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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,723 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455184552
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When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arriving, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves caught in the middle of a mystery.

Miles tries to play detective in a strange, complicated, and deceptively alien culture, while lascivious Ivan manages to get himself involved with several noble females at the same time, a diplomatic no-no of the first order. As the plot thickens, it becomes clear that it’s up to Miles to save the empire.

With her usual skill, Bujold addresses timeless issues of human identity through the personal dramas of her characters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Set in a vividly realized world where Machiavellian intrigues are played out behind a façade of aristocratic discretion, this novel, like its predecessors, blends high adventure with wry commentary on the seemingly unbridgeable gulf between human ideals and political realities.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Even] readers who normally eschew science fiction will delight in Bujold’s intriguing plots, appealing characters, and wry humor.”

    Library Journal

  • “As witty and well-handled as is usual for Bujold…In the wake of Bujold’s new Hugo, even greater swarms of readers will flock to this book and swell even more the number of her fans, which is only what she richly deserves.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jillz | 2/11/2014

    " I have read this book and the rest of the series multiple times. This series is my favorite series (sci fi or fantasy). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 2/9/2014

    " Close up look at the original Bogey Men in the Vorkosigan novels - a murder mystery rather than space opera - an excellent addition to the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For | 2/9/2014

    " Another good Miles Vorkosigan book, but not quite up there with the previous few. Miles travels to the capital of his people's long time enemies for a state visit and (as always) immediately gets bogged down in intrigue and mystery. This book expands the cultural container of the universe, describing a society which had previously only been hinted at. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Foxthyme | 1/28/2014

    " A satisfying Miles Vorkosigan book. Ah, in the haut society of Cetaganda--the enemy and sweet love. All mixed up with potential death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/20/2014

    " A nice court intrigue story, lots of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miramira Endevall | 1/20/2014

    " I'm finding that I have less patience with Miles' shenanigans this time around. Maybe because I now have subordinates that I'd want to strangle if they cut me out of the loop like that? Or maybe because I'm better able to see now how a maverick like Miles would end up slaughtered by his own people? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 1/13/2014

    " Sort of a mystery novel set in an alien, soccially complicated world. I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this. Really enjoyed the men versus women thing going on in Cetaganda. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lauer | 1/13/2014

    " A rollicking good story. Interesting details on the Cetagandans. Not so much on internal Miles development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 1/11/2014

    " One of my favorite Miles Vorkosigan adventures. Mystery, suspense, and a complex web of social and political intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 11/26/2013

    " Re-read 11/12. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val Schuman | 11/10/2013

    " Brilliant, just as any other book in the Vorkosigan saga! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 11/7/2013

    " Bujold gets to make up a whole world here and then turns Miles and Ivan loose in the Byzantine twists and turns of ghem and haut society. Not the best book in the series but still better than most sf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 7/21/2013

    " eeeeeeeeeeeee I <3 this series sfm. Also, Ivan, you're so qt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 10/24/2012

    " This entry in the Vorkosigan Saga struck me as a little lighter than the others. It was very enjoyable, full of sparkling dialogue and the oversized personality of Miles. They mystery at the heart of the story was a bit contrived, I thought, and this one's not going to be my favorite. "

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

    " I'm giving this one three stars, not because it isn't a good book but because I just didn't enjoy it quite as much as the previous ones and well. They can't all be 4 or 5 starts. Still a good book, filled with intrigue, excitement and, because it's Miles, all sorts of accidental trouble. Fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 2/28/2012

    " introduction of new world that has some crazy art ideas "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 2/9/2012

    " The politics were a little difficult to get through, but overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/18/2012

    " I did find the mystery and intrigue in this one quite riveting, but I still don't think it's as good as Warrior's Apprentice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefan | 9/25/2011

    " An excellent installment in the Miles Vorkosigan series. Miles at his best in the intriguing Cetagandan empire. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 7/20/2011

    " I read this book once and thought it was OK. A couple of years later, I listened to the audiobook, and it was better. Not the best of the Vorkosigan novels, but not one of the worst either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marney | 3/4/2011

    " Possibly one of her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 12/13/2010

    " Exquisite. Bujold's world-building astounds me every time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/12/2010

    " I read this book once and thought it was OK. A couple of years later, I listened to the audiobook, and it was better. Not the best of the Vorkosigan novels, but not one of the worst either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 10/4/2010

    " Not one of the stronger books in this series -- no Barrayar, no space pirates, minimal Vorkosigan family drama. Some interesting sci-fi ideas but not ones that resonate with me that strongly. On the other hand -- I laughed quite a bit and there's a lot of Ivan. (These factors are related). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz B | 10/3/2010

    " This was enjoyable, but it burned me out on Miles for a while. I did like the way the ending was wrapped up. "

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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.