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Shards of Honor | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

Shards of Honor

I>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.
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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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    C. A. Milus 06-14-12
    C. A. Milus 06-14-12
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    "If you absolutely have to listen to it"

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Krista 04-07-12
    Krista 04-07-12
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    "Clever, capivating, and makes you want for more!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shards of Honor?

    The most memorable moments are the different creatures that attack them during the trek to safety.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LARRY United States 03-12-12
    LARRY United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Series of Novels"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shards of Honor to be better than the print version?

    Equal


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a prelude to the stories about Miles. The stories get better and better.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover Gardner did an excellent job. I don't see this as a contest between reading and listening to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Apex, NC, United States 03-12-12
    Anthony Apex, NC, United States 03-12-12
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    "Meh. High hopes, but no follow through."
    What did you like best about Shards of Honor? What did you like least?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lois McMaster Bujold before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to this and the second novel: Barrayar (sp?). Again, 'ok'. I probably won't finish the second one...


    Was Shards of Honor worth the listening time?

    no.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Lawrence, KS, United States 03-09-12
    Bryan Lawrence, KS, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "What fun!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Yakima, WA, United States 02-20-12
    Joe Yakima, WA, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fair story, poor action, uninspiring characters."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, but I get the impression the series improved with time. It must have.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold? Why or why not?

    Based on reviews of subsequent books, I would take the chance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None really stand out.


    Do you think Shards of Honor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it has many.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 01-31-12
    Benjamin 01-31-12
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    "A strong story well read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shards of Honor to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Compelling characters, solid story.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only those in this series. He does a fine job.


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

    Cordellia's escape from the supposed safe haven of her homeworld.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 01-25-12
    Donna 01-25-12
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    "Bujold Fan"
    Would you listen to Shards of Honor again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 02-22-10
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 02-22-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The first of the Vorkosigan series"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 06-22-09
    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 06-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "3 in 1"

    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!"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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