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Etiquette & Espionage Audiobook

Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

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It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in how to finish in other ways: the fine art of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

Book One of the Finishing School series.

©2013 Gail Carriger (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Beach Book Bum Bandon, OR, United States 03-28-13
    Beach Book Bum Bandon, OR, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2014

    Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!

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    "Steampunkish FUN!!"

    Now this is what Young Adult should be - fun and fast and witty! There is no triple love play, agonizing angst and long drawn out periods of self pity. Jump on board Carriger's air ship and have a great adventure!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-21-14
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-21-14

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Finished"

    I thought I would really like this. It started out well: a great premise, witty and feisty female protagonists, and the author has all her vampires and werewolves in a row!

    Then, not much. The promising characters just never came to life for me. The tone became increasingly more arch than witty, the situations contrived. No heart.

    Too bad.

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    Thea & Eric Seattle 02-06-13
    Thea & Eric Seattle 02-06-13 Member Since 2009

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    "A wonderful ROMP! Sweet, fun and tart"
    What did you love best about Etiquette & Espionage?

    Everything. There is so much charm, fun, puns, etiquette, mystery and of course manners! You don't have to have read any other of Gail's books, though it is even more pure fun if you have!

    This is a teen book, set in a prequel time period around 30 years before the Soulless series.

    This is a new narrator, but she is just as amazing - Gail is one lucky author to have narrators like this one!

    Sweet, fun and tart - that is this book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophronia - but the whole cast is awesome.


    Have you listened to any of Moira Quirk’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and she is always delightful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed all the way through!


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 09-04-13
    Joki Helsinki 09-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Really Enjoyed This Novel!"

    Now this was just plain fun! I haven't read the other novels by Carriger so I had no preconceptions or notions of how this would unwind. What I found was a wildly outrageous take on the gilded age. A fun, mannerly, tongue-in-cheek spin on Edwardian England - with just the right touch of steampunk.

    Werewolves and vampires have been so overdone as to be pedestrian and steampunk is still in enough of its infancy as a literary genre as to be undefined. Carriger took the overdefined and underdefined and deftly created a great romp of a novel.

    I highly recommend this book and look forward to the upcoming sequels in the series. And I'm definitely going to go get the other books set in this world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara GULLIVER, MI, United States 07-17-13
    Sara GULLIVER, MI, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What a Fun Story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really had no expectations when I downloaded this book. I did so on a whim because I saw it had gotten good ratings and it was not that expensive. What I got was a very fun story about an adventurous young woman covertly recruited to attend a boarding school for spies and assassins. A fun story for teen and adults alike.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patti P MILFORD, DE, United States 07-03-13
    Patti P MILFORD, DE, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good- Especially if you love the Soulless books"
    What did you love best about Etiquette & Espionage?

    Entering back into the Soulless world. I enjoyed it so much I am planning on re-listening to them now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character- she is spunky and funny


    What about Moira Quirk’s performance did you like?

    very good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not eally, it was a quick listen


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HunterJumper 07-02-13
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    "I didn't realize it was a book for children/teens"
    What made the experience of listening to Etiquette & Espionage the most enjoyable?

    That it was a combination of Harriet the Spy and Harry Potter with a dash of Sense & Sensibility. I can't say it was more than the sum of its parts, though. As an adult, I was disappointed. I probably would have enjoyed it as a 12 - 14 year old.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The parallels with Harry Potter - wayward child going off to odd school with odd characters - was a little too much.


    What does Moira Quirk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very enthusiastic. The french accents were annoying. Would probably keep kids/teens interested however.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Harriet the Spy meets Harry Potter.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a cute book. I guess I didn't read the description well, because it's really more suited for kids and teens. It doesn't match up to Harry Potter or Harriet the Spy but it was a fun listen. For adults I'd rate it a 2. For kids, higher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 06-18-13
    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Debut to a New YA Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Etiquette & Espionage to be better than the print version?

    I believe because of the fabulous performance by Moira Quirk with her many different voices - this Audible version was wonderful.


    What other book might you compare Etiquette & Espionage to and why?

    This was my very first YA book so I really don't have anything to compare it to, however any book - audible or read - that I can laugh out loud gets my vote.


    What does Moira Quirk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Moira Quirk's voices were incomparable - she did an magnificent job and this totally added to the enjoyment of being read to versus sitting and reading it myself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh, it definitely made me laugh - out loud - several times!


    Any additional comments?

    For being my very first YA genre book I found that this was really enjoyable. It was refreshing and joyful. If I had a young adult in my household, I would most assuredly recommend this for them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Walters 06-17-13
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    "FUN TEEN READ"
    Would you listen to Etiquette & Espionage again? Why?

    YEs. I enjoyed the narration as much as the quirky, funny, steam-punkish story. Very fun!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next one. It isn't quite as good as the Parasol books, but I still had a great time listening to it.

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    Cozy Reader Canada 06-03-13
    Cozy Reader Canada 06-03-13 Member Since 2016

    Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.

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    "YA Steampunk is my new favorite sub-genre!"

    Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate series, Gail Carriger brings us her first Young Adult Steampunk novel, the first in her Finishing School series. Fourteen year old Sophronia is not the sophisticated, polite young lady that her sisters are. Instead she's constantly getting into trouble and being a constant trial to her mother. So her mother decides to send her to finishing school, hoping that this may make a lady out of Sophronia. However, the finishing school isn't what her mother had planned, and Sophronia finds herself neck deep in finishing school AND espionage school.

    While trying to get used to vampire teachers, a werewolf guard and the ins and outs of espionage, Sophronia and her friends also try to recover the "protype", which everyone seems to want to get their hands on as well.

    LOVE! Seriously, LOVE! Etiquette & Espionage is all about steampunk and espionage school. It's the perfect blend of the pair, and it reminded me a little of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls, but with supernaturals and steampunk.

    I highly recommend the audiobook. Moira Quirk's narration of the story is perfect. I particularly loved her voice for Sophronia. She reminds me a lot of Clara (from Doctor Who - yes I have to add that reference), and all her trouble-making ways definitely come across in the audiobook.

    If you're looking for a YA book that is a little different I highly recommend this book. It's spies and espionage, and STEAMPUNK and one of the best YA books I've listened to this year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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