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.
"Miles is one of the most enjoyable characters in science fiction." (School Library Journal)
I had read two of Lois McMaster Bujold books over the years but nothing containing Miles himself. I have really enjoyed these audio books they make the miles fly. I found the narator easy to listen to, he changed for each character but not to such an extreme as to be unplesant to listen to. The reading was nice and smooth, without putting you to sleep.
A short story about Miles and Ekaterin's wedding. It's told from Armsman Roic's view and was kind of refreshing to see things from his prospective. . Very sweet episode with Taura, too! If you read the series, I would definitely recommend adding this short story to your collection. It also give you better understanding of Roic before you read Cryoburn!
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
This book was truly a delight. In addition to the wonderful wedding saga of the lead characters, Miles & Ekaterin, you get a lot of insight into the characters of TAURA and Mile's new armsman, ROIC. I found myself laughing & crying almost at the same time while reading & re-reading the sections between Taura & Roic.
Kudos to Bujold & Gardner for this off-the-normal Vorkosigan Adventure.
63 yrs old, been reading Science Fiction a & Fantasy since I was in grade school.
I am a fan of all of the Vorkosagan Saga. Winterfair Gifts is more in the line of a novelette than a novel, but although short, it is indeed sweet. Bujold tells the story from the point of view of Armsman Roarik instead of Miles, but it gives a much needed twist on the perceptions of others of the Vorkosigan clan. It is very well written, with, as usual a dry wit, and in some cases, downright hillarity. The character of Roarick grows beyond his cultural bounds, as the ending shows so delightfully. I Have recommended Lois McMaster Bujold for years, and feel no need to stop now.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This was an excellently made novella. Considering I am not a huge fan of short stories that is a big compliment. This a telling of Miles life through the perspective of Armsman Roic. After having read the last 9 books from Miles viewpoint having a short side track for a few hours from another characters perspective was interesting. This is a great treat for a fan of the series.
meeting Roic (fully dressed)
Yes. He's always good, and has corrected some mispronunciations from the earlier books in the series
As usual, this was a compelling read from Lois. Although lacking in the action area that I enjoy so much from the Miles books, it was still exciting. Excellent addition to my library.
I am a huge fan of Lois McMaster Bujold, and Grover Gardner is the perfect reader for the Miles books. This one has a fun romance and a good mystery.
Book Lover and Traveler
I have listened to all the Vorkosigan series books that are out on Audible, even the ones I have already read before...multiple times. Maybe I'm obsessed. I need more Miles. Grover Gardner narrates this whole series perfectly - he is wonderful! Start with this if you like to get a taste of the series (and if you don't mind spoilers) but I recommend starting from the beginning with The Warrior's Apprentice and working through them from there. I'd like to see Shards of Honor and Barrayar on Audible as well.
Lois... Please, please, please...
Bring us more Miles.
This is my favorite series, and I have heard them all more than once. Most are on Audible, but keep them comming.
There are not many books with this mix of action, emotion, and humor. Great Characters that are very memorable from book to book.
"Much better standing on its own"
This short story was originally published in a short story collection called "Irresistible Forces", but significantly outclassed the rest of the book (written by other, less classy authors). It seems much more fitting for it to be standing on its own as a part of the Vorkosigan oeuvre, and is read wonderfully as ever by Grover Gardner (I do remember reacting negatively to his rather nasal american accent on first sampling it on Audible, but I now find that hard to imagine ... as other reviewers have said, I quickly found his reading even more delightful than the written version).
The short story format allows Lois to explore and develop a couple of wonderful minor characters from previous novels, and incidentally in the background deliver the wedding everyone has been waiting for since Komarr without any of the self-indulgence or loss of sparkle so common in these sorts of denouements. The romance has a simple classic plotline, and yet packs a punch of rawness, emotional authenticity, sadness and humour which I would have thought impossible in this genre ... if I hadn't read this.
"A must for fans"
If you’re a fan of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series then this extra addition will not disappoint. A short story detailing Miles’s wedding, the audio reading meant that what might have been a quick snack turned into a delightful feast of an experience. For fans this is excellent fare from Bujold as usual. Newcomers might want to try Bujold’s earlier titles first. Excellent.
"A good short story"
This is a short story (but then, it's cheap too). It's a good glimpse into some much-loved characters. It's certainly not where I would choose to start listening to the series, but for someone who has read everything else in the Vorkosigan series, it's certainly worth a listen.
Also I too disagree about the narration (while accepting that everyone has a right for preferences in such matters). For me, Grover Gardner is a superb reader of the novels - dry, witty and understated. I love to read the books and then a bit later listen them to them too - it's a completely different, but equally wonderful, experience.
"Great Series Great Narration"
As an avid Vorkosigan fan having all the books from Audible, I disagree with the previous reviewer's comments on the narration. Grover Gardner's narration of the series is superb. His narration effortlessly captures Miles' mannerisms, his wit, intrigue and the inevitable 'forward momentum'. Can't wait for 'Barrayar', available November this year, and hopefully 'CryoBurn' the latest in the saga, November 2010. My personal preference is to listen to Grover Gardner than to read them myself.
An enjoyable short story spoilt by a poor narrator. He has an intrusive american accent and seems unable to pronounce certain words. He was bad enough to stop me from buying any more audio books by this author.
I'll stick to the written word for this author in future. Its a shame as I love her work and would love to be able to listen to the stories on long car journeys.
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