, the reader simply did not do justice to the material.
I was disappointed; I expected "Scientific American" and what I got was "People Magazine". Mean Genes is targeted at an audience who slept through high school biology. Everything is presented in the simplest of terms, and at no point do the authors go into any particular depth. If you want more than a very light mix of science with your entertainment, give this a pass.
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