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Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.
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Publisher's Summary

Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. At least that's what Miles Vorkosigan thinks, and he should know - having done both once already.

Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and incredible artistry from a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to military duty, he finds himself summoned home to face the Barrayaran security chief, Simon Illyan.

But Miles' worst nightmares about Simon Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares. Under suspicion himself, Miles must seek out the answers to Ilyan's nightmares or see the inevitable destruction of Imperial Security and, with it, the Empire.

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

©1996 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Science fiction at its very best!" (Rave Reviews)
"As ever with Bujold, Memory is a delight!" (Locus)
"Bujold fans of long standing will justly hail [this] as a masterpiece that contains some of her finest prose and characterization. Bujold continues to prove what marvelous genius can create out of basic space operatics." (Booklist)

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    Louis South San Francisco, CA 04-15-08
    Louis South San Francisco, CA 04-15-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Order of series"

    I hope someday Audible publishes the whole series (or at least numbers them), in the

    meanwhile, here is something that might be useful.

    The Vorkosigan Saga, in series order:

    - Dreamweaver's Dilemma
    - Falling Free
    - Shards of Honor
    - The Warrior's Apprentice
    - The Mountains of Mourning (included in Borders of Infinity)
    - The Vor Game
    - Cetaganda
    - Ethan of Athos
    - Labyrinth (included in Borders of Infinity)
    - The Borders of Infinity
    - Brothers in Arms
    - Mirror Dance (1994)
    - Memory (1996)
    - Komarr (1998)
    - A Civil Campaign
    - Winterfair Gifts
    - Diplomatic Immunity


    In truth you can skip around, but it's more fun if you kindof read these in order.

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    H. West Roxbury, MA, USA 08-22-07
    H. West Roxbury, MA, USA 08-22-07
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    "Good. Almost great, but in the end - good."

    Grover Gardner has definitely got the hang of the Miles Vorkosigan books by now. He's not an inspired reader, but he's not a poor one, either. There's nothing about this performance to offend or mesmerize, and if you've heard many other Vorkosigan books, you'll know about how Gardner reads this one: perfectly serviceably.

    The book, coming directly after _Mirror Dance_, is in some ways one of Bujold's best, and in others one of her most frustrating. The opening premise is difficult to sit still for, it's so uncomfortable: good writing, but not a pleasant experience. Once the initial, excruciating premise plays itself out, the book becomes far more engaging, and contains some of Bujold's best character work and writing. The problem is that for many readers, the central mystery is terribly transparent, and it's hard to spend hours (or a couple hundred pages) waiting for the certified super-genius to ask the question which occurred to the listener/reader after five minutes. The fact that this manages to be one of her best novels *in spite* of that says a great deal about the deft competence of the writing. Bujold is is one of those satisfying writers who make fandom pay off by getting better and better with age. _Memory_ so far exceeds the meager competence of the earliest Vorkosigan books that it's in a whole separate class. The only things which made the early books worth reading and rereading were the humor, the dialogue, and the characterization. _Memory_ has all that, and solidly good writing besides, with just that one little failure of suspense to put a crimp in its style.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Rene San Diego, CA, United States 09-18-10
    Rene San Diego, CA, United States 09-18-10
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    "Don't listen to this one first"

    'Memory' is easily my favorite of Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan series. It is very intense--in some parts I was laughing and crying at the same time--and is a huge character builder for Miles. One huge caveat, though--DON'T read/listen to this book first. In order to get the full impact of the main conflict, you have to know the personalities and issues of the characters that have been explored and developed over the last five or whatever books. Without that background I think the book would fall a bit flat. Don't get me wrong, it's a well written book on its own and the conflict is explored within the book--but that can't take the place of reading the development of characters over five or six full length novels.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    I. Aleksandrov Moscow, Russia 02-05-09
    I. Aleksandrov Moscow, Russia 02-05-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Possibly my favorite Miles story"

    I love the whole Vorkosigan saga and cant say I dont like any one of the books. But we all have favorites and this one is mine. Yes, its not so action packed as most of the others, but it strikes a meditative, gloomy and very deep note inside me. It is a more adult book than the other to me, although all of the Miles books have concealed (well weaved) ideas which do not come across to everyone.

    Have fun with it, and try to feel the emotions, not only the plot! )

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    K. Jungkind Memphis, TN USA 06-04-09
    K. Jungkind Memphis, TN USA 06-04-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Internal Journey"

    This book is a bit of a departure from the other Miles Vorkosigan books--not the one to start with if you have not read any of the others--but in many ways my favorite. It deals with themes of change, the difficulties of letting go of the past (especially when it has been glorious and successful) and moving on. Bujold's characterization is as always spot on and compelling. The narrator's relatively dry delivery suits Miles.

    11 of 12 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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    "Probably the best Vorkosigan novel"

    Miles Vorkosigan is used to having difficulties with his physical body — he makes up for this by being smarter than almost everyone around him. But in Memory, for the first time Miles is dealing with mental handicaps, too. So is his boss, Simon Illyan. This story is painful as we watch these two brilliant men have to give up the parts of themselves that they think define them. In fact, this happens for other characters, too. It takes a little while to get going, but in the end there’s a lot of change for everyone in Memory.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Jose, CA, United States 02-26-13
    Amazon Customer San Jose, CA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Miles never disappoints!"

    Simply one of the best series of books written in the past 50 years, the Vorkosigan saga repays re-reading and re-listening every time. Bujold has the real writer's imagination along with a deft ability to weave speculative technology into fast-paced plots featuring deeply-felt characters. Although the series is set far away and far in the future, the human-ness of the stories keeps the reader's connection to the story line, no matter which of the characters' point of view is being offered.

    Grover Gardner's reading of these stories is pitch-perfect, and he captures the essence of different personalities and even cultures without resorting to put-on accents.

    For those who have been enchanted by Tolkein, The Sword in the Stone, and even Stephen King, the Vorkosigan books could be the next adventure!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kent Leesville, LA, United States 03-16-09
    Kent Leesville, LA, United States 03-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent! Fun!"

    This series is quite enjoyable. I usually read or listen to a fantasy realm setting, but this has been a nice change in pace. The writings are full of adventure, technical intrigue, near-miss romances and innuendos, and of course comedy. I never know if it's going to be serious or hilarious from one minute to the next. Miles as a persona is limited physically but his intelligence and wit keep you enthralled with the question "What's can possibly happen next?". And if your like me and usually guess the ending early, these books provide surprises and twists almost to the very end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Washington Crossing, PA, United States 07-04-12
    Rebecca Washington Crossing, PA, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "What happens after you blow it?"

    While I would NOT recommend starting with this book, it is one of my favorites in the series.
    As with the first Miles book, Miles starts out by messing things up in a big way, in a way that is spectacularly uncomfortable both for him and for you. And then we get to watch him live through that.
    While there may not be as much surprise in the plot as some would like, there are plenty of lovely developments in this book as we get to know more about many of the characters that fans of the series have come to know and love.
    A great book about failure and recovery, memory and the loss of it, integrity and the loss of it.
    While you don't have to read all of the Miles books that come before this one to enjoy it, you should have a fairly good idea of who Miles is before you enjoy this.
    The performance is fine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 03-25-08
    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 03-25-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Plenty of action, drama, and suspense!"

    I really loved this one! I liked the character development which is more of a focus of this one. It still had plenty of action, drama, and suspense. Love the series! If you like the 'Prince Roger' series by David Weber and John Ringo then you will love these too!

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    6/20/07
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    "Fabulous"

    One of the very best Miles Vorkosigan novels. Miles makes a bad decision and loses nearly everything, but finds that life carries on regardless and is soon back on form. The comedy, plotting and characterisation all work brilliantly. If you haven't read a Vorkosigan novel before don't start here (try Warrior's Apprentice). If you have already read the sequence thus far then you don't really need me going on about how brilliant it is. Just believe me: this is a notch better.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wallington, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Quirky Miles"

    Since the first time I downloaded A Warrior's Apprentice years ago Lois McMaster Bujold has not disappointed. This audio book is no exception. Grover Gardner reads it superbly, giving Rach character the right feel and inflection. I love this series. I would highly recommend it.

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