Summary

A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station in distant Quaddiespace after a bloody incident involving the convoy's Barrayaran military escort. Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of their first children. But when duty calls in the voice of Barrayar's Emperor Gregor, Miles, as imperial auditor, has no choice but to answer. Waiting on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tensions, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a race with time for life against death in horrifying new forms. The downside of being a high-level troubleshooter comes when trouble starts shooting back.
©2002 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"As usual, Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes....fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Catriona on 24-05-09

sad to leave the 'vorkosiverse'

I've read each of the books in the series at least twice and have been treating myself every few months to listening to another audible book in the series.
It's hard to pin down why I like them so much. The plots are fun, Miles is irresistible and the secondary characters are interesting.
I long to know more of what happens next. How does Miles cope with twins? How does Ekaterin cope with Miles? I would love to hear more from Cordelia's or Ivan's perspectives.
That must be the mark of a good author; that she leaves you begging for more, but writes complex enough books that you can re-read what she has already produced and draw some more enjoyment from them.
For first-time readers I would say that although each book is stand alone I wouldn't recommend starting with this. You really would enjoy this better with the back story of the other books. Ideally go right back to the beginning and Shards of Honor.

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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 09-05-11

No longer without a net

I love LMB's characters, not only in the Miles series but in her other work. They are deeply believable and engaging, and they develop in ways which connect us very strongly with their humanity.

That said, I have to admit that the Imperial Auditor Miles pleases me less than the breakneck, impossible odds fellow we all first came to love. Miles has so much more going for him now, that it is hard to imagine him falling. He is still improvising at the point of contact in imaginative and entertaining ways, but he is no longer flying without a net, and I do somewhat miss that quality in the series.

Nonetheless, this is wonderful writing and I can't wait for my next Vorkosigan download.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Phelix_da_Kat on 23-02-08

Honeymoon period...

I have been follow the saga for a couple of years now - i have not actually read any of these books so cannot comment on the faithfulness of this audiobook, BUT I do have every audiobook of this series now and do eagerly anticipating each new release.

With this I am glad to say this is another smash hit - I so do feel for Miles' character and love the twists and turns as each mystery has to be solved. Again, there is the development of existing and new characters (in the form of Quaddies).

The narrator is Grover Gardner and this is the icing on the cake - would have to admit I am partial to Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki - and have actually picked books up with the narrator being a major fact as they carry you through the tale, adding emotion and a charm to each character.


By the way, if you did not know, the series order is:
"The Warrior's Apprentice"
"The Vor game"
"Borders of Infinity"
"Cetaganda"
"Brothers in Arms"
"Mirror Dance"
"Memory"
"Komarr"
"A Civil Campaign"
"Diplomatic Immunity"

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