Witty, clever, entertaining
Myles, The young adult son of very talented powerful noble couple in a modern warrior culture and the main protagonist. Myles is both a smart young hero and a physically maimed person. The injury occurs because of an assassination attempt on Myles in utero because his legendary and heroic father was regent for the then newly appointed child emperor at the time. As far fetched as all this context seems, it is written believably and well. This tale is a great story in its own right but it also provides a great example of a hero who is a better, more creative person because of how he overcomes his physical differences and the deeply ingrained social predjudices his native culture hasagainst them. I want to stress that though the hero has physical difference and some negative bias he must overcome, the story is not focused on that part of the plot aspect, nor is it preachy when that facet of Myles factors in. It simply provides great backstory and impetus for Myles being a more interesting person that is believably more self aware than a character his age would be. It gives him more depth than simply explaining his good qualities as the product of his great genetics, terrific family upbringing and superior education. You are able to see that Myles was able to creatively game and ultimately excel in the very physically demanding warrior culture because he was always acutely aware of his special and separate status within it. More importantly it is an enriching factor that helps to set the stage for an extraordinary coming of age story.
Yes, the narration is good, not awesome but good. For me, it neither took away from Nor did it greatly add to the quality of story.
Classic soft scifi story that is a great adventure story that explores many human dilemmas in the quest setting. Great human insights into overcoming many real obstacles beyond the obvious ones that only apply to a fictional context and yet the story's are entertaining exciting and you do end up caring about the characters and get some good laughs too. Also it is worth noting that though this is a scifi story you see signs of the author's ability to write genuinely beautiful and lyrical prose not typically found in such faire. Overall this is a the fourth good book in a series of books about heroic men in a top noble family in futuristic Spartan global government, in an interstellar age. The fourth book is actually the first book that features Myles as the main protagonist in the family's saga and is as good a place to start as book one because this book reads the way Star Wars episode Three film played when it opened that saga up. Both start with a son's tale only to also have the first three books describe the full first person account of the mother and father in a very exciting fashion as well. Bottom line, the book is part of a beloved Science Fiction series and this book is one of the only other books in the series that acts as a good starting point for immersing yourself larger saga. The narrator is strong though not amazing. He is very good at delivering the humorous dialogues at points, but his voice is not like some other performances that seemed to actually elevate the material. That said, the narrator Grover Gardner certainly did not detract from the story either and is overall a good narrator. So If you're looking for a soft science fiction adventure book that's well written by an author who can both tell a good story as well as write beautiful prose, and you want that book to be a part of a much longer and strong epic narrative, then "The Warriors apprentice" by Lois McMaster Bujold, would be a very good audible book selection.
This isn't the 1st Vorkosigan book, but it works as the beginning of its own series. It's a smart, fun action series. You will laugh & cheer for Miles.
Miles isn't always the smartest guy in the room, but he's so good at faking it on those rare occasions when he encounters someone more intelligent, that you'd never know. Bujold has created a character that keeps you coming back for more.
Listening to this I find myself thinking that they need to find a younger clone of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones) to play Miles. Both are characters that live in societies that disparage them for their appearances that become massively important people due to their wits.
Thanks to other readers for the rest of the series in order:
- The Warrior's Apprentice
- The Vor Game
- Ethan of Ethos (No Miles, but important for later stories)
- Brothers in Arms
- Mirror Dance (1994)
- Memory (1996)
- Komarr (1998)
- A Civil Campaign
- Winterfair Gifts
- Diplomatic Immunity
... and all hell breaks loose of course. With the usual panache and character development that we've come to expect of Bujold. A great read.
Grover Gardner's reading is competent and did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book.
I admit that I am not normally a fan of the space genre of sci-fi. Usually its all just a bit too male-orientated for me, especially when long sections of book are dedicated to weapons, or technology or the spaceship... However, I loved this series, I have now listened to all the Miles Vorkosigan books, they have been fabulous company as I have repainted the interior of my house :-) Miles is flawed, but extremely well understood by the author, you can't help but love him in spite of himself. I have enjoyed that in later books the author has you watching Miles through the eyes of others, which is fairly amusing when you have watched him 'grow up' through the series. If you, like me, do not normally choose this genre of book, give it a go, maybe you will also be pleasantly surprised and become a fan.
it is really funto get to know the main hero in the novel. Like so many of us, he puts in his best, well intentioned efforts which result in moving from one crises to the next. He has many endearing qualities, weaknesses and sadistic moments.
I am very picky what I spend my monthly allotment of audible credits on as I am sure most are and I forget exactly how I stumbled upon this great book. But I am glad that I did. I really enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
The story telling is wonderful, and even though Grover Gardner, the narrator does not give each character their own voice, as many other productions do, it took nothing away from this adventure. In fact Mr. Grover has been added to my list of all time favorite narrators.
Lois McMaster Bujold's plot development is wonderful. But it is her character development that really makes this book. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to. I found a connection with many of the characters and at many points in the story I found myself laughing out loud at one witty comment or another.
Say something about yourself!
I really wanted to like this book. I liked the characters a lot. I liked the narrator. I liked the beginning, I liked the end. It was just everything in between that I hated. It was so boring! I just could care less about all the mercenary stuff. What a waste of interesting characters. I won't be listening to any more of this series.
I just could not get into this. The narration was very good and the characters interesting. But the story was either jumping around too quickly or dragging. There was no good medium. I ended up stopping it about 2/3 because it hit a slow part and lost me.
I normally go for fantasy books and use sci-fi as a break. This was a fun book to listen to. It had aspects of a feudal system in a space era.
Miles over comes his physical limitations to earn his place as a master mind of war tactics.
I'd recommend this book
Open up your eyes young one
I Love this book. Miles will lead you on a trail that goes across the universe and back again. What a delightful story. I have since purchased all the Vorkosigan series books since listening to this book. well worth your time. Highly Recommend