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Diplomatic Immunity (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jul 2012

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (31 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433274299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433274299
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,688,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 setting."

"The latest in Bujold's popular 'Vorkosigan Saga' continues the adventures of one of the genre's most enterprising and engaging heroes. Recommended. . . ."

." . . an impounded trade fleet and a missing officer . . . the specter of interstellar war. . . . In short--a typical day for Miles Vorkosigan. [Bujold] draws the reader in with engaging characters involved in readable plots."

"As usual, when Miles get involved nothing is as simple as it appears. . . . Despite all the military fireworks . . . this has more the air of a Thin Man movie . . . a lot of fun."

"Each addition to the Vorkosigan mystique solidifies Ms. Bujold's niche in SF." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lois McMaster Bujold burst onto the SF scene in 1986 with SHARDS OF HONOUR, closely followed by BARRAYAR, and THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE, which introduced the physically handicapped military genius, Miles Vorkosigan. Since then she has won four Hugo Awards and two Nebulas. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Frank VINE VOICE on 28 April 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of the Miles Vorkisigan books for many years and have been eagerly awaiting this book. After reading the last one (A Civil Campaign) I didn't think she could top it, and she hasn't, but I still thought it was a good (albeit short) read.
As usual the title is a clever play on the plot and develops throughout the story, Miles and his lovely new wife, Ekaterin are charming and funny together and we get to meet a few old friends as well as make new ones.
Bujold also develops plot lines that were laid down many years ago (Falling Free)so we can finally see Quaddie Space and her description of a night at the free-fall ballet was excellent.
After reading the latest from Bujold I have immediately picked up one of her older ones (Memory, in fact)and will reread it before going back to reread Diplomatic Immunity.
Thank you Ms Bujold for writing about someone who has become like a personal friend after all these years, I look forward to your future writing with eagerness and interest.
GO Miles!
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If you haven't met Miles Vorkosigan yet - and he's probably the most interesting of any scifi character in the techno line of writing - then do so IMMEDIATELY! This, the latest in the series, keeps up Bujold's usual the high standard of writing, although it isn't quite as good a A Civil Campaign (which gets a six-star rating for being one of the most stylishly comic books ever). This novel sees Miles finally on honeymoon, saving the galaxy with his usual incredible strategic genius and full-on maniac energy whilst still finding time to whisper the odd sweet nothing to his bride. The two plots strands of love and imminent war are tied together with elegance,and to readers familiar with Miles there are some nice in-references to previous characters (particularly from Cetaganda). I saved this one for three weeks and the worst of the rainy days. Instant smile on the face.
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By Patrick Shepherd TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Ah, the space opera of old, with ray guns sizzling and the Patrol just waiting for the sub-space yell for help to come high-tailing it through hyperspace to the rescue! (Exclamation points optional, but rarely left out). But that was the old days, and this is now the 21st century, and a new brand of space opera has arisen, championed by Ms. Bujold. Somehow the ray guns and exclamation points have disappeared, but not the sense of breathless, pell-mell, don’t stop to smell the roses action.
This is the latest in her long line of books about Miles Vorkosigan, nimble of mind, short of stature, often subject to seemingly irrational urges towards rash actions. For this book, he is somewhat toned down, perhaps a little more mature, being now a happily married man, as well as having been promoted to be Imperial Auditor. When his honeymoon is interrupted by a request to go straighten out a diplomatic mess in Quaddie space, about three pages into the book, you just know you’re in for another wild ride through Miles’ version of how to solve a problem, which is never by just diplomatic means. The ‘problem’ in this case quickly turns into something of a murder mystery (sans body), and Miles must deal with how to gather pertinent information amongst a group of people who are not only antagonistic, but feel that anyone with two arms and two legs (as opposed to four arms) is sub-human and has criminal tendencies.
Bujold, as usual, keeps many threads spinning in this adventure tale, from Miles’ relationship with a hermaphroditic old friend to a possible all-out war hanging on the resolution of this problem.
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Miles and Ekataerin are on their way home back to Barrayar in order to oversee the birth of their twins, but it's Miles's fate to be be in the wrong place at the wrong time and when an Imperial Courier finally contacts him, it's with news of a new job from his boss, the Emperor, for Miles is the Imperial Auditor in charge of Stellar relations and he's got a job on his hands with this mission.
A whole fleet of Komarran vessels has been impounded at Graff Station in Quaddie Space for, well, hmm, gross interferance with the local legal system or a bunch of genetically engineered freaks depending on whether you want to believe Imperial Security's Local Observer or the Fleet's military commander. When IS's Observer turns out to be a former employee (and almost-lover), things become even more uncertain.
This is not one of the classic Miles books, but there is a sense of closure of a sort as Miles looks towards fatherhood and has to reconcile his new responsibilities with the dangers of his job. It is still an excellent read, though, containing all the action and deductive skills that one has come to expect from the series.
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With the action mainly set on a space station rather than a planet (it belongs to the Quaddies, humans genetically engineered to live in free fall, shortly before artificial gravity was invented, see: "Falling Free") this is as much about Miles Vorkosigan, his wife and his armsman, adapting their thinking to that environment, as it is to Miles having to tread a very fine line whilst trying to extricate a Barrayan fleet from a diplomatic impasse, for which they are not as completely to blame as it looks. For once, this isn't something which Miles Vorkosigan gets involved in off his own bat: he's ordered to sort things out by his Emperor.

Any form of genetic abnormality is a problem for Barrayans, due to the use of nuclear weapons in an attempt to put down their revolt against Cetagandan occupation, and deliberate genetic engineering is a bigger problem still, largely because their former Cetagandan oppressors base their culture around genetic "improvement" of the human race by the ruling "Haut" Caste, and genetic manipulation of animals and plants, usually for "artistic" reasons by the Cetagandan's military "Ghem Lords".

It gradually transpires that there's more going on, and more at stake, than Miles could ever have imagined, and the increasingly impossible mess on Graf station is actually an expression of Cetagandan, rather than Barrayan or Quaddie politics. His past is coming back to haunt him: even as his children are growing in their uterine replicator and he has to scramble to prevent an imminent war that threatens to snuff out their lives before they even begin, along with all Barrayar.
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