Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold audiobook

Barrayar

By Lois McMaster Bujold
Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Publishing

The Cordelia Naismith Series: Book 2

11.69 Hours Unabridged
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Political intrigue, culture clash and romance make a stirring mix in this award-winning follow-up novel to the acclaimed Shards of Honor. In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed regent of Barrayar by the emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. As Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power and the threat of civil war. When a palace coup endangers the government, their lives, and her unborn son, Cordelia takes action to secure the safety of her new family and new home.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1992Hugo Award for Best Novel

Winner of the 1992Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

Nominated for the Nebula Award in 1992

A Library Media Editor's Choice of Best SF Romance Series

Political intrigue, culture clash and romance make a stirring mix in this award-winning follow-up novel to the acclaimed Shards of Honor.

In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed regent of Barrayar by the emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. As Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power and the threat of civil war. When a palace coup endangers the government, their lives, and her unborn son, Cordelia takes action to secure the safety of her new family and new home.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Grover Gardner offers a hearty reading that leaves listeners feeling satisfied but never stuffed. Gardner knows just how far to go while navigating the well-worn genre and never stoops to vain attempts to impress his audience. Ultimately, many sci-fi fans have heard it all, and this recording will bring them back down to earth with its simplicity.” AudioFile
“Gardner uses changes in tone, pitch and delivery to clearly separate all speakers; but where he really excels is in bringing to the fore the emotional subtleties of dialogue…The result is a very satisfying narration of a terrific tale.” SoundCommentary.com
“[A] superb and satisfying modern space opera...a seminal volume in one of SF's most popular series.” SFReviews
“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

Reviews

Reviews

by ET3D 9/13/2017
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Great story

Much of what I said about Shards of Honor applies, except that this book is better. The characters are still great thanks to being competent and mature. It's really nice to see a couple that actually talks and doesn't have stupid conflicts due to misunderstandings. The scene where Cordelia mediates between Drou and Kou is pure gold. :)

My criticism of Grover Gardner's narration still stands, to an extent. A deep male voice isn't the most suitable, IMO, for narrating from a woman's perspective. However there are quite a few male characters this time, and I love his Bothari, so I enjoyed his narration more than in Shards of Honor.

All in all, an interesting story well told.
by Emerald Pointe 9/13/2017
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Great title

This was the third book that I have read in the Vorkosigan series and love it. I wish I could put more time into listening this series. Grover Gardner continues to prove is reputation as a great narrator. I feel that Lois Bujold has also proven her weight in the scifi arena.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 11.69
Audience: Adult
Language: English