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Shards of Honor Audiobook

Shards of Honor

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Publisher's Summary

It was the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons. And Captain Cordelia Naismith of the Betan Expeditionary Force would be forced into a separate peace with her enemy, Lord Vorkosigan.

Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space.

Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

©1986 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Bujold] gives [her] characters enough emotional depth, and enough sense, to raise their story beyond cliché." (Locus)

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    motown Bangor, Maine 06-23-09
    motown Bangor, Maine 06-23-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous!"

    I became hooked on LMB when I first read this book many years ago. It is just as good on audiobook and the narrator does a great job. Now if Audible would only do the sequel, Barayarar

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-28-09
    Melissa Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-28-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Nice to get the earlier books..."

    Anyone who has enjoyed reading about Miles and Ivan and their adventures will love this book. Each story about Miles has told bits and pieces of his parent's story - enough to support whatever Miles is doing at the moment but never enough to get to know Arl and Cordelia. This story delves deeper into their characters and how they met. We also get to know a little about the Sargent and understand better why he was the way he was. Coming into this series backward, it's nice to see that Miles is a composite of his parents. Had I encountered this story before any of the stories about Miles, it would have been less interesting. Part of the fun is to look for people who you know are in future books (like Arty Mayhew!).

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 05-26-09
    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 05-26-09 Listener Since 2006

    Neale

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    "Very Average"

    Being a fan of LMB's later fantasy work I was keen to listen to some earlier sci-fi. The reviews were all good for this audio book but I can't agree. The dialog was stilted, you couldn't get into the characters the story was all over the place and didn't flow - I can't see how a long series was started from this. I love sci-fi but this was only average.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 05-20-15
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Love and war"
    Any additional comments?

    How do any two people meet and decide to spend the rest of their lives together? Lois McMaster Bujold provides a cross-cultural version that is both familiar and new. In Shards of Honor, Aral Vorkosigan and Cordelia Naismith become star-crossed lovers in the middle of interstellar disputes. This story has it all-intrigue, betrayal, compassion, honor, hope, and love. It is brilliant writing for astute readers. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 01-15-15
    G. Parish 01-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "Sweeping Space Opera"

    This is just solid space opera in the vein of Star Wars with more thought behind the consequences of the actions the individuals take as well as the reactions of those around them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Smakman Netherlands 08-26-13
    E. Smakman Netherlands 08-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "An epic series at its beginning"

    Once in a while I buy a book because I have a credit, not because I have a desire to read it. So this book stayed on my shelf for more than a year. And lucky me! If I would have started it earlier, I would have been hooked to the series much earlier and would have read all 16 of them in the past months! And had read no other books...

    This is the start of the Vorkosigan series, and together with its successor Barrayar outlines the details of how Miles' parents met and came together. I will not spoil anything by saying this. The story is believable and entertaining at the same time. Cordelia and Aral are slowly showing their own character in the various actions that fill this first volume. And some other characters are introduced which become more important in the next episode. Although I rate Barrayar a bit higher due to suspense and story, Shards of Honor does not disappoint and it is a worthwhile introduction to the series.

    If you don't like this book, than you can skip the rest too.
    By the way, the start of the story of Miles Vorkosigan himself is with 'The Warrior's Apprentice'. Some reviewers feel it is better to start with that one.

    Grover Gardner is great as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-29-12
    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    This book sets the stage for everything to follow. As such, if you're just being introduced to the series it's a good place to start. The characters introduced here aren't in every following book, but the things you learn about them personally and their cultures are invaluable.

    This whole series is well-written and engaging. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 08-18-12
    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 08-18-12
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    "Avoid this book if you prefer hard sci-fi....."

    If you are a fan of traditional hard science fiction and space opera by the likes of Peter Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds and Iain Banks, then you probably won't like this book. It is basically a love story that happens to be set in a futuristic setting. Not a bad story (if you like this genre), but few if any new ideas were presented and this book could have just as easily be set in modern times.

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    Jay Spokane, Washington, United States 03-26-12
    Jay Spokane, Washington, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good introduction to Vorkosigan novels"

    Lacks the humor of Miles Vorkosigan (who comes in later books), but has the strong will and courage of his mother - must read for better understanding of future events. I listened to it after already reading and listening few books about Miles. The narrator (Grover Gardner) performance makes these excellent books even better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Saint Louis, MO, United States 03-10-12
    Brian Saint Louis, MO, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2014

    Just Read Baby!

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    "A Solid read, I'll try another"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shards of Honor to be better than the print version?

    No Idea


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Vorkosigian...I have great empathy for honorable men who have to make tough decisions. But I throughly enjoyed Cordelia.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Cordelia


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between Cordelia and Vorkosigan


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book I have read by the author,having read the 4th book in this story arc. This story was much more enjoyable and seemed better written and more believeable. I like books from this genre and Ms.Bujold does a decent job.
    Sometimes it seems as though there is a different writer doing the dialogue...one of them very good and the other one boring, predictabe and pedantic. I particularly enjoyed the interplay between Vorkosigian and Cordelia, especially early in the

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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