©1986 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The pace is breathless, the characterization thoughtful and emotionally powerful....Highly recommended." (Booklist)
Just an Excentric Dirt Lawyer
This is generally considered the best starting point for reading the Vorkosigan series. It introduces Miles Vokosigan. It is a very-good novel. It is not the best in the series.
I highly recommend the series. The people are real and I always anticipate the next book. A few are better than mediocre, most are good to very good, and a few are great!
No, but good
Mourning Sergeant Bothari
Miles or Bothari. They belong together.
And so it begins.
Yes, yes, yes! You will fall in love with Miles Vorkosigan and probably spend all your credits on this outstanding series of book. Lois McMaster Bujold and Grover Gardener are a winning team. I am so in love with all things Vorkosigan.
Oh, Miles, certainly. Despite all his flaws and disabilities he is engaging, intriguing, and sympathetic. You can't help but fall in love with him.
This is the first of his recordings I have ever heard, but he is masterful as the frenetic genius, Miles Vorkosigan.
I laughed, cried, sighed and fell in love.
I just can't say enough about this series - or Grover Gardener. One of the best characterizations I have heard to date, and I have over 500 audiobooks in my library. Don't be confused by my infatuation with Miles. These are not "love stories", they are about space travel, space battles, and the struggle of a physically flawed genius to be the best he can possibly be and overcome all obstacles. Listen to just one and you'll be hooked, too!
wonderful story - I've read it before- would like a new story.
more love interest
once upon a time
It was a blast
Seemed like something I would like based on prior reviews ....but I didn't. It wasn't horrible. The writing is actually quite good. I like the brains triumphing over brawn theme but it just was too unbelievable. A 17 year old with no prior military experience on a little intraplanetary visit picks up a few rag tag misfits and ends up defeating far more experience mercenary armies while severely outnumbered and outgunned and eventually building his own large mercenary army and winning a long brewing war in a couple of months. Multiple grizzled mercenary commanders just fall into line with a small weak 17 year old??? Sorry...not buying it.
Didn't love the narration either. Nasally and monotone.
I'll give it 3 stars because I did enjoy a lot of the writing and dialog, just not the story.
The performer's voice takes a little getting used to, but I came to like it after a while. This isn't a particularly deep book, but it's engaging and kept my interest.
I have not read the print version. But this is a very accessible audio book. Quite easy to listen to and enjoy.
This is old world SciFi. There is a compelling main character and an interesting empire-style world. The story sets us down in the middle of events, but doesn't overwhelm with too much of, let's call it, window dressing. I only found myself zoning out on the world-building history lessons a couple of times.
This is my first one by Grover, but I plan to go back for more titles in this series.
No. But that never happens to me, so not a problem. I had no trouble turning this one off. But I also had no trouble returning to the story later.
This is an enjoyable and rousing listening experience. If you enjoy the older Asimov and Bradbury style sci-fi, I feel you will enjoy this story.
The story was too predicable. The characters were light. The author builds an interesting sci-fi world. But, the the hero who is introduced so well walks through the book as if we know he can't lose.
He had great characters but he was afraid to explore their darker sides.
No, I felt I knew what would happen as the story went on.
As a lover of good writing and as a burnt out science fiction buff, you'd think I would have discovered this literary gem years ago. I can't believe I missed it all these years. Ms. Bujold is first and foremost a writer, that fact that she uses the scifi genre to carry her social speculations should not limit this book and others in the series to the science fiction shelves. But she uses her speculations to carry, not override a corking good story with an unforgettable cast of characters. For me, the hallmark of an outstanding piece of fiction is that the characters stay with me as if they were people I actually know. Not one of the characters, no matter how minor is merely a paper doll used to fill space. Who will ever forget Miles Vorkorsigan, or Seargeant Bothori, or Cordelia Naismith or Aral Vorkorsigan, or Ivan-you-idiot. Last but not least kudos to Grover Gardner for his brilliant narration: I love the clean edginess of his voice and his ability to highlight the humor and the sadness in the story.
The plot, the fully developed cast of characters, the imaginative vision of the author, and the forward momentum of the story as a whole.
Miles Vorkorsigan Sergeant Bothori
This book can't successfully be made into a two hour film: deserves an 8 hour miniseries on television produced by someone who makes television for something higher than third grade.
Enjoy the adventure
Hard to believe I found the main character appealing. Physically, he is fragile, very short and a target for bullies. His family is rich, powerful and he uses family connections to manipulate others. He is abrasive, obnoxious and a know it all. At first, I thought he would be a pathetic loser or even a villain, but definitely not someone to admire. He even loses the girl.
I found myself cheering for this man. Despite his physical problems, he is fearless. In almost all circumstances, the odds are stacked against success, but he finds ways to turn bad situations into good ones. And most importantly, he succeeds because he empowers others to believe in themselves.
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