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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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  • KerPow
  • Mapleton, UT
  • 12-13-15

Good Entry Into a Great Series

This isn't my favorite Vorkosigan book. Traditionally, I'd rather start the series with Vor Game or Barryar, which I think are better written. But the listening experience changed my view. Grover Gardner is such a fantastic narrator, he elevates the best moments and gave me new insight into the parts of this book that fell flat for me. I'd forgotten all the fun twists as Miles fights a war he doesn't really care about in the least.

I will probably buy any book that has Grover Gardner narrating it.

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Outstanding

Well read and well written. Has wonderful character depth, plenty of action and all the fun sci fi stuff you need.
Will be reading the series.

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A Stellar Read - Here Comes Miles!

The second book published in the Vorkosigan saga, the fourth in chronological order, is the entrance of Miles Vorkosigan – the young, deformed yet brilliant child of Aral Vorkosigan and Cordelia Naismith (the heroes of Shards of Honor). At first, it may seem like you’re reading a book about any old SF wunderkind, but Bujold skillfully raises Miles to extraordinary heights without making it seem farcical. By the end of this one book, you know that you’re reading about a hero that will be a favorite to many including yourself. This book is a must read. I would recommend beginning with Shards of Honor for a full character arc, but it’s not necessary. Enjoy this first encounter with Miles.

Miles Vorkosigan’s story begins with trying to get into the Barrayaran Officer’s Academy, but he is unable to qualify due to his malformed body caused by an attack when his mother was pregnant with him. To console himself from the disappointment, he travels to his mother’s home planet of Beta Colony with his bodyguard Sergeant Bothari and Bothari’s daughter, Elena. Along the way to deal with his overactive mind and curiosity – and maybe to help impress Elena, Miles starts an adventure of commerce, piracy, rebellion that grows at every turn. Where it ends, nobody knows, but Miles and his crew are caught in the whirlwind until it does.

The super brainiac kid is an overused trope in writing in general. Some handle it well, such as Card with Ender’s Game, but most do not. Bujold’s strength lies in her ability to write characters that you care about and make them true to themselves. You want to root for the brilliant Miles, you hurt for the embattled Bothari, you want Elena to be happy. All the while she crafts a story of many pieces and brings them together to great conclusions. Her books don’t usually end with one resolution but many. This book is no exception. Bujold has four Hugo Award winning books, but this book was written before her first win. I think it may be her best – award or no.

If you want to read a great storyteller bring together layers of story arc so well that you don’t realize what’s happening, then read Shards of Honor then The Warrior’s Apprentice. The two books are mirrors to each other and have a powerful symmetry in story and emotion. You will not regret the time spent.

Audible listeners: Grover Gardner is a gem. Listen to him often.

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Short, sweet, and masterfully written

I continue to he impressed by Bujold's mastery of the turned phrase, and her uncanny ability to bring characters to life in little details: a single tapping finger or change in posture illustrates human emotion with a precision that draws me in and keeps me hooked.

The story is succinct and paced to keep the reader engaged, no passage too laborious or lull in the action too protracted. I am suspicious of most science fiction, as many examples of the genre tend toward overemphasis on technology or alienness. Bujold's universe is very recognizable, as are the people and political/economic forces within it. There is just enough tech to convince me I'm in a space-faring solar system without weighing down the pacing.

The performance is wonderful as well, and the narrator remains throughout the two prequels, so it was like having an old friend guide me through each adventure. I actually recommend this novel as the introduction to the Vorkosigan saga, as the two prequels are more palatable in their slower pacing and emphasis on political intrigue once the reader has become more fluent in the names and places via this more stimulating narrative.

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Fun listen

Great books . Love this series. Reader is okay not my favorite.

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Ear and Brain Candy

Would you consider the audio edition of The Warrior's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

Who reads print?

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

His smooth delivery with enough inflection and voices to keep it interesting makes for pleasurable listening. He captures the humor and essentially the whole range of human emotions and behavior portrayed in these books. Grover Gardner has been a trustworthy companion of many hours.

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After over 650 audible volumes and many other audiobooks from libraries, CD's and tape, I almost never "reread" a book. There are only 2 series and books of 3 authors that I have read multiple times. McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is one of those, and this is one of the key novels in the series in which the main character comes of age, driving himself and associates into accomplishments beyond his dreams and into too much power for his own good. The good story is told with drive, yet a lightness of touch that makes the listening something that you can enjoy while working in the garden or trying to go back to sleep. I think its the energy and accomplishment of the well developed characters against terrible odds, but with an often humorous acceptance of their initially severe limitations.

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Captivating

Not as extravagantly interesting as other books, but it kept me interested for hours on end.

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couldn't stop reading till the end

simple yet engrossing were is the next book in the series. unforgettable characters in a jam.

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  • Kaletha
  • Warren, mi, United States
  • 01-18-15

love this series !

loved this series the best ever will read the rest of this series ! thanks

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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.