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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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    Rosina Rowantree North West England 18/11/2016
    Rosina Rowantree North West England 18/11/2016 Member Since 2015

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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.

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    Stefan 12/06/2016
    Stefan 12/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Dowie 08/02/2016
    Dowie 08/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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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

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    Digitalsitiriyadh 21/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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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

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    Amazon Customer 09/05/2016 Member Since 2013

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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.

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    James CheshamUnited Kingdom 25/02/2016
    James CheshamUnited Kingdom 25/02/2016 Member Since 2009
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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.

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    Dr H. Teph Sweden 09/02/2016
    Dr H. Teph Sweden 09/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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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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