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The Warrior's Apprentice Audiobook

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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    Andrea Linz, Austria 11-07-12
    Andrea Linz, Austria 11-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "great entertainment"

    Sci-fi at its best: Fast paced plot, well-developed characters and an original universe though not too otherworldly. The book is so well received with good reason. Also, the narration is perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 10-30-12
    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2005

    Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!

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    "You'll get wrapped up in Vorkosigan"

    If you're like me, you may typically listen to "Harder" Sci-Fi, but while the harder Sci-Fi is my fave, once I started listening to the Vorkosigan series on the suggestion of some close friends, I couldn't stop until I had listened to ALL of the available books in the series!

    The underlying message in the entire series is one that many Sci-Fi Fans are familiar with, and that many may have experienced in real life in some form at some time... "The weaker, smaller, person having to struggle harder to accomplish their goals, and make up for a lack of 'brawn' with the application of brains and an indomitable will to succeed".

    An assassination attempt on his family before he was born leaves Miles Vorkosigan stunted, deformed, and suffering with extremely fragile bones. On a planet that regressed after colonization and only recently reconnected with other colonized worlds, Miles would have been killed at birth even one generation earlier for being too weak to be "Vor". Miles not only has to learn to hold his own, he must learn to excel, in an intensely militaristic society that has no sympathy for 'weakness'.

    I have several friends that have named their sons "Miles" because of this series; with that kind of praise, in my circle of friends, I decided that at least the first book was "Required Reading"... After the first book in the series, I was hooked!

    Be sure to look at the suggestions in the "Series Section" to find the best order in which to listen to the books, since the order in which they were written/published isn't chronological with Miles' life throughout the series as a whole.

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-12-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2016

    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 4 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz 09-02-12
    breckoz 09-02-12 Member Since 2016

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Entertained the whole way through"

    I love finding a good new series of books and an author I can appreciate. This book was a pleasant surprise and felt much like the Prince Rogers series by John Ringo and David Weber. Miles although partially crippled is incredibly intelligent and can come up with brilliant plans at the ready. We are swept from one situation to the next as Miles learns what it means to be a commander and come up with plans to manipulate those that accompany him. I would have liked to see a little more of the battle school training. Although the ending explained everything I still felt it could have gone on further, or perhaps, better ended after Miles gives ceramony to his friend. Lastly, I don't think the title of this book is a real good fit. But I guess that really isn't very important. Overall, the characters were very enjoyable and the narrator did a good job with the voices.

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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-29-12
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-29-12 Member Since 2014

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "Fast Paced Space Opera. First Miles Novel"

    This is the first of the series which focuses on Miles. Miles is a futuristic genius who overcompensates for his physical disability by trying to become a member of the military set. Miles is one of my favourite characters in literature.

    This is a fast paced, character driven book, with witty/intelligent dialogue. It does have its dark moments. Has occasional reliance on coincidence and less than clever actions of others, but on the whole this excellently written book has everything: romance (some unrequited), action adventure, politics, intrigue, death, humour, drama.

    Not my favourite book in the series but well worth the credit!

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    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-29-12
    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Admiral Naismith, Sir."

    Well Miles has fallen into the deep ...stuff... now. Sometimes, you get what you asked for in the worst possible way.

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    Marin 12-12-11
    Marin 12-12-11
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    "A Coming of Age and Classic Sci-Fi at It's BEST"

    This series is one of the best in the genre. This is a marvelously fully realized future universe inhabited by real and fascinating men and women. Miles, the main character, is complex and charming. This first novel is a coming of age story combined with the triumph of the under-dog. It took me a little while to fall in love with the narrator. He is not one of those that does lots of different voices, but he is very expressive, and has become one of my favorites. The rest of the series only gets better. It's never formulaic; the characters continue to grow and develop as the author explores the reaches of her universe. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson 08-04-11
    Jefferson 08-04-11 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "Entertaining and Moving Young Adult Space Opera"

    The Warrior???s Apprentice was a fun audiobook: entertaining, fast-paced, humorous, suspenseful, at times moving, and expertly read by Grover Gardner. He doesn???t strain to unnaturally change his voice for the different male and female, old and young characters, but it???s easy to tell them all apart, because of his intelligent and skillful reading and because of Bujold???s clear writing.

    The story opens with teenaged Miles Vorkosigan, heir to a distinguished family of counts living on the martial planet of Barrayar, breaking both of his brittle legs on an obstacle course and hence losing his chance to enter the military academy. Sent to visit his maternal grandmother Naismith on Beta Colony along with his bodyguard Bothari and Bothari???s beautiful and spirited daughter Elena, Miles tries to help a drunken suicidal outmoded jump ship pilot and so sets in motion an ever-escalating chain of crises which require all his people skills, powers of observation, bluffing ability, quick thinking, chutzpah, leadership, luck, and ???forward momentum??? to deal with.

    I suppose that some of the situations are dealt with a little too easily and that the climax ends a little too patly, but Bujold???s humor is appealing, she inserts interesting moral complexity and convincing motivation into many of her characters, and the maturing Miles is just a great protagonist to root for. Although I had listened to Bujold???s excellent Chalion novels, this was my first Miles Vorkosigan book, and despite finding it a little bit thinner and lighter than those, I am looking forward to listening to others in this series read by Grover Gardner.

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    Peter Bellevue, WA, USA 04-18-10
    Peter Bellevue, WA, USA 04-18-10
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    "Excellent for teens and adults"

    I listened to this in the car with my 13 and 16 year old daughters. We all enjoyed it immensely. (My daughter frequently called from the back of the car "We love you Miles!" whenever he was displaying "forward momentum" - the chutzpah that carries him through his adventures.) Sometimes we missed some of the details of the political intrigue by not seeing it written down, but it didn't matter to the overall enjoyment of an engaging story about likeable characters.

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    Sandy 08-24-09
    Sandy 08-24-09

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "With Thanks to John's review of Jan. 2009."


    I can now follow the series. Thank You John.
    What a fantastic listen! Grover Gardner reads well.
    Lois McMaster Bujold has opened the galaxies, provided the stellar maps, terra formed the worlds,in process or complete, populated the systems and given us Miles. Rethink 'Mercenary'.
    I listened, I laughed, I thought.
    Don your 'Willing Suspension of Disbelief', take the jump through the wormhole and enjoy this young Warrior's initiation.
    I will be listening to all the Miles stories I can. John gave the sequence in his review, so for me this is going to be one wild ride.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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