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This was the first book I have listened to by this author and I was pleasently surprised. I knew she was an award winning author but was a little afraid to read any of her stuff thinking it is more in the fantasy genre. I do love a good space opera and this was a excellent one I loved the characters and the wit that the lead character has. I also like the reader who I have listened to on other books he brings just the right cadence to his read. I highly recommend this book and hope more of this seris is put out for us to listen to.
Finally some of her Miles series is making it onto audio books. I read this entire series and I loved it. The Vor Game is a great example of the series and is a great moving book about honour and commitments. I recomend any of her books in this series, I have never been disappointed by any of them. Her characters fly from the pages, real and complete, pulling you along through the story as you want to see if Miles manages to succeed, or not. You never quite know for sure what the outcome will be, since he doesn't always get everything he hoped for.
Lois McMaster Bujold is a great author and this book, like all those in the Vorkosigan series, is packed with wonderful characterizations and snappy writing - very readable/listenable and lots of fun. However, this book is several books into the series, so if you are not familiar with the character and backgrounds you might have tough time figuring out how you got here. Unfortunately this is currently the only Vorkosigan book Audible carries, so I suggest you hit the library or bookstore and pick up the first books in the series before listening. Start with 'Cordelia's Honor' and then 'Young Miles' and you'll be up to speed (and hooked!).
I'm having a great time with the Miles Vorkosigan books...I must be, I'm gonna end up spending my yearly audio budget on 'em. Plots are pretty involved but not tough to follow, she sprinkles humor all through them, characters likable & believable. The narrator is excellent; pleasant voice, good pacing, just understated enough that he doesn't detract from the book, animated enough that he helps it come alive. (His reading of Donald E Westlake's Dortmunder books are priceless).
Finally an action science fiction book that uses a realistic and fallible hero. I love the dry humour, and the fact that I have to think rather than just listen. A totally engaging storyline, supported by 3 dimensional characters and enough edge of the seat action to keep an old soldier interested. Lets hope you get the rest of the series on Audible in the near future, as this one has really whetted my appetitie. PS. Very happy with your product and service. You guys rock.
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.
Bujold is a multifacited writer and gets 'it' right. As another reviewer pointed out, 'The Vor Game' is fourth or fifth in the series and is preceeded by 'The Warrior's Apprentice' which is now available from audble. Listen to that first and then come back to this one. In 'The Vor Game', Miles is in his early twenties and is more mature and less frenetic. He's coming to understand that actions have consequences and some of his snap decisions in the earlier book come back to haunt him - just like in real life for the rest of us. I agree that there is some confuson when Miles shifts between personas. The personas are developed in the earlier book and mature in this one. In this book Bujold matures her concept of personal and individual honor which extends into the rest of her work.
I really liked this book. Unlike many books, this is tightly plotted so even though it is a space action book it does not have any glaring holes in it. The other thing I liked about it was that it was character driven and not driven by endless action sequences. The mental gymnastics keep my attention throughout.
I'd like to see more of these books as it is apparently part of a much longer series.
This is a light read, nothing too complicated but it's a lot of fun. The character is interesting but rather generic, except for a physical deformity which doesn't affect the story much, though it did shape his character. The buildup to the ending was well done. The conclusion was grand.
Two things that bothered me... first, it was a sequel and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous book. The events in this book didn't require the sequel but there were characters and relationships already established. Unfortunately I couldn't get the prequel on audio. Second, apparently our hero was a grand savior in the prequel, but he doesn't get much respect for it in this book. Either I'm missing something explained in that book, or the author broke logic a little to make this book work.
Anyhow, I enjoyed the story and there were several scenes that had me chuckling out loud. I'll be looking for other books in this series to make it to Audible.
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Wow. Miles Vorkosigan sure can get in a lot of trouble! The Vor Game won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel. I listened to this series in audiobook format. Very entertaining!
"A very good audiobook of a great Bujold novel"
If you are already familiar with the novel, then you will find an enjoyable audiobook version. It is well read by a single reader, with good expression. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing my favorite passages, although at points I did wish for more differentiation between the characters. If you are unfamiliar with Bujold's work, the Vorkosigan series is a glorious space opera with great characterization and it is quite funny, poignant and very well written. This is the second Miles Vorkosigan novel so if you are new to the series you may want to pick up 'the Warrior's Apprentice' first, which details the earlier events.
Another wonderful reading of another wonderful novel. I really like Grove Gardner's readings of the Vorkosigan novels - he gets the humour without reading them as obviously 'funny'. And Miles is such a superb character who develops so well over the series. One to savour.
If you already know the Vorkosigan saga then you don't need this review. If you're new, you should get The Warrior's Apprentice first as it will fill in some backstory. Not imperative, but helpful.
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