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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: May 2009 ISBN: 9781481568494
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Captain Cordelia Naismith of the Betan Expeditionary Force was on a routine mission to study the life forms on an uninhabited, neutral planet. Little did she know that the enemy Barrayarans had chosen this place as their secret base for an as-yet undeclared war. Separated from her team, Cordelia is captured by Lord Aral Vorkosigan, the leader in charge of the Barrayaran mission. Aral himself is caught in a web of political intrigue that has led to a recent attempt on his life. As the two strangers struggle together across the unfriendly terrain of the foreign planet toward Aral’s ship, they discover that their greatest danger may be the romance inconveniently developing between them, on the brink of a war that will divide their peoples more strongly than ever.

Recognized as the current exemplar of character-based science fiction, Bujold debuts her beloved Vorkosigan saga with this tale about the future parents of Miles Vorkosigan.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Bujold] gives [her] characters enough emotional depth, and enough sense, to raise their story beyond cliché.”

    Locus

  • “One of SF’s outstanding talents.”

    Booklist

  • “All in all, Shards is a worthy effort, and worth reading for any fan of SF romance.”

    Analog

  • “The Vorkosigan Saga is a classic work of space opera military sf that contains several books that are also marvelous sf romance. Shards and Barrayar could also be classified as military romance, while A Civil Campaign is a Regency romance set in this far-flung, intergalactic empire.”

    Library Journal, praise for the series

  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick of Best SF Romance Series

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridie | 2/13/2014

    " Good light reading and some interesting technology "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cam | 1/16/2014

    " It's a romance novel, with a novel view of romance. I was pleasantly surprised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rayda | 1/15/2014

    " Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan are introduced in this book. They later become the parents of Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, of whom so many wonderful books are written. This book, and the book that follows it( Barrayar , are not as well written as the later Miles books. I think Bujold was still getting her writing-stride with these two books. The science fiction in them seemed to be overcome a bit by the romance, though that was still very enjoyable. Not four or five star books, but still highly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pkelsay | 1/5/2014

    " I read this after Komarr, as it's the author's first book in what has turned out to be a lengthy series. This book's plot and pace delivered, and while the characterization of the "bad guys" was rather one-dimensional, the main characters were rounded and dynamic. This book examines some of the psychological effects of war heroes and their actions in what feels like a fairly natural and realistic way. The romance (sub?)plot has some elements of Prince Charming/love at first sight. However, it doesn't interfere much with the character development. I am engaged enough in these characters and the overall political plot that I am now reading the chronological sequel, Barrayar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/4/2014

    " Looking forward to all of the other books in this series...a quick, fun, romp. Cordelia is fabulous character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 12/23/2013

    " Good read. The depth of the world and characters the author have created is brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 12/15/2013

    " Not all that original or well written, but smart, fast paced and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 12/14/2013

    " fun and good character development, as usual for the author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 11/6/2013

    " A long time favorite. Comfort food... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 3/27/2013

    " My feeeels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2013

    " Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold is my favorite book ever. I've read it three times, and it's the beginning of a just as good series. Stronge female protagonist, and the rest of the characters come to life. Awesome, science fiction, character driven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Varlan | 1/22/2012

    " A very good space opera book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 5/21/2011

    " The prequel to the Miles Vorkosigan series. Strong female protagonist. Contrasts democratic & authoritarian feudal military culture. A science fiction adventure-romance with a group of well drawn, engaging complex characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 4/20/2011

    " Much of this is political, which isn't typically what I like. The writing was good, though, and I enjoyed learning about the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 4/6/2011

    " my first attempt to read a space opera, i enjoyed it and planning to continue with the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridie | 4/5/2011

    " Good light reading and some interesting technology "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 3/6/2011

    " An entertaining space opera. Surprisingly well written, soft science fiction. I intend to try the sequels "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 3/5/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed the world that Lois McMaster Bujold created, and the characters that inhabit it. Fascinating story with a lot of insight into the human experience. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. "

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

    " Begin here. Read to end. Go to the next one. Repeat. She is the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ratesjul | 3/3/2011

    " This has always been one of my favourites of the Vorkosigan saga, though I hadn't read it in years (and had completely forgotten the final chapter, of the woman recovering the body of her daughter). I really really like Cordelia. "

About the Author

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. In 2019 she was named a Damon Knight Grand Master by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, one of science fiction’s highest honors. She has won seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. Hugo awards for Best Series were received by the Vorkosigan Saga in 2017, and the World of the Five Gods in 2018.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand 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.