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Publisher's Summary

Political intrigue, culture clash and romance make a stirring mix in this award-winning follow-up novel to the acclaimed Shards of Honor.

In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them.

Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power and the threat of civil war. When a palace coup endangers the government, their lives, and her unborn son, Cordelia takes action to secure the safety of her new family and new home.

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more in the Vorkosigan saga.
©1991 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 1992 Hugo Award, Best Novel

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It's worth it

I enjoyed the first (free) book so much that I signed up for this. The story is well written and flows wonderfully. The narrator is excellent.

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Great Listen

This is the second book in the series and takes Cordelia to Barrayar. The story is well written and I love what a dry sense of humor Cordelia has and the running commentary that goes on in her mind. Grover Gardner does a wonderful job with the narration. Don't miss this one.

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Average

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. This is the third book in this series. If you are reading the entire series you probably should read it because it fills in some spaces and probably lays some background for what is to come. I enjoyed the first two books of the saga but this one was not as good in my opinion as the previous two. Looking forward to the next one, though as it has good reviews.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I liked the ending. In fact the last third of the book was the best.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

competent.

Did Barrayar inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

The book did get moving toward the end. Wasn't a complete disappointment.

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Even better the second time

This is a continuation of Erol's & Cordelia's amazing love story amidst the crazy politics of Barrayar. The book contains full spectrum of emotion from beautiful to peaceful to serene to intense to life-threatening, and chock-full of rich character development. Oh yes...and Miles is born, who is the true centerpiece of priceless Saga.

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I love the Vorkosigan stories

I love these stories, super characters, well fleshed out and brought to life by Grover Gardeners reading.

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This book is a gem in the rough.

Where does Barrayar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably in the top 20.

What did you like best about this story?

I love how complexly messy things are from the personal to political. LMB doesn't have things just magically work out, and people don't necessarily get a happily ever after. However, Cordelia and Aral remain true to character and don't loose themselves in the roles they have to play, but show strength as true partners trusting each other to do their best. This is a huge strength in LMB's works in my opinion. If for nothing else read this novel for Cordelia's shopping gift to Aral, best Winterfair gift ever!

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

Honestly, I can't picture any other narrator for this series and his voice truly becomes Miles' voice in the later books in all it's manic glory.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Soltoxin gas aftermath scenes.

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Good

This is the second book that I've listened to in this series, so the fact that I chose to continue the story should show that I at least like it. I do however have a hard time giving it more than 3 stars because I am a long time Robert Heinlein fan. This writing style is mediocre compared to the character development , bantering, and intellectually descriptive scenes and thoughts in Heinlein's prose. I find Bujolds literature to lack the cutting dialogue and thought-provoking ideas that I have come to enjoy in books like Stranger in a Strange Land, Time Enough for Love and The Cat Who Walks Through Walls - a few of my favorite multiple-universe novels by Heinlein.

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Wonderful writing - entertaining on every page

Great story - well written, touching and funny - Grover Gardener does an amazing job with the voices!

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Great Story and Characters

A can't-put-down follow-up to the 1st book in the series. It features a strong, intelligent lead character who has a great sense of humor, palace and political intrigue and a civil war.

Really well written. I can't wait to start on the next book in the series.

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  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 04-01-16

EXCELLENTLY WRITTEN AND PERFORMED!

Lois McMaster Bujold is a talented writer. I love all her books. Her Vorkosigan Series is most enjoyable. This particular is based mainly on Miles Vorkosigan's parents, Aral and Cordelia.
Both have very strong characters. The politics in Barayar caused a lot of upheavals. There was a rival staging a coup, luckily Aral have loyal allies and good prevailed. A plot full of suspense and action. A very good series to follow.