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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Carriger Narrator: Moira Quirk Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Finishing School Series Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781619693166
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While it is a challenge to curtsy like a lady, it is quite another feat to throw a knife like you mean to kill. Welcome to Finishing School.

Sophronia at age fourteen is a pest in the eyes of her mother. A tomboy more curious about the inner workings of a clock and the joys of climbing a tree than she is about etiquette at tea time, Sophronia is disappointing, and not just because of her horrid curtsy. Mrs. Teminnick, her mother, enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Surely this will turn Sophronia into the proper young lady she ought to be.

There is one catch to this whole finishing school business, and it lies in exactly the kind of finishing these girls were meant to complete. These excellent students do learn the skills of proper dance, dress and manners, but they also learn how to appropriately kill divert, deceive, spy, and handle a weapon against all foes.

Sophronia and her classmates are in for a wild first year, indeed.

Gail Carriger is the pseudonym for Tofa Borregaard. She is both archeologist and author of steampunk fiction. Her second novel Changeless placed her on the New York Times best seller list, as did her third novel Blameless. She credits the travel journals of the Victorian era as well as the writings of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and PG Wodehouse as influences on her style of prose and plotting.

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 the bane of her mother’s existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea—and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy—Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right, but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette—but also in how to finish in other ways: the fine art of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page…Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Moira Quirk’s narration is a delight as she pulls from a wide vocal range to create her characters. From the proper British mean girl to the tinny-voiced machine, each voice has a unique sound and matches the humor of the story. It all makes for a rollicking good time.”


  • “Carriger’s YA debut brings her mix of Victorian paranormal steampunk and winning heroines to a whole new audience…with cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[A] delightfully madcap espionage adventure.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Blending intrigue and elements of the school story, Carriger introduces teen readers to a supernatural-meets-steampunk world full of action and wit.”

    Horn Book

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2015 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee for Tweens

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 2/15/2014

    " Can I please have a mechanimal just like Bumbersnoot?!?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena Boteva | 2/10/2014

    " That was great. Can't wait for the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 1110cg | 2/8/2014

    " The unique character names and style of writing make the story creative and unlike most other YA books I have read before. The Steampunk spy edge gives it a rememberable touch. I can't wait for the next three books in the series. Curtsies and Conspiracies, the sequal to Etiquette and Espionage is expected to come out in November, and Carriger is currently writing the third book, Waistcoats and Weaponry. It does take a few pages to get used to the nineteenth century slang, yet by the time the book is over, you miss it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 katie | 2/4/2014

    " Frothy, silly, a fun diversion. Essentially a YA prequel to her other series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayley | 1/22/2014

    " I really enjoyed this, it combines my love of steampunk/ victorian and harry potter/young adult series like novels. Yes its slightly trashy and with Carrigers's work I find that it does sometimes lull and become uninteresting and information heavy in places- Her description of places and people and objects can sometimes be a little boring, but all in all an imaginative, fun read with lots of guilty pleasure thrown in. Cant wait for the next one! I also love that she uses some young versions characters from her Soulless series- a nice touch for fans of the world Carriger has created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Siemann | 1/19/2014

    " Another enjoyable romp, set in the same universe as the Parasol Protectorate series, but earlier on and with younger characters. It was nice to see some familiar faces, and I defy anyone to read this book and not want a Bumbersnoot of his/her own. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jovy | 12/24/2013

    " Could not bring myself to finish this. The beginning was promising and it reeled me in good but then the plot moved too slow for my liking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Trevino | 12/11/2013

    " It was exactly what I was expecting, but then not....felt a little too childish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kash | 12/2/2013

    " I loved it. It was a like a love letter to her fans that read the Parasol Protectorate series. I had a hard time not squealing in delight with some of the happenings in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark And Lorenda | 11/11/2013

    " This is book one of a new series, set in the same steampunk England as The Parasol Protectorate series. Learn etiquette and espionage at a finishing school with an unexpected twist, just what a proper young lady neads to know. Great book, can't wait for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah Gray | 10/19/2013

    " I was not sure at first but it turned into a smashingly good book :) and I can't wait tell the next book! To bad it is not scheduled for release tell November the 3 :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 10/8/2013

    " Sometimes you need a book that is good, fluffy fun. This is that book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gogo Asher | 9/28/2013

    " wonderful start to the alternate world of soulless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Su | 9/23/2013

    " It was an interesting read and I like the characters, even though I had a difficulty understanding most of the terms in this book. But it probably was just me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcey | 6/12/2013

    " A quite thoroughly enjoyable read, particularly as a break from some heavier classics. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genesis Hansen | 6/11/2013

    " Fun - I'll check out the next one for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Gallagher | 6/5/2013

    " Looking forward to the rest of the book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jules | 5/17/2013

    " This book is a fun & frolicking steam-punk adventure. It is filled with wonderful characters that I can't wait to get to know better. There is even a touch of the Parasol Protectorate world thrown in to make you feel like you already belong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deyara | 2/24/2013

    " Good, though the character names were dreadful. Hated the trifle story at the beginning, so done. Overall, Loved the cover. "

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About the Author
Author Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author who writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small-town California life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the United States, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. Her books are published in over a dozen different languages.

About the Narrator

Moira Quirk is a British actress who is best known as the referee of the Nickelodeon game show Nickelodeon GUTS. She is also known as the voice of Brit Krust in the Nicktoon series My Life as a Teenage Robot. In addition to her work in television, she has voiced a number of video game characters and is an accomplished audiobook narrator, winning two AudioFile Earphones Awards.