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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) 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: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455194148
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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

  • “Author Bujold once again demonstrates her writing prowess in the science fiction genre with a tale of civil war in a distant world. The story has multiple layers and offers plenty of outspoken opinions about the current state of our own planet. Narrator Grover Gardner offers a hearty reading that leaves listeners feeling satisfied but never stuffed. Gardnerknows 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.”


  • Winner of the 1992Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1992Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • Nominated for the Nebula Award in 1992

Listener Opinions

  • 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. "

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About the Author
Author Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her second novel, The Warrior’s Apprentice, introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters in science fiction. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. And in 2017 the Vorkosigan Saga received the Hugo Award for Best Series.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred 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 thirty-seven Earphones Awards.