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    • The Flowers of Vashnoi

    • An Ekaterin Vorkosigan Novella
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Still new to her duties as Lady Vorkosigan, Ekaterin is working together with expatriate scientist Enrique Borgos on a radical scheme to recover the lands of the Vashnoi exclusion zone, lingering radioactive legacy of the Cetagandan invasion of the planet Barrayar. When Enrique's experimental bioengineered creatures go missing, the pair discover that the zone still conceals deadly old secrets.

    Regular price: £9.69

    • Falling Free

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good old-fashioned science fiction

    • By Alex on 20-02-15

    Regular price: £17.79

    • Mira's Last Dance

    • A Penric & Desdemona Novella in the World of the Five Gods
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    In this sequel to the novella Penric's Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister, Nikys, across the last 100 miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas. In the town of Sosie, the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria comes to the fore with her own special expertise.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A decent instalment of the series

    • By G. P. Brown on 21-12-17

    Regular price: £16.39

    • The Prisoner of Limnos

    • A Penric & Desdemona Novella in the World of the Five Gods
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    In this sequel novella to Mira's Last Dance, Temple sorcerer Penric and the widow Nikys have finally reached safety in the duchy of Orbas when a secret letter from a friend brings frightening news: Nikys's mother has been taken hostage by her brother's enemies at the Cedonian imperial court, and confined in a precarious island sanctuary. Their own romance still unresolved, Nikys, Penric, and of course Desdemona must infiltrate the hostile country once more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • perfect tale-telling, perfect reader - as always

    • By AMG, London on 21-03-18

    Regular price: £16.39

    • Cetaganda

    • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Jane on 29-09-06

    Regular price: £18.39

    • Penric's Fox

    • A Novella in the World of the Five Gods (Penric and Desdemona, Book 3)
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation, and they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect, as ever!

    • By AMG, London on 06-02-18

    Regular price: £16.39

    • The Curse of Chalion

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Consider this an investment in pleasure

    • By James on 29-11-10

    Regular price: £33.89

    • Penric's Mission: A Novella in the World of the Five Gods

    • Penric & Desdemona, Book 3
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    Learned Penric, a sorcerer and divine of the Bastard's Order, travels across the sea to sunlit Cedonia on his first covert diplomatic mission, to attempt to secure the services of a disaffected Cedonian general for the Duke of Adria. However, nothing is as it seems. Penric is betrayed and thrown into a dungeon, and worse follows for the general and his kin.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good yarn

    • By Keith K on 25-05-18

    Regular price: £16.39

    • The Vor Game

    • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very good audiobook of a great Bujold novel

    • By Giulio on 08-06-06

    Regular price: £19.49

    • The Warrior's Apprentice

    • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The incomparable Miles Vorkosigan

    • By Jane on 14-04-06

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Barrayar

    • A Vorkosigan Adventure
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • flawless

    • By Rosemary Swords on 17-05-17

    Regular price: £19.49

    • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worthy addition to a great series

    • By Ms. S. Hogan on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £19.49

    • Penric and the Shaman

    • The Penric & Desdemona Series, Book 2
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 18

    In this novella set in the World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in Penric's Demon, Penric is a divine of the Bastard's Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a "Locator" of the Father's Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another short bite of a tale with the five gods

    • By Ian Goodban on 21-04-18

    Regular price: £16.39

    • Shards of Honor

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good start

    • By Kevin on 06-03-12

    Regular price: £20.09

    • Penric’s Demon

    • A Fantasy Novella in the World of the Five Gods
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 24

    On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught. As he approaches to help, he discovers that the lady is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is the Bastard, "master of all disasters out of season", and with her dying breath she bequeaths her mysterious powers to Penric.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great story

    • By THEO on 14-12-17

    Regular price: £16.39

    • The Spirit Ring

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.... Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • need to stick with it

    • By Catriona on 05-03-13

    Regular price: £20.09

    • Winterfair Gifts

    • A Vorkosigan Adventure
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 34

    In the festive season of Winterfair on the planet Barrayar, Lord Miles Vorkosigan is making elaborate preparations for his wedding. The long-awaited event stirs up romance and intrigue among his eccentric family and friends, particularly for bioengineered space mercenary Sergeant Taura and shy, diffident Armsman Roic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must for fans

    • By Jo on 07-07-11

    Regular price: £13.19

    • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

    • The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures, Book 17
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    Future imperfect: Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his life. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated - his own mother.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Every trace of an exciting plot dispensed with

    • By Rosina Rowantree on 18-11-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Ethan of Athos

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting!

    • By osionide on 09-06-11

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Paladin of Souls

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets, for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road, escape, beckons...A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of Chalion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Jane on 31-08-06

    Regular price: £27.09

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