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Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen Audiobook

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen: The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures, Book 17

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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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  • D
    corona, ca United States
    4/02/16
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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.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Mukilteo, WA, United States
    22/07/16
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    "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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Colin Croft
    Perth, Western Australia Australia
    6/08/16
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    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    Duluth, MN, USA
    29/04/16
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    "Did Mrs Bujold actually write this???"
    What was most disappointing about Lois McMaster Bujold’s story?

    Ouch! If anyone else had written this book I would not have finished it. I consider myself a big fan of Lois McMaster Bujold. I will recommend any of the other books, I own all of the audible titles, and I will buy her next book, but this one just fell flat. The villains weren't vile. the Romance was more bizarre than romantic. It was almost all character development which was more pointless than entertaining. I kept waiting for something to happen.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sapere Aude
    New England
    7/02/16
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MarissaB
    Brighton, CO, United States
    15/03/16
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    "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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Onerka
    Alaska United States
    17/04/16
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    "Good lord, Lois is going through menopause"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Sentimental women who want to see this incredible Vorkosigan series come to an end!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lois McMaster Bujold again?

    Yes, when she gets her shit together and does some prequels to this book to cover the years she skipped from the last.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen?

    The whole premise.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beulahhandyman
    United States
    26/06/16
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    "Characters and images that stick with you"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    "He looked as tall and cool as ever, but a faint panicked light in his blue eyes had put her oddly in mind of a cat that had just had an inadvertent ride in a dryer." Listening brings extra enjoyment of Bujold's wit and turn of phrase.


    What other book might you compare Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen to and why?

    For wit, look also to the works of John Scalzi.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is usually the one I just finished.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's hard when the book ends and you have to leave these characters. There is a temptation to not finish so you can spend time savoring what happened in the current scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Lois McMaster Bujold is my favorite author. I have all of her books in audio format. Only one had a reader whose precision masked the wit of the writing..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Katibird
    15/05/16
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    "Disappointingly boring unlike past novels"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Reader was fine.


    What could Lois McMaster Bujold have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A little more plot and a little less probing into the sexual practices of everyone. Maybe that is cogent these days but it makes for a bad novel


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. No idea


    What character would you cut from Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen?

    It's not the characters. It is the endless dissection of their sexual mores.


    Any additional comments?

    I think back on her really great reads and feel a little gypped and sucked in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    St. Louis, MO
    1/04/16
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    "Great performance by Gardner, Slow and Boring book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the plot had been structured like those of the other books in Vorkosigan series. They all combined interesting characters, evolving and devolving relationships with action and interesting adventures. This book was simply a romance novel set in the future. Really disappointing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lois McMaster Bujold again?

    Yes. She is one of the best scifi/fantasy writers ever. I realize that some may like the book but, for me, many of the romance sections could have been excised or shortened and something involving tension/conflict/action/danger should have been introduced. Her earlier book on Miles' courtship did this and was wonderful reading.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Rosina Rowantree
    North West England
    18/11/16
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    "Every trace of an exciting plot dispensed with"
    Would you try another book written by Lois McMaster Bujold or narrated by Grover Gardner?

    I have read them all. This was the one that appealed least - even less than Diplomatic Immunity and Cryoburn.


    Has Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen put you off other books in this genre?

    A difficult question, since the genre it appears to be written for isn't the genre in which most of Ms Bujold's books are set. It's a lazy, self-indulgent self-congratulatory conclusion for Ms Bujold's own favourite Mary Sue, bringing in character after character who had submerged all other attributes to support her. If you like the ideas of BayBees! and Toddlers! and agonising over long-dead secrets - secrets which within days they seem happy to tell to anyone who's interested, all of whom accept with it grace and tolerance.The only one of the on-going problems that actually boiled over was deal with so efficiently by Mary Sue's idealised devoted swain that it became an anticlimax. No wrecks, and nobody drownded, in fact nothing to laugh at all. I began to wish that Miles would poke the hexapod with his stick with the horse'shead handle. If you are going to write an episode in a space opera, don't buy plot bunnies, then decide not to use them to any effect.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen?

    The important question is - which scenes would I have insisted on being inserted. They would have been scenes with some more significant action than a made up game, competed in by characters we neither knew, nor cared about, with rules that might have been comprehensible, but were, absolutely, irrelevant. There might have been a dastardly Cetegandan plot, or a raid by Jackson's Hole on the mothballed Prince Serge, or even a sudden eruption of a volcano. But instead we got kids eating cake.


    Any additional comments?

    I am keeping it because I have the others, and have only myself to blame for not heeding the warnings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stefan
    12/06/16
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    "Very disappointing read."

    I felt quite let down by this addition to the saga. I finished it simply out of loyalty to the grand story world I love. I wish I could travel back in time, give my younger self a short summary and save the credit for something more worthy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dowie
    8/02/16
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    "No Space drama its just a mills & boon romance"
    Would you try another book written by Lois McMaster Bujold or narrated by Grover Gardner?

    I have the purchased them all since the Warriors Apprentice and really enjoyed them. I really like the wheeling and dealing that the author can generate and tell with interest. I was so looking forward to this.


    What was most disappointing about Lois McMaster Bujold’s story?

    This was put forward as a Miles Vorkosogan story. He just appears hafl way through kind of thing. Its a romance not adventure. The story is well crafted and highlights a number of issues. However its not about beating the bandwagon


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favourite?

    Gardener is a brilliant narrator its just this book content with nods to previous storylines isnt for me .


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen?

    Non question its the authors work - they have to get it right


    Any additional comments?

    On the edge of sending this back - but I wont , mostly because of Grovers narration , it can play in the background. If you are new to the Vorkosogan Saga don't start with this one you wont want to read the rest

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elena
    8/11/17
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    "a bit of a disappointment"

    good to revisit old favourite characters and check what they are up to, but not as dynamic and full of sparkle as Vorkosigan normally is. Especially after such gems as cryoburn and captain vorpatryl's alliance. I wonder if this is the last we are hearing of this world. It would be a real shame. I would be curious to see how Alex and Miles plays out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Furlong
    London
    7/05/17
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    "Space Mills&Boone"

    I'm a big fan of Miles and even a little bit of his assorted relatives, but I really don't know why this book exists. Cordelia is mildly irritating at the best of times, but this book bring entirely devoid of action, drama or even any kind of arc pushes all her worst traits to the fore. It also gives plenty of space to Bujold's annoying habit of over-using and describing gestures, usually hand gestures, that nobody in the history of the universe has ever actually used.

    I don't particularly want to read a romance novel, never have, but if I did, I would rather like it to have some kind of a plot. I kept waiting for someone to happen! I feel tricked into reading this as I normally know that I'm getting in the Vorkosiverse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digitalsitiriyadh
    21/05/16
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    "Vorkosigan, but not Miles"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Somewhat. It's a nice enough story, but a real departure from other vorkosigan saga.


    Would you recommend Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It's really not my cup of tea.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Nothing really springs to mind. Not that it is bland, it just did not grab me the way the usual vorkosigan saga would.


    Do you think Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Give me back the space opera!


    Any additional comments?

    I was tempted to return the book, but I did enjoy the narration, even if it was disappointing. It's like ordering a ribeye steak, and getting nicoise instead. I still enjoyed it, but it is not steak

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/05/16
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    "Different but does draw you in."

    Not quite what I was expecting but Grovers usual beautiful reading and the authors careful, polished writing is like an old friend.

    These books are I think unique. I only hope Lois continues to delight us for many years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    CheshamUnited Kingdom
    25/02/16
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    "Not a typical Vorkosigan saga novel, but still good!"

    I enjoyed the much more personal story in play in the book - not least the chance to catch up with an older, wiser Cordelia. The development of the plot may not have the sweep of Miles' adventures in his pomp, but the issues raised are no less interesting, nor the relationships explored.

    A change of pace certainly, but not an unwelcome one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr H. Teph
    Sweden
    9/02/16
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    "A life of work dwindling down"

    This is a good good, no doubt of that, but it feels ... sad. To me it really feels like a goodbye to old friends, which you know you may never see again.
    The book really feels much better than the last three Vorkosigan, neither Diplomatic Immunity nor Cryoburn had any real oomph in them and Capt. Vorpatril was oddly unfinished. This book feel more cohesive and well written, with more heart in. Actually, that is what is in it ... heart.
    The first chapter hit me like a emotional broadside, and the rest of the book my poor soul was shell shocked.
    Vox Day would hate this one I guess...

    But in the end, it feels like an epiloge ... or an eulogy of some sorts.

    The reading was unexceptional but adequate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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