A Civil Campaign : Vorkosigan Saga (chronological)

  • by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: Vorkosigan Saga (chronological)
  • 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lord Miles Vorkosigan 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.


What the Critics Say

"The latest Miles Vorkosigan adventure has him campaigning in four plots....Bujold weaves all four actions into a seamless whole that her faithful readers may rank among the best books in an outstanding series." (Booklist)
"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)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Comedy and a Romp with Characters You Love

After a serious turn over the last few books of the series (Memory, Komarr), this book returns to the lighter fare and faster pace of some of the earlier novels of the series. Built like a Restoration comedy crossed with a modern sitcom, it features spurned lovers, switched genders, slapstick, and politics done with Bujold's deft touch. Expect less brooding and more action, although it is all political and romantic this time - no gunfights or spacebattles in this adventure.

If you have followed the Miles series from the beginning this is an hugely entertaining novel, and it goes by incredibly fast. If you haven't read the previous series in order: the Vor Game, Cetaganda, Brothers in Arms, Mirror Dance, Memory, and Komarr (or at least Mirror Dance, Memory, and Komarr), you might want to start the series from an earlier point, as I imagine that the evolution in the characters that creates much of the comedy will be entirely lost.
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- Ethan M. "On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through"

My favorite Bujold book

This is my favorite Lois McMaster Bujold book. It's incredibly rich in characters and situations. It's not as much an action book as some of her previous in the series but it's the richest, I think, in drama and humor.

I think this could be a first read book in the series with great enjoyment. But, after reading a bunch of the earlier books, the tapestry becomes fully woven, here.

This book is about Miles' courtship of Ekaterin amid a BUNCH of difficulties, starting with her being repulsed by the idea of ever marrying again after her failed previous marriage which ended in the death of her husband just weeks before But Miles has no doubt SHE is the one he wants to marry and his intentions . . . leak to everyone he knows.

I'm struck by wishing I could be friends with a bunch of the main characters of this book. People you get to know and like.

Grover Gardner has again done an excellent job of reading a Bujold book, if anything, better than before.
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- Ed Burkhead

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-18-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.