Audible did it again. They tease you with the $4.95 special and then your hooked. At least I was and had to get the rest of the series. This was my first steampunk book. But, don't let that scare you off. It's just historical romance with science fiction thrown in. Emily Gray was an excellent narrator. I will have to find other books she has narrated for. I have read that the author is planning a spin off from this series and look forward to it.
I would listen again. Alexia is a very unique character...one is never quite sure of what she'll do next, what witty comment will be forthcoming, or how she'll react to a situation. The author's imagination knows no bounds...the element of surprise added to the fun for me. The other characters are very well drawn; I had no trouble picturing them. The narration was great, I think I'd listen again just for that!
I enjoyed Alexia's rescue scene, and loved the interaction between Alexia and her "Earl'. The whole book was a step outside my usual choices, so every unusual twist and turn added to the enjoyment.
She was brilliant. Her voice is very well suited to the genre, IMO. I'd listen to anything she's read, I think. She made the book with her interpretation.
I chuckled in lots of spots, no extreme reaction, just looked forward to listening to the rest of the series.
This series is a bit like book candy for me...I'm making myself wait before reading the next one, it gives me something indulgent to look forward to. I recommend this series if you're able to let your imagination go, enjoy witty dialogue and appreciate some paranormal flavour in your reading menu. Bon appetit!
I would listen again because the narration is flawless
The versatility of the narration and the wit of the story
no basis for comparison yet
I found myself just tickled pink listening to this one. The language is wonderful, almost reminding me of Jane Austen now and then, even if Jane would have fainted at some of the scenes in here. The narrator has a fussy, proper, sweet little voice that suits the heroine perfectly. I docked it a star for often inexplicable behavior from hero/heroine for the sake of advancing the romantic storyline, but I found the main story to be entertaining and well done. I did think the villain was a little over the top, but YMMV.
Did not read print version, although the story did start off very slow to me and took a little too long to get started, sometimes I can deal with that better when it's in printed version and I can scan and skip ahead. But I really loved the voices and narration, and am not sure how well that would have been in print.
Definitely. This was a fun book and once it got going, I couldn't stop listening and really wanted to find this in movie format after, sadly it is not.
Hmm. Hard to say, she was great for all the characters.
Laughed. It's not a tear jerker. It's not total comedy either, just just great interactions between Lord Mccon and Alexia.
The first scene is intriguing and jumps right into it. But then they just talk about what happens for FAR too long and it got boring. Almost to the point that I was going to quit it. Perhaps it was the narration, or the fact that I knew there had to be something more that should happen from the book description, but I'm glad I trudged through it because then it got really entertaining. This was not a teen/young adult romance story in the way of other trendy supernatural books, but was more a good story about love amongst different social classes and how that balances out with society. I'm not sure it did ever specify the year, but it seemed victorian era-ish to me. It just so happened that the different social classes rather than being so much about wealth it was human/vampire/werewolf. I just loved all the main characters, they were each so well drawn and a great combination of characteristics. I rate the story a 3 only because the first quarter of the story I felt was wasted with too much talking and retalking about the first scene and it took too long to take off. Also, I see that there is a sequel, which I will get around to reading eventually because I want to experience these great characters again, but the story didn't leave me hanging or needing to immediately get the next book. Which in somes ways is a relief, but I could get lost in another series now before I get the next book and then forget about it since there isn't much I'm dying to find out what happens with.
It was an okay story
I was disappointed that the steampunk aspect of the story was more window dressing than an actual part of the story. I was also disappointed to find this was a romance novel and not the action/suspense I was hoping for.
be warned that the book has some adult scenes and if you were expecting a romance then I guess that won't be a surprise.
I am very interested in history, especially the Victorian era. Steampunk was recommended to me quite awhile ago but I have been hesitant to read any. This book title, Soulless: Alexia Tarabotti, Bk 1 by Gail Carriger, was on sale so I figured "What the heck - give it a go!" Well blow me down - I found this book very pleasurable! I feared the twist on history in this genre might be preposterous but this book was very believable and not to far fetched. The story on the whole was a rousing rollick and I am impressed with the strong female character. I am looking forward to listening to more Steampunk genre books. The reader was very good and it made for a fun listen. It is a great book for adults but this book/series would be a marvelous title for young adults that might be a tad reluctant to read. I would recommend you give this book/series a try!
Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.
I loved the narrator, her voice was soothing, this book in general was based in a part of the world that I have never been, therefore my American nature did not allow me to truly appreciate much of the plot, word choice, and descriptions, its a shame, I really wanted to like this book.
I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.
I think I will listen to it sometime in the future. Why? Because it is a very entertaining book.
I have not comparisons.
I personly enjoy her use of her own voice. I believe you get the flavor of each character.
No. I like to listen on my commute back and forth to work. I pace myself. However, I had to finish the last two chapters, I could not wait.
Weir wolves, vampires, mad sciencetists, and a heroin who manages them all with white gloves and impecable manners. The storey was unexpectly delightful; totally engaging; with enough grit to keep it from being syrupy. In a catagory that's become a little predictable, Gail Carriger has created a new slant that delivers both punch and humor.
As the narrater Emily Gray is the perfect voice of sophistacation, with just enough dialect to add flavor, but not so much that clarity is lost on the American ear. We all know a good reader makes or breaks an audio book, and in this case the reader is perfect.
I can't wait to download the next installment of Miss Tarrabody's adventures.