Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen : Vorkosigan Saga (chronological)

  • by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: Vorkosigan Saga (chronological)
  • 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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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- D "I read, I write; I listen"

Unsurprisingly Pleasant

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As a long-time fan of this series, I found this audiobook warmly satisfying to experience. Grover Gardner's narration is professional and expressive without being obtrusive, and I was charmed by the characters and plotline, which made for great comfort listening. However, please note: this is primarily a book about the two title characters, both sensible (if sometimes quirky) people who are well into midlife. If you require astonishing plot twists, or if you enjoy high angst, death-defying drama, and youthful mishaps, as in Bujold's books about young Miles, this book might seem rather tame and predictable. But if you'd like an extended glimpse of Cordelia hitting her stride, again, some years after the events of Cryoburn, go ahead and take the jump! For the right kind of reader, this book is a treat.

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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.