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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:
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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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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