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Recording needs serious editting

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-20

My view of this book was influenced negatively by the fact that from about a third of the way through it seems not to have been edited. Stevie Zimmerman did an excellent reading as usual, but quite a lot of stops and starts, errors re-read and other odd sounds have not been edited out. I am returning this book and will buy it again in a few months' time when hopefully Audible will have rectified these problems.

Definitely not for me

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-20

I was looking forward to this having read a number of the 'Cat Who' books. It sounded good from the sample with the narrator being fairly similar to that of the 'Cat Who' books. But I'm returning it and not finishing it. Too many mentions of male masturbation, a 50 year old man oagling teanage girls - just grose. A shame, as the premis of the book is a good one.

Accomplished in Detection cover art

Slightly disappointing for me

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-19

I do not often listen to such short stories, especially 'mysteries' in this short format, so I may be doing the author some injustice. The story was fine with interesting elements which left you guessing, but it felt like, at the point of the possible murderer being revealed, that a couple of paragraphs or pages of the story had not been included. The reasons for the conclusions were not explained as I would have expected. It really did feel as though some of the story was missing to me. That is my only criticism though. As a short story it was entertaining, but I wouldn't want to listen to it again because of that jarring note towards the end.

G L Carriger hits the mark again!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-19

Another excellent book by G L Carriger, smoothly following on from the previous book in the series. Very well read again too. A very good plot, with a mix of humour, character-building / expansion, a little intrigue and romance of course. Developing the story of the San Andraous Shifters. I'm not interested in descriptions of gay men's sex, but those parts can easily be skipped and if it's not your thing it's worth skipping to enjoy the rest of the book. Audible or another publisher should be supporting such an excellent author as G L (Gail) Carriger to make sure all her other books are recorded and available in the UK.

Don't judge the rest of her books by this one

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-17

I have read all bar one of Gail Carriger's books based in this 'world'. This is my least favourite; I will try in this review to be as objective as possible though. Maybe I am influenced by having enjoyed the last book so much that I was bound to be a bit disappointed with this one.

It is a very well written book with a clear storyline and brief appearances from 2 well-known characters from other books., I would describe it more as a romance book with espionage rather than the other way round. It does deal well with a sensitive issue - a woman being allowed to make her own choices in terms of intimacy and sexual activity after previous lack of choice and unpleasant experiences.

Do take note of the warning in the book synopsis. If you don't want to listen to descriptions of sexual activity then don't buy this book.

If this is your first Gail Carriger book and you think it doesn't have much depth of plot then try another before giving up on her as an author. It's not a bad book, it's just that her books usually have a more substantial storyline.

As for the reader, OK, but not exceptional - a few mis-pronunciations.

Still looking forward to another book from Gail Carriger even though I have been a bit negative about this one.

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Brilliant book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-17

I enjoyed this book so much. It was great to have Genevieve Lefoux's storyline expanded, to see her find love and for other main characters to make an appearance. Good to have some quality lesbian romance too - with very tastefully written intimate scenes which are not gratuitous or excessive. I have listened to all the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series plus 3 out of 4 of the Finishing School series, and this is definitely up there with the best. My only gripe with audible is that the readers for the various series pronounce characters' names differently - this should be checked before a new recording is made and the author consulted on correct pronunciation.

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Amusing and light hearted listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-17

I enjoyed this book because I was looking for something light hearted and amusing - it fit the bill. I have now listened to all 3 books in the trilogy and this one, for me, is the best. It did feel like the 'does he doesn't he' and 'does she, doesn't she' element dragged out a bit too much for my taste, but that's only my personal opinion and not a reflection on the whole book. I would listen to this book again in the future if I want a bit of escape again.

Interesting follow-on to first book

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This book is, in many ways such as the romance, as light hearted as the first in the series, but it does have more serious underlying themes such as the mis-treatment and selling of prostitutes and young women. None of this is described but is in the background of the plot and for those looking for a purely light-hearted escape may have an impact. The plot also has similar twists and turns to the first book. But for those who like to follow characters on from a previous book it may still be worth a credit.

Average

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-17

If you like your books to be predictable (which is good if you want an assured easy listen) then this will suit you. It was interesting to see the development of the plot with the characters from previous books, but it did become a bit formulaic. Spoiler alert - for those of you who like a 100% happy ending for all characters you will be disappointed with the ending for one of the couples.

Promising storyline

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-16

I thought this was a good story, but for me personally the whole was spoiled by too much anxt. If you don't mind a fair bit of 'I'm not good enough for him' thoughts, then hopefully you will enjoy it. Too many references to God for me too. Not a religious book, but still, a lot of 'God willing' type phrases. An interesting additional element to the romance with espionage and spying within the household. Don't want to say too much to give the story away. Maybe my review is more negative than I intended because I had high hopes of finding a series of books that are more than just romance, but the elements I have highlighted just spoiled it for me.