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Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures, Book 17
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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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.

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

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Shoukd be removed from the canon

Will most likely be removed from the canon in a future Vor Kosigan religion.

Although as always, narrated brilliantly, and lois deserves endless thanks for her previous work.

but no.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • larry
  • 18-03-2016

slow

I have always been a fan of hers but this last book really was not very good it was slow almost entirely about their love lives and backstories and the biggest antagonist was a bunch of flying jellyfish

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-2016

Discovering how old friends got on ....

If you are like me, after the death of Aril, I could one imagine ..what next...?
I will not give away plots but loved that my questions where answered in such a satisfying way ( and more what!)
If you are a lover of the writing style of Lois McMaster Bujold and the saga that is the "Vorkosigan universe"
You are in for a treat.

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  • Sapere Aude
  • 07-02-2016

I enjoyed it as a fan, but doesn't stand alone

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Grover Gardner is a great reader, I've enjoyed listening to him through all the Vorkosigan books.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book as a fan of the Vorkosigan series, but it doesn't have the same intense action plotline as the others, and even as a romance goes it isn't all that novel. It read more like a prequel - except its set after everything else. I loved the return to Cordelia, one of my favorite characters and it is my hope that Bujold wrote this novel as a bridge to transition to a new series of novels with Cordelia's daughter(s) as a female lead.

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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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  • P. Brody
  • 14-02-2016

A huge disappointment.

After so many good books this one had no real plot, no suspense, and no action. A sweet but boring love story.

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  • Thomas
  • 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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