The Miles Vorkosikan (sp?) series is one of the most delightful listening (reading?) experiences I have had in years. Bujold delivers an incredible balance of light-hearted humor, exploration of the soul, and self-discovery. I have listened to the entire series and only wish there were 10 more volumes. Miles is an amazingly accessible character, flawed to his brittle bones. Yet, Bujold creates a sense of hope for even the most "challenged." Yes, it is science-fiction/fantasy, but it is a story that a reader of any genre can relate to.
The first Miles Vorkosigan book. It's hard to believe that a 17 year old could get in as much trouble as this kid without getting killed. Living on Barrayar must make you mature fast. Or maybe he just is that much of genius.
I really love Miles, but I do wish I'd seen more of his mother, Cordelia.
This book just throws you into it. Intrigue, machinations, actions scenes. What fun! Miles is a great character. But an incredibly unique one. 4 foot 9, a twisted spine, hunchback in a society that hates mutants. Of course, Miles is not a genetic mutant - and is more than happy tell you that! He is arrogant and proud but not so much to make him unlikable. His arrogance and pride are great strengths and great weaknesses.
In some ways, Miles reminds me of Peter Parker (except Peter has a lot more trouble paying his rent). Miles also questions himself constantly. He is also very endearing because of how he wants to experience love.
Another great part of this book is the humor. I would get the giggles at several points in this book. Miles is just such a manipulator and is always several moves ahead of his opponents (and allies for that matter).
As a side note, this book also has a scene that is still disturbing me. I'm sure there are worse torture scenes in other books. But this one is still making my stomach turn. (Of course, that could be the flu.)
Seemed like something I would like based on prior reviews ....but I didn't. It wasn't horrible. The writing is actually quite good. I like the brains triumphing over brawn theme but it just was too unbelievable. A 17 year old with no prior military experience on a little intraplanetary visit picks up a few rag tag misfits and ends up defeating far more experience mercenary armies while severely outnumbered and outgunned and eventually building his own large mercenary army and winning a long brewing war in a couple of months. Multiple grizzled mercenary commanders just fall into line with a small weak 17 year old??? Sorry...not buying it.
Didn't love the narration either. Nasally and monotone.
I'll give it 3 stars because I did enjoy a lot of the writing and dialog, just not the story.
Sci-fi at its best: Fast paced plot, well-developed characters and an original universe though not too otherworldly. The book is so well received with good reason. Also, the narration is perfect.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I love finding a good new series of books and an author I can appreciate. This book was a pleasant surprise and felt much like the Prince Rogers series by John Ringo and David Weber. Miles although partially crippled is incredibly intelligent and can come up with brilliant plans at the ready. We are swept from one situation to the next as Miles learns what it means to be a commander and come up with plans to manipulate those that accompany him. I would have liked to see a little more of the battle school training. Although the ending explained everything I still felt it could have gone on further, or perhaps, better ended after Miles gives ceramony to his friend. Lastly, I don't think the title of this book is a real good fit. But I guess that really isn't very important. Overall, the characters were very enjoyable and the narrator did a good job with the voices.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
This is the first of the series which focuses on Miles. Miles is a futuristic genius who overcompensates for his physical disability by trying to become a member of the military set. Miles is one of my favourite characters in literature.
This is a fast paced, character driven book, with witty/intelligent dialogue. It does have its dark moments. Has occasional reliance on coincidence and less than clever actions of others, but on the whole this excellently written book has everything: romance (some unrequited), action adventure, politics, intrigue, death, humour, drama.
Not my favourite book in the series but well worth the credit!
Well Miles has fallen into the deep ...stuff... now. Sometimes, you get what you asked for in the worst possible way.
This series is one of the best in the genre. This is a marvelously fully realized future universe inhabited by real and fascinating men and women. Miles, the main character, is complex and charming. This first novel is a coming of age story combined with the triumph of the under-dog. It took me a little while to fall in love with the narrator. He is not one of those that does lots of different voices, but he is very expressive, and has become one of my favorites. The rest of the series only gets better. It's never formulaic; the characters continue to grow and develop as the author explores the reaches of her universe. Enjoy!
I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
The Warrior???s Apprentice was a fun audiobook: entertaining, fast-paced, humorous, suspenseful, at times moving, and expertly read by Grover Gardner. He doesn???t strain to unnaturally change his voice for the different male and female, old and young characters, but it???s easy to tell them all apart, because of his intelligent and skillful reading and because of Bujold???s clear writing.
The story opens with teenaged Miles Vorkosigan, heir to a distinguished family of counts living on the martial planet of Barrayar, breaking both of his brittle legs on an obstacle course and hence losing his chance to enter the military academy. Sent to visit his maternal grandmother Naismith on Beta Colony along with his bodyguard Bothari and Bothari???s beautiful and spirited daughter Elena, Miles tries to help a drunken suicidal outmoded jump ship pilot and so sets in motion an ever-escalating chain of crises which require all his people skills, powers of observation, bluffing ability, quick thinking, chutzpah, leadership, luck, and ???forward momentum??? to deal with.
I suppose that some of the situations are dealt with a little too easily and that the climax ends a little too patly, but Bujold???s humor is appealing, she inserts interesting moral complexity and convincing motivation into many of her characters, and the maturing Miles is just a great protagonist to root for. Although I had listened to Bujold???s excellent Chalion novels, this was my first Miles Vorkosigan book, and despite finding it a little bit thinner and lighter than those, I am looking forward to listening to others in this series read by Grover Gardner.
I listened to this in the car with my 13 and 16 year old daughters. We all enjoyed it immensely. (My daughter frequently called from the back of the car "We love you Miles!" whenever he was displaying "forward momentum" - the chutzpah that carries him through his adventures.) Sometimes we missed some of the details of the political intrigue by not seeing it written down, but it didn't matter to the overall enjoyment of an engaging story about likeable characters.