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Prudence Audiobook

Prudence: Book One of The Custard Protocol

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Publisher's Summary

On behalf of queen, country...and the perfect pot of tea.

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer.

Rue 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, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

©2015 Tofa Borregaard (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    Joki Helsinki 09-21-17
    Joki Helsinki 09-21-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Even Moira Quick's Inspired Narration Saves"

    Those who had read both the Soulless and the Finishing School series could probably have seen this coming in the progression of books and how their tones changed. What started as an independent but absurdly interesting main character eventually morphed into a fairly stupid and airheaded school girl who at least had some dash. The culmination unfortunately is our lead in the Custard Protocal - a complete clueless unique snowflake twit that everyone instantly loves and adores despite her intellectually challenged self obsession. Not even Moira Quick's inspired narration could save this very hot mess of an unlikable set of characters.

    Prudence is unique in the world - the daughter of a Soulless and a Werewolf, she is a metanatural. When she is given a dirigible, she promptly flies it to India in order to find outstanding tea for her beloved 'uncle' Dama. She chances upon a conspiracy there and sort of accidentally ends up helping the situation from getting out of hand. Lots of endless fashion discussions ensue.

    There really isn't a plot and the book is mostly Prudence "Rue" bossing people around, insulting her friends and the natives, and pondering endlessly about clothing with companion Prim. Prim's brother, Percy, is smart and has great ideas to help India and the law but most of the time is insulted or disregarded by the women (after all, he knows nothing of fashion). Meanwhile, love interest Quensal is just as unappetizing a person as Rue and I spent most of the book hoping one or the other would fall out of the dirigible and spare us any more of their drivel.

    Prudence felt very much like the entire purpose of the book was to create situations where author Carriger could play around with words, bon mots, witty rejoinders, and Victorian fashion. It was at the expense of creating even one likable character or a semblance of a plot. Farting dirigibles are mildly amusing once but get old fast. As does the constant picking on the only intelligent person in the cast and the boring cliche of an alpha male love interest.

    As always, Moira Quick is an impressive narrator. I just wish she was given something better than this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonita Yass, Australia 04-14-16
    Bonita Yass, Australia 04-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Fantastic"

    This story is wonderful and the performance was marvelous. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Mathias
    United Kingdom
    5/1/15
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    "great continuation"

    If you have not read or listened to the parasol protectorate novels then please read those first, to help your understanding of the universe Gail Carriger has created.

    it us a great continuation of the storyline without on over reliance on old characters from the parasol series nor from the finishing school series. the story is fast passed however if you don't like parodies of upper class Victorian society maybe look somewhere else.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie
    Uk
    3/20/16
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    "Pru is very different from her mother"

    Fun light hearted introduction of the young all grown up and some great new characters.
    I didn't find this book as gripping as the parasol protectorate series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Evans
    7/26/15
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    "A excellent Super-natural book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Prudence to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition is fabulous to listen to, with Moira Quirk, the narrator, giving life to all characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The next in the saga of the Parasol Protectorate. This time Lady Maccon's daughter takes the reigns and leads this story.


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

    Moira gives so much life to all characters. She brings the belief of reality through the whole book, which I admire in many narrators.


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

    Every chapter of this book is excellent. You can see the shift from prim and proper Lady Maccon to her tearaway daughter, Prudence and her other friends.


    Any additional comments?

    I only started this collection of books (5 Parasol Protectorate, 1 Custard Protocol) 6 months ago and enjoyed every one. Gail Carriger, I believe, is an excellent writer, how she moulds the words to her bidding and creates these super-natural stories that will blow your mind. I am very much looking forward to her second book in the Custard Protocol (no release details on her website yet, only confirmation of the title 'Imprudence')

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roobarb
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    6/6/15
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    "new series and a brilliant addition"

    I had great fun listening to this book which can be read alone but is better as a follow on from the previous books as these set the scene, explain the way this world works and provide the family background.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • L
    4/7/15
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    "Good, but a little disappointing"

    I really wanted to love this book as I adored The Parasol Protectorate series, however I was left disappointed. The story was a little dull and was filled with pointless prattle, and I found the character of Rue a little arrogant and unpleasant, the epitome of a spoilt brat, and not what I was expecting at all. A real shame as I had been looking forward to this book for ages.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Choklad
    2/2/17
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    "The narration is not the best"

    If you have heard the narrator to the finishing school or parasol protectorate, then you are up for a surprise. It is very disturbing to have some characters completely change their dialect. Biffy always spoke perfect English but had a Spanish heritage that was not obvious until his full name was known. Now suddenly he sounds like a fake-Italian. Very annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marion
    Strabane, Tyrone, United Kingdom
    1/31/17
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    "Inane but ok"

    Silly, and not really in a good way. I enjoyed the carriger finishing school series more but this is mostly just inane with a few decent bits that make it tolerable. Main character seems to spend most of her time 'amusingly' naked and operating with an enormous sense of entitlement in a world where complex political problems can be resolved with a visit from nice British ladies applying tea and crumpets. Pure fluff. Some creative world building and interesting ideas tucked here and there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Barry, United Kingdom
    1/28/16
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    "Disappointed , slightly irritating yet still compulsive listening, perhaps hoping it would get better."

    Not a patch on parasol protectorate. A little annoying. Couldn't get into the heroine's character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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