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The Warrior's Apprentice Audiobook

The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Doug 05-18-13
    Doug 05-18-13
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    "One of the best stories in the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Warrior's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

    No, but good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Warrior's Apprentice?

    Mourning Sergeant Bothari


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

    Miles or Bothari. They belong together.


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

    And so it begins.


    Any additional comments?

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    V. Ewart Atascadero, CA USA 03-30-13
    V. Ewart Atascadero, CA USA 03-30-13 Member Since 2012

    VSing

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    "Forward Momentum!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, yes! You will fall in love with Miles Vorkosigan and probably spend all your credits on this outstanding series of book. Lois McMaster Bujold and Grover Gardener are a winning team. I am so in love with all things Vorkosigan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, Miles, certainly. Despite all his flaws and disabilities he is engaging, intriguing, and sympathetic. You can't help but fall in love with him.


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

    This is the first of his recordings I have ever heard, but he is masterful as the frenetic genius, Miles Vorkosigan.


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

    I laughed, cried, sighed and fell in love.


    Any additional comments?

    I just can't say enough about this series - or Grover Gardener. One of the best characterizations I have heard to date, and I have over 500 audiobooks in my library. Don't be confused by my infatuation with Miles. These are not "love stories", they are about space travel, space battles, and the struggle of a physically flawed genius to be the best he can possibly be and overcome all obstacles. Listen to just one and you'll be hooked, too!

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    carol TROY, NY, United States 02-19-13
    carol TROY, NY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Old news"
    What did you love best about The Warrior's Apprentice?

    wonderful story - I've read it before- would like a new story.


    What could Lois McMaster Bujold have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    more love interest


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    reinforcement


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

    once upon a time


    Any additional comments?

    It was a blast

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    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 01-10-13
    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Strains credulity"
    Any additional comments?

    Seemed like something I would like based on prior reviews ....but I didn't. It wasn't horrible. The writing is actually quite good. I like the brains triumphing over brawn theme but it just was too unbelievable. A 17 year old with no prior military experience on a little intraplanetary visit picks up a few rag tag misfits and ends up defeating far more experience mercenary armies while severely outnumbered and outgunned and eventually building his own large mercenary army and winning a long brewing war in a couple of months. Multiple grizzled mercenary commanders just fall into line with a small weak 17 year old??? Sorry...not buying it.

    Didn't love the narration either. Nasally and monotone.

    I'll give it 3 stars because I did enjoy a lot of the writing and dialog, just not the story.

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    D. Simons 12-11-12
    D. Simons 12-11-12
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    "Engaging, plot driven story"
    Any additional comments?

    The performer's voice takes a little getting used to, but I came to like it after a while. This isn't a particularly deep book, but it's engaging and kept my interest.

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    Rabid1st 12-07-12
    Rabid1st 12-07-12

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    "A Rousing Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Warrior's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. But this is a very accessible audio book. Quite easy to listen to and enjoy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is old world SciFi. There is a compelling main character and an interesting empire-style world. The story sets us down in the middle of events, but doesn't overwhelm with too much of, let's call it, window dressing. I only found myself zoning out on the world-building history lessons a couple of times.


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

    This is my first one by Grover, but I plan to go back for more titles in this series.


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

    No. But that never happens to me, so not a problem. I had no trouble turning this one off. But I also had no trouble returning to the story later.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an enjoyable and rousing listening experience. If you enjoy the older Asimov and Bradbury style sci-fi, I feel you will enjoy this story.

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    Aaron CARLSBAD, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Aaron CARLSBAD, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Science Fiction Light"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was too predicable. The characters were light. The author builds an interesting sci-fi world. But, the the hero who is introduced so well walks through the book as if we know he can't lose.


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He had great characters but he was afraid to explore their darker sides.


    Was The Warrior's Apprentice worth the listening time?

    No, I felt I knew what would happen as the story went on.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miss DIckens SAN RAMON, CA, United States 09-08-12
    Miss DIckens SAN RAMON, CA, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2016

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    "How Did I Miss This Gem"
    What did you love best about The Warrior's Apprentice?

    As a lover of good writing and as a burnt out science fiction buff, you'd think I would have discovered this literary gem years ago. I can't believe I missed it all these years. Ms. Bujold is first and foremost a writer, that fact that she uses the scifi genre to carry her social speculations should not limit this book and others in the series to the science fiction shelves. But she uses her speculations to carry, not override a corking good story with an unforgettable cast of characters. For me, the hallmark of an outstanding piece of fiction is that the characters stay with me as if they were people I actually know. Not one of the characters, no matter how minor is merely a paper doll used to fill space. Who will ever forget Miles Vorkorsigan, or Seargeant Bothori, or Cordelia Naismith or Aral Vorkorsigan, or Ivan-you-idiot. Last but not least kudos to Grover Gardner for his brilliant narration: I love the clean edginess of his voice and his ability to highlight the humor and the sadness in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot, the fully developed cast of characters, the imaginative vision of the author, and the forward momentum of the story as a whole.


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

    Miles Vorkorsigan Sergeant Bothori


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

    This book can't successfully be made into a two hour film: deserves an 8 hour miniseries on television produced by someone who makes television for something higher than third grade.


    Any additional comments?

    Superb narration.

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    Connor 09-08-12
    Connor 09-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "An Unlikely Hero"

    Hard to believe I found the main character appealing. Physically, he is fragile, very short and a target for bullies. His family is rich, powerful and he uses family connections to manipulate others. He is abrasive, obnoxious and a know it all. At first, I thought he would be a pathetic loser or even a villain, but definitely not someone to admire. He even loses the girl.

    I found myself cheering for this man. Despite his physical problems, he is fearless. In almost all circumstances, the odds are stacked against success, but he finds ways to turn bad situations into good ones. And most importantly, he succeeds because he empowers others to believe in themselves.

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    greg Puyallup, WA, United States 09-04-12
    greg Puyallup, WA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Miles Vorkosigan is Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to The Warrior's Apprentice again? Why?

    Absolutely. The Vorkosigan Saga is wonderful and the narration is perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles of course. He is really one of the most fun, interesting and fully realized main characters I have ever read. You will fall in love the stories and root for Miles from the first book.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover Gardner is amazing. He absolutely gets the sarcasm and wryness in Bujold's writing and gives uniqueness to every character.


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

    I laughed out loud several times throughout the book and also had real emotional investment in what happened to the characters in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of witty well written stories that are original, you have to give these books a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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