I adored the 1st in the series, was just meh with the 2nd, and thought I'd just be bored with this. Until I reached the ending. If this were a book, I would have hurled it at the wall in disgust. But since it's a digital audiobook, I just immediately deleted it from my player and then figuratively stomped all over it. I thought the narrator did a great job with the voices--they were all very distinct and enjoyable. There were some enjoyable parts, but for most of it, I just wanted a resolution of the mystery and to get Alexia and Connall back together for his groveling scene. SPOILER ALERT: Alexia acts as if she hadn't been betrayed, humiliated and endangered by Connall's throwing her to the wolves. Err, vamps that is. She forgives him in 2 minutes (even though he doesn't actually apologize) and says he can make it up to her by giving her a bunch of stuff. They exchange some witty barbs and all is forgiven. Can you say shallow? Or maybe the author just wants to show the extent of Alexia's soulless-ness? This is one of those books where you wish you could scour out your brain in order to forget the experience. If you're not invested in the characters and are reading this series just for the steampunk elements, you might still like it. I'd only read/listen to the next in the series if Lord Akeldama were the main character and Alexia was relegated to the far sidelines.
Married, not quite 40 mom from the mid-west. I sit behind a computer all day translating large amounts of data into business solutions.
Another great story by Gail Carriger. The enjoyment was hampered by the unnecessary pauses and silence gaps between transitions.
It has the right combination of story line, characters and interaction of the characters. I also want to thank the narrator Emily Gray for her excellent ability to bring life to each character. I not only will look to this author, Gail Carriger for other writings but will look to Emily Gray for her telling/reading of the story.
Just love this series! Alexia is such a bewitching heroine and has such madcap, albeit dangerous, adventures. Cannot wait to see how things continue in the next installment. Highly recommended!
The pauses between chapters are ridiculous I had to keep checking to see if the app was still running. Also I wished for more action this seemed more like a filler story.
The story and performance were both 4 stars but overall is only 3 stars because the long pauses were so irritating. The audio editor could have done a much better job. Several times I thought I had accidentally hit pause and was startled when the story suddenly resumed. At first I thought the long pauses were between chapters or a change of scene within a chapter but then it happened again in the middle of a scene. I love getting caught up in the story in audiobooks but this kind of thing just pulls me right out of it. Please fix it!