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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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Couldn't stop smiling

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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

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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Amazing, But Is The Race Stuff Necessary?

Amazing book and plotline but needs some critique for the race stuff in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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

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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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A good third installment of the series.

Would you listen to Waistcoats & Weaponry again? Why?

Yep

Who was your favorite character and why?

Impossible to pick a favorite. Great character development on all of them.

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

This narrator brings a charm to the characters which helps the personalities shine. She does a splendid job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction but it was satisfying.

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The story had a plot twist or two that I was not expecting. It seemed to drag a little a couple of times but it was worth sticking with. I'll definitely be completing the series. Overall my favorite author in the genre with a superb mix of humor while embracing the basics of steam punk.

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FANTASTIC Performance!!

Finishing School - Book the Third: not the wildest plot of the bunch, but certainly just as entertaining and well performed!! I'll actually take it a step further and say this was Moira Quirks best performance yet. Her spunk and exaggeration, along with her ability to perform countless voices, literally transforms her in to each character making you completely forget that only one person is actually reading. Sad to know there is only one book left, but for me, this is a series I will be listening to again.

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  • Leanna
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 11-21-14

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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  • Ijw
  • Cochise, AZ, United States
  • 11-14-14

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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Tune

Oh my goodness the song was wonderful! I'm so happy that soap survives the transformation.