From New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger comes the delightful sequel to Prudence.
Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend, Primrose, keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.
Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are...is frightened.
©2016 Gail Carriger (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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This is not a stand alone book, as it's set in the world developed by previous stories. I recommend starting with Prudence's Mother's story 'Soulless"' (Soul less) in the Parasol Protector series, of which there are 5 books. Then start off with this series, 'The Custard Protocol' (I'm still laughing at this name!) The Finishing School series is a stand alone and predates the beginning of Soulless. However, you don't have to listen to it first, but can start off with Soulless if you wish.
This story is quite witty, entertaining and surprising. I literally laughed out loud at times, while being moved almost to tears when the London Pack has a surprising change. In listening to this book I was so engaged in the story that I actually cleaned house while listening, just so I had a reason to put off my real work until later! LOL (I get bored when cleaning so I love listening to audiobooks as it makes the time fly by.)
I love Gail Carriger's writing and wit so much that I've attended one author signing at Powell's books and will be attending another next week. She creates strong female characters set in a steampunk world. All too often other authors only write where men must be alpha, which I get tired of. (I'm a natural pack leader myself) However, Gail's writing showcase's the way these female characters forge their way through the world, and in the process are quite entertaining. These are not women who are weak, or even looking for an alpha man, as they're quite capable of looking after themselves with the help of their friends. Each of the characters has their own strength, whether male or female.
When I learned of this new book in the series I couldn't wait. In fact, I counted the days until it was available and then stayed up till after midnight, just so I could purchase it right away on Audible.
This book isn't only entertaining for women either. My Sweetheart actually loves this series as much as I do! What a surprise! He's normally more into science fiction, mysteries and such, liking more mayhem and violence in his books than I do. But he equally likes Gail's writings and attended her signing event with me and will also be going to the next one.
Moira Quirk, as always, delightfully narrates in such a way that I hear the different personalities shining through. The voice for Prudence is especially entertaining, as it brings home the vibrant personality that Gail has created.
I loved the Parasol Protectorate and the Finishing School series. In both cases, the narrators Emily Gray and Moira Quirk respectively, brought the series to life. However, the choice of Ms. Quirk here, is a mistake. The Custard Protocol as read by Ms. Quirk, makes Prudence sound like Sephronia and the secondary characters we came to love under Ms. Gray's voice (Akeldama, Alexia, Lord Maccon, Floote, Biffy) completely unrecognizable for the devoted listener. In some cases, the pronunciations were so different (Rabiffano, BUR as "bur" not B-U-R) that it was beyond disconcerting. Akeldama sounded exactly like Professor Braithwaite. Some consistency at the very least would have been good. There was also little vocal differentiation between Rue and Primrose, so at times it wasn't possible to tell who was speaking by their voice. Unusual given Ms. Quick's deft vocal handing of Sephronia and her best friend Dimity. I would have had Ms. Gray continue the Alexia-based storyworld. While these things don't speak to the plot, the interfere with the ability to transport into the story, making the experience less satisfying at the outset. However, the problems with Imprudence went deeper than just the narration.
Unlike Sephronia, Prudence, or Rue, has little to recommend her that make us really care about her. While Imprudence was slightly better in this regard than the previous book Prudence, the plot was thin. The amount of time that Rue and Quesnel spent sexually exploring emphasized the YA nature of the series. While the Finishing School was YA also, the plots were more engaging, clever and intricate, the characters were uniformly much better developed. In Imprudence, many interesting angles were unexplored (i.e. the were-lion island, the Templars, Floote's life in Egypt, etc.)
I started it once and lost interest, but came back again due to my regard for the author. It was disappointing relative to the cleverness of previous books. My guess it that it's hard to satisfy readers/listeners who have expectations from previous works, but this was not up to previous standards. Without the significant backstory from the Protectorate books, this would have been an even thinner experience. Listen knowing these shortcomings and you will probably enjoy Gail Carriger's unique voice.
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This is a delightful series while not as whitty, fun, and snarky as the Soulless series this is worth the credit. Rue and Primrose made leaps and bounds in acquiring a cohort of quirky characters to populate to man the Spotted Custard. While many of the characters are not supernatural nor are there as many steampunk gadgets the books has charm.
There are many "modern" relationships while shocking in the Victoria Era are very contemporary today. Rue and her crew are beginning their age of majority (21 years old) by cutting all family bonds of pack, leaving the home of her vampire father and dropping Rue's parents to their retirement home in Egypt. They then cavort the globe to save a Pride put in danger from Percy's behavior. There are many air battles with a cameo appearance of The Parasol and an appearance of a family servant with stories of Rue's grandfather.
Are the battles because of the tank that Quesnel put on the ship or because there is werelioness on the ship? Do we have a new supernatural, peternatural or meta-human plot or just a family fight. The first two (Prudence and Imprduence) do not have the same bang as the first of the Soulless series, but I feel this series will bring surprises.
I love these stories, but the voices changed for this version, despite the same narrator. Why?? Why are all of the secondary characters' voices so different. I'm finding it so distracting, and it's definitely taking away from my enjoyment of the story.
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This was a wonderful continuation of the Custard Protocol. There are at least two more books scheduled for this series; although Carriger said on her blog that the next Custard Protocol book will not be released until 2018...sadness :-( All the books in this series have been incredibly entertaining and just a ton of fun.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was excellent. The narrator does an absolutely wonderful job narrating and it was a joy to listen to. I kept finding myself creating reasons to listen to the audiobook so that I could listen to more. I would definitely recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.
I pretty much love everything about this series and think that it is Carriger’s best series yet. I love the quirky, yet lovable, characters and the amazing world. I love the adventure and magic as well. This is an absolutely fantastic steampunk world.
This book had a bit more romance than the first. Quite a large portion of the story is dedicated to Rue and Quesnel dealing with their personal issues. I don’t usually like romance taking over the story; but I love Quesnel and Rue so much that I ended up thoroughly enjoying these parts of the story just as much as the adventures in Egypt.
I love that we have immortal characters from previous series that pop up in the story, yet we also have new fresh characters that are incredibly interesting and entertaining as well. I love that there are tidbits that we learn that expand on the history of the older characters as well as the new ones.
The story wraps up very nicely and could have wrapped up the whole series. However, I was thrilled to hear there will be more stories and adventures in this series. This is one of those books that I was incredibly eager to read and sad when it ended.
Overall I adore this series. This story is just so much darn fun and I love the world and characters. I just absolutely loved everything about this series. I would highly recommend to those who enjoy humorous steampunk reads with some adventure and romance. I absolutely am dying to read the next book in the series.
I've loved the soulless series, and this followup is great. It's not the best, most pivotal novel in the world, but it is full of humor and adventure - as per Gail Carriger's usual. Enjoy the light listening and good voice acting.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I bought this book based on the others in the series. It is sooooo bad I couldn't finish it. I won't waste my money on any other books from this writer. I'm very disappointed in the book.
I found this story to be great light fun. The characters were likable and did include the older generation now, from the Parasol Protectorate gang, in secondary roles.
Alexia finally passed the parasol. This book is utterly delightful. Rue and her crew are well positioned to continue the protectorate in new directions, with new supernatural beings. I look forward to the further adventures.
I loved this installment. I'm a huge fan of Gail Carriger's work. She did not disappoint. Can't wait to listen to them all over again.
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