©1986 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The pace is breathless, the characterization thoughtful and emotionally powerful....Highly recommended." (Booklist)
The author creates a futuristic world based on a medieval class structure filled with fully developed and very likable characters. Miles is a character you laugh with, empathize with and become his friend. The series captured my imagination and kept me listening for hours at a time. If you are looking for a series that you can become engrossed in, then start here. Have fun! JWP
Here are the Miles' books in audible in order (MY thanks to other reviewers!):
- The Warrior's Apprentice
- The Vor Game
- Brothers in Arms
- Mirror Dance (1994)
- Memory (1996)
- Komarr (1998)
- A Civil Campaign
- Winterfair Gifts
- Diplomatic Immunity
I read, I write; I listen
The warrior's Apprentice is the start of the Vorkosigan Saga in audio. Louis McMaster Bujold has created a fasinating new universe of diverse worlds and an endearing character in Miles Vorkosigan. I have listened to all the audio books in this series and found each to be very entertaining.Each book is complete, not like some series books where you have to wait for the next book to see what happens. Yet, I found I couldn't wait to listen to the next one. At first, I questioned the tone narrator, Grover Gardner used to portray Miles, but as you learn about Miles, Grover Gardner's narration is spot on; He truly is one of the great narrators. This is one of the best sci-fi series ever written.
Oh these books are so damn good! So funny that I find myself laughing out loud, and at times so touching that I have to listen to passages over a few times. Bujolds' character development is just fabulous, rich, realistic, and so alive you think you know them.
The other great thing about these books is the amazing plot development, I often scratch my head and wonder how Bujold comes up with this stuff, just great! You can tell the author really had fun writing these books!
The science fiction is fun, but not really the main feature of these books. They are just great stories, incredibly well thought out, and so well written!
You are in for a fun read for sure, and the great thing is, there are more of them!
I have a listening addiction.
This Miles adventure takes place just before The Vor Game, which is also available on this site.
If you have not yet purchased The Vor Game, get this one, The Warrior’s Apprentice, first. No doubt you will rush to get The Vor Game soon after hearing the Audible signoff from this one. If, however, you previously purchased The Vor Game I would recommend you re-listen to it immediately after you listen to this one.
You do not need to listen to these adventures in order, you will enjoy each one.
There are many books in this series about the VorKosigan family by Lois McMaster Bujold and each of them stands on its own merit. I sincerely hope Audible will continue to stock up on Ms. McMaster Bujold’s large library of work. Science Fiction is not the central theme of her works; it is only a happenstance (a really well written and smart one.) These books are actually based on men and women of honor, loyalty, family, and character.
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Lois Mcmaster Bujold is a wonderous talent and should be on everyone's to-read list. Her charater developement is superb and the way she pulls things together from what first appears to be a hopelessly tangles skien of yarn simply enjoyable.
"Miles" is a boy born into a fuedal system of government that abhoars mutation of any kind. It just so happens that his father and mother and he in his mother's womb were victims in an attack by a rival faction in a bid to kill his father, the then Prime Minister of the planet Barrayar.
After the attack he is rushed from his mother's womb to a Uterine Replicator where the doctors can do what they can to save the baby.
The result is a boy with chauk for bones who is severly stunted in height. Whoever, he is gifted with a superior intellect.
After breaking both of his legs in the first 2 minutes of the physical trials for entrance to Emperial service he goes to his mother's homeworld of Beta colony to visit his Grandmother Naismith.
Mixed with his desire to serve "something", his abnormal sense of curiosity and eagerness to solve problems he frist becomes a captain owner of a freighter and goes on to the rank of Admiral in a Mercinary fleet where he ends a planetary civil war. After "winning all the marbles", as his cousin Ivan phases it, he realizes that for him to have all the marbles could spell death for him and civil war on his home planet.
Trust me, Bujold is a fabulous talent and her stories flow like water downhill. I wish she would write more and that Audible would get the rest of her titles.
The Miles Vorkosikan (sp?) series is one of the most delightful listening (reading?) experiences I have had in years. Bujold delivers an incredible balance of light-hearted humor, exploration of the soul, and self-discovery. I have listened to the entire series and only wish there were 10 more volumes. Miles is an amazingly accessible character, flawed to his brittle bones. Yet, Bujold creates a sense of hope for even the most "challenged." Yes, it is science-fiction/fantasy, but it is a story that a reader of any genre can relate to.
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In The Warrior’s Apprentice, we finally get to meet Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most famous characters in all of science fiction. He’s not the kind of hero you’d expect, but he’s tons of fun. Always trying to compensate for his deficiencies makes him little manic and that creates chaos….
The audio here is superb. I love Grover Gardner in this role.
The first Miles Vorkosigan book. It's hard to believe that a 17 year old could get in as much trouble as this kid without getting killed. Living on Barrayar must make you mature fast. Or maybe he just is that much of genius.
I really love Miles, but I do wish I'd seen more of his mother, Cordelia.
This book just throws you into it. Intrigue, machinations, actions scenes. What fun! Miles is a great character. But an incredibly unique one. 4 foot 9, a twisted spine, hunchback in a society that hates mutants. Of course, Miles is not a genetic mutant - and is more than happy tell you that! He is arrogant and proud but not so much to make him unlikable. His arrogance and pride are great strengths and great weaknesses.
In some ways, Miles reminds me of Peter Parker (except Peter has a lot more trouble paying his rent). Miles also questions himself constantly. He is also very endearing because of how he wants to experience love.
Another great part of this book is the humor. I would get the giggles at several points in this book. Miles is just such a manipulator and is always several moves ahead of his opponents (and allies for that matter).
As a side note, this book also has a scene that is still disturbing me. I'm sure there are worse torture scenes in other books. But this one is still making my stomach turn. (Of course, that could be the flu.)
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.
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.
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