©1986 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The pace is breathless, the characterization thoughtful and emotionally powerful....Highly recommended." (Booklist)
I just could not get into this. The narration was very good and the characters interesting. But the story was either jumping around too quickly or dragging. There was no good medium. I ended up stopping it about 2/3 because it hit a slow part and lost me.
I normally go for fantasy books and use sci-fi as a break. This was a fun book to listen to. It had aspects of a feudal system in a space era.
Miles over comes his physical limitations to earn his place as a master mind of war tactics.
I'd recommend this book
Open up your eyes young one
I Love this book. Miles will lead you on a trail that goes across the universe and back again. What a delightful story. I have since purchased all the Vorkosigan series books since listening to this book. well worth your time. Highly Recommend
I can't believe I haven't read/listened to the Miles Vorkosigan books earlier. The characterization is fabulous, the story fascinating. I have already listened to another book and read nearly all of the others. Wonderful!
Miles Vorkosigan is such a funny, engaging character! I found myself laughing out loud. I'm going to ask for more books in this series for Xmas!
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
A breezily entertaining sci-fi adventure. The story, in which the physically stunted but exceedingly clever Miles extricates himself from predicaments by jumping into even bigger predicaments, moves enjoyably along, even if the plot and some of the characters are a little by-the-numbers. Bujold writes with wit and Miles is an easy protagonist to like. The fact he comes from a feudal society gives the book an interesting fantasy-in-space flavor. Not a particularly mind-expanding read, but a good one.
If you liked the first two in the series you will most likely like this. Gardner does a good job but, and this is a big but, there is a woman doing the women's voices who really does not fit the description of the character. I might be getting my books mixed up and maybe its the next in the series, I listened to it a while ago. When you hear her you will know. She sounds like an older woman with a shush shush lisp. The book describes a beautiful young woman and then the voice comes out that sounds as she could be in her late 60s early 70s , smoking a pack a day with a loose teeth. She is a good reader but the contrast to the description made me laugh and irritated me when she was also doing the voices in the following books. Sorry, just my opinion, I had to vent. Anyways it is a fun listen good for teens to adults. The first two were a little darker.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
You've heard the expression, "I really wanted to like this book." Well, that pretty well sums it up. I'm afraid I tend more toward books a little more rich and deep. Perhaps my expectations were too high but the book seems a bit adolescent.
I have a bunch of books on my Wish List but they're not all on my Must Read list. I hoped Lois McMaster Bujold might be on that latter list, one of those authors for whom I had to read all of their books... but not even close... at least not in the writing of this book.
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