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I've been working my way through the Vorkosigan series in audiobook form at work all month, a somewhat delayed response to the enthusiastic recommendations of approximately half of the internet for the last decade or so. The deeper I get into the series, the harder it is to control my impulses to alternately laugh hysterically and weep copiously.

Also, anyone who spoils me past (*checks*) approximately halfway through Memory is going in for a course of Betan therapy.
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I recently listened to the audiobook Shards of Honor because people kept telling me I had to read these books. I feel stupid for this, but I can't for the life of me figure out in what order I'm supposed to read/listen to the series, so I haven't continued. Help??

But! I am going to take a wild stab in the dark and say that Memory is about amnesia. Is that a spoiler?
*butts in*
In this post I made a list of the books and short stories in internal chronological order, and a list of the omnibus editions of all of them.
I think I can safely confirm without spoiling anyone that memory is, in fact, involved. *g*

I opted for internal chronological order (like so, which I am highly satisfied with thus far. (Unlike the Narnia books, where I think internal chronological ordering is heresy and I can't believe that anybody reads them this way and finds it at all satisfactory.)

I did kind of skip over Falling Free (because I started with Shards of Honor too) and Ethan of Athos (because it didn't have Miles in it and I was all impatient), so I suppose I'll have to double back to them at some point.
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Who reads the audiobooks? Do they cost an arm and a leg or just one appendage? I was just thinking I want more spoken-word to listen to, and rereading Vorkosigan that way might be just the ticket.

Memory is AWESOME.
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The recordings I listened to of Shards of Honor through Brothers in Arms were done by Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan for The Reader's Chair, and they were really good. One of them (I think it was Barrayar?) even had an interview with Bujold afterwards. Sadly, The Reader's Chair went out of business, and therefore options for getting ahold of them are ... unorthodox, ifyouknowwhatImean.

The Blackstone Audio versions are read by Grover Gardiner, are also very good (aside from someone's editorial decision to pronounce 'Galeni' as 'Ga-len-EYE', which is slowly driving me batty) and very reasonably available in a variety of formats (download, MP3 CD, etc.) at decent prices.

I'm not sure I can wait until Monday to resume my listening! This is distressing!