I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
WARNING; this is a series that has to be read/heard in order. In old days one had to get used to pauses at beginning and end of audio cassettes. These had background noises. Those sounds indicated tape playing was in progress. The length of pauses in this audiobook rivals tapes. I found myself reaching to check play status when they occurred. Pauses vary in duration making them difficult to anticipate. This is why I gave performance 2 stars. The story is very predictable. It is saved because the supporting characters so good in previous books get larger roles. I hope they get their own book or short story. The book is enjoyable, especially if you enjoyed previous books. Emily Gray does a good job narrating, the pauses interfere with performance.
Love this author and the books in this series. Like Emily Gray's narration.
The laughs, the adventures and the interaction between the characters. Especially enjoyed Lord Woosley's drunken escapade.
At times it's as if she's gasping for breath. However, in all fairness, this may be in direct relation to the terrible editing of the audio The pauses were so long, I found myself constantly checking to see if my device had shut it self off!
The agonizingly long, drawn out time with the male inventor in Paris. Could have skipped the ghost there, also.
My major complaint, with all the books so far, are the long pauses between Chapters/Scenes. (It's bad when you find yourself wondering if you'd accidentally set the sleep timer!) But this is, by far, the worst. This book should be totally re-recorded and made available to all those who have purchased this decidedly bad recording.
I have been enjoying this series immensely...smart, funny, entertaining, plenty of action and a top notch narrator. Win.
I was a bit concerned after reading some of the comments regarding the long pauses between chapters and such, but I didnt find it to be bothersome at all...either because I was prepared for it or it wasnt as noticeable to me as it is for others. I am generally pretty picky about the narrators...a bad one can really ruin a book for me. Breathy sounds, weird pauses, mispronunciations are all things that really irritate me. I was not at all irritated or distracted by the narrator in any way. And her characters and voices are delightful.
I don't know of anyone who would enjoy this book
Worst book ever of all that I have read.
I bought both the kindle version and audible version to be able to switch back and forth ( very great feature by the way), I enjoyed reading and listening. However, when listening to the narration, many times I would check to see if I accidentally hit pause on the audible app, because there were random and long pauses in awkward places in the story.
I enjoy Moira Quirk's narration more (she does the other Gail Carriger series Finishing School), but having her as the narrator would not stop me from listening to the rest of the Alexia Tarrabotti books
Not really .read two in the parasol series .barely remember plot lines .Very inoffensive sci fi.amusing
Livelier than text I'm sure
Trying to avoid scandalous talk about the baby, Alexia flees England for refuge in Italy. Of course, trouble always follows Alexia and this time it's in the form of vampires. Running for her life, she thinks she finds sanctuary in Italy, but that may be another fine mess she's gotten herself in to, no thanks to her werewolf husband trying to drink away his problems. Professor Lyle keeps the story interesting, with Channing and Flute saving the day. The story opens up many questions about Alexia's little inconvience, leaving things wide open for "Heartless"
Coffee Table Reviews
I'm hooked on Emily Gray now. I've now listened to three books, this and the previous two in this series and I have absolutely loved it. Gray does such great voices and is consistent with her voices for each character and she's consistent in the way she delivers these lines. This is definitely a series I highly recommend the audiobook because it's almost like watching a BBC mini series with this performance.
The story is fun and exciting. Alexia's way of seeing the world as it is, no waxing of poetry involved, is fun. It surprises people with her reasonableness. I wanted to smack her husband a few times, but I enjoyed Alexia's adventure. Even if she never wants to go on another adventure ever again.
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! In my opinion, the best book of the series so far! It was packed with tons of action, all my favorite characters in the series & some new ones to enjoy as well. The pace of the story as it unfolded was really well done this time, opening about 2 weeks after Changeless stops. I think one of my favorites things about Gail Carrigers' writing is that its so incredibly descriptive, where you feel like youre watching a movie more than listening to a story. That has much to do with the exceptional performance of Emily Gray as well. To be honest, I wouldn't want to imagine my interpretation of this series if having only read it. Emily Gray brings life to it on a whole other level I don't believe my imagination could create. I cant wait to start Heartless, and I am so happy with where the story is headed. I wish this series would go on and on .. like the Amelia Peabodys. If this book grabs your eye, start with Soulless, Book 1 and after, head on to Gails Finishing School series which takes place about 25 years before this. You get to learn what some of the characters in these books were up to in there much younger years!
I have finished all 5 books and wish there was more available for that series, I hate when they end. Still hoping for more since book 5 didn't feel like a true ending.
Usually not into books placed in a time so long ago but deft enjoyed this one and love books with a supernatural twist.