Audie Award Winner, Science Fiction, 2014
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.
Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant, Rish, are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson’s Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a secret of which even she may not be aware - a secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barrayaran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej’s homeworld. But none of Tej’s formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. For behind Ivan’s facade of wry and self-effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch - making the ultimate sacrifice to keep her from harm: the treasured and hard-won freedom from his own fate as a scion of Barrayar.
Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers of science fiction and fantasy, having won five Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contributions to science fiction.
©2012 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2012 Blackstone Audio
Lois McMaster Bujold created another masterpiece. I love her stories. I was sad to see the Miles stories to be over, but I find Ivan just as intriguing. Grover Gardner did an amazing job too.
I can't wait to get back in the car to listen to the next chapter. A new plot twist just at the right moment . . . over and over again.
If you love Bujold's Vorkosigan universe, this book brings together the events and the people of a dozen prior books with new viewpoints and revelations.
The role of Ivan Vorpatril had been under-developed before this book. You will like the trouble Ivan can get himself into . . . . and out of.
Just when all seems lost, Ivan finds a novel use for breakfast cereal.
I love the Vor world that Ms. McMaster Bujold has created. It feels real to me and I want to know what happens to these people I've come to know. But this book just makes me miss Miles. It's like attending a family reunion only to find out that your favorite cousin isn't coming. Not a bad book, but Ivan just isn't as interesting as Miles. After reading this book I re-read Memory. In retrospect, this book feels more like an Afterword. I'm glad to know what became of Ivan but can't see myself ever reading this one again.
I love Mr. Grover's performances. I always feel that he loves the material as much as I do and takes great care to accurately portray the author's intention.
This is an interesting sub-plot to the Miles Vorkosegan series. Not a lot of action, but still a good read. Highly recommended for those that have the other books in the series.
Haven't read the print version but it would be hard to believe the print could do as good a job of conveying the warmth and humor which Grover Gardner puts into this book. His ability as a narrator has caused me to buy more than one bookwhich I would otherwise have avoided.
The scene where everybody has been rescued from the lab / vault and the Impsec building is sinking into the ground has got to be the high point of the novel. However, it was a close call since Vorpatril's wedding is a very close runner up.
Grover Gardner is probably one of the best narrators ever. His capacity to express warmth without turning a passage maudlin and to convey dry humor and irony are unsurpassed by anyone.
The fall and rise of the last great Vor bachelor.
I've enjoyed reading each of this series as Lois McMaster Bujoldd carried it from a somewhat whacky, teenish tale of an insecure young man to a complex universe with fully developed characters who act in accordance with their history and experiences. She almost makes me believe the old saw about the best form of government being a benevolent dictator. Her humor tends toward the dry and ironic and it is plentiful. I'm not sure I would have gotten hooked on this series if it had not been for Grover Gardner but his narration and Lois McMaster Bujold's excellent writing have me impatient for more books in this series. I've even resorted to rereading some of the books which I already have.
Funny, engrossing, satisfying
Ivan, of course, the protagonist, but the supporting cast was wonderfully creative and well realized, and it was fun to see By again, especially in a more fully formed character.
I love being read to, and he does a wonderful job of voicing multiple characters
If you haven't read or listened to Bujold's Vorkosegan series I envy you, because you can enjoy them for the first time, while I am on my 2nd, 3rd or even 4th or 5th time (and I still love the series). Ivan has ben a supporting player since the 2nd book (?second half of the first book, depending on how you look at it), and it was fun to see him as the subject of his own story. Like his mother, many of us wondered if he would ever get married--or meet his match--this was a very satisfying end to that story arc.
The story continues on Barryar! (or how ever you spell it) This is a great addition to the series, even with little Miles in it.
Listening to their relationship gor.
He brings the characters to live with his inflection, tone and knowledge of the characters.
Great book. I hope Lois stays in good health, because I want to read a lot more.
Lois McMaster Bujold puts words together with a true eye to human nabure and a wry humor. Grover Gardner enacts the scenes keeping those features.
The plots almost do not matter in this series. The characters and relationships are so well developed that you really get absorbed in the story. Bravo for finding a solid entry point for more stories in this universe.
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