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  • Curtsies and Conspiracies

  • Finishing School, Book 2
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Does one need four fully-grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully-grown guests? Sophronia's first year at school has certainly been rousing. First, her finishing school is training her to be a spy. (Won't Mumsy be surprised!) Secondly, she gets mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and has a cheese pie thrown at her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great second book

  • By L on 30-11-14

Excellent

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Reviewed: 14-01-19

This book is just as good as the first. If you've not read it yet do start with Manners and Mutiny.

  • Etiquette and Espionage

  • Finishing School, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners - and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, well read

  • By susan on 08-12-13

Brilliant series

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Reviewed: 12-01-19

I've read and listened to this many times. I definitely recommend it to you it's a great book

  • The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't

  • To Say Nothing of the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar (The Parasol Protectorate)
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: J. Daniel Sawyer
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

When Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, find themselves in Egypt on the queen's business, a chance encounter with tourists quickly leads to a...situation...with the local mummies. Can Allesandro complete his secret mission before he's hijacked by social obligation? And how will his aunt Archangelica react to his treatment of her cat? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • short and fun

  • By Roobarb on 04-01-19

short and fun

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Reviewed: 04-01-19

This is a backstory to Soulless and other books by Gail Carriger and gives a feel of what Alexia's father was like. You don't need to read it first but can should you be the tidy sort.

Be warned, if you've already bought the Carriger Quartet this book is part of that collection.

  • Fry's English Delight (Series 1)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

National treasure and renowned wit Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these celebrated programmes. In each episode, Fry explores the oddities and celebrates the curiosities of the language we use. His love of words is indulged with infectious enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity at all times. From puns and metaphors to clichés and gibberish, this famously witty, incisive and engaging series explores the joys of the English language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming as Ever!

  • By Simon on 03-08-18

Fascinating

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Reviewed: 18-11-18

Stephen Fry tells you loads of things you didn't know and never knew you needed to know till now. Wonderfully interesting.

  • Crowned and Dangerous

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crowned and dangerous

  • By Kindle Customs on 30-11-18

Royalty, Gangsters and Irish Peers

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Reviewed: 08-10-18

What a romp this episode is in the life of Georgie and Darcy. There are problems in Ireland, a foreign princess gets involved, the American Press and the Garda are all over and we meet some of Darcy's family.

Another great installments. Best read in order.

  • The Reaper Rescues the Genie

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 9
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all. Death is what grim reaper Lucien Dupree knows best. Or rather, he did until his reaping powers became tragically unreliable. Now he’s living in a self-imposed exile to keep humanity safe. Sure, it’s a lonely existence, but it’s the best thing for everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story from this universe

  • By Roobarb on 06-09-18

Another great story from this universe

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Reviewed: 06-09-18

These are great stories, set in a quirky universe where vampires, werewolves and genies are normal and live their lives in the town called Nocturn Falls. This time we meet a reaper who has problems, we also meet a genie with problems of their own. This is the story of how they help each other and live happily ever after.

  • Early Riser

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Thomas Hunt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness and devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing, and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense - nothing more than a quirky artefact born of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More good work from the king of Dystopia

  • By J L Parkes on 13-08-18

intriguing and odd, perfect!

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Reviewed: 01-09-18

An intriguing, enthralling book and, as you'd expect from Jasper Fforde, it's quirky and odd.

The winters are harsh so people hibernate but don't dream, except for those who stay awake and those who dream.

  • Stud in the Stacks

  • By: Pippa Grant
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Karen White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

When it comes to women, I know what they want. And all day long, I give it to them. Dark, broody, and sexy? You got it. Need to laugh? I'm your guy. Desperate for something to put you in the mood? You've come to the right place, kitten. Every morning when my library opens, there's a line around the block, the ladies flocking to me in need of their next book boyfriend. I'm that dude. The one who knows his way around the romance section. And if you think that hasn't gotten me plenty of action over the years, you'd be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Roobarb on 18-08-18

Great fun

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Reviewed: 18-08-18

Switching roles so he's the romance reader and she's the workaholic nerd really works in this book. The characters are fun and funny, the storyline pulls you in, you just want to know how things will get sorted between these two.

The secondary characters are fun too, I love Nanna, their friends, Ares and Zeus. I love their interactions. I laughed out loud many times through this book.

The readers are great two, they fit well with the characters.

Go test this book, if you like romance, if you like humour and if you love characters getting their happy ever after then this is for you.

  • My Brother Is a Superhero

  • By: David Solomons
  • Narrated by: Joe Thomas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Luke is a comic-mad 11-year-old who shares a tree house with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his archnemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world.... Hilariously narrated by Joe Thomas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Steph H on 10-08-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this

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Reviewed: 05-08-18

I bought this for my friends' kids to listen to and thought I'd do a test run.

I've realised I'm just a big kid of half a century and four and I loved this. The story kept my attention, made me laugh and now I want more.

It's well read, fast paced and funny. Go try out the sample I don't think you'll regret it.

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  • How to Marry a Werewolf

  • A Claw & Courtship Novella, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they're her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be. Americans: Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there's something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When Faith meets Channing...

  • By Kindle Customer on 22-12-18

A book about chasing and courting and being caught

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Reviewed: 17-06-18

I loved this when it came out in book format, and couldn't wait to get it in audio. Of course initially I had to get over that it is about Channing, I really didn't want to read Channing's book at first, he was so irritating a character and I just didn't see away to retrieve him.

This audio is as good as expected, I've listened to it twice already. It took me a while to get used to the accents though, I guess I'd not imagined the right American accent.

This story of Channing and Faith finding each other has a feel of Georgette Heyer about it. I love how they skirt round each other dancing in and out as they work each other out.

This book made me laugh out loud and it made me cry, I loved it. I enjoyed it so much I've listened to it twice in 24 hours.