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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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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

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

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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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Woodstock, GA, United States 04-11-07
    Andrew Woodstock, GA, United States 04-11-07 Member Since 2005
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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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 03-06-08
    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 03-06-08

    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

    booklovr

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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 2005

    Susan B.

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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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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-29-11
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2005

    Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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    "Fun, brains-over-brawn sci-fi"

    ***1/2

    A breezily entertaining sci-fi adventure. The story, in which the physically stunted but exceedingly clever Miles extricates himself from predicaments by jumping into even bigger predicaments, moves enjoyably along, even if the plot and some of the characters are a little by-the-numbers. Bujold writes with wit and Miles is an easy protagonist to like. The fact he comes from a feudal society gives the book an interesting fantasy-in-space flavor. Not a particularly mind-expanding read, but a good one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin quebec, QC, Canada 08-08-10
    Justin quebec, QC, Canada 08-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun, fresh take on a hero"

    If you liked the first two in the series you will most likely like this. Gardner does a good job but, and this is a big but, there is a woman doing the women's voices who really does not fit the description of the character. I might be getting my books mixed up and maybe its the next in the series, I listened to it a while ago. When you hear her you will know. She sounds like an older woman with a shush shush lisp. The book describes a beautiful young woman and then the voice comes out that sounds as she could be in her late 60s early 70s , smoking a pack a day with a loose teeth. She is a good reader but the contrast to the description made me laugh and irritated me when she was also doing the voices in the following books. Sorry, just my opinion, I had to vent. Anyways it is a fun listen good for teens to adults. The first two were a little darker.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-06-07
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-06-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Great Book"

    This series is great. Highly recommend.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 11-11-11
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2009

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "YA... mayyybe"

    You've heard the expression, "I really wanted to like this book." Well, that pretty well sums it up. I'm afraid I tend more toward books a little more rich and deep. Perhaps my expectations were too high but the book seems a bit adolescent.

    I have a bunch of books on my Wish List but they're not all on my Must Read list. I hoped Lois McMaster Bujold might be on that latter list, one of those authors for whom I had to read all of their books... but not even close... at least not in the writing of this book.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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