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Manners & Mutiny

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Joki Helsinki 03-23-16
    Joki Helsinki 03-23-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Superb Audible Narration"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tanya United States 11-10-15
    tanya United States 11-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my absolute favorite writers and a new favorite book"

    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!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Short-Boice 11-05-15
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    "Almost perfect."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 04-27-16
    Rachel 04-27-16
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    "Worst book in a great series"

    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.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jody Swink Farmington, MO USA 04-07-16
    Jody Swink Farmington, MO USA 04-07-16 Member Since 2012

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    "A happy ending."

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KARA 01-05-16
    KARA 01-05-16

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    "Absolutely satisfying end to a fantastic series!!"

    Just as fantastically written as all the rest, I laughed so many times, and per usual, was hanging on every word. Gail Carriger's ability to turn words in to detailed pictures you can watch play out in your mind is unlike any other author I have ever known. Though I am SO sad to see this series end, I couldn't have asked for a more perfectly fitting one. She promised to answer lingering questions and not leave us hanging, and she absolutely kept that promise.

    If you are new to Gail Carriger's Victorian steampunk world, I would actually begin with this series - her Finishing School series - and then go on to her Parasol Protectorate series, and then to her most recent - Custard Protocol series. They are independent of each other, so really you can go in any order, but since the option is now available, it would be fun for a new reader to start at the beginning.

    As for the narrator - good Lord!! I seriously CANNOT say enough about the woman! Moira Quirk is insane - that's all there is to it. She reads every word with SO much spunk, gives personality to every character, and the way she never misses a beat - it all just adds another level of life to an already lively series. Moira and Gail are the perfect match, and I am SO excited she is performing the Custard Protocol series as well.

    Do not hesitate to listen to anything performed by Moira Quirk, or written by Gail Carriger. Everyone I have recommended these two women to have become just as obsessed as the rest of us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ivy 11-05-15
    Ivy 11-05-15
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    "Decent end to soaphronia"

    The story was a bit fast and lacked the detail I have come to love of sophronia. But it was also an excellent conclusion that summed up almost everything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberley 05-28-17
    Kimberley 05-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Much too GOOD for children"

    Exceptional performance. No cord left unraveled. Entirely immersed and sad to be "Finished!"

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    Breanne Colorado Springs 04-21-17
    Breanne Colorado Springs 04-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Finished in the best way possible."

    I am saddened to have the series end but so excited to fall in love with the story and characters again and again as I relisten over, and over.

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    Stephen Platts 12-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "steampunk love"

    I love steampunk books and loves this one to the very end. lady spies, secret societies, evil genius boy's school. it doesn't get much better.

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