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The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.
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Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself. Miles is sent to visit his grandmother Naismith on distant Beta Colony, accompanied by his bodyguard, Sergeant Bothari and Bothari's daughter, Elena. Miles passes himself off as a mercenary leader as he picks up a ragtag crew, and soon Miles' father Aral is under political attack back home as garbled rumors of Miles' mercenary operations trickle back. Miles must abandon his new fleet and dash back to Barrayar to stop the plot.

©1986 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"The pace is breathless, the characterization thoughtful and emotionally powerful....Highly recommended." (Booklist)

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    Readalot SC USA 01-28-09
    Readalot SC USA 01-28-09
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    "What a great character!"

    The author creates a futuristic world based on a medieval class structure filled with fully developed and very likable characters. Miles is a character you laugh with, empathize with and become his friend. The series captured my imagination and kept me listening for hours at a time. If you are looking for a series that you can become engrossed in, then start here. Have fun! JWP

    Here are the Miles' books in audible in order (MY thanks to other reviewers!):

    - The Warrior's Apprentice
    - The Vor Game
    - Cetaganda
    - Brothers in Arms
    - Mirror Dance (1994)
    - Memory (1996)
    - Komarr (1998)
    - A Civil Campaign
    - Winterfair Gifts
    - Diplomatic Immunity




    52 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    D corona, ca United States 08-25-08
    D corona, ca United States 08-25-08 Member Since 2008

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "worth it!"

    The warrior's Apprentice is the start of the Vorkosigan Saga in audio. Louis McMaster Bujold has created a fasinating new universe of diverse worlds and an endearing character in Miles Vorkosigan. I have listened to all the audio books in this series and found each to be very entertaining.Each book is complete, not like some series books where you have to wait for the next book to see what happens. Yet, I found I couldn't wait to listen to the next one. At first, I questioned the tone narrator, Grover Gardner used to portray Miles, but as you learn about Miles, Grover Gardner's narration is spot on; He truly is one of the great narrators. This is one of the best sci-fi series ever written.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-30-08
    Kevin Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-30-08 Member Since 2001
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    "You are in for a treat!"

    Oh these books are so damn good! So funny that I find myself laughing out loud, and at times so touching that I have to listen to passages over a few times. Bujolds' character development is just fabulous, rich, realistic, and so alive you think you know them.

    The other great thing about these books is the amazing plot development, I often scratch my head and wonder how Bujold comes up with this stuff, just great! You can tell the author really had fun writing these books!

    The science fiction is fun, but not really the main feature of these books. They are just great stories, incredibly well thought out, and so well written!

    You are in for a fun read for sure, and the great thing is, there are more of them!

    Enjoy!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Janie Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 03-12-06
    Janie Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 03-12-06 Member Since 2004

    I have a listening addiction.

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    "Miles @ 17 - His real adventures begin"

    This Miles adventure takes place just before The Vor Game, which is also available on this site.
    If you have not yet purchased The Vor Game, get this one, The Warrior’s Apprentice, first. No doubt you will rush to get The Vor Game soon after hearing the Audible signoff from this one. If, however, you previously purchased The Vor Game I would recommend you re-listen to it immediately after you listen to this one.

    You do not need to listen to these adventures in order, you will enjoy each one.

    There are many books in this series about the VorKosigan family by Lois McMaster Bujold and each of them stands on its own merit. I sincerely hope Audible will continue to stock up on Ms. McMaster Bujold’s large library of work. Science Fiction is not the central theme of her works; it is only a happenstance (a really well written and smart one.) These books are actually based on men and women of honor, loyalty, family, and character.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-12-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "One of the Best of a Great Series"

    Warrior’s Apprentice is one of the best of this great series and introduces young Miles Vorksigan, the protagonist of the rest of the series. The characters are surprising and engaging and the story, while full of humor, is also deep enough so you care about the characters. The world is rich with history, social issues, politics, and bureaucracy, as well as technology. The narration is excellent presenting emotion along with the story. If reading the series in the chronological order read at least up to this book before deciding. The first three in the series are quite a bit different from the rest. Once reading the rest, I wanted to go back and read Shards of Honor and Barrayar again, as knowing the characters changes those books greatly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Arroyo Grande, CA, United States 06-27-06
    Stephen Arroyo Grande, CA, United States 06-27-06 Member Since 2006

    I consume literature. I drive a semi-truck/tanker and have lots of time between my destinations so a good book is essential to my well being

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    "A wonderous talent!"

    Lois Mcmaster Bujold is a wonderous talent and should be on everyone's to-read list. Her charater developement is superb and the way she pulls things together from what first appears to be a hopelessly tangles skien of yarn simply enjoyable.
    "Miles" is a boy born into a fuedal system of government that abhoars mutation of any kind. It just so happens that his father and mother and he in his mother's womb were victims in an attack by a rival faction in a bid to kill his father, the then Prime Minister of the planet Barrayar.
    After the attack he is rushed from his mother's womb to a Uterine Replicator where the doctors can do what they can to save the baby.
    The result is a boy with chauk for bones who is severly stunted in height. Whoever, he is gifted with a superior intellect.
    After breaking both of his legs in the first 2 minutes of the physical trials for entrance to Emperial service he goes to his mother's homeworld of Beta colony to visit his Grandmother Naismith.
    Mixed with his desire to serve "something", his abnormal sense of curiosity and eagerness to solve problems he frist becomes a captain owner of a freighter and goes on to the rank of Admiral in a Mercinary fleet where he ends a planetary civil war. After "winning all the marbles", as his cousin Ivan phases it, he realizes that for him to have all the marbles could spell death for him and civil war on his home planet.
    Trust me, Bujold is a fabulous talent and her stories flow like water downhill. I wish she would write more and that Audible would get the rest of her titles.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "We finally meet Miles"

    In The Warrior’s Apprentice, we finally get to meet Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most famous characters in all of science fiction. He’s not the kind of hero you’d expect, but he’s tons of fun. Always trying to compensate for his deficiencies makes him little manic and that creates chaos….

    The audio here is superb. I love Grover Gardner in this role.

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    Fishhead Florida, USA 12-11-08
    Fishhead Florida, USA 12-11-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Delightful and engaging"

    I was not sure what to expect from this book. I read some of the reviews which I always find helpful. This book is a delightful blend of science fiction and fantasy. I think everyone can identify with the young Baron as he struggles to find his place and purpose in life. He has delusions of granduer but no real prospects of accomplishing them. He has real physical problems but his strength of character and sense of humor bring him the recognition and respect he seeks. He blunders and bungles his way successfully and has you cheering him on for his guts and personal values. Would that we all were so endowed. A great read for young and old.

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    Brian Round Rock, TX, USA 05-02-06
    Brian Round Rock, TX, USA 05-02-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Miles @ 17"

    This is the first of the Vorkosigan series with Miles as the main character. I love the whole series and I have read all of them to date. Miles does have a nack for stumbling into bad situations and coming out smelling like a rose by the skin of his teath. I have listend to other audio presentations of this and "Vor Game" and I think these are better and I hope they are planing on doing the whole series including the 2 non-Vorkosigan books, "Falling Free" and "Ethan of Athos". I hope that Blackstone does "Shards of Honor" and "Baryarr" so people will know how Miles came to be. I noticed that Blackstone now has the next book after "Vor Game", "Cetaganda" and I hope that Audible gets it soon.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    wendy NJ 03-12-12
    wendy NJ 03-12-12 Member Since 2004

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    "marvelous audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to The Warrior's Apprentice the most enjoyable?

    The storytelling and how Miles's universe is brought to life. I found myself sitting on the sofa after walking home from work while listening a few times, reluctant to stop. I laughed at a few points, especially when Gardner narrated some of Miles's thoughts and reactions to some events.



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

    I listened to Shards of Honor first, which interested me in Bujold's Vorkosogian saga books. This book was just a good - lots of action, interesting characters, and very engaging.??????I listen to a lot of sci fi and


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

    I love how he voices characters internal thoughts. That was my favorite part of his narration.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Jane
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    4/14/06
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    "The incomparable Miles Vorkosigan"

    If you like fun sci-fi with great characters, this is for you. Miles Vorkosigan - born crippled to powerful parents on an old-fashioned planet - is a great creation. On the one hand, he's got near-superhuman charm, intelligence and nerve. On the other hand, his over-confidence occasionally leads him to make mistakes that cost him dearly. This is his first adventure, and while I don't think it's the best in the series (for my money that's A Civil Campaign - Audible, how about acquiring that one?) it's pretty darn good.

    I was surprised when I first heard the audio version of this, because having read it in my own head previously, I was stupidly expecting an English accent. Also, the reader has rather a flat drawl. However, after a few minutes I came to the conclusion that actually the reader is perfect - he captures Miles's voice exactly and gets all of the dry humour out of the narration.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Dollingstown, United Kingdom
    3/8/08
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    "A brilliant discovery!"

    This book is very very good and kept my interest right to the end. I am really looking forward to downloading the other novels in this series. Have no fear - you will enjoy - even if you are not into SF.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi Barrett
    London, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "First Miles novel and an explosive start character"

    I loved this book. Miles is just an interesting character to the max. The plot goes from interesting to crazy and beyond! Seriously good book. Well recommended. I would really suggest reading shards of honour and barryar first though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew John Rae
    York, UK
    1/24/14
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    "A well told story with strong characters"

    Many of Lois McMaster Bujold's novels are set in the "Vorkosigan" saga following a single family. This is the first Miles Vorkosigan book. Whilst the setting is sci-fi, Bujold plays with a variety of genres. The series so far includes thrillers, murder mysteries, cons/heists and regency romances.

    The title "Warrior's Apprentice" is a play on the "Sorceror's Apprentice". Miles is a brittle-boned, physically deformed scion of a famous military family, from a planet that fears mutations and worships military prowess. After failing the physical tests to enter military training, his impulsive actions start a cascade of events where his solutions involve more and more improvised audacity.

    One of the charms of these books is that Vorkosigan's saving virtue is his ability to encourage those around him to be bigger better people. This means that the stories are full of interesting characters with their own motives and life directions. No one carries an idiot-ball just to make Miles seem smarter or more heroic, and throughout the series his own character flaws have consequences. He's likeable though, because of his good intentions and who he helps other characters become.

    Grover Gardner is a reliably good narrator. Some of the names and places are hard to keep track of (every second character has a surname starting with "Vor") but that's no worse in the audio than it is in the written works.

    Each book is self-contained, but I'd recommend reading all the Miles books in Chronological order, starting with this one. Then go back to read about his parents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kari
    Zafra, Spain
    11/12/13
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    "Plot is just too much like Schizophrenic Paranoia."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this book as the Sample of the 5th Book in the series sounded good. After the 1st few chapters of boredom, I forced myself to listen to the rest - maybe it would get better. It did not. Months later I tried the 2nd book and had to return it before the end of Part 1. I have "listened" to other books that I did not find good, but never have I been compelled to return one. Sorry, just not my cup of tea.


    Has The Warrior's Apprentice put you off other books in this genre?

    No. Just this author


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s performance?

    Articulate, Believable, Good


    Do you think The Warrior's Apprentice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Tried the follow-up. It confimed my feelings on the Saga.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Bradshaw
    UK
    8/25/13
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    "Miles Vorkosigan is a delightful scallywag"

    This excellent novel is a great entry into the series even though it is not chronologically first. The story of this protagonist keeps you listening and wondering why no-one deals with him properly and puts him out of their misery. It'll hook you and send you looking for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carmel
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    3/7/11
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    "Bujold Fan"

    Absolutely fabulous Bujold, love the narrator! Suberb if you are into sci-fi

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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