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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,778 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 2010 ISBN: 9781455182640
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Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with expectations of ship command, so he is disappointed with the assignment of meteorologist to an arctic training camp. But his tenure in the snow-covered north is cut short when he narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits.

Miles is reassigned to investigate a suspicious military buildup near a wormhole nexus. Reviving his undercover persona as mercenary Admiral Miles Naismith, he expands his routine information-gathering duty into a rescue mission when the Emperor of Barrayar disappears. Miles must use his negotiating skills to avoid a showdown between powers competing for control of the wormhole, while searching for the Emperor and watching his back for the arctic base commander seeking bloody vengeance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.”

    Chicage Sun-Times

  • “Grover Gardner presents a precocious and quietly undaunted Miles. As Miles raises his eyebrows at what he learns, Gardner expresses the same in his narrative style. His tone is serious, with an undertone of wit, a love of intrigue, and a strong dose of confidence.”

    AudioFile

  • “Lois McMaster Bujold is one heck of a fine storyteller, and Grover Gardner is a fine reader, too. The Vor Game showed me how good space opera can be.”

    SFFAudio.com 

  • “Miles Naismith Vorkosigan is this reviewer’s favorite fictional character of all time, so it’s satisfying to find Blackstone handling the material well and giving it to a worthy narrator. Gardner is quite expressive and really nails the characters’ interactions throughout the story, whether they’re ranting or pensive or wry.”

    Kliatt

  • “Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.”

    Library Journal

  • A KLIATT Editor’s Choice Audiobook for 2006
  • Winner of the 1991 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • An Audie Award Finalist in 2006
  • A 1991 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/22/2014

    " Miles's first assignment leads him to Camp Permafrost and then on an extended ImpSec mission in space. Slow at times, and some of the military details bogged the rest down. But overall sparkling with fun and intelligence and drama and humanity. I originally (very much!) anticipated the same approach to problems as Warrior's Apprentice, i.e. luck and charm win the day, but was pleased and impressed to find a more grown-up Miles developing, sometimes painfully, a new set of tricks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Pi | 1/17/2014

    " I'm really enjoying this series. Bujold takes to heart the suggestion that writers put their protagonist into trouble and then more trouble but I love the ways she gets Miles out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maylin | 12/3/2013

    " Another rip roaring adventure where unprepossessing Miles Vorkosigan wins through and saves the Emperor and puts the known universe to rights. Great stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 11/3/2013

    " I think I would have liked this book a lot better if I'd read "The Warrior's Apprentice" first. Correction: I would have liked this book a lot better if reading "The Warrior's Apprentice" first had not been a prerequisite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 11/2/2013

    " A little disjointed. This feels like two stories that are pressed together into one novel. It won the Hugo that year so I guess I cant really argue with it. Reading it however I definitely felt a little disoriented by the change about halfway through from a basic training murder mystery to a space/strategy/war story. Either way I again thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Miles Vorkosigan. As alter-ego's go Admiral Naismith is just awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For | 10/28/2013

    " Another enjoyable book about Miles Vorkosigan, in this one he graduates from the military academy and immediately stumbles into intrigue and political plots, with only his genius and complete lack of respect for his superiors to get him out of trouble. As with the other books, Bujold maintains a bit of humor in the delivery...the books aren't laugh-out-loud funny, but have a bit of an underlying sarcastic edge to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Nennifer | 9/1/2013

    " read this series in order starting with Shards of Honor, but don't bond with Cordelia too much, as most of the series is about Miles "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val Schuman | 8/20/2013

    " Quite enjoyable, often unpredictable, good Sci-Fi Space Action adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 8/4/2013

    " Pretty good installment in the Miles Vorkosigan series. A bit long and disjointed but suffused with humor and adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 6/1/2013

    " Good space opera, I plan to read more about Vorkosigan, what an interesting character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Behrmann | 5/29/2013

    " I want half stars (or rating on a scale of 10)! I want to give this 3 1/2 stars. While this book did draw me in, I don't feel it did so at a level that other 4 star rated books did. It was an enjoyable sci-fi read, though, which I would recommend to other sci-fi fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 12/9/2011

    " This entire series about Miles Vorkosigan and Barrayar is spectacular and a must-read for sci-fi fans. Great space adventure, well-developed characters and society, and lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blaine | 11/12/2011

    " I love Lois Mcmaster Bujold. Her writing is much like the main character of this book (Miles), smart, witty and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rayette | 11/9/2007

    " Fun page turner. (I loved this series with my husband although I am not a huge lover of science fiction). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 9/5/2007

    " I was pregnant while reading these. May explain a lot. Although why I can't get Sara to read them is beyond me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 8/24/2007

    " Past enemies turn up in the most unlikely places. Good thing Mr Naismith can fool everyone into doing what needs to be done and stop a cetaganda plot to expand toward barrayar. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie Rodrian | 8/7/2007

    " Oh my gosh! Don't read unless you love science fiction. I read it and I still don't know what it was about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Orlin Stefanov | 12/28/2006

    " mind games.. more thinking less action i liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Menoni | 10/29/2006

    " I read this one on audiobook which means I missed a lot. I liked it though so I'm going to read it again on paperback, plus i'm going to read them in order, because i didn't know any of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Boncher | 1/29/2006

    " Definitely looking forward to the rest of the series. Miles is a really interesting character, and the setting is very fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 11/6/2005

    " Rather enjoyed this. I wish I had known ahead of time that this was a part of a series. I would've preferred to have started from the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 7/13/2005

    " Pretty good story, and only used "sardonic" three times,w which its still excessive, but better than the last one. "

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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.