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Winterfair Gifts: A Vorkosigan Adventure | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

Winterfair Gifts: A Vorkosigan Adventure

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.
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Publisher's Summary

This Hugo-nominated novella adds a delightful extra chapter to Bujold's acclaimed Vorkosigan series. Falling in between the novels A Civil Campaign and Diplomatic Immunity, it describes the wedding of Miles and Ekaterin and the events leading up to it.

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. But Miles also has an enemy who is plotting to turn the romantic ceremony into a festival of death.

Winterfair Gifts offers another of Bujold's witty, character-centered science-fiction plots with a twist of romance.

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more in the Vorkosigan saga.

©2004 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Miles is one of the most enjoyable characters in science fiction." (School Library Journal)

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    George Gloucester, VA, United States 12-14-11
    George Gloucester, VA, United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A wedding to remember"
    Where does Winterfair Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is top drawer short story that fills in a gap in the storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No specific favorite. All fit together in the story wonderfully.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Excellent job.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 11-30-11
    Jessica BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Grover Gardner's Performance is Spot on"

    Although not one of the very best of the Vorkosigan books, it is a nice portrait of Miles' armsman Roic. Grover Gardner does an especially amazing job voicing Taura.
    Heartily recommended for Miles fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Flowood, MS, United States 07-23-10
    Ben Flowood, MS, United States 07-23-10
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    "A treat for fans"

    I was thrilled to see Taura play a starring role in this story, as well to have a glimpse of Miles and Ekaterin's wedding. My only regret is that I have only one book left before I'm at an end to this excellent series. I'll just have to start at the beginning and listen to them all again. More Miles!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Lichtman SF Bay Area 03-06-15
    J. Lichtman SF Bay Area 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great good Romp"
    What did you love best about Winterfair Gifts?

    I will never get over the loss of LMB but listening to this story has brought back such great memories of all of her wonderful work. I may be shourt but well worth a listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That Miles was not the main character just made it better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wound up laughing all through out the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Just very Enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A User 01-14-15
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    "Miles is getting married finally!"

    Everyone's invited. An old love maybe jealous of Miles' happiness. Is his intended having an attack of nerves or worst? Will she make it to the altar?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "A Lovely Short"

    At just over 2 hours this was a quick listen but as an avid reader of the Vorkosigan saga it was well worth the money. Unlike any of the other stories, this one is told from the perspective of a Vorkosigan armsman, so while the normal big players are still present, they are somewhat reduced. this allows for the little things in their lives to take center stage.

    a word of warning, if you have not read many of the books it may be best to hold off. I found this story to be so good because of the many in jokes and back story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paladinboy Dracut, MA 01826 11-04-14
    Paladinboy Dracut, MA 01826 11-04-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to re-read books with audible.

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    "A Marvelous Vignette"

    Another great novella that reveals stunning characters and themes from Bujold! This one focuses on Tara and Guardsman Roic. Deep, touching and fun.

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    Jonas 01-14-14
    Jonas 01-14-14

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    "Yes, I really gave it 5 stars"
    Any additional comments?

    This little romp in the Vorkosigan universe is just plain fun. It might not be the place to start if you are unfamiliar, but it I really enjoyed getting the perspective of some normally "supporting cast" characters.

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    Diane 12-05-12
    Diane 12-05-12
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    "Love the Vorkosigan saga!"
    What did you love best about Winterfair Gifts?

    Seeing Taura again and the courage she shows. Watching Roic growing.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardner is a top notch reader who gives life to his characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh at the description of the garden supplement and the reactions of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Others have said: "The serie is character driven..." It's true but more than that the people,under Ms Bujold's pen,are individuals you can relate to. They are a mirror of our society. Including Taura.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eddy 08-31-12
    Eddy 08-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "All together again"
    If you could sum up Winterfair Gifts in three words, what would they be?

    Although winterfair gifts is a short story about wedding, it is worth the listen as all of Admiral Nesmith's and Mile's friends and family come to celebrate with him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    miles


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh out loud


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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