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Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend, Primrose, keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.
Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are...is frightened.
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By Pamela on 09-20-16
I loved previous series, but...
I loved the Parasol Protectorate and the Finishing School series. In both cases, the narrators Emily Gray and Moira Quirk respectively, brought the series to life. However, the choice of Ms. Quirk here, is a mistake. The Custard Protocol as read by Ms. Quirk, makes Prudence sound like Sephronia and the secondary characters we came to love under Ms. Gray's voice (Akeldama, Alexia, Lord Maccon, Floote, Biffy) completely unrecognizable for the devoted listener. In some cases, the pronunciations were so different (Rabiffano, BUR as "bur" not B-U-R) that it was beyond disconcerting. Akeldama sounded exactly like Professor Braithwaite. Some consistency at the very least would have been good. There was also little vocal differentiation between Rue and Primrose, so at times it wasn't possible to tell who was speaking by their voice. Unusual given Ms. Quick's deft vocal handing of Sephronia and her best friend Dimity. I would have had Ms. Gray continue the Alexia-based storyworld. While these things don't speak to the plot, the interfere with the ability to transport into the story, making the experience less satisfying at the outset. However, the problems with Imprudence went deeper than just the narration.
Unlike Sephronia, Prudence, or Rue, has little to recommend her that make us really care about her. While Imprudence was slightly better in this regard than the previous book Prudence, the plot was thin. The amount of time that Rue and Quesnel spent sexually exploring emphasized the YA nature of the series. While the Finishing School was YA also, the plots were more engaging, clever and intricate, the characters were uniformly much better developed. In Imprudence, many interesting angles were unexplored (i.e. the were-lion island, the Templars, Floote's life in Egypt, etc.)
I started it once and lost interest, but came back again due to my regard for the author. It was disappointing relative to the cleverness of previous books. My guess it that it's hard to satisfy readers/listeners who have expectations from previous works, but this was not up to previous standards. Without the significant backstory from the Protectorate books, this would have been an even thinner experience. Listen knowing these shortcomings and you will probably enjoy Gail Carriger's unique voice.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Jopalis on 01-28-17
Poor Narration from Parasol Protectorate
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. While I loved the Parasol Protectorate series I was distracted and disappointed by the transition to another narrator. Moira Quirk changed the accents and added a "fang lisp" to Dama which in the Parasol Protectorate was mentioned to be a faux pas or in poor taste/unacceptable. Biffy changed to sounding like a he was from Transylvania! Love the stories. Maybe would have rather read the book instead of audiobook.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Smoother transition with accents and pronunciation from Parasol Protectorate.
What didn’t you like about Moira Quirk’s performance?
Totally changed accents of key actors in depicting ethnicity and added fang lisp to Dama. Her voice is not unpleasant but the changes were awful.
Was Imprudence worth the listening time?
If I had known, I wouldn't have bought it.
Any additional comments?
If books are going to change narrators they should do their homework like an actor would and depict the characters more seamlessly from previous works with same characters. It was maddening.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful