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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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    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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    Susan Brookeville, MD, United States 09-01-12
    Susan Brookeville, MD, United States 09-01-12
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    "The beginning of our favorite series."
    If you could sum up Shards of Honor in three words, what would they be?

    This is a truly unconventional love story. One of my absolute favorites.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance is good but there was an earlier one done by the Reader's Chair (both a man and a woman read) that was better but never made the leap to CD.


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

    Cordelia's problems when she returns to Beta colony is a unique kind of story telling which I have found no where else.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I have both read the entire Miles series multiple times and love it. We are so happy that there is a new one coming out Fall of 2012.

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    Kimberly 08-10-12
    Kimberly 08-10-12
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    "Start at the Beginning"

    I loved Bujold's Chalion and Sharing Knife books, but had tried a couple of the Vorkosigan books and just couldn't get into them. Thanks to Audible's new series view, I was able to start at the beginning of the series, which made all the difference. I loved this book, and the sequel, Barrayar, which set the scene for the whole Vorkosigan series, and I ended up hooked and running through the books as fast as I could. This first book is a little awkward in spots - not as well done as her later stuff, but was fun and absorbing, and I adore Cordelia Naismith through these first two books!

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    Helen 07-02-12
    Helen 07-02-12
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    "SciFi Romance Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the beginning of the Vorsorkian series. If you like hard core SF you'll truly enjoy this book. I'm a 68 yr old female, who has enjoyed a lot of SF over the years, and I can't remember if I ever read a Romance novel, I don't think so. I personally found Bujold's characters fairly realistic, and she addresses the universal problems prople face.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The heroine, Cordelia, an enticing character, who stands on her own two feet, but finds out that an honorable enemy is a blessing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part is where she rolled the pretender's head onto the conference table.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Howard SANTA FE, NM, United States 06-30-12
    Howard SANTA FE, NM, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Could Not Get into it. Romance Book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Females. More of a romance novel. Story told from point of view of Heroin.


    Has Shards of Honor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Turned me off to books of this author.


    Any additional comments?

    Big sci-fi fan. Decided to give this a try due to good reviews. Gave it about 5 hours and story was hard to follow and seemed geared toward women audiences. Character development felt obtuse. Not recommended for male audiences looking for a strong lead character or good in-depth story.

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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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