Friday, February 28, 2014

Etiquette & Espionage: An audiobook review

Author: Gail Carriger
Audiobook Narrator: Moira Quirk
Info: Hachette Audio, copyright 2013, 8 discs

Hub Challenge Read - #hubchallenge

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A "not-quite-the-usual" type of finishing school.

This is my second go-around with this particular title.  I was distracted by the pretty cover and the idea of steampunkish paranormal activity, making it a perfect selection for my particular reading choices.  But that was last year, and Carriger has a sequel out...a sequel I was in no way ready to read because I had managed to forget everything from book one.  So I audiobooked it this time, and I'm so glad I did!

Why?  You might be asking.  Why, Emily, did you enjoy the audiobook so much?  Let me tell you.  First, (surprise, surprise) the reader has an accent.  Moira Quirk easily flows between a British and Scottish adding personality and life to each of the characters, male and female.  The accent really helped set the stage, put me on the airship with Sophronia and the other young ladies in a way that I did not experience with the print selection.

Secondly, the world is just super exciting to visit again.  Sophronia is a lively young woman full of spunk and verve.  She's unafraid to test the limits of appropriate behavior but doesn't lose sight of the expectations of a young woman during the time.

So much fun!  It was also named one of YALSA's "Amazing Audiobooks" for 2014!


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