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Barrayar: A Vorkosigan Adventure | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

Barrayar: A Vorkosigan Adventure

In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.
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Publisher's Summary

Political intrigue, culture clash and romance make a stirring mix in this award-winning follow-up novel to the acclaimed Shards of Honor.

In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them.

Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power and the threat of civil war. When a palace coup endangers the government, their lives, and her unborn son, Cordelia takes action to secure the safety of her new family and new home.

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more in the Vorkosigan saga.

©1991 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 1992 Hugo Award, Best Novel

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    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-29-12
    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Things start moving now"

    This is the one that explains Miles' physical limitations to us all, for the books to come. It also gives us a good look into Barrayaran politics, which is important to understanding the "why" of most of what happens later.

    These books are ALL wonderful, and you can't go wrong reading, um, listening to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Cheney 08-24-10
    Lori Cheney 08-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Prequel"

    This is like a prequel to the Miles Vorkosigan series. It was enjoyable to get to know Miles parents and what they went through to bring Miles into this world. Their personalities are funny as well as courageous and down-to-earth inspite of their high standing in their world. I read A Civil Campaign first, which is like almost the last one in the Miles Vorkosigan series and then this book. So, now I guess I need to read in between some.... Funny, romantic, dramatic, adventurous -- it's all there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CatBookMom 01-26-10
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    "At Last!"

    Last summer when I listened to the end of "Shards of Honor" I immediately began anticipating the release of the rest of Cordelia's story in "Barrayar". Grover Gardner's voice once again brought the characters to life, and made the story even better than reading it does. I found new insights and new questions about the story and the interactions between the characters. Well done!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 06-23-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 06-23-11

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Excellent backfill story"

    An excellent back-fill of Miles' origins. I really liked how characters that play a big role later in Miles' life are introduced and developed here. Cordelia is also interesting as a character on her own - trying to make it in a world very different from her home planet.

    There is no confusion as to what political stance Bujold holds, but it isn't overwhelming or condescending. There's enough action and suspense to keep the story moving forward, but the book has a huge character and society development component to it. After the denouement there is still quite a bit of "story" to read - there is no action or suspense in this part, but it's very interesting if you really want to know how Miles (and his compatriots) came to be.

    The narrator is the same as in the rest of the Miles' books - he does a good job but, since the main character is Cordelia, it was a bit odd to hear the voice I associated with Miles in the other books when Cordelia was talking.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Another entertaining novel by Bujold"

    Another entertaining Bujold novel (I expect no less). Barrayar won the Hugo Award. This books shows us the culture in Barrayar, the Vorkosigan home planet, and explains how Miles, the protagonist of most of the VORKOSIGAN books, became deformed.

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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 05-30-13
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2011

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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    This is a later novel in the Vorkosigan Adventure. Story holds together well - bit slow getting started. The ending is pretty good. The performance is good.

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    P. Dever-Reynolds 03-11-13 Member Since 2008

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    "My favorite, of the whole Vorkosigan series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Barrayar to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    it's often surprising, and funny, and gives great insight into the characters, with lots of action, too


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    great with the voices, the pacing ... making the book even better, without putting his performance in the forefront.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I've read them all, and the audio versions are even better than print.

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    Kathy Faifield, Australia 02-11-13
    Kathy Faifield, Australia 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the story, characters and narrator"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was entertaining, the characters likeable (which is important to me) and the sci-fi was believable. I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest of this series.

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    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 02-09-13
    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great sequel to Shards of Honor. Wonderful!"

    Author follows up the relationship begun in Shards of Honor and spins a wonderful tale of family building, politics and political intregue. Cordelia is a one woman tour de force dedicated to her family and finishing problems she did not start but impact her life and her family.

    Bujold delivers -- again.

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    Andrey Auckland, New Zealand 01-18-13
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    "No action at all. Grey's anatomy at it's worst"
    What disappointed you about Barrayar?

    It's not a sci fi novel it pretends to be. It's more like a love story with a lot of feelings but no action at all. I hoped it'll get better, but it didn't, though I was able to finish only half


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