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Waistcoats & Weaponry Audiobook

Waistcoats & Weaponry

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Publisher's Summary

Class is back in session...

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine's proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Times best-selling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.

©2014 Gail Carriger (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] delightfully madcap espionage adventure..." (Kirkus Reviews)

"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)

"[Carriger] jumps right into the thick of the action, developing a fast-paced plot that is sure to keep readers' attention... this is a must-have purchase." (School Library Journal)

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    Morgan H San Francisco, CA 11-06-14
    Morgan H San Francisco, CA 11-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    I am a big fan of Gail Carriger and she does not disappoint in this installment of the finishing school series. This book was funny, action packed and just adorable. The match between narrator and content was perfect, I can't imagine this book read any other way, Moira Quirk completely nailed it. I couldn't stop listening even though I wanted it to last longer. I loved where the story went and will be eagerly anticipating the next one as well as a new series due to be released in March. There are few books that are as delightful to listen to as this one. Thanks Audible!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 12-10-14
    Sarah SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 12-10-14
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    "An amusing installment in a hilarious series"

    This series is a delightfully funny romp through vampire and werewolf inhabited Victorian England. I found this book to be not quite up to par with its fellows, yet still very entertaining. Bottom line, it's still worth spending the credit, but not quite as brilliant as the first two books in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 11-21-14
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 11-21-14 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Love this author"
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    Gail Carriger does it again. She has written another fantastic book creating another mandatory binge listening situation. Worth it every time. I also always find it hard to decide what my next book will be after I finish a book by Carriger, because what I really want to read is another book by Carriger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 11-14-14
    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Little more than a Short Story Filler"

    I do like the series, the setup and characters. But was disappointed in this installment. There is little plot, and missed opportunities. For instance there is a ball for Sophronia's older brother's engagement but the older brother and his intended don't get any story time. Instead we read about hours of dressing and gossiping. Then the engagement party is reduced to an opportunity for mischief and our cast of characters are off on balloon and train chases. The book substitutes chase scenes for plot development.

    Ultimately 3 characters face life altering decisions because they couldn't stay home and let adults take care of the problem of what will become of the Scotland werewolf pack. The book ends before they come near the pack. The plot really is that thin. They do discover a couple of clues but the plot is only advanced slightly.

    The best part is the fight with steel fans.

    If you want plot, wait for the next book. If you enjoy long expositions about a girls' school and who to love or not, with occasional daring do, read on.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa G. Kessinger Southern Illinois 07-21-16
    Teresa G. Kessinger Southern Illinois 07-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "3rd book in a series of 4"

    This was a fun and much more mature book as Sephronia has gotten older. Lots of adventure for her and her friends. Quite a surprising end to this book, leaving for a luscious new beginning in Book 4.

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    Alycee WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 01-13-16
    Alycee WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 01-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Keeps greeting better!"

    I love this series. Can't wait to hear the final book. It has everything. Drama, action, love, mystery, laughter, suspense..... All I need in a great book!

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    Mik Rittella Stafford , VA 12-30-15
    Mik Rittella Stafford , VA 12-30-15 Member Since 2014

    I have been enjoying listening to books since the late 90's and reading them the old fashioned way since my parents taught me!

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    "I love Gail Carriger stories!"

    And so does my teenage son. They are interesting, funny, contain enough sarcasm to satisfy a young adult and have the occasional unfamiliar vocabulary word to prompt a little bit of thought and a quick search on Google for clarification. As a mother and teacher, what's not to like?!

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    These are some of the best books I have read in many years! They never disappoint, from the first to the last!

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    Elizabeth 09-07-15
    Elizabeth 09-07-15

    Lover of regency period British novels (Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer), Baroque music, and tea.

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    "Worth reading, but not as good as the first two"
    If you could sum up Waistcoats & Weaponry in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, colorful, humorous


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waistcoats & Weaponry?

    The surprise ending


    Which character – as performed by Moira Quirk – was your favorite?

    Moira does a great job with all of the characters, but I really enjoyed Sephronia and Soap


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

    The ending


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ivy 08-07-15
    Ivy 08-07-15
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    "Love the style of this series"
    If you could sum up Waistcoats & Weaponry in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, captivating, and Perfect


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Soap, hands down.


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

    I have listened to many and she will always be one of my favorites.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, even more so than the parasol protectorate series. This doesnt read like a harlequinn romance but rather like a series. Character development is slow and great and I just love all the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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