Monthly Mini Review
Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Grover Gardner B+ This novella length audiobook follows a few months after the events of A Civil Campaign. Miles and Ekaterin are just about to get married at Winterfair (a kind of Barrayaran Christmas). Gifts are arriving and so are wedding guests. Roic, one of Miles’ armsmen is feeling like a bit of a failure after the shamozzle with the butter bugs and the Escobaran bounty hunters. He thinks Armsman Pym hates him and Miles thinks him incompetent. Roic also serves as the narrator of the story. Dendarii mercenary and former lover of Miles, Taura, arrives for the wedding. Roic grew up in the back country and hasn’t seen anyone like Taura ever. Of course, as she is the only one of her kind left, no-one else has either, but Taura makes a big impact on Roic. When Ekaterin falls ill before the wedding, Roic and Taura combine forces to work out what has caused it and save the day.
I was happy to catch up with Taura and find out where she’s at. And Roic is a nice guy who was put in a pretty difficult situation in A Civil Campaign. In the circumstances, I thought he had done well then actually. But I understand why he thought he had failed. (That entire scene was hilarious but also embarrassing for both him and Miles.) Still, I was glad that Roic had the chance to redeem himself in his own eyes. Miles’ special talent is picking good people of course so no-one ought be surprised.
Miles and Ekaterin get married. Yay. Roic gets laid. More yay!
Grover Gardner delivers as usual in the narration department. A short story – only about two hours listening time but a must for all series lovers.
Reviews of these books will be up soon at AudioGals.
Here’s what you may have missed:
Porn Star by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone
Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Grover Gardner
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Grover Gardner
Ready to Roll by Suzanne Brockmann
Bad Judgment by Meghan March, narrated by Andi Arndt & Sebastian York
Only Her by Sandra Owens, narrated by Amy McFadden & Sebastian York
The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely, narrated by Andi Arndt & Sebastian York
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Dirty Like Me by Jaine Diamond
Going Deep by Anne Calhoun
Someone to Love by Mary Balogh, joint review with Janine
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis
The Next One Will Kill You by Neil S. Plakcy
Fall by Karina Bliss