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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,967 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: October 2008 ISBN: 9781455191314
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This Hugo-nominated novella adds a delightful extra chapter to Bujold’s Vorkosigan series, describing the wedding of Miles and Ekaterin and 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miles is one of the most enjoyable characters in science fiction.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Gardner’s characters are layered and real despite the highly imagined world in which they live. His narration is at once straightforward and well crafted. Gardner’s voice seems plucked right from 1950s sci-fi serials, a quality that adds to the atmosphere and makes this a fun listen.”

    AudioFile

  • “Grover Gardner narrates as if he has all the time in the world, and the story is all the better for it.”

    Audiofile

  • Winterfair Gifts is fun, skillful storytelling set in an SF universe. This is a gentle romance with a bittersweet twist. A romance story dudes can enjoy. Bujold is a fine writer and Winterfair Gifts is a damn fine audiobook…[Gardner is] a skilled narrator and is well chosen for the Vorkosigan saga.”

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  • A 2005 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/5/2014

    " This is a quick read about the drama and danger surrounding Miles Vorkosigan's wedding, from the point of view of his Armsman, Roic. It was nice to see some of the Dendarii on Barrayar, and to have an update on Taura. Completists will definitely want to hunt this down before moving on to Diplomatic Immunity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Dawn | 1/15/2014

    " What a fun story! I always thought Taura deserved an adventure of her own. Out of necessity for the short format doesn't have the depth and twists and turns of some of Bujold's novels, but definitely showcases her ability to breathe life and personality into all the characters she writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 12/27/2013

    " Very nice. Miles and company serve as background while Roic and Taura get to shine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 12/20/2013

    " The short story of Miles & Ekaterin's wedding with some of the Dendarii visiting--including Taura & Elena Bothari & family. Told from Armsman Roic's pov & just adds a little bit extra to the romance & universe. So good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scarlet | 12/19/2013

    " This is what Bujold's writing should be--tightly paced, emotionally engaging, demonstrating character growth. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 12/5/2013

    " An extra 'chapter' to A Civil Campaign, Gifts is a Vorkosigan armsman's report of Miles Vorkosigan's wedding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hester | 11/30/2013

    " A fun story that is typically Bujold. Personally, I did not get the greater depth some of her pieces have, but maybe it will speak more to me when I am older. Ties up loose ends and manages to give a tragic character something happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis Edmonds | 11/25/2013

    " Not bad, but overpriced for what you get. Only for the compulsive reader. And that's me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine (AR) | 11/22/2013

    " Oh, how I love riding along on Bujold's pitch-perfect point-of-view experiments. In this novella, we get Miles's wedding -- the culmination of at least two books worth of angst -- as told by a minor, barely-named character from the most recent novel. And it works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 11/22/2013

    " A short, though pleasant, romantic story with just a touch of intrigue. I listened to the audio version which was narrated by Grover Gardner "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tressa | 9/18/2013

    " I thought Winterfair Gifts was a lovely novella in the Vorkosigan series. I liked that the primary characters were Taura and Roic and that this story shed a little more light on them. The narration by Grover Gardner was excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Crosby | 6/10/2013

    " I knew the story was set at the time of Mile's wedding, and the title somehow put me off. Stupid. This is a terrific novella that is part mystery and part character study. The focus is on some of the supporting cast--adding depth to the Vorkosigan worls. A very pleasant surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MarsianMan | 6/8/2013

    " A delightful short story about Mile's wedding...but told from an Armsman's point of view. I found it very sweet and fulfilling, but I am a romantic who has been in love with the series for quite a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 4/3/2013

    " Lovely little side-story, but with the main characters as serious backdrop. Interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/25/2013

    " This felt a bit like a throw away piece. It was fine. What killed me was all the typographical errors. The text had clearly been scanned into a processor but never proofread, so "I" was usually "1" and other errors. Rather embarrassing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/5/2012

    " Read this as a short story years ago...my only previous encounter with Miles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 7/3/2012

    " Good for what it is. Very short, fast read. Nice exploration of a couple secondary characters and a little mystery. Some of Miles's Auditor business seems a trifle forced, but it's still a good story. Since we didn't get Miles's wedding in A Civil Campaign, I was looking forward to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 6/28/2012

    " Nice transitional novella between A Civil Campaign and Diplomatic Immunity centered on Miles' wedding. A bit odd in that it's told completely from the perspective of one of Miles' armsmen. It worked OK I guess, but I'm glad Bujold didn't dedicate a full novel to that form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mirrordance | 9/19/2011

    " Nulla di speciale. Racconto di riempimento e di contorno alle avventure di Miles Vorkosigan. Poche avventure ma un necessario "attentato". Nulla di che ma sempre piacvevole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 8/13/2011

    " love this series. It's hard to find comedy and sci-fi! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl Bussema | 8/11/2011

    " A weak novella in the Miles Vorkosigan series. Recommend for fans of the series (it won't take too long). Told from Armsman Roic's point of view, which was an odd narrative choice. Not a bad story, but not great either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 7/25/2011

    " Wonderful short story featuring Taura and Armsman Roic as the main characters with Miles' wedding as the backdrop. I wish it was longer because I didn't want it to end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 7/18/2011

    " A delightful tale involving Armsman Roic and the amazing Sergeant Taura, the most impressive female since Wonder Woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 5/17/2011

    " "Winterfair Gifts" is a short and sweet little romance set behind the scenes of a significant event in House Vorkosigan. Told from the 3rd person point of view of a Vorkosigan armsman, the novella provides brief glimpses of favorite characters in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 4/19/2011

    " Wonderful short story featuring Taura and Armsman Roic as the main characters with Miles' wedding as the backdrop. I wish it was longer because I didn't want it to end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sho | 1/3/2011

    " 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.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scarlet | 12/31/2010

    " This is what Bujold's writing should be--tightly paced, emotionally engaging, demonstrating character growth. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabby | 12/12/2010

    " Hmm. The story of the wedding of Miles Vorkosigan. I was looking for this one everywhere, and finally found it. It is OK, and Ekaterin comes across well, but as other characters are the focus of the story Miles doesn't get to run on as he usually does. I want more Miles! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/19/2010

    " A very sweet chapter in the saga of Miles Vorkorsigan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 7/10/2010

    " A sweet little mystery/romance/comedy/disaster novella in the Miles Vorkosigan tradition. Sadly, told in 3rd person limited POV of a less than exciting character... interesting to read, but not nearly as much fun as the usual tone of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ^_^ | 5/14/2010

    " Just reread this... sigh, I love the Vorkosigan Series. Bujold has got to be one of (if not the top of) my favorite author's list. She is a comedic genius. And her descriptions... beyond words hysterical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 4/23/2010

    " "Winterfair Gifts" is a short and sweet little romance set behind the scenes of a significant event in House Vorkosigan. Told from the 3rd person point of view of a Vorkosigan armsman, the novella provides brief glimpses of favorite characters in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MarsianMan | 1/5/2010

    " A delightful short story about Mile's wedding...but told from an Armsman's point of view. I found it very sweet and fulfilling, but I am a romantic who has been in love with the series for quite a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 12/18/2009

    " love this series. It's hard to find comedy and sci-fi! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/31/2009

    " Read this as a short story years ago...my only previous encounter with Miles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 4/16/2009

    " While I didn't enjoy it as much after the fun I had with A Civil Campaign, it was still fun to stick around the Vorkosigan world. "

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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.