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Summary

London’s best and most covert spy tries to escape the man who has always adored her.

New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger brings you a charming story of enduring love set in her popular Parasolverse, narrated by Emma Newman.

Intelligencer

Agatha Woosmoss, the Wallflower, is the greatest intelligencer of her generation. And no one knows she exists. She has been invisible, capable, and cunning for well over four decades. Her greatest skill is in her ability to go forever unnoticed. Except by one man. 

Versus Intellectual

Pillover Plumleigh-Teignmott is a professor of ancient languages at Oxford University. He’s tried to ignore his training as an evil genius and live a quiet life away from politics and intrigue. 

When an assignment goes horribly wrong, Agatha must hide and heal. So she goes to ground with the only person who’s always kept her safe: Pillover. 

Can Pillover hold on to the deadly woman who specializes in getting away? Will Agatha realize that patience is indeed a virtue, and that perhaps it is good to be noticed by the one who waits? 

Spinning off from Miss Gail’s Finishing School series, this story stands on its own and spans decades, but was written after Defy or Defend. May contain vampires, old injuries, lost love, and the reappearance of many favorite characters. If you like gruff but caring men with secret sorrows and the tough smart women they love, you’ll also enjoy How to Marry a Werewolf, also narrated by Emma.

©2021 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2021 Gail Carriger LLC

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one of my go too authors

thank you Gail a beautiful story tender and feel good. it's always like coming home and meeting up with family listening to the tales of the characters who populate your world.

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I'm very torn about this one. I love Gail Carriger's books and have listened to or read them all. Possibly because i've been on a bit of a binge with her books recently, I found this one the weakest with too much repetition of the other books. I completely get that the timescale of the book means it's important and necessary to make the links, but these were just too lengthy for me. I'd have preferred to hear more about Agatha's missions.

That brings me to the narrator. I know that Emma Newman is Ms Carriger's preferred narrator and I also know that I don't fully understand the murky world of how narrators are imposed on authors and the lack of contact permitted between the two. BUT, Emma Newman's narration just doesn't work for me at all. It's too flat, with too little distinction between characters and tends to sound like the narrator is really rather bored, which is a shame. Many times i've zoned out - not just on this book but others with the same narrator - only to have to rewind several times to pick up the narrative. Accents also don't work for me and as others have noted, the difference in pronunciation of names compared to previous books is jarring. If I hadn't bought them in audio format already I would be avoiding the next three and picking them up in print instead.

Sorry this isn't more positive - I really wanted to love it but the combination made that hard. I won't be returning it, but unlike some of the other titles in the series I doubt this one will be a repeat listen.

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  • E. G. Koon
  • 21-11-21

Someone needs to tell the narrator how to pronounce names. It’s very rattling and jarring to hear them pronounced so horribly!

Narrator, please listen to the other books and get into the mood of the stories! Learn about how the names work! I’ve been waiting for this book for ages and you’ve wrecked it! I will be returning it (sorry Gail)

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  • Krista Gimeno
  • 27-03-22

Two of my favorite people

Pillover and Agatha live long and interesting lives, apart and together. These unlikely favorite characters from my absolute favorite Carriger series, Finishing School, are well-drawn and believable in their finer details, and their story hits more personality notes that I can identify with than the more heroic Sophronia, for instance. Their desires and fears are less dramatic, but more relatable. I really enjoyed finding out what happened to them.

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  • Laurie G.
  • 08-03-22

Sad love affair

Well written and well performed, this very sad tale had me tearing up all the way through. I’m angry with the author with the sad lonely life described for one of my favorite characters, Pillover. He deserved better. This book doesn’t match the tone or much of the shared universe of the writer’s other books, and also stands out from the other “or” books about the side characters. The sex is quiet and unexciting. There are hardly any other characters, no mysteries to solve, no long adventures shown in the story. Overall disappointing. Skip this one unless you are a self-masochistic completist.

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  • J. Forsberg
  • 13-08-22

Disappointing

I have longed for the story of Pillover and Agatha so I was excited to see this released. It’s a very sweet story but a bit tedious. I also had trouble with the new narrator’s new pronunciation of some of the characters’ names. Of course, I don’t know Scottish, so I don’t know if the Lady of Kingair is “Sid-hay” or “She-ak” but I was used to the former. It’s at least as disconcerting as when Biffy acquired an Italian accent when he became Alpha. I am glad to know what happened to Pillover, Dimity and Agatha but I won’t listen to this story a second time.

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  • Maria
  • 24-06-22

Remarkably my favorite romance

If you like slow burns - this is for you! At first I thought it was just a single flash back, so was confused when it continued being flashbacks. But my goodness once I had that figured out I felt like I was falling in love with their love. This felt most unlike the other books in the series, but I think one I will certainly listen to again and again just for the truly romantic love story.

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  • Rachel Jacobson
  • 30-04-22

Gail Carriger never underwhelms

Gail Carriger's books never disappoint. They are always delightful romps through her carefully and thoughtfully created universes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-22

slow burn and left me with tears in the end

it's a little different from the others, but it's a different type of story. Absolutely loved it.

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  • Mrs Robinson
  • 22-03-22

Unsatisfactory

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If tea. Very unfulfilling, I wanted so much more from these two. I would return it if I could.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-03-22

A Slow Burn

This starts slow, replaying events through Agatha's and Pillover's eyes. But the character development is wonderful! The narrator did a great job. Overall this was a very enjoyable listen. Definitely recommend. One caution, I do think this will be most enjoyable if you have read the rest of the series.

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  • Neisi
  • 25-02-22

Amazing story and decent narrator

Story was amazing and atypical as far as love stories go. I felt like sobbing the entire time in that steady, quiet sob not meant from deep grief but for a mixture of equal part melancholy and heartache. They only downside is that I wish the narrator would have researched name pronunciations better as it does throw off those who have followed all the series in the universe.