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Memory Audiobook

Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. At least that's what Miles Vorkosigan thinks, and he should know - having done both once already.

Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and incredible artistry from a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to military duty, he finds himself summoned home to face the Barrayaran security chief, Simon Illyan.

But Miles' worst nightmares about Simon Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares. Under suspicion himself, Miles must seek out the answers to Ilyan's nightmares or see the inevitable destruction of Imperial Security and, with it, the Empire.

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more in the Vorkosigan saga.

©1996 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Science fiction at its very best!" (Rave Reviews)
"As ever with Bujold, Memory is a delight!" (Locus)
"Bujold fans of long standing will justly hail [this] as a masterpiece that contains some of her finest prose and characterization. Bujold continues to prove what marvelous genius can create out of basic space operatics." (Booklist)

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    Laura Bryant 07-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Memory in three words, what would they be?

    Miles is awesome


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Memory?

    I don't want to give too much away so I will be vague. My favorite moment is when Miles stops feeling sorry for himself and realizes that just because he has some new medical problems does not mean that he cannot contribute to society anymore. He is not worthless just because his first career is over.


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

    Miles. Grover Gardner has a great way of narrating his thoughts in exactly the right tone.


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

    Yes. It is one that I have listened to multiple times and each time is engrossing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is especially meaningful to me because I have epilepsy and I have suffered memory loss in my 20s and can really identify with both Miles and Simon. Lois McMaster Bujold really captured the feeling of helplessness when faced with permanent medical problems and how that can close some doors. However, she also managed to show Miles rising above it, or rather, around it.

    There is also an awesome story with a mystery to solve. This series does science fiction right. There is enough technical information to make it feel like science rather than magic, but not so much that it bogs down the story. Overall, a fantastic and engrossing book.

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    Oxi 06-26-15
    Oxi 06-26-15
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    "great author! :-)"

    I think McMaster Bujold is a superb author and am loving this series! I also love the narrator! I will say I didn't like this one quite as much as the previous books because it seemed the most sad overall of the books thus far, but you can tell it's setting up for something big and I'm excited to see what Miles gets up to next.

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    Flonkbob 05-03-15
    Flonkbob 05-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "More Heart"

    This installment in the wonderful series gives a much better look inside of Miles. If you have read any of the others u need to read this one. Highly recommended.

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    Michael G fulham 04-08-15
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    " One my favorites in the series."

    I have the entire series on audible. I've probably listened to this one a half dozen times. I highly recommend.

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    Will Sullivan 03-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Omfg"

    This is the best around, and no other read will keep it down. Fifteen words.

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    Gary Kelly 01-23-15
    Gary Kelly 01-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoy."

    Great book. My favourite series. Enjoy. But it seems I have to add fourteen more words to submit this review.

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    Amazon Customer 01-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Miles reprise with story arch denouement"

    Miles fans will adore this, but slow readers like me might bog down in "remember when ..." as I did, waiting for the innovations the author always delivers. Bujold, like Homer, seldom nods. Plot, character, setting, layered meaning, all sterling quality, but not her gold standard. Our hyperactive hero finally integrates his separate selves, and Simon Ilion begins to ripen and develop complexity when an assasination attempt only partly succeeds.

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    Jenny Everywhere Norristown, PA, United States 12-27-14
    Jenny Everywhere Norristown, PA, United States 12-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story, some bad pronunciations"

    The reader has since improved his readings by discovering his mispronounced words and correcting then. The Greek sounding names ending in "I" really the him in this book, but in others he gets it perfectly. other than that, the reading was excellent.

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    E. Smakman Netherlands 10-05-14
    E. Smakman Netherlands 10-05-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Turning point for Miles"

    Memory is a true turning point in the Miles Vorkosigan series, in all aspects. The book cuts the first books, which are steeped in adventure and comic mishaps due to Miles' overconfidence and 'forward momentum' and the next books, which have a more mature and personal character, and Miles is more restraint (relatively :-)). Memory is the stepping stone in between, which is sometimes an odd combination of the two.
    If you expect action, you will be mostly disappointed. If you wanted more Miles, you definitely get it, and maybe more than you wished for.

    The storyline without giving much away: Miles is not fully recovered from his death when because of that he makes a horrible mistake. A mistake which is compounded with him trying to hide this mistake from his Imperial masters. When they do find out, Miles has got to re-invent himself. He does find his identity by doing what he does best: helping his dearest friends by pushing on where others would give up. By following up on hunches and thinking through its logical causes and consequences. This story gives you more of the familiar people in the background, like Illyan, lady Alice Vorpatril and to a lesser extent, Ivan and Gregor. And that is a good thing.

    Well worth the read for a more mature audience.

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    Skipper 12-06-13
    Skipper 12-06-13

    I prefer 3rd person point-of-view, and books with fewer than 500 pages.

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    "One of Bujold's Best"

    Good narration. Great story. A tale of new beginnings for several characters, a soul-searching character-making shake-down, and bone-deep loyalty and friendship. It's a mystery plot, a "who done it" with minor elements of science-fiction (the memory chip, embedded in Simon's brain for decades). I quickly guessed who the villain was, but loved the scenes where Miles set the culprit up to reveal his true colors.

    Characters: Miles Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, chief of Imperial Security (Imp Sec) at planet Barrayar. Various employees at ImpSec. Lady Alyce Vorpatril. Ivan Vorpatril, and several others.

    I chuckled several times, mostly at the untrained butler / chauffeur.

    Miles takes a trip to his country estate. Wonderful fishing scene.

    Miles also goes back to see the hill folk in the Dendarii Mountains, to pay his respects to the baby's grave (relates to scenes from the prequel, Mountains of Mourning).

    Oh, and this is where Miles gets his fantastic cook.

    Expect just the slightest bit of romance for more than one couple.

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