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Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Cordelia Naismith Series Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781483051833
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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. As 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Grover Gardner offers a hearty reading that leaves listeners feeling satisfied but never stuffed. Gardner knows just how far to go while navigating the well-worn genre and never stoops to vain attempts to impress his audience. Ultimately, many sci-fi fans have heard it all, and this recording will bring them back down to earth with its simplicity.”


  • “Gardner uses changes in tone, pitch and delivery to clearly separate all speakers; but where he really excels is in bringing to the fore the emotional subtleties of dialogue…The result is a very satisfying narration of a terrific tale.”

  • “[A] superb and satisfying modern space opera...a seminal volume in one of SF's most popular series.”


  • “The Vorkosigan Saga is a classic work of space opera military sf that contains several books that are also marvelous sf romance. Shards and Barrayar could also be classified as military romance, while A Civil Campaign is a Regency romance set in this far-flung, intergalactic empire.”

    Library Journal, praise for the series

  • Winner of the 1992 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1992 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • Nominated for the 1992 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • A Library Media Editor's Choice of Best SF Romance Series

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nile | 2/24/2013

    " I thought this book had a good point of view from Robert Stevenson's view. It was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 10/5/2012

    " Nice nonfiction about the American Railroad system's heyday framed in the story of author Robert Louis Stevenson's trip across America on one such train. Well-written and interesting subject matter, though definitely not for everyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rowan | 2/14/2012

    " Rather boring. . .I had to read it for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 1/7/2012

    " Nonfiction about traveling across America during the early days of trains. It was interesting and has good photos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 5/10/2011

    " Not so much a reread as a reskim--I like to just page forward to my favorite parts and then read those over and over again. That letter from Miles is the cure for all ills. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/10/2011

    " So freaking funny! A worthy follow-up to all that has come before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malgorzata | 1/18/2011

    " What can I say? As good as always, Bujold is an all-time comfort author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ericwilliams | 1/14/2011

    " My favorite LMB Vorkosigan novel, by far. "

About the Author

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. In 2019 she was named a Damon Knight Grand Master by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, one of science fiction’s highest honors. She has won seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. Hugo awards for Best Series were received by the Vorkosigan Saga in 2017, and the World of the Five Gods in 2018.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.