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.
"[Bujold] gives [her] characters enough emotional depth, and enough sense, to raise their story beyond cliché." (Locus)
Not really a Sci-fi or character-driven sci-fi is perhaps a better description. It's not about space ships, distant life forms, intergalactic war or technology, it's about people. The story could be set in a medieval fantasy and work just as well. I didn't find any of the characters believable in any setting. The plot does seem to pick up toward the last 3hrs if you can make it that far and the story gets interesting too late to save the story over all.
However if you liked "On Basilisk Station" you'll find this very similar in many ways and you'll like this as well.
Oddly, I felt like I was listening to mystery science theater 3000 or was waiting on the peanut gallery to start making fun of its flaws and wisecracking at any moment, I know I was.
I would and have recommended this audiobook to several friends. I love the whole Vorkosigan series and I can't get enough of them. Each book leaves you wanting more.
The most memorable moments are the different creatures that attack them during the trek to safety.
Grover Gardner sounds to me like Edward R. Murrow which brings the story a special feeling. I don't think anyone else could have brought the story to life the way he did.
Read the series.
This is a prelude to the stories about Miles. The stories get better and better.
Grover Gardner did an excellent job. I don't see this as a contest between reading and listening to the book.
Story is not bad, but it's not great Sci-Fi. I tend to like more meat with my fluff, but I fell for the high ratings.
I listened to this and the second novel: Barrayar (sp?). Again, 'ok'. I probably won't finish the second one...
I read this and Barrayar after having read the rest of the series. What fun! I really enjoyed finding Miles' mannerisms evident in his mom and dad. I'm not sure I would have caught the inheritance without having Miles' behavior ingrained from all the subsequent books.
Not really, but I get the impression the series improved with time. It must have.
Based on reviews of subsequent books, I would take the chance.
None really stand out.
No, it has many.
I would consider the audio version superior to the print copy because listening provides more time to savor the narrative. The reader does an excellent job.
Compelling characters, solid story.
Only those in this series. He does a fine job.
Cordellia's escape from the supposed safe haven of her homeworld.
Lois McMaster Bujold's books are the reason I joined Audible in the first place. I intend to buy *all* of them eventually, and have re-listened to most of the ones I already own.
Normally I entirely enjoy Grover Gardner's readings of Bujold's books -- but up until now they've all had a male protagonist. I can't help thinking that I'd've more enjoyed this book (with a female protagonist) if it had been read by a woman instead. That being said, Mr. Gardner's performance is still exceptionally enjoyable.
I don't think this one is as good as some of the later ones but it is still awfully good. The detail of her universe is wonderful.
I liked this book a lot. It's cool to see how Mile's parents got together, but the format was a bit strange. It really felt like 3 books put into one binding. I don't think it suffers much for it, but it was a bit distracting. Plus the epilogue seemed really out of place and only seemed to serve the purpose of saying "war sucks!"
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