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    Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny in a new novel by multiple New York Times best-selling author Lois McMaster Bujold.

    Future imperfect: Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his life. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry into a mystery he never anticipated - his own mother.

    Plans, wills, and expectations collide in this sparkling science fiction social comedy as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects - neither is the past.

    ©2015 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    superbe

    une parfaite fin à la série, elle encourage a une relecture entière sous un autre oeil

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    • Susan
    • 22/07/2016

    Only for Cordelia fans and, even then, be warned.

    Where is her editor?

    No plot, no conflict, minimal tension (either emotionally or romantically), and she creates events that happened decades before in the series that go against the characters' natures. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, some difficulty for the characters to overcome. There isn't even any romance tension, which could have saved the book. According to the story, they're basically just re-kindling a relationship, so there's no 'falling in love' process and no wondering if/when they'll declare their love and consummate the relationship. There's mild tension where the hero has to decide to whether to accept a long distance job, but there's no crisis or anything.

    There were points where I thought an exciting plot was about to start, but she never took the story in any of those possible directions. It's frustrating to know it could've been so good that it makes your disappointment so much worse.

    Someone said she's ending her series and tying up loose ends, which is a good idea as the plots and writing have been going downhill. As someone said, this makes a nice, but boring, epilogue. It should not have been a stand alone book.

    I would only read it if you're a Cordelia fan, which I am; so I continued listening all the way to its tedious end. But I would recommend buying a used paperbook, not an audiobook.

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    • Don Gilbert
    • 04/02/2016

    Back to Barrayar

    After more than four years, since Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, Grover Gardner again brings the Vorkosigan saga to life and back to Barrayar in the latest story “Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.”
    I personally began my adventure with this series starting with the “Warriors Apprentice,” and couldn’t get enough of Miles. Brittle boned, slight of build, and always over-matched physically in a world that prided itself on strength, he wass usually able to overcome all obstacles with his keen intelligent and equally sharp and witty wit. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every audible book in this series that Louis McMaster Bujold has so masterfully crafted and this latest release is no exception. Some of my favorited characters are back, including Miles, but this is a Cordelia story. Throughout the series we got to know her; “Shards of Honor” and “Barrayar,” centered on her. We learned of her diverse background growing up on a technological forward thinking planet called Beta Colony that was indirect contrast with the militant hierarchical planet from which her husband came from and which they both resided called Barrayar. Now three years after the death of her famous husband, Aral Vorkosigan, Cordelia, widowed vicereine of Sergyar, is ready to begin a new direction in her life. Insightful and heartwarming, this story does not have a whole lot of action but for those who have been following this series I think you will like this addition.
    Grover Gardner, as usual, gives a great performance setting the tone perfectly.

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    • Thomas W. Gleason
    • 31/01/2018

    A Flop.. READ the REST of the Series NOT THIS ONE

    Lois is one of my favorite SciFi writers. I have absolutely loved all of her other books in this series. They are full of delightful characters, good plots, humor and philosophical insight applicable to living life today, as well as sound speculation on what life could be like if certain science is realized in the future.

    Sadly, this book is a flop. Its plot is uninteresting, not much at all happens. It is a poorly executed romance and nothing more, not at all up to par with the rest of the series.

    Read ALL the REST of the series. They are truly a treat. But don't read this one, it will leave a bad taste in the mouth.

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    • Trent
    • 04/02/2017

    should have stopped at book 16

    don't need the long dwelling on the homosexual story line found the story dry and unengaging especially for being the 17th in the series

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    • Colin Croft
    • 06/08/2016

    Disappointing

    I expected a book similar to the others in the series - full of action, intrigue & humour. What I got was a badly handled & utterly boring romance between Cordelia & a new character that had no real conflict, angst or even interest. There were one or two minor characters that frankly were more interesting than the protagonists but they were never developed beyond the barest minimum. The whole thing should have been a short story or, at most, a novella. I can't see myself ever listening to this again, whereas all the other books in the series have been read & reread many times. Very annoying.

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    • MarissaB
    • 15/03/2016

    Disappointed.

    LMB is one of my favorite authors. I had listened to all of Miles several times over, so I could not wait for this one to come out. Her writing style hasn't changed but I did not care for the story itself. I did not get past the first chapter.

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    • Jefferson
    • 01/02/2018

    a renewed source of gravity and light

    It’s been three years since Aral Vorkosigan suddenly died. Since his death his wife Cordelia, who with Aral dragged the Barryaran Empire into the Galactic community, has been attempting to deal with her loss by fulfilling her many duties as Vicereine of Sergyar, one of three planets in the Empire. Her partner in keeping the colony of 2,000,000+ inhabitants on Sergyar functioning and thriving on the backwater still new world has been Admiral Oliver Jole, the man in charge of the space fleet. One of the early interesting developments of Lois McMaster Bujold's Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (2015), the latest entry in her long-running, intelligent, character-driven space opera Vorkosigan saga, is that Oliver was left at least as bereft as Cordelia at Aral's death, because he had been Aral’s secret lover for over twenty years.

    It turns out, in fact, that Aral, Cordelia, and Jole had been living in an off-the-record three-partner marriage in all but name, Cordelia and Jole sharing the great man, and that since his death they’ve been like a pair of planets deprived of their common sun. As this novel opens, they love each other as old friends (in all their years together with Aral, Cordelia and Oliver made love to Aral separately and never to each other), but then Cordelia drops a bombshell on Oliver, impelling their relationship into a new phase. Cordelia informs him that she has ten genetic lottery tickets: six frozen zygotes (Aral’s sperm in her eggs) that she’s hoping to turn into six daughters and four frozen gametes that she’s offering to Oliver so that he might add his own Y chromosomes to Aral's X chromosomes inside Cordelia's enucleated eggs ('egg shells') so as to have, in effect, sons with Aral. Oliver, who has never married or fathered any children, is at first stunned and then attracted by the possibilities.

    The novel depicts the pair's romance against the backdrop of Cordelia's attempts to move the capital of Sergyar from a terrible location next to a restlessly dormant volcano to a more sensible one despite the opposition of vested interests, and of Oliver's attempts to deal with his impending fiftieth-birthday party and a great job offer that would take him back to Barrayar. Those plot strands are complicated by the surprise visit of Cordelia and Aral’s son Miles Vorkosigan and his wife and six kids, because Miles is curious and keen (and an Imperial Auditor for whom a hint is like a stick in the hands of a boy by a wasp nest). How will Cordelia and Oliver let him know about their plans to become parents and about their new relationship and Oliver and Aral’s old one?

    The story is not complicated by any of the hitherto de rigueur Vorkosigan series nefarious plots or empire threatening dangerous developments. It is a novel about love ('What is love but delight in another human being?'), transience ('While you can, take delight'), parenting ('Parents don’t make children; children make parents'), and happiness (what do Cordelia and Oliver want to do after retirement?). This is all fine, because Bujold's characters and world are so appealing and her writing so witty and the reading experience so comforting and familiar.

    It is a mostly funny and often moving book. There are some great scenes, especially involving one-on-one conversations, like when Cordelia and Oliver have lunch early on, or when Cordelia shows her grandson some of Aral’s sketches, or when Oliver and Miles talk after the birthday party. It is good to learn more about Aral through Cordelia and Oliver's memories of him. And there are some neat descriptions of the Autumnal romance, as, for instance, when Jole is 'Squinting into the light till the crow's feet seemed to wink at her.' And Miles gets some good lines too, like 'I know I had issues with being an only child, but really mother, NINE siblings?'

    That said, it all seems a little too easy compared to other Vorkosigan books. Thanks to the technology of Cordelia's homeworld, Beta Colony, it is easy in Bujold’s sf future to do things like live healthily past 100, to fully enjoy a 50-year-old lover at age 76, to become a mother (multiple times) after age 76, to make babies (artificial conception and uterine replicators mean that women no longer need to conceive, carry, and bear babies), and so on. Another mild kvetch might be that Bujold's seemingly bold move in writing at least half her novel from the point of view of a bisexual character is actually rather tame because Oliver's relationship with Aral is a thing of the past and because he's currently so in love with Cordelia that he seems heterosexual. A more challenging story for Bujold and her readers would depict some or all of the twenty-year period when Oliver and Aral were lovers. . . And Bujold badly uses or under uses the relatively new flora and fauna of Sergyar too much for an sf novel.

    Grover Gardner reads the audiobook and continues to be the only person I can imagine reading the Vorkosigan series. He reads with perfect clarity, emphasis, and understanding. He never does accents, whether Barryaran or Cetagandan, etc., which is both a blessing and a pity. A reader like John Lee would be trying hard to give the different cultures different accents based on earth's (Russian, American, etc.), which would probably distract from the story. On the other hand, it's a little disconcerting when Cordelia's broad Betan accent is rendered in the same American English as every other character's.

    I noticed that Gardner, like all of us, is aging, and that his golden voice reading this book has a new huskiness. Was it his aging voice or the (relatively) quiet plot that made me wonder if the sun powering Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga is finally running out of energy?

    Veterans of the Vorkosigan series would like this book, while new readers should begin with earlier novels like Shards of Honor or Warrior’s Apprentice.

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    • tobias
    • 01/10/2017

    A very bad place to leave the serries.

    This is no last adventure with Miles. No adventure at all. It is more akin to the elements of story that are often left out or glossed over for their banality and lack of interest; like when characters brush their teeth, iron clothes and get their oil changed. I am not going to finish it. I have read every book in the entire series and this does not belong in it, not even for die-hard fans. Reading this gives me the feeling of staying too long after at a party that has ended, tired empty and lacking the luster of previous hours.

    It seemed an opportunity for one last great adventure, but instead is a side story about Cordelia and the late Counts mutual male lover after the counts death and literally nothing more. Two old people sad about what is gone and moving on with their lives. This could have been a trashy romance novel my mother would have read when I was a child (I could see Fabio and a red haired babe on the cover) It makes me wonder about Bujold's own life that this is what was thought might be a good end to the series... when you have been writing a series this long and people are buying every book, the story isn't yours to do this to.

    VorPatrell's Alliance and Cryoburn are great places to end the series, I do not suggest wasting a credit, I am returning this.

    Grover Gardner is of course amazing and though I often will read a book for no other reason than a favorite narrator this is not the case here.

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    • Gomez Fabulous
    • 13/04/2016

    vanishing armada

    I was so disappointed with this book. After the first chapters, I only skimmed. I was kind of painful to see characters and relationships I loved sacrificed... for what?

    I have read every Vorkisigan book, and some of them are among my favorite books ever. Bujold's writing style is in my top three of all-time.

    But in a seemingly obsessive pursuit to redefine/challenge morality, Bujold has turned all of these beloved characters into an amorphous, meaningless mass, especially in this book.

    I loved it when the characters were different from each other, when they challenged each other. Now I can only say: "This again?"

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    • Brendan
    • 11/02/2016

    More romance than usual for the Vorkosigan series.

    More introspection with characters and a focus on the romance aspects than in previous stories. This is fitting with the characters aging and life changes. Still, not quite as adventurous as I would preferred as I am more of a fan of Mile's frantic capers. (I am stating this as a preference not an actual criticism of the book.). Overall a good enjoyable story that is well written and flawlessly narrated.

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    • Walter
    • 14/05/2016

    Nur für Fans

    Ob man ein Buch von Lois McMasters Bujold liest, oder von Grover Gardner vorgetragen bekommt: es macht einfach einen Riesen-Unterschied! Die Leichtigkeit und der Humor mit der die Geschichte vorgetragen wird hebt die Stimmung beim Zuhörer und man taucht ein in eine fremde Welt.

    Rein vom Inhalt her ist das hier ist die erste Geschichte im ganzen Vorkossigan-Zyklus ohne politische Verschwörung die der Held/Heldin aufdecken und einer Lösung zuführen muss. Hier passiert eigentlich gar nichts außer der Familiengeschichte die sonst den amüsanten Hintergrund der Handlung bildet.

    Alles nett und amüsant, aber im Grunde merkt man dass etwas fehlt. So gesehen ist dieses Buch eher nur für echte Fans der Serie wirklich geeignet, denn die vielen Anspielungen setzen gute Kenntnis der Serie voraus.

    Neueinsteiger seien auf frühere Bände der Serie verwiesen.

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    • moicg
    • 13/03/2016

    Misses the thrill of the earlier books

    Was hat Ihnen am meisten an Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen gefallen? Was am wenigsten?

    Still a typical Lois McMaster-Bujold book from the Vorkosigan series - this is the weakest of the series. It lacks the unexpected plot twists. It is more fiction than science fiction.However, the story features some interesting sociocritical discussions on consequences of in vitro fertilization and the application of uterine replicators.

    About the speaker: Grover Gardner is still one of my favourite voice actors.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 20/07/2018

    Good Cordelia story.

    Lovely as ever, but then again, I am a huge fan of Cordelia stories. Recommended.