Friday’s First Listen -Etiquette & Espionage


BY Gail Carriger NARRATOR Moira Quirk LENGTH 08 hours 55 mins PUBLISHER Hachette Audio RELEASE 02/05/13

I just finished listening to Etiquette & Espionage and loved it! Carriger mixes some of my favorite elements together, the whole historical/period/steampunk aspect, boarding school setting, supernaturals, and espionage with a unique twist. Moira Quirk voiced a splendid narration. I especially liked her performance of Bunson’s alarm.

The lovely folks at Hachette Audio provided a nice clip for us, and I also included the book trailer below the summary section. Enjoy!


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 the 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.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail’s legions of fans have come to adore. 




  1. Awesome review. This is a book I have been interested in for awhile now. I just bought my first audio book & was sent 1 for review. i am liking audios more than I thought. Is your Friday Reads a meme or is it just for your blog only?

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