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Reticence

Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Series: Custard Protocol, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to NYT best-selling author Gail Carriger's Custard Protocol series.

Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custard. Of course, he'd never admit that he belongs among them. He's always been on the outside - dispassionate, aloof, and hatless. But accidental spies, a trip to Japan, and one smart and beautiful doctor may have him renegotiating his whole philosophy on life.

Except hats. He's done with hats. Thank you very much.

Custard Protocol

Prudence
Imprudence
Competence
Reticence

For more from Gail Carriger, check out:

Parasol Protectorate

Soulless
Changeless
Blameless
Heartless
Timeless

©2019 Gail Carriger (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Carriger maintains a droll, tongue-in-cheek tone, and her protagonists are as concerned with witty banter and fashionable hats as they are with fighting for their lives. Series fans will enjoy this mischievous romp, which revisits old favorites while raising a new crop of charming characters." (Publishers Weekly on Prudence)

"The author's humor and affection for her outlandish characters is always appealing. A fun launch." (Library Journal on Prudence)

"Blending steampunk and urban fantasy in a colorful alternate Victorian England, Carriger presents a grand cast of characters on a harrowing adventure that stretches from England to India.... Filled with lavish fashions, supernatural high society, and witty dialogue, this story is a fine introduction to a fabulous new series." (Booklist on Prudence)

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  • Nicboogie
  • Brooklyn, New York United States
  • 08-07-19

what can I say that hasn't already been said

this book was very bitter sweet for me because it was the last of the series. I am going to miss Rue, Prim, Tash, Percy, the Doc, Qunnell, Spoo, Anitra, Rod everybody. They have become like family to me. The book was amazing, Moira Quirk was spectacular. I will miss them all, it was also nice to see very old friends as well. If you are a fan of Gail Carriger you have to read this book.

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Gorgeous ending

All those connections! All those cameos!! Oh, it was such a fun end to the Custard Protocol. I’ll never love it as much as Parasol Protectorate or Finishing School, but thanks to Percy’s installment, who is undoubtedly the character on the Spotted Custard I personally identify with and am fond of most, it’s now in my “repeatedly reread pile,” along with Gail Carriger’s other series. I’m a little sad I’ll never get to read Reticence for the first time again!!

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  • BikeVON
  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 08-17-19

Everyone falls in love

Percival Tunstell story is finally being told. Despite being in the shadow of Primrose and Prudence (2Ps) his adventure is equally exciting, and he has moments of great heroism. He has learned to embrace life as he chooses even when it runs contrary to convention, which means no more hats.

This story features all the characters we have grown to love in the Parasol Protectorate and the Custard Protocol. All the old battle axes who spent their lives being spies for the nation watch with familial fondness as the 3Ps settle into adult hood, love and their family of the Spotted Custard. Our exciting travels are interrupted with the birth of Prudence’s child.

Because Percy is loved by the 2Ps and they understand him more than he does himself, they arrange many opportunities for him to court the young doctor Arsenic. Arsenic is wonderful, she is very perceptive about the personalities on the Custard and was able to fit right in with them. Her personal history is as unusual as other members on the Custard. Her fighting skills are excellent. She was able to see pass the shy Percy. Her patience and manner gave Percy the confidence to dive headfirst into love.

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A perfect finale!

Sweet, awkward and endearing. The book and the male lead ;) and some of my favorite characters make an appearance!

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Percy's story

Very entertaining and funny. I enjoyed it very much. New character insights.
And a lady doctor.

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Gail does it again

While I’m sad this is the end I could not have asked for a better ending.. I can’t wait to see what Miss Gail Carriger brings us next! !!!!!
Thank you so much for an amazing world full of love, joy, wit and most of all tea !!!!!

Thank you

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Delightful

This book was a positive delight from start to finish. I have read each book in this universe and the the end of this one was all I could have hoped for and more. I highly recommend listening to it with a good cup of tea.

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Oh, what a wonderful way to wrap!

It was so hard to stop listening I must have done the circle the block or sit in my car thing so many times. I adored this book, even though I know it's the end of a series I adore. Thank you, Gail for the characters you create. I feel seen. And thank you, Moira for being the voice of the books. Now, I want to listen to all of them all over, again!

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Nothing but fun!

Percy’s story brings this giggle out loud series to a comforting close. Like the Parasol Protectorate, it’s just the right mix of impeccable writing, rollicking adventures and tea. Quirk’s narration only heightens the pleasure. While I can’t help but be sad that I won’t travel to any new places with the crew of the Spotted Custard, I look forward to whatever Gail Carriger writes next. I just hope that will happen sooner than yesterday.

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Mirabilis! (Wonderful!)

Yet again, the impossible happens, and I fell deeply in love with a character who was, at best, a complete twerp in previous encounters.

Although I'm devastated that this book marks the end of the series, it was beautiful conclusion of many stories, and I will definitely revisit my dear friends on the Spotted Custard many times in the future.