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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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    G. M. 09-05-14
    G. M. 09-05-14
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    "Love Miles"
    What did you love best about The Warrior's Apprentice?

    It was inspiring how Miles meets his life . Head first, and never blames other's or life. You gotta love him. I did.


    What other book might you compare The Warrior's Apprentice to and why?

    None


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

    Miles mother and father. Super We all can learn from this great story.


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

    Life With Mountains.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this one a try. It is worth your time. You will be glade. Powerful personality.

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    Cheap and Lazy 04-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Third in the Vorkorsigan Saga"

    This is the first book with Miles, but it’s NOT the first Vorkorsigan book. This is actually third in the series (not counting the prequel which doesn’t involve the Vorkorsigans). You could start here, but you’d be missing a great deal—about Barrayar (especially the politics), about his parents (of almost opposing backgrounds), his childhood, and about Bothari. This is great sf and although the protagonist is 17 and thus could be labeled YA/NA, I’m not going to because it would be a shame to risk cheating more mature readers out of a great book. Due to his physical disabilities, Miles is an unusual choice for a hero. His intelligence, charm, and antics make for a fun, fast-paced read that I would recommend to almost anyone willing to even try sf, as well as hardcore fans. A word about the narrator: One of the problems I sometimes have with audio books is not being able to tell the difference between a character’s internal dialog and what they say out loud. This narrator handled the transitions in such a way that I wasn’t confused and I always knew who was talking. He spoke clearly and with appropriate emotion.

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    Dr. 03-20-14
    Dr. 03-20-14
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    "Not engaging"
    Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Grover Gardner?

    Im not sure depends on the book and the content


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

    never finished it. The characters were not engaging enough for me to be invested in the book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

    I dont know


    Any additional comments?

    gave it a try saw it on audible with some good ratings. made it through 5 chapters just didn't seam to go anywhere. The characters seamed bland and the writer seamed to be trying to hard to be scifi.

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    Kindle Customer 05-26-13 Member Since 2016

    Just an Excentric Dirt Lawyer

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    "A good port of entry"

    This is generally considered the best starting point for reading the Vorkosigan series. It introduces Miles Vokosigan. It is a very-good novel. It is not the best in the series.

    I highly recommend the series. The people are real and I always anticipate the next book. A few are better than mediocre, most are good to very good, and a few are great!

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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

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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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