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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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    Amazon Customer Clayton, CA United States 06-28-12
    Amazon Customer Clayton, CA United States 06-28-12

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    "Young Miles stumbles into himself"

    ... and all hell breaks loose of course. With the usual panache and character development that we've come to expect of Bujold. A great read.

    Grover Gardner's reading is competent and did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Rutherford 11-27-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Not just for space junkies"

    I admit that I am not normally a fan of the space genre of sci-fi. Usually its all just a bit too male-orientated for me, especially when long sections of book are dedicated to weapons, or technology or the spaceship... However, I loved this series, I have now listened to all the Miles Vorkosigan books, they have been fabulous company as I have repainted the interior of my house :-) Miles is flawed, but extremely well understood by the author, you can't help but love him in spite of himself. I have enjoyed that in later books the author has you watching Miles through the eyes of others, which is fairly amusing when you have watched him 'grow up' through the series. If you, like me, do not normally choose this genre of book, give it a go, maybe you will also be pleasantly surprised and become a fan.

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    Cowley Melbourne, Australia 09-20-11
    Cowley Melbourne, Australia 09-20-11
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    "An appealing hero"

    it is really funto get to know the main hero in the novel. Like so many of us, he puts in his best, well intentioned efforts which result in moving from one crises to the next. He has many endearing qualities, weaknesses and sadistic moments.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M.Mussio Canada 01-21-11
    M.Mussio Canada 01-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Great Book"

    I am very picky what I spend my monthly allotment of audible credits on as I am sure most are and I forget exactly how I stumbled upon this great book. But I am glad that I did. I really enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    The story telling is wonderful, and even though Grover Gardner, the narrator does not give each character their own voice, as many other productions do, it took nothing away from this adventure. In fact Mr. Grover has been added to my list of all time favorite narrators.

    Lois McMaster Bujold's plot development is wonderful. But it is her character development that really makes this book. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to. I found a connection with many of the characters and at many points in the story I found myself laughing out loud at one witty comment or another.

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    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 04-06-09
    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 04-06-09 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I really wanted to like this."

    I really wanted to like this book. I liked the characters a lot. I liked the narrator. I liked the beginning, I liked the end. It was just everything in between that I hated. It was so boring! I just could care less about all the mercenary stuff. What a waste of interesting characters. I won't be listening to any more of this series.

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    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 04-02-08
    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 04-02-08
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    "Wanted to like it but...."

    I just could not get into this. The narration was very good and the characters interesting. But the story was either jumping around too quickly or dragging. There was no good medium. I ended up stopping it about 2/3 because it hit a slow part and lost me.

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    Andrew 04-11-07
    Andrew 04-11-07 Member Since 2012
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    "entertaining"

    I normally go for fantasy books and use sci-fi as a break. This was a fun book to listen to. It had aspects of a feudal system in a space era.

    Miles over comes his physical limitations to earn his place as a master mind of war tactics.

    I'd recommend this book

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    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 03-06-08
    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 03-06-08 Member Since 2015

    Open up your eyes young one

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    "My Favorite Series"

    I Love this book. Miles will lead you on a trail that goes across the universe and back again. What a delightful story. I have since purchased all the Vorkosigan series books since listening to this book. well worth your time. Highly Recommend

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K. Jungkind Memphis, TN USA 03-16-09
    K. Jungkind Memphis, TN USA 03-16-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Can't Believe I Waited So Long!"

    I can't believe I haven't read/listened to the Miles Vorkosigan books earlier. The characterization is fabulous, the story fascinating. I have already listened to another book and read nearly all of the others. Wonderful!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 12-08-08
    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 12-08-08 Member Since 2013

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    "One of Bujold's best"

    Miles Vorkosigan is such a funny, engaging character! I found myself laughing out loud. I'm going to ask for more books in this series for Xmas!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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