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Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out.
On Kibou-daini, Miles discovers generational conflict over money and resources is heating up, even as refugees displaced in time skew the meaning of “generation” past repair. Here he finds a young boy with a passion for pets and a dangerous secret, a Snow White trapped in an icy coffin who burns to rewrite her own tale, and a mysterious crone who is the very embodiment of the warning “Don’t mess with the secretary.” Bribery, corruption, conspiracy, kidnapping—something is rotten on Kibou-daini, and it isn’t due to power outages in the Cryocombs. And Miles is in the middle—of trouble!
Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won five 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. The mother of two, she lives in Minneapolis.
©2010 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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“Fans…will not be disappointed by this thoughtful tale…Deft and absorbing writing.” (Publishers Weekly)
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By Kevin on 10-23-10

Its nice to come Home!

After a very long time how wonderful to have more Miles! LMB certainly hasn't lost her touch, and once again Mr. Gardener delivers an excellent performance. A top notch addition to the Vorkosigan collection.

If you are new to the Vorkosigan series, you may want to start with Shards of Honor or The warriors apprentice.

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By Rebecca on 10-26-10

A Delightful Return to the Vorkosigan Universe

Lois McMaster Bujold yet again masterfully crafts a story that is both delightful and entertaining as well as profound and contemplative, and Grover Gardner delivers his usual brilliant performance. As the title alludes, Cryoburn deals not only with Miles' life post cryo revival, but humanity's drive to cheat death, to find the cure for old age, the fountain of youth, to live forever. But would that really be the cure society dreams it could be? Armsman Roic accompanies Lord Miles Vorkosigan on his adventures on Kibou-Daini, and if you're a fan of the series, you can also find out what happened with Emperor Gregor and Laisa, Mark and Kareen, the Duronas group, Sergeant Taura, and Lady Cordelia and Count Aral Vorkosigan. And yes, I cried at the end.

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By Daniel on 05-08-12

A fun easy read with no surprises

Never exciting and at the same time never dull. There is virtually no character development throughout the book, the redeeming quality is that you get to know most of the characters well.
What pushes this book slightly over average is an interesting portrayal of the world of Kibou-daini, and its inns and outs. And the idea of a whole society obsessed with cheating death is an interesting idea, which in my opinion could have been explored further.
I can recommend this book if you are going for a long car ride with preteen kids.
I must say that I have not read any of the other Miles Vorkosigan books, so this is solely based on this story. So there might get more out of this book if first read the preceding 18 books.

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By Mirenda Rosenberg on 01-20-12

I want to be Lois McMaster Bujold when I grow up

I love every book in the Miles Vorkosigan series. There is something compelling about the characters - I simply want to gather them in my arms and love them forever. This series is fantastic even if you aren't a Sci-Fi addict like myself. The series can be a bit difficult to follow as the books were not released in an internal chronological order. Do yourself a favour and enjoy the series from the very beginning and start with either "Shards of Honor" or "The Warrior's Apprentice".

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By Katy on 03-17-17

space opera at its finest

about the best and most entertaining sci-fi series ever. all of the awards lois mcmaster has won are so well deserved. another fine instalment that moves you to laughter and tears and leaves you wanting more

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