Soulless is a thoroughly original Victorian romance steampunk romp featuring vampires, werewolves, and their antidote: the preternatural named Alexia Tarabotti. Amidst a frothy confection of Victorian guilded age manners is a gothic underworld of supernatural creatures in a delicate piece with the humans. But then vampires and werewolves start disappointing and Alexia finds herself allied with an utterly frustrating alpha werewolf. Will Alexia, the 'soul sucker' survive the week?
This is a completely amusing and fun book that is both tongue in cheek and also action packed. I was fortunate to listen to the audible version and the narrator really brought the English world alive - I highly recommend listening rather than reading to the story for that reason.
Victorian romance (which is what this is) really needed to be shaken up and author Gail Carriger succeeds admirably. It's one of those novels you both cheer for the main character but also try not to laugh out loud at her travails. I am eagerly looking forward to the next novel.
Yes, the narrator does an amazing job and the story, although not entirely "adult" is very witty and kept me interested.
The moment when Alexia is told that she is being told that she had been told for far too long that she was unworthy. It was very touching.
She did a great job with Alexia and Ivy. They seem to be two extremes in that day and age. Alexia so very intelligent, sarcastic and Alpha female and Ivy who is dense, a bit slow and prone to faint.
It made me giggle and laugh. I really enjoyed the interaction between the Earl and Alexia, their playful bickering like a couple who has been together for years and then being caught in compromised situations, for that period of time was really entertaining.
A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.
I loved this book. The narrator was amazing and the story was so well written. I even rewound some chapters to hear them again. Never done that with a book before. Well worth the money !!
"reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.
I really enjoy steampunk novels. This is an inventive series with a good take on the supernatural set. The author seems to be very good at what she does. The characters develope well and there is a fair amount of humor.
This book combines supernatural with good plot, funny moments, and light romance.
The first 15min are a bit boring (not at all indicative of the rest of the book) and the name Tarabotti is a bit irritating to the ear but once you get used to that (10-15m) the book is GREAT!!!
I fell in love with the characters :)
The narrator on Soulless does an excellent job for most of the book, but delivers Lord Maccon's dialog in such a way that he comes across sounding slow and a bit dull-witted because she slows her speech, pitches her voice lower, and attempts a bit of a Scottish accent. I would prefer if Emily Gray simply narrated his dialog without attempting any affect, or limited herself to the Scottish lilt alone, since it's a little disappointing to imagine Lord Maccon as a dimwit.
I own the hard copies of this entire series but I never have had time to finish them. I finally switched to audiobooks and am delighted to hear the full story for the first time. So aside from the above criticism, I am enjoying the audio.
This is a paranormal steampunk set in London with a clever premise and much wit. A fun listen.
Alexia has no soul, a rare condition which enables her to negate the powers of other supernaturals. She also has little prospects being a spinster with a dead Italian father which makes her nose a bit too big and her skin a bit too swarthy . She is also a bit too curvy and much too independent and smart. This is a romance, although this mixes in a lot of genres, that starts when a vampire oddly loses his manners and tries to make a meal of her in the drawing room at a party. She is soon drawn into the mystery of why vampires and werewolves have been disappearing around London and into contact with an annoying Alpha werewolf leader in charge of the investigation and Lord Akeldama, who as a vampire knows more than just the latest styles. The different societies, werewolf, vampire and upper crust Victorian human, are well depicted.
Settle in for some comfortable fun listening and learn why a lady is never without her parasol.
The narrator is terrific and it is a fun story that moves right along. Enjoyed it in the car while commuting.
The book compares a bit to the Amelia Peabody books in that the heroines carries a dangerous parasol and have passionate relationships with their incorrigible husbands.
Emily has great accents - very easy to tell who is talking.
I love this series, having already read the first three of the series before discovering the audio versions. Emily Gray is perfect - just the right voice for every character.
Of course Alexia is my favorite character. She reminds me of Amelia Peabody created by Elizabeth Peters.
I listen to audio books while walking. This series is so good that there have been many times when I have walked further than planned, having become lost in the book. They always make me laugh.
The author hits the exactly correct note of arch whimsy required in a steam punk fantasy. Her protagonist is intrepid but always correct in her usages even as she wields her parasol in defense of the empire! The story is unique in that it imagines a Victorian England in which vampires, ghosts, and werewolves are fully integrated into society (finally, a rational explanation for the necktie). Those who like their supernaturals skulking in the shadows will be disappointed. For others, Soulless is a wild romp through the drawing rooms and gas lit streets of a fantastical London filled with conventional manners and unconventional situations. Gail Carriger serves up Alexia's story in a gleefully mannered deadpan that is spot-on and never wears. The romantic elements of Soulless are satisfying without eclipsing the other excellent qualities of this solid science fiction/fantasy title. Recommended.
"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" with more fun and less punk.
Emily Gray is pitch perfect as the voice of Alexia Terabotti. If I had a complaint it would be that she Americanizes some pronunciations (e.g., al-UM-in-um vs. a-lu-MIN-i-um).The flaw undermines the intent of the author's voice, which is to be terribly, terribly British at all times, no matter what. It's doubly strange since Mrs. Gray is, in fact, English.
I bought extra credits to rip through the first 3 books of this series. They are that good.