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Etiquette and Espionage

Finishing School, Book 1
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Series: Finishing School, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Summary

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.

At Mademoiselle Geraldine's young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage - in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

©2013 Tofa Borregaard (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Great story, well read

What did you like most about Etiquette and Espionage?

Etiquette & Espionage is an almost prequel to Gail Carriger's other books & the appearances of some of the characters from that series - in much younger incarnations - is a lot of fun and perhaps the easiest to explain part of what I liked about the book (without giving away any spoilers).

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

This is one of those books where when you have finished it you want to be back in the world so much that you start the book all over again just so that you don't have to go back to reality...I wish I was joking. I must have read & listened to it move than almost any other book.

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This is one of my mist listened to books on Audible, the narration is excellent & it is very soothing despite being action packed the whole way through.

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  • Richard
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 07-04-13

A great start to a new series

As a fan of the Parasol protectorate books, I was sceptical about a new series by Gail Carriger for younger readers/listeners. It took a little bit of time to get into 'Etiquette and Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1' and a little more to get used to the reader, Moira Quirk. Once I got past the reader and interested in the characters I was hooked. Gail Carriger certainly knows how to tell a story with excitement, humour, colour and most importantly style. This is a great start to a new series and I for one can't wait till 'Curtsies & Conspiracies: Finishing School, Book 2' Roll on November.

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Brilliant book

Absolutely loved it. The narrator was perfect. Ms Carriger's books always entertain! Can't wait to listen to the second one now.

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Brilliant & enthralling

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story is well written, great characters and it kept me entertained until the very end.
Off to start the 2nd book in the series

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Excellently written, brilliantly performed and a real laugh!

An excellent book, full of action, adventure, and school antics. With a finishing school on a giant floating airship, a vampire and werewolf teacher, and all sorts of steampunk trimmings (not to mention the spy & assassin training!), this book is a great twist on typical Victorian life at a finishing school, excellently written, brilliantly performed and a real laugh. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!

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Charming

Unusual reader but after you get used to it I found it very charming, with a desire to know what happens next.

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Quirky Steampunk YA Series, Fantastic Reader

I originally read this book when it was first published and I was immediately charmed by the lead character, who was just so witty, and too smart and curious for her own good. All the characters are quirky and fun, and the world is immersive and creative. I love the way the author intergrates paranormal creatures into Victorian society.

The series in set in the same universe as the Parasol Protectorate series also by Carriger, about 20 years before, and is full of easter eggs and familiar characters at a younger age. You don't have to have read or listen to the other series to enjoy this one, but both expand on the other.

The reader has a very nice voice and her accent works well with the series. She does a great job giving the characters distinctive tones and accents, my favourite being the French accent. Was very happy to listen to the audiobook version, and would happily listen again.

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Delightful and dangerous

The second time I have listened to this book and it never fails to inspire my own steampunk shenanigans. It is easy to keep track of the different characters which is often an issue for me and I do enjoy hearing about the history of previously mentioned characters. Nothing particularly negative as it is well red by the narrator and a good read for young adults.

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Entertaining

Quirky and entertaining story. Held my attention very well. Look forward to the next instalment.

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Brilliant series

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

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  • Bonita
  • 12-05-17

loved it

Absolutely loved the story. The characters are fantastic and energetic. well worth a listen to.

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  • Abbie
  • 23-06-14

Just plain charming.

Where does Etiquette and Espionage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book has and interesting premise mixed with a great bunch of MC's and put in a surprising time period. This mix adds up to a delightful read that demands you read the rest of the series asap.

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  • Moonglotexas
  • 12-07-13

Best setting ever for fabulous fun!

Would you consider the audio edition of Etiquette and Espionage to be better than the print version?

I have both and love then equally. The story is a fast paced, fun action orientated journey and the print version allowed me to whip through it! The audio edition let me saviour the vivid descriptions, the sassy comebacks and generally enjoy the story at a more leisurely pace

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Sighead Maccon but probably because she is a character that is part of the Parasol Protectorate. Genevieve is simply delightful and Sophronia is a brilliant lead lady. In essence, I LOVE all of them *blush*

Which character – as performed by Moira Quirk – was your favorite?

Genevieve, definitely Genevieve

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

School has never been such fun!

Any additional comments?

Read this book, it's awesome!