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Shards of Honor Audiobook

Shards of Honor

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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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    Cheap and Lazy 10-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Rich and Deep"

    Great world-building with equally great character development. Cordelia is wonderful heroine--intelligent and calm. Since most of the story is told from her perspective, I was surprised the (male) narrator pulled it off so well. Aral was beautifully-drawn tortured hero. While the romantic element is a foundation of the story, there are no love scenes. The story has a lot of political intrigue and doesn't shun the horrors of war. Much of its depth is realized in the choices the characters make in the imperfect world they inhabit. Some reviews say this is one of the weaker stories in the series. If that's even partly true, I'm in for some seriously gratifying listening because I loved this one.

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    Marje 08-17-13
    Marje 08-17-13
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    "The perfect pairing of writer and reader...."

    The humor, cleverness and intelligence that run through all of Lois McMaster Bujold's stories are made even more wonderful by the brilliant voice of Grover Gardner. Gardner is the perfect actor/narrator for Bujold's works; he totally "gets" the subtleties, nuances and humor in her writing, and seems to be amused himself as he's reading.

    I cannot recommend the entire Vorkosigan Saga series highly enough. "Shards of Honor" is where I would begin... here you'll be introduced to Miles' mother, Cordelia Naismith, a hero in her own right.... and his father, a highly respected military leader, nobleman and hero as well.

    This book will give you a great foundation for the rest of this thrilling series. Enjoy!

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    Heather Portland, OR, United States 07-04-13
    Heather Portland, OR, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to Shards of Honor the most enjoyable?

    It is fast-paced and fun. I never got bored.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The romance and action.


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

    No. But this is only the first book and I will listen to all of the others in the series and he narrates them all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and loved all of the books in this series and they are my all-time favorites.

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    Joanne Lagendyk Ottawa, Ontario 06-10-13
    Joanne Lagendyk Ottawa, Ontario 06-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A great story!"
    Would you listen to Shards of Honor again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice and am planning to listen to it many times in the future.


    What other book might you compare Shards of Honor to and why?

    It reminds me a bit of early Heinlein - you are dropped into the society with no explanations and have to pick it up as you go along.


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

    Cordelia Naismith - he portrayed her range of emotions very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts of it made me tear up a bit, others made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is part of the Miles Vorkosigan series. It is the first book chronologically, but it is not the first book Bujold wrote. I read the books in the order they were written but am now listening to them in their chronological order in the series. Either way you do it, this is one of the best series in science fiction, bar none.

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    Ann J.M.S Harlan 06-01-13 Member Since 2016

    just myself

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    "Excellent story and narration"

    This space 'romance' is different and delightful. The interplay between the two protagonists and their cultures as well as each with her or his own political environment is very well done (though we only get to know her from the inside, a bit of a shame). The story is more epic and episodic and complex than I had remembered, so was a rewarding reread. The narration was excellent. While less manic and hilarious than Warrior's Apprentice, it has a lot to think about plus many moments of rueful irony as well as a few outright laughs. A very rewarding adventure.

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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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    "Great adventure!"

    I was originally introduced to this universe by my sci-fi book club when I read Cetaganda. While sick with the flu, I decided to start listening to the series from the beginning.

    Most of the Vorkosigan saga deals with Miles Vorkosigan. This book and its follow-up, Barrayar, revolve around around Miles' parents.

    The worlds the author creates are wonderfully sketched out. The historical and cultural backgrounds, the people, the intrigue. Throw in some romance and a little mystery, and you've got a cracking good adventure!

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    audiobooker Topeka,KS 12-18-12
    audiobooker Topeka,KS 12-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This series may be my favorite."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It is hard to pick a favorite series but this may be my favorite.In fact, I may go into a mild depression when I finally listen to the last of this series; always a sign of a great series.

    Hopefully she is still writing the series(?) Luckily, I have the Chalion series next. Hopefully it will be almost as fabulous a listen.


    What other book might you compare Shards of Honor to and why?

    I'm writing about the series so I don't know that this particular book is better or worse than others. I view it more as one long book. Not that you have to listen to the whole series. Each book stands alone. But, who can listen to just one!


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

    Miles is the main character so the favorite. And, he is marvelous. But, all of the characters are great whether likable or not. And, like any good "entertainment" author, the bad guys don't get to be the main characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Question is too difficult.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you don't like science fiction, you will like this series. I can't imagine the personality that wouldn't. It even has some romance for those who are "strictly" romance novel readers.

    I especially like Miles' attraction to "really, really tall women". And, not particularly limited to "humans". You'll have to listen to hear the genius of Bujold being able to create those liasions and hear that they are about much more than sex - which luckily for me - is not graphic. (Yes, if you listen, there are some life lessons in each of these books. But, it is not heavy-handed nor in your face. Just there if you want to hear them.)

    I loved the book with the "carpet-bombing". Funny stuff if you listen for it.

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    Jenny Clayton, Australia 10-12-12
    Jenny Clayton, Australia 10-12-12
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    "Great listen"
    What did you love best about Shards of Honor?

    I am not usually a science fiction reader but the story was very engaging and hooked me. This is the second Lois McMaster Bujold book I have listened to and I plan on continuing with more. Lovely mix of action, humour and personalities.


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

    Aral Vorkosigan arrives to rescue Cordelia and discovers that he is 'a day late and a dollar short' as she has managed it already (with help). When he hears she was about to embark on further action to extricate herself and her ''help', he comments "It seems I am rescuing my fleet from you then".


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

    This is the second and both have been very good dramatizations with easy to follow characters.


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    Milkman 10-07-12
    Milkman 10-07-12

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    "Science fiction to explore the human condition"
    Where does Shards of Honor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 percentile


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

    Sargent Bothari about to rape Cordelia.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cordelia tossing the head of the usurper onto the tactical table.


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

    Cordelia's determination to have Miles.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms Bujold has created a very attractive character. Quirky, loads of self doubt, introspective, brutally honest in her self-assess and critical of herself without being overwhelmed by self-pity. Cordelia is able to accomplish many things by force of will supported by humor, self-awareness, a quick wit, and an analytical mind. You can see where Miles got his moral spine and courage to face the world whithout becoming an emotional cripple. Masterful creation of a modern character similar but different from Honor Harrington.

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    James Wright 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Falling for your parent's murderer"
    What did you like best about Shards of Honor? What did you like least?

    The heroine was a probe and psychic. Basically a romance novel


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

    I don't look forward to any more Romance dressed up Science Fiction


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

    I felt that the construction was solid and believable


    Did Shards of Honor inspire you to do anything?

    I liked the narrator


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