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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.

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

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Really Enjoyed

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Yuriko
  • Fairfield, CA, United States
  • 01-30-11

Read before Cryoburn!

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Terri
  • Colorado
  • 01-21-12

I laughed & cried all in the same breath

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This Is How A Novella Should Be

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.

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  • Joanne
  • Newburgh, NY, United States
  • 01-16-12

how the garden grew

What did you love best about Winterfair Gifts?

meeting Roic (fully dressed)

Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. He's always good, and has corrected some mispronunciations from the earlier books in the series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I Love This Series

What made the experience of listening to Winterfair Gifts the most enjoyable?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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GREAT BOOK

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Only problem is it's too short!

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lars
  • San Mateo, CA, United States
  • 07-18-08

Miles

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.

15 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Linwood, NJ, United States
  • 01-09-12

Action Packed Short Story

What did you love best about Winterfair Gifts?

This story wrapped up the Miles wedding story arc. But in this universe nothing runs easily.

What did you like best about this story?

I am a huge fan Lois McMaster Bujold's work most notably the Miles VorKosigan saga but I had missed this story for a number of years. I was delighted to find there was actually a story devoted to the wedding.

Which scene was your favorite?

Armsman Roic finds Seargent Tura taking one of the wedding gifts.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The wedding when it finally happened was very welcome.

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  • Jo
  • 07-07-11

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • 08-05-10

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Annie
  • 10-01-09

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dee Watcher
  • 05-30-09

Poor Narrator

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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  • Charlie
  • 10-28-16

Nothing wrong with it.

If you've enjoyed the rest of the series then you'll enjoy this one too.
It suffers from the same issue many shirt stories set in established world's do, that there isn't enough time to give all the relevant back story. Vorkosigan veterans will have no problems, though.