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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,393 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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Set in Bujold’s Vorkosigan universe, this independent novel follows a doctor as he braces himself for his first encounter with that most alien of aliens—a female of his own species.

Dr. Ethan Urquhart is chief of biology at a District Reproduction Center. He delivers babies from uterine replicators. You see, on Athos there are no women. In fact, the planet is forbidden to them. Isolated from the galactic community by distance and a lack of exploitable resources, the Athosians have peacefully lived their peculiar social experiment for two hundred years. But now, the ovarian cultures dating back to the original settlement of the planet are giving out. With the future of Athos at stake, Ethan is chosen on behalf of his cloistered fellows for a unique mission: to brave the wider universe in quest of new ovarian tissue cultures to replenish Athos dwindling stocks. Along the way, he must tangle with covert operatives, killers, telepathy, interplanetary politics, and—perhaps most disturbingly—an indomitable female mercenary named Elli Quinn. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot-driven story moves swiftly and will engage SF fans of all subgenres. Recommended for all collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Bujold has created a compellingly attractive protagonist in Dr. Ethan Urquhart…Highly recommended for all SF collections.”


  • Ethan of Athos is an entertaining and out-of-the-ordinary romp.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/16/2014

    " Don't start this one thinking Miles is in it. You'll only be disappointed. The little guy is mentioned quite a bit though and one of the major characters is Elli Quinn, some might remember her from The Warrior's Apprentice. The main protagonist is this chap Ethan. He lives on a male only planet inhabited by blokes who live in superstitious dread of women (otherwise known as uterine replicators with legs). The fun starts when he has to leave his home planet in search or a replacement supply of ovarian cultures to replace the failing existing cultures, without which his society can't reproduce. Due to massive culture shock (women everywhere) Ethan soon gets up to his neck in trouble. It's all quite light hearted but very amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/1/2014

    " It's fun and worth reading but without any real weight. I missed Miles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeremy Jones | 1/8/2014

    " Very fun read! Bujold's characterizations are amazing! You have to love them all. Even the bad guys! I definitely recommend this to not only sci fi lovers, but readers in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy | 1/2/2014

    " Oh, okay, this isn't anywhere near as good as the other Vorkosigan novels, but it has Elli Quinn! And sweet, dorky Ethan from the very gay planet of the patriarchy! Needs more Miles. Okay, *any* Miles. Or Cordelia. But it's a great comfort read. "

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