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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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With Thanks to John's review of Jan. 2009.


I can now follow the series. Thank You John.
What a fantastic listen! Grover Gardner reads well.
Lois McMaster Bujold has opened the galaxies, provided the stellar maps, terra formed the worlds,in process or complete, populated the systems and given us Miles. Rethink 'Mercenary'.
I listened, I laughed, I thought.
Don your 'Willing Suspension of Disbelief', take the jump through the wormhole and enjoy this young Warrior's initiation.
I will be listening to all the Miles stories I can. John gave the sequence in his review, so for me this is going to be one wild ride.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Delightful and engaging

I was not sure what to expect from this book. I read some of the reviews which I always find helpful. This book is a delightful blend of science fiction and fantasy. I think everyone can identify with the young Baron as he struggles to find his place and purpose in life. He has delusions of granduer but no real prospects of accomplishing them. He has real physical problems but his strength of character and sense of humor bring him the recognition and respect he seeks. He blunders and bungles his way successfully and has you cheering him on for his guts and personal values. Would that we all were so endowed. A great read for young and old.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Malle
  • Don Mills, ON, Canada
  • 07-19-07

I love Miles!

This is the first Miles book I read/listened to and it has me hooked on the rest of the series. The narrator is good and even handles the women's voices well. Great space adventure and introduction to a unique character. You will enjoy spending time with Miles.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tamara
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 11-28-06

Great fun!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and am about to buy the sequel. The plot is original as is the main character. Miles is bright--probably a tactical genius (but hardly a nerd), and obviously charismatic despite his disabilities. The book is witty and funny. I enjoyed listening to it with my 12 going on 13 year old, and there are only small parts that are inappropriate for a child (a truthful accusation against Miles' bodyguard of past wartime rape and torture, apparently at the behest of superior officers). The reader does a good job as well.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Space Opera w/ a bit of the Stainless Steel Rat

Highly enjoyable and a good narrator. I had been a bit concerned after reading a review talking about the author's philosophy of honor that the book would be preachy and overly serious. But it is actually filled with a lot of humor as the hero flies by the seat of his pants through a series of improbable adventures. Somewhat evocative of Stainless Steel Rat novels that I read and enjoyed long ago. Recommended.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Methuen, Morocco
  • 05-21-06

Great adventure

This is a great book. Well-written, excellent narration. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to hear the next in the series!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Round Rock, TX, USA
  • 05-02-06

Miles @ 17

This is the first of the Vorkosigan series with Miles as the main character. I love the whole series and I have read all of them to date. Miles does have a nack for stumbling into bad situations and coming out smelling like a rose by the skin of his teath. I have listend to other audio presentations of this and "Vor Game" and I think these are better and I hope they are planing on doing the whole series including the 2 non-Vorkosigan books, "Falling Free" and "Ethan of Athos". I hope that Blackstone does "Shards of Honor" and "Baryarr" so people will know how Miles came to be. I noticed that Blackstone now has the next book after "Vor Game", "Cetaganda" and I hope that Audible gets it soon.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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marvelous audiobook

What made the experience of listening to The Warrior's Apprentice the most enjoyable?

The storytelling and how Miles's universe is brought to life. I found myself sitting on the sofa after walking home from work while listening a few times, reluctant to stop. I laughed at a few points, especially when Gardner narrated some of Miles's thoughts and reactions to some events.


Would you be willing to try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold? Why or why not?

I listened to Shards of Honor first, which interested me in Bujold's Vorkosogian saga books. This book was just a good - lots of action, interesting characters, and very engaging.??????I listen to a lot of sci fi and

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

I love how he voices characters internal thoughts. That was my favorite part of his narration.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 12-19-10

Go, Miles!

My second book (I read Shards of Honor) first. Entertaining, character-oriented sci-fi with humor and feeling. I look forward to reading all the Vorkosigan books. Pure fun!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • Hickory Creek, TX United States
  • 08-11-10

The Warrior's Apprentice

In this book you first meet Miles Vorkosigan, and you want more, more, more of this manic genius. Or, at least I did, and still do even after having read all the Miles novels and now having listened to most of them. Bujold is that rare author who just draws you into her worlds and makes them live, and that is true in this book and in all her books, or at least all I have read.

I recommend this book and all Bujold's books. Enter her fully fleshed out worlds; either of the future or of some other magical world somewhere... Read or listen, and enjoy. You just can't go wrong if you have any imagination at all.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful