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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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    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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    "Good Story"

    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

    Penny

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 02-09-13
    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2011

    catbird1950

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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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    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 01-11-13
    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 01-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Is Machiavelli required reading on this planet??"

    The second book in the Vorkosigan saga, Barrayar picks up almost instantly after Shards of Honor. This book is chock full of political intrigue, machinations - honestly, is Machiavelli required reading on this planet? - and murder.

    Bujold throws a little romance, social commentary, and ethics into the mix. Also, it's just a great adventure.

    The worlds and culture of Barrayar and Beta are wonderfully sketched out. Beta a truly egalitarian society - where access to information is a constitutional right - and Barrayar a more rigid, warrior-centric, and imperial society are good case studies.

    I also think this idea that making all the different worlds as direct descendants of Earth, instead of including actual alien civilizations is interesting. All the different civilizations are distinct and different, while all are human.

    The characters are wonderful. Not only do you care for them, but you really want to know more about them. A sign of a great storyteller. On to the next!

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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 06-25-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 06-25-12 Member Since 2013

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "A Space Family Adventure drama"

    A novel filled with humour, satire and just plain fun and adventure, ???Barrayar??? is the second instalment in the light hearted Vorkosigan saga.

    Starting where ???Shards of Honor??? left us, this book follows Cordelia as she becomes Lady Vorkosigan. To her surprise her ???retired??? husband, Aral Vorkosigan is appointed Lord Regent of Barrayar, the backward planet she escaped to for love. Suddenly he is immerse with the politics of the planet all over again and she??? well she does very much the same thing she did in ???Shards of Honor.??? Furthermore she discovers that the reality of marriage and being in love are two very different things.

    Although something of the general plot was very predictable, the way that Lois McMaster Bujold wrote this story, makes it really enjoyable. It is easy to listen to, not too over dramatic, plays with absurdities and doesn???t try to be too philosophical, while sharing some grandmotherly advice. I think this might be the reason that I???ve been hooked.

    Again Grover Gardner is the narrator. He continues with a good solid performance. I never opted out.

    At the end of this novel the stage is set, you will have met Miles Vorkosigan, the actual hero of the rest of the novels??? the stage is set. While not so Indiana Jones-like as the first adventure, it still reminds me of an action novel ??? maybe this novel is a bit more Mr. Bean-like.

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    Donna 02-07-11
    Donna 02-07-11
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    "Would have preferred a female voice"

    Given that the protagonist is a women, I would have preferred to have had a female narrator read this book. However Mr. Gardner does a perfectly fine job.

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    Sandy 12-20-10
    Sandy 12-20-10

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Not Essential"

    Having listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed most of Lois McMaster Bujold's 'Miles' stories , read by Grover Gardner, I found this a little disappointing. Story is great. The reading, well below Mr Gardner's ability.
    The back history did bring Cordelia to life, left me wondering why Arel was so crash hot,and, fleshed out many other major players in the Miles series.
    The 4 stars are for the story fleshing out some of the later characters,and Barrayar history.This helps put Miles in context, though he is big enough to be a memorable and a most enjoyable personality anyway. I would only give it a two or three star as an Audible listening experience. Mr Gardner's telling of the tale is that bad..
    This is the second 'stand alone 'in the series. My suggestion though is cut to the core and listen to 'The Warriors Apprentice' first if you do not know the series of 'stand alone' books. Unlike other series tales, each of the Miles books is complete within itself. More credit to Lois McMaster Bujold for that.

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    Justin quebec, QC, Canada 07-09-10
    Justin quebec, QC, Canada 07-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "decent, worth listening to"

    This is a good sci fi listen in my opinion. FYI I am 40 and enjoy reading all sorts of literture. I suggest reading the first one ( this is the 2nd in series) even tho it doesn't get as high reviews. Bujold does a good job with depth of character (keeping in mind this is a fun sci-fi book and not anything too deep. Good action and sense of tension. Never had that "This is amazing!" feeling but I have listened to 4 in the series. After the 4th I was bored. By the way listened to Midwich Cuckoos, it has a full cast and is my favourite so far.

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    Robin 03-14-10
    Robin 03-14-10 Member Since 2015
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    "My Favorite Author"

    Lois is very good at filling in back stories. I would like to see a book with young miles driving his playmates in all affairs.

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