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The Warrior's Apprentice Audiobook

The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

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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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    Red Eagle's Legacy 11-05-15 Member Since 2012
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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.

    8 stars out of 10

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    Amazon Customer Dallas, TX USA 10-06-15
    Amazon Customer Dallas, TX USA 10-06-15 Member Since 2016
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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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    Amazon Customer LARAMIE, WY, US 09-11-15
    Amazon Customer LARAMIE, WY, US 09-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun listen"

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

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    paul 07-05-15
    paul 07-05-15
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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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Deborah 06-21-15
    Deborah 06-21-15
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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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    Kindle Customer 05-30-15 Member Since 2015
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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
    Kaletha Warren, mi, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2017

    I love sci-fi sci-fi....Hey everybody let me know what the best audio books are !

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    "love this series !"

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

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    G. M. 09-05-14
    G. M. 09-05-14
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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.

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    Cheap and Lazy 04-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Third in the Vorkorsigan Saga"

    This is the first book with Miles, but it’s NOT the first Vorkorsigan book. This is actually third in the series (not counting the prequel which doesn’t involve the Vorkorsigans). You could start here, but you’d be missing a great deal—about Barrayar (especially the politics), about his parents (of almost opposing backgrounds), his childhood, and about Bothari. This is great sf and although the protagonist is 17 and thus could be labeled YA/NA, I’m not going to because it would be a shame to risk cheating more mature readers out of a great book. Due to his physical disabilities, Miles is an unusual choice for a hero. His intelligence, charm, and antics make for a fun, fast-paced read that I would recommend to almost anyone willing to even try sf, as well as hardcore fans. A word about the narrator: One of the problems I sometimes have with audio books is not being able to tell the difference between a character’s internal dialog and what they say out loud. This narrator handled the transitions in such a way that I wasn’t confused and I always knew who was talking. He spoke clearly and with appropriate emotion.

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    Dr. 03-20-14
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    "Not engaging"
    Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Grover Gardner?

    Im not sure depends on the book and the content


    What could Lois McMaster Bujold have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    never finished it. The characters were not engaging enough for me to be invested in the book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

    I dont know


    Any additional comments?

    gave it a try saw it on audible with some good ratings. made it through 5 chapters just didn't seam to go anywhere. The characters seamed bland and the writer seamed to be trying to hard to be scifi.

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