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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,947 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455188741
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Lord Miles Vorkosigan, youngest Imperial Auditor to be appointed by the Emperor since the Time of Isolation, has a problem that all his new power can’t solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won’t do, go to subterfuge.

Miles has a cunning plan, which, of course, has to be worked out in between District succession scandals and plans for the Emperor’s wedding. And if no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy, just imagine what all Miles’ friends and relatives can do to his romantic strategy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bujold successfully mixes quirky humor with just enough action, a dab of feminist social commentary, and her usual superb character development in a sprightly SF romance that her many fans will find enormously satisfying.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A modern comedy of manners…Gardner rolls with the humor, holding the silliness in check but allowing it to move to the foreground now and again. With a well-placed tongue in cheek, he serves up a narration that has an underlying sense of seriousness and a clear eye on a plot that is entertaining and fun.”

    AudioFile

  • “Likely to add another statue to Bujold’s already full shelf. It’s charming, touching, and quite funny too.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Among the best books in an outstanding series.”

    Booklist

  • A Civil Campaign is a highly enjoyable romp, and will be happily received by long-time readers.”

    Locus

  • A 2000 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2000 Locus Award Nominee
  • A 2001 Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 2/18/2014

    " This is hysterical!! This is the romance novel of the series and with Miles in the middle, everything is out of control. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grillables | 2/10/2014

    " Oh, I love Bujold's books. This one's particularly awesome, though possibly too much of a romance for some of my friends. It's also late-ish in the Vorkosigan series and shouldn't be the first one you pick up. You should definitely pick up some of them, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 2/6/2014

    " Love is in the air. Miles in courting mode is scary, yet endearing. In Miles' view "the spectacle of a man of thirty-plus, going courting seriously for the first time in his life - the first time in the Barrayaran style, anyway - promised to provide hours of entertainment for his interested staff." Mark is helplessly in love too, but at least Kareen hasn't sworn off marriage, just gotten confused by being home. Throw in butter bugs, a sex change operation, & Cordelia as Baba. When the Commodore claims she trusts beyond reason, her reply is "Yes. It's how I get results beyond hope." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/5/2014

    " I love this one. I love it more on audiobook--Grover Gardner has really gotten to know the characters in this series. Kind of a goofy story on which all the character development of the last nine novels bears fruit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clyde | 1/30/2014

    " Miles finally gets his lady love. There is a lot of intrigue, trickery, and action (some quite humorous) along the way. Bujold never disappoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 1/12/2014

    " By far the best of the Vorkosigan books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yoon | 1/11/2014

    " Fun reading, although definitely a bad place to start in the Vorkosigan Saga (too much backstory). It's a little painful watching Miles screw up, but the butter bugs are priceless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terran | 1/5/2014

    " My least favorite of the Miles books, sadly. I applaud Bujold's writing range, but romantic comedy of manners/errors just doesn't fit my worldview of the Miles universe. (Plus, I tend to loathe comedies of errors to begin with.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damir Antunovic | 1/1/2014

    " This book made me laugh countless times. Everybody finds themselves in Vorbar Sultana for Gregor's wedding, and problems are bound to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Sandoval | 12/30/2013

    " Every time I think this series has reached its pinnacle, Ms. Bujold outdoes herself again. Her characters live and breathe, make me laugh aloud, and change the way I look at the world. I stand in awe (and very, very entertained). Brava! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/31/2013

    " This is funny as hell, a comedy of manners and errors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edlyn | 4/20/2013

    " Good and entertaining. Really good if you like fiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 1/29/2013

    " Re-read. Now, this one gets it right in that it all links together, thematically and plotwise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nilya | 1/1/2013

    " When I wasn't laughing I was crying or so angry at the characters I could scream! Great introduction to more of the side characters inhabiting the capital, and the social/political scene if the Vor. Might be my favorite one yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Duncan | 5/4/2012

    " This book is worth it for the "Dinner party from hell" scene alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 honestly mem | 2/6/2012

    " I didn't want it to stop. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse Menoni | 10/14/2011

    " Not her best - more of a romance than her typical action adventure or mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 9/27/2011

    " I laughed aloud throughout pretty much the entire thing. :-D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 6/21/2011

    " As I said in my review for Memory, if Memory is a car crash, A Civil Campaign is a clown car crash. It's one of my favorite comfort rereads, and although I normally can't stand awkward/embarrassing humor, this manages the perfect balance of cringing and laughing (and cringing while laughing). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 5/10/2011

    " Not so much a reread as a reskim--I like to just page forward to my favorite parts and then read those over and over again. That letter from Miles is the cure for all ills. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/10/2011

    " So freaking funny! A worthy follow-up to all that has come before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malgorzata | 1/18/2011

    " What can I say? As good as always, Bujold is an all-time comfort author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ericwilliams | 1/14/2011

    " My favorite LMB Vorkosigan novel, by far. "

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About the Author
Author Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won six 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. In 2011, she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. And in 2017, the Vorkosigan Saga received the Hugo Award for Best Series.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.