When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London...but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished New York Times best-selling Finishing School series!
©2015 Gail Carriger (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"Teenage and adult fans alike will rejoice that Carriger retains her flair for musical prose, over-the-top names, clever wit, and strange yet helpful mechanical devices of all kinds. Carriger's blend of comically exaggerated characters and madcap action will easily win over readers once again." (Publishers Weekly)
This has been one of my favorite series in recent years - mostly due to the Audible narration, which is superb. Sadly, this completes the Finishing School, though of course there are many other books in this world to explore. I found the denouement here fun and consistent with the previous books and definitely smiled/chuckled as much throughout. This is by no means perfect - but great fun regardless. And the ending segues perfectly into the Parasol Protectorate series.
Sophronia is still frustrated - both by developments at her school and also to the nature of her relationship with Soot. But the picklemen have become daring and look to be one step away from hatching their plans to take over the world!
So yes, mustache twirling bad girls and their nefarious schemes! The whole series has been fun but it really is a very inspired Audible version narration that elevates this and the other books so immensely. If anyone had ever wondered how a narration can make a book better, they should definitely check out the Finishing School series. There were so many witticisms that I would have missed otherwise but the narrator was able to voice perfectly. As well, many subtleties and nuances from the writing that would have gone unnoticed otherwise.
As with so many steampunk-inspired stories, I found the romance cloying and getting in the way of a great story. Ironic, really, because I am a heavy romance reader and typically prefer them in my books. Sophronia's romance with Soot was well done and I appreciated the growth arc given to both characters. But it was the steamships and evil geniuses that made the story for me.
In all, a wonderful set of books that I thoroughly enjoyed. And one of the best narrations to be found in that category as well.
The narrator is amazing as always. And Miss Carringer told the story beautifully with her words. I love the way she brings you into the world of steampunk London. She tied the ending in amazingly well with the Parasol Protectorate series. I am still left with wanting more. I love all the wonderful characters. I MUST HAVE MORE!!!!!
A fabulous end to yet another beyond amusing series by Gail Carrigar. The almost comes from Moira's depiction of Lord Akeldama. I really wish she'd listened to how his voice was done in the parasol protectorate series (which was awesome) and mimicked that (which I feel was spot on). Moira's depiction of one of the best characters made me cringe every time he spoke. I never got used to it and it really detracted from the series. Otherwise a great book I'd recommend to anyone who likes to laugh and enjoys a rollicking good adventure.
The characters and world in the Finishing School books are so delightful and I enjoyed the first three books in this inventive series immensely. This book has some redeeming features... some truly wonderful moments, encounters, character developments, including for some secondary characters who finally have their day here, and a good day too. Hard to describe without spoilers. But where the first three books felt fresh and imaginative, these felt a bit... can I say teleological here? Like Carriger was struggling to wrap up this story in a way that would put everyone where they needed to be at the beginning of the Parasol Protectorate books. I also feel like the romance was a little incoherent (in this book and the previous one) with some inconsistent character development of the male leads, so that fell a little flat for me. It all felt a little forced. So the book is good but just not as good as the other books in the series. Don't get me wrong. I'm still going to listen to the whole series again and would encourage anyone to buy it. This just wasn't my favorite of the four books.
Moira Quirk did a wonderful job with this series. Her narration of the Finishing School books is restrained and classy. (Not saying anything about choices she made in Prudence, though.)
I've binged listened to this series. I have enjoyed them more than I anticipated. And I was completely surprised and pleased that the series ended with such a big adventure and "happy ending."
I love the adventure, I love the nonsensical, I love the female heroes.
Good fun if you ask me!
This whole series has been such a joy to listen too! I thoroughly enjoyed these whimsical, exciting, and fashionable stories :) I also loved how the author and the audio narrator brought the characters to life. If you are looking for a unique and entertaining story, I would highly recommend this one.
With charming wit and delightful storylines, this series has held my attention from start to 'finish'. Miss Quirk does a lovely job narrating. The world Gail has provided for us is truely wonderful. Thank you for helping me get through my day!
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