Audiobook Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

September 11, 2015 4.5 stars, Book Review 4 ★★★★½

Audiobook Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail CarrigerWaistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #3
Published by Hachette Audio, Little Brown Books for Young Readers on November 4, 2014
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 298
Length: 8 hours, 53 minutes
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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My Reviews in this series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies

Class is back in session....

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style--with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey hijack a suspiciously empty train to return their chum Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. But when Sophronia discovers they are being trailed by a dirigible of Picklemen and flywaymen, she unearths a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos. With her friends in mortal danger, Sophronia must sacrifice what she holds most dear--her freedom.

Gather your poison, your steel-tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine's proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Timesbestselling Finishing School series by steampunk author Gail Carriger.


Waistcoats & Weaponry is my favorite of the Finishing School series thus far! If you are just toying with the idea of reading these books you better just stop second guessing and dive in. Gail Carriger is so much fun. I’ve enjoyed every single book she’s written. Even when I rate the books as “ok” rather then excellent they still aren’t anything I would ever want to miss.

This series started out feeling like a mature middle grade series and matured right along with Sophronia. In this novel pivotal things take place that really push Sophronia from being a young girl who could accomplish great things into being a young lady with klout. I adored the change and seeing her finally realize so many things about herself, her feelings and her band of friends.

It was a madcap ride!

There is a train, and a chase and some stick ups oh and of course lots of disguises. You can’t go sneaking around in a petticoat and corset very well now can you? How would you breathe!? Goodness I wish I’d have written this review right after I listened to the book but I can still remember just how much fun I had and how the ending left me aching for the next book. Is it out yet…are we there!? Almost now – almost. I wonder what else is in store for Sophronia and Soap and everyone! I need to know more now now now.

Thoughts on Narration

Always the best! Moira Quick is one of my favorite narrators now. I must go digging around to see what else she has narrated and see if it might be up my alley because her voice acting skills are so top notch.

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Tabitha (Pabkins)

When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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4 Responses to “Audiobook Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger”

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      So excited you like the series as well. The audios are great I so recommend especially for a reread. I’ve done this entire series and all of her other books that are in the same world on audio and I’m completely addicted to them that way!