Introducing the Custard Protocol series, in which Alexia Maccon's daughter, Prudence, travels to India on behalf of queen, country--and the perfect pot of tea.
When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do: she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India.
Soon she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis (and an embarrassing lack of bloomers), Rue must rely on her good breeding--and her metanatural abilities--to get to the bottom of it all.
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Most memorable so far is the shock of different pronunciation of names of favorite characters. Just because it's technically a new series does not mean that characters from the Parasol Protecterate all of a sudden have new backgrounds. Biffy was Spanish and now sounds like he's from Romania.
The switch in narration from Ms. Gray to Ms. Quirk caused me a shock this morning when I started listening. Name pronunciation for Biffy and Dama is different. After all previous books had a consistent pronunciation, why did the director and narrator have to switch? Also, Biffy is made to sound like a bad Dracula. Dama's new voice is reminiscent of Mel Brooks (the Priest) in Princess Bride, sounding like there are cotton balls in his mouth.
I'm a writer working in the advertising industry with a background in music and film studies. My favourite audiobook genre is urban fantasy.
I love Moira Quirk's narration of the Finishing School series. I don't think she's a bad narrator at all. But when I listened to Prudence, it was like listening to the Finishing School characters reading the parts of the Parasol Protectorate/Custard Protocol.
Also, Biffy's last name is not pronounced correctly (how do you get Biffy from Rabiffano unless there's a Biff in there?) and he has a slight Spanish accent. It's made quite clear in Heartless that Biffy's Spanish name & heritage come as a shock to Alexia, meaning that he doesn't have an accent.
This is the first time I've ever considered returning one of Gail Carriger's books. I love the audiobooks for the Parasol Protectorate and it breaks my heart that I won't be able to listen to Rue's adventures.
Stop me if this sounds familiar: headstrong girl has adventure on a floating ship. Companions include: 'girly' best friend with a bookish brother; aristocratic man who flirts with said girl but whom she rejects; 'manish' girl who prefers to work with boilers; and all signs point to her having a 'connection' with a servant. This doesn't feel like a new story with a new character. It feels like Sophronia and the Finishing School 2.0.
Since this is in the same world as the Alexia Parasol books (~20 years later) and the Finishing School books (~40+ years later) I'm really surprised the mechanicals are no where in the series yet. There were butlers and automatons and mechanimals in the other books but not in this series.
And someone needs to explain the rules of chaperoning to me because how do two young single women take off for two months on a ship with single men and this isn't considered a scandal? Alone in a room in a house together: no! Alone on a ship together: why not!
The voices she uses are recycled from the Finishing School series. Rue = Monique; Prim = Sophronia; Percy = Pil; 'Dama' = Dimiti(!); every servant = Soap; and poor Alexia sounds like a battle axe! Hearing the powerful and fashionable Lord Akaldama lisp like Dimiti made me sad.
I was disappointed with the ending of the last Finishing School book (seriously, Felix deserved better) and this series seems to be just a recycling of exactly the same characters with different names.
I was so looking forward to this book and the new narrator ruined it for me. I can't understand why one would change narrators in a follow-up series with nearly all of the same characters as the previous one. The narrator for the previous series was outstanding, and it is beyond distracting and disappointing to try to listen to old beloved characters who suddenly have completely different accents and name pronunciations. I wasn't able to finish it. I suppose if you have not listened to The Parasol Protectorate series, this will not be an issue. If you have, this will be a difficult, if not impossible listen.
Narrator for this book different than the one who did ALL of the rest of the audio books and pronounces things differently and has incorrect inflections.
BIFFY IS NOT A SPANIARD, AND DOES NOT HAVE AN OILY ACCENT. He is and always was & will be a foppish, British, Dandy.
She pronounces things like "Dewan" differently.
She calls it "bur" (rhyming with purr), instead of the initials B. U. R.
I wish she would have done some research in to the authors' and prior narrator's previous works, so there would be SOME consistency between the authors works. I get she wants to make it her own, but it's not. It may be a new book in a new series, but there still is a level of continuity that is expected by readers, and needs to be respected by the narrator.
I was okay. I had high expectations for this book after reading the "parasol series"
which was wonderful, a deep plot, complex characters... an adult read. This book seemed shallow in comparison.
The most interesting aspect of this story is Prudence's extended family... which fails to materialize often it this book
It was fine. It is not the same narrator as the parasol series... which was a disappointment, and took getting use to. I so wanted to hear Dama's voice again.
Not sure I am all that interested. Thought this was going to be a follow up to the parasol series... that is what I would really like to read.
I really wish Audible would flag, tag, or find some way to mark a book as "YOUNG ADULT"
It is it's own genera... tell us!!!!!
Completely enjoyed the Finishing School series and the Parasol Protectorate series for light entertainment. Prudence was a favorite character so I thought this would be great. Inventive in spots but the whole thing just didn't work -- had to struggle to get through. Picked up in interest about 3/4 of the way through the book.
great individual voices, lovely to listen to
I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print
It's going to take awhile, if ever to get used to narrator. Whilst Ms Quirk did an excellent job with the Finishing School series, this series I feel would have been better served using Ms Gray from the original series, as this is basically continuing on from Parasol where Finishing School was a an earlier side step with some of the original character in earlier lives and in most cases smaller roles
It's just that characters we know and love have a different vioce interpretation . . . it's not bad narration just not what we are used to
Very disappointed in the new book. I have been waiting for the new series and it was a let down. The voices have changed for the worse and the story is now geared to a teenage audience.
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