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4.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 5 4.22 (27 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: October 2010 ISBN: 9781455197897
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Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out.

On Kibou-daini, Miles discovers generational conflict over money and resources is heating up, even as refugees displaced in time skew the meaning of “generation” past repair. Here he finds a young boy with a passion for pets and a dangerous secret, a Snow White trapped in an icy coffin who burns to rewrite her own tale, and a mysterious crone who is the very embodiment of the warning “Don’t mess with the secretary.” Bribery, corruption, conspiracy, kidnapping—something is rotten on Kibou-daini, and it isn’t due to power outages in the Cryocombs. And Miles is in the middle—of trouble.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans have been clamoring for Hugo winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel since 2002’s Diplomatic Immunity, and they will not be disappointed by this thoughtful tale…Bujold introduces appealing characters to join familiar ones in exploring the ramifications of a planet-wide culture of postponing death, and her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot and softens the blow of a tear-jerking conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Excellently done…Bujold has always excelled at creating forceful characters and she does it here again.”

    Denver Post

  • “One of sf’s outstanding talents…an outstanding series.”

    Booklist

  • “An intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils…with that extra spicing of romance.”

    Locus

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2011 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • A 2011 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sybil | 2/17/2014

    " I really love this series my McMaster Bujold. This is her latest. The book is a bit more staid and not a freewheeling space opera as the earlier books. But I think this is more than appropriate -- as Miles ages his actions and responses to situations will also change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zac Wood | 1/26/2014

    " This was fun, and I would definitely be interested in the rest of the books in the series with this main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Cartwright | 1/19/2014

    " A wonderful new set of characters to enjoy. I particularly like seeing the situation through Armsman Pym's point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/18/2014

    " I love the Vorkosigan saga, and this is one of the best (and toughest) yet. Not quite as good as Memory, but hey, what is? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/7/2014

    " Always enjoy a Miles Vorkosigan saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen Short | 12/19/2013

    " Not the strongest of the Vorkosigan books, but still enjoyable. Miles seems to have mellowed a _little_ bit with age. It felt like the story was over by the time it really got rolling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/12/2013

    " Another fine addition to the Vorkosigan series as again Miles finds himself dropped into trouble. This time on a new world where cyrostasis is a major part of the economy and politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenne | 12/5/2013

    " This was enjoyable plane reading, but not one of the better ones in the series. I think we need to move on from Miles and follow some new characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 11/23/2013

    " Tempted to give this 5 stars just to celebrate a new Vorkosigan book...loved it. Miles up to his usual tricks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Hogan | 11/3/2013

    " Not great literature, but a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 9/21/2013

    " This was a fun book but I think I would have liked it better had I read more of the series and actually read the book and not the audio book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 9/13/2013

    " Vorkosigan is an unlikely hero, love all of his stories, lots of heart along with the SciFi. Thought I would be bored with this one, newest in a long line of stories, however was sorry when it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Manges | 7/15/2013

    " Bujold's skills transcend the genre; as always, adventures with Miles are far too infrequently, and end far too quickly. The "Aftermath" drabbles are wonderful exercises in precision; Gregor's quote at the end brought a tear to my eye. Beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tibbi | 6/16/2013

    " Again, Miles crushes in people's lives while on what is basically a fact-finding mission. Saving some, bringing others to justice. Mostly by accident, but in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 5/28/2013

    " This book contains the further adventures of Miles Vorkosigan. Like all his adventures, it is a fun and satisfying ride from beginning to end. And, like all his adventures, there is a bit of pain and suffering involved. Bujold is pretty much my favorite SF writer that is writing today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/12/2013

    " A lovely, very fun addition to the Vorkosigan series. And then some stuff that needed to happen in Miles's life happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alpha | 10/22/2012

    " 3.5 stars. An enjoyable Miles adventure, although strangely shorter than I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 6/21/2012

    " Another exciting Miles book! With rows and rows of bodies as a bonus! This is pretty much the Best Series Ever. The end hints that the series itself might be winding down, which does make me a bit sad though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Maakestad | 5/24/2012

    " As always LMB offers up a thoroughly enjoyable read. Miles has grown up, but he hasn't changed... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/17/2011

    " This went all the places I wanted it to go - very satisfying. Miles is still so very Miles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 10/4/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Listened to it on audiobook and found it quite amusing. Love Miles smarminess. Just an entertaining light sci-fi story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Griffin | 9/2/2011

    " Miles is on another adventure. This book left me stunned! I enjoyed it very much and thought everything was settled until the last few pages. Now I'm stuck because there is not another Miles book to jump right into. What ever will I do? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 8/26/2011

    " Not great, not terrible. Probably more enjoyable for those who, unlike me, have read any of the previous 13 books in the series. "

  • 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 five 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. The mother of two, she lives in Minneapolis.

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 more than thirty Earphones Awards.