This is kind of a mid-range book, neither the best nor the worst from my listening list. It took a while to warm up to - at first, the umbrella-as-weapon and British heroine assumption of solving any mystery seemed like a total ripoff of the Amelia Peabody series. That really irked me, so it took about halfway through the book to let go of comparing every little thing and just get into the story.
After a second listen though, and Emily Grey's lovely narration (better at female characters than the males), I tucked away comparisons and just enjoyed the story and humor. There are so many touches of self-deprecating humor throughout the book, it makes me smile. Without giving too much of the plot away, an example is Alexia's outrage that the vampire who tried to attack her fell into a treacle tart that Alexia had been planning to enjoy. Unexpected, but sets up her character very early in the book.
The author is quite good at introducing characters in a way that helps you never get lost as to who is who in the story - right from the beginning, she attaches character traits or mannerisms so that you can picture the character and relate to them.
There's no depth of plot to speak of, but for a light listen while you go about your day, I'd recommend it. I like pairing books with whatever else I'm trying to do at the time - this book fits right in with tedious housework tasks, helps keep your mood light so time and the tasks pass by easily instead of being chores you can't wait to finish.
The book is all about Alexia, so I suppose I should say she's the favorite, but I found myself liking some of the minor characters whose names escape me at the moment (her best friend with the strange hats, the gay vampire is quite funny...)
The wit of the writer.
none come to mind but I am doing this quickly between tasks.
I really like this book. I read a lot of fiction with Vampires and Werewolves in them, and the most interesting part is what sort of twist the author puts on the particular legend. Soulless delivers on that, with an interesting twist of being set in Victorian England in a world where the Vamps and Were's are known and even mostly accepted in society and in this case there is an interesting twist... You have the rare supernatural (who only survive the transition if they have an excess of soul), the common normal (normal amount of soul), and the ultra-rare preternatural (no soul).
Alexia Tarabotti is soulless, and her mere touch completely dampens the supernaturals ability (i.e. a vampire could walk in the day if holding on to her). A spinster who has been "put on the shelf" (at the old age of 25!) and barely tolerates the upper class world that she lives in (choosing to focus on things such as science and current events) she seems to find herself embroiled in supernatural machinations. She is friends with a foppish vampire and interacts with the supernatural regulatory agency (run in this case by an alpha were and his beta) on a regular basis.
Everything is fine until a vampire, badly dressed and not part of the local (Westminster) hive, decides that she is a viable snack. What follows is a great romp where we learn more of the underlying society, about the great plot she has stumbled onto and a fair amount of romance (at least by Victorian standards). Very satisfying book that is well written with strong identifiable characters, great dialog and a plot that moves steadily along.
the reader for sure. I have listened to a lot of books, and Emily is by far the best reader i have ever heard.
It's sassy sort of feel. again the writer brings that out in the story as well.
Emily is by far my favorite reader. I first heard her read in real men of genius, and her reading was the only thing keeping me going. this book has a better story, and so it made it that much better
this book could have been about ten times better with a little less talk about the clothing everyone was wearing and a bit more of the steampunk. it seemed as though she went into detail about the elaborate clothes in every scene. i would say about one fifth of the book talks about what people are wearing which got a bit too much later in the book. more story less clothes.
Exciting, entertaining, funny
The story was fast paced. I enjoyed the characters and the story.
Her voice is soothing to me.
Avid reader... oops, LISTENER
I bought this book in the $4.95 sale and I'm delighted to say I've found a new author to love. I needed one since my other favorites are getting bogged down in their series which are beginning to get a little tired.
This book is humorous and light which, I needed since I just finished a very dense Rudolph IIII, Holy Roman Emperor
The Characters are fun and there is mystery and romance and a hot SCOTT. I don't think he rivals Jamie yet but I think he has promise.
I'm going to get the rest of the books and eat them up. I'm always excited when I find a series that I can read back to back because I've come late to the game. What a find!
Ms. Carriger is going on my author watch list.
No, it had potential to be really interesting but fell flat for me because of the lack of character development and slow pace.
No, it couldn't keep my attention.
She did a great impression of Victorian modesty.
A more believable romantic tension.
I wasn't so sure about this book when I started. I had read Victorian romances/mysteries before and enjoyed them ... but I wasn't too sure about throwing Vampires, Werewolves and Ghosts into the mix. However, Gail Carriger pulled it off. I thoroughly enjoyed Alexia Tarabotti after I got to know her. In the beginning, I thought it was kind of silly -- but at the end I had trouble putting the book down.
I will very much enjoy moving on to the next books in the series.
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!