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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (27 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: April 2008 ISBN: 9781455189946
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A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station in distant Quaddiespace after a bloody incident involving the convoy’s Barrayaran military escort. Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of their first children. But when duty calls in the voice of Barrayar’s Emperor Gregor, Miles, as imperial auditor, has no choice but to answer.

Waiting on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tensions, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a race with time for life against death in horrifying new forms. The downside of being a high-level troubleshooter comes when trouble starts shooting back.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As usual, Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes…fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Vorkosigan (and family now!) is as winning as ever, with Bujold offering up her usual fun mix of space-opera action and droll social commentary in a character-centered plot.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Miles is] one of the genre’s most enterprising and engaging heroes.”

    Library Journal

  • “Bujold deftly mixes mystery and espionage into her usual well-developed plot…Extremely intelligent and manically energetic, Miles is one of the most enjoyable characters in science fiction.”

    School Library Journal

  • “[Gardener’s] got a dry tone that fits Miles Vorkosigan perfectly…Miles Vorkosigan is a fine character…His personality is entertaining, and the plot of this novel, in which Miles is called upon as both diplomat and detective, is just plain fun.”

    SFFAudio.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ducki | 2/11/2014

    " Best series.. ever;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 2/9/2014

    " I just don't get it - how can every single book in the Vorkosigan saga be a home run?! It's a smaller cast, only a few of our favorite characters show up, but the book does not suffer for it. Such an imaginative wild ride of a whodunnit. This is a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa (Harmonybites) | 1/27/2014

    " This is the fourteenth novel in the Vorkosigan Saga, a science fiction series mostly centering on Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most memorable protagonists in science fiction. Unlike the usual action hero with bulging biceps, Miles was born with potentially crippling physical problems--stunted, brittle boned. Which means Miles survives on his wits. Much more than just survives, and the story in Diplomatic Immunity puts on display a lot of the hallmarks that makes Miles one of my favorite fictional characters. I wouldn't name this one as a favorite among the series. I think in the end The Warrior's Apprentice, Mirror Dance and A Civil Campaign are the standouts for me thus far with one novel to go. And I wouldn't start here either. I think at least part of the interest and fun is the continuity with previous worlds and individual characters. Like the Quaddies first found in Falling Free and Bel Thorne of the Denarii Mercenary Fleet. Which doesn't mean this wasn't greatly enjoyable for anyone who likes of mix of mystery and space opera. And this particular outing is among the most suspenseful and best plotted in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 1/18/2014

    " Returning from Miles's honeymoon, they get called off to quaddie space. Guess what, the cetaganndans again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Preacher | 1/1/2014

    " This wasn't my favorite of the Miles books, but it was serviceable. I haven't yet read the novels about the Quaddies, and that might give this more richness, but without that it wasn't a bad detective-type story. It was nice to see some old friends - and old enemies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 12/31/2013

    " Fun mix of old "scheming under the table" Miles and "official" Miles, since he doesn't pull much weight around here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 12/25/2013

    " I needed a pick me up, and Bujold always helps. I love Miles (as I know I've said before) and while maybe not my favorite in the Vorkosigan Saga, it is still a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edlyn | 11/24/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samuel Nolley | 10/7/2013

    " I liked the early Miles stories (starting with the warrier's apprentice), but have gotten bored of the character and the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nihonjoe | 7/1/2013

    " This was more mystery than anything else. Still, it was a fun little mystery that left you guessing until near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 5/26/2013

    " A solid Vorkosigan book, but not quite as good as others in the series. Miles wasn't in over his head nearly enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snowfalcon | 10/28/2012

    " Not my favorite of the Miles Vorkorsigan books but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Writtenwyrdd | 10/16/2012

    " Another wonderful addition to the saga of Miles Vorkosigan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marita | 10/10/2012

    " Wish I could have read this series in order. Fun ohter wise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 10/8/2012

    " More action, less romance...all enjoyment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 8/28/2012

    " This remains a fun and creative sci-fi series, driven in large part by familiar characters and interwoven pasts. This one had a particularly gratifying ending and epilogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 6/30/2012

    " Excellent! I am going to start the last book of the series but I don't want it to end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 6/4/2012

    " A nice twist for Miles as he is trying to solve a mystery in Quaddiespace. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Rundkvist | 4/22/2012

    " Decent sf detective novel, a little slow here and there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 10/29/2011

    " I read this right after reading Cryoburn, which might have raised my appreciation a few notches in comparison. One of my favorites of her recent books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 3/12/2011

    " Excellent! I am going to start the last book of the series but I don't want it to end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 3/10/2011

    " If you like the Vorkosigan saga, you will enjoy this book. My rating reflects my opinion that it wasn't as gripping/fun as the others. Still, a good audio book for the car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/15/2011

    " 2011.0210-2011.0215
    Bujold started out as an excellent writer, a dozen books later She has not lost a wit of charm. The Vorkosigan Saga is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 2/5/2011

    " I just don't get it - how can every single book in the Vorkosigan saga be a home run?! It's a smaller cast, only a few of our favorite characters show up, but the book does not suffer for it. Such an imaginative wild ride of a whodunnit. This is a must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isis | 1/31/2011

    " A good yarn, with the kind of mystery I like (where one problem turns out to be only the tip of the iceberg of the real problem), and YAY BEL THORNE again, but not enough of the usual cast of suspects (zero Cordelia, Aral, Ivan, Gregor, and not nearly enough Ekaterin) for me to really love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/13/2010

    " This wasn't my favorite of the Miles books, but it was serviceable. I haven't yet read the novels about the Quaddies, and that might give this more richness, but without that it wasn't a bad detective-type story. It was nice to see some old friends - and old enemies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/2/2010

    " This one was a bit more convoluted than normal. "

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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 five 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. The mother of two, she lives in Minneapolis.

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 more than thirty Earphones Awards.