Everything. Sharp, witty, fun and exciting plot, lots of thrills, a colorful cast of characters. Wonderfully enjoyable.
Emily Gray's crisp dialogue, ability to give each character a unique and clear voice, and ear for humor makes all of the Parasol Protectorate novels a MUST listen to.
But I cannot go into details.
But, oh, boy, the ending.
I love this series so much! I just finished the second book and now working on the third one.
Emily Gray is very good at switching characters. Her voice is almost always distinct with each character she does.
I'm sure that ya'll have read other reviews of this book; the loooonnnnggg pauses are *real*. It's not just the end of paragraphs or the end of chapters, it's also even at the middle of paragraphs. It is noticeable when you are really into the story and your concentration is cut off with these horrible pauses. It's just terrible, terrible editing.
But then again, I love this story. My annoyance must be sacrificed. Audiobooks are a necessity when you have long commutes.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes the steampunk genre, werewolves, vampires, Victorian era, etc. The book is very well written and witty. (A bit *too* witty and silly at the most inopportune time). The world in it is vibrant and addictive. I don't know what I'd do when the series end. :)
Alexia is back in another wild and witty adventure. This time the supernaturals are systematically losing their abilities leaving Alexia's husband in possible grave danger. She's off to save the day, but first she must take care of her obstinate sister and tend to Ivy's love life. In walks a new mysterious character that seems to be stalking Alexia and helping her out at the same time. The mayhem that ensues is one that only Alexia can get in to, with a mind blowing ending that will propel you straight in to the next installment of the series, "Blameless"
At first I didn't like Emily Gray's reading of Soulless, but I've changed my mind - she does a great job! I love this book,,
No spoilers here, but OMG on the ending! Seriously, my mouth is still open and Im like WHAAAT just happened! I have to say the beginning dragged a bit for me, and I actually stopped listening for a bit just because I was getting a little bored. I would say about 1/3 in it started to pick up an had me hanging on every word as I did with Soulless. Overall, I think I liked this book a little more(even with the slow start) just because of all the new interesting characters that were introduced. I also, in a major delay half way thru the book, realized that some of the characters in this book are the girls from the Finishing School series. I totally forgot that this series takes place in the future of that one, and I think Gail Carriger weaves it in very naturally. Its pretty cool to see what the girls are up to roughly 20 some years later.Also - I Im freaking out about the ending and will be starting in on Blameless immediately.
As for the narration, Emily Gray is AWESOME and delivers a fantastically superb performance. If you liked Soulless, definitely continue on to this book. Its just as good if not better!
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
3.5 overall for this book was not as good as the first, it was way less funny and the ending sucked. I am debating the next book but dang, I want to know what happens next. Although I have a feeling it will just make me mad. The story itself is pretty good but I had a bitter taste for the ending. Story started out fast paced and had potential, but the spunk and sassiness was missing and the side characters were more annoying this book. The mystery was easy to figure out, since I had doubts in the last book. Such a shame since I really liked Soulless that even though this book wasn't bad it was a let down from the first book. Same narrator and I think she did a pretty good job.
A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.
I loved the first book but this one left me annoyed. A certain characters voice was so grating on my nerves I wanted to shut the book off, and the story focused entirely too much time on her "womanly duties".
Other that those two things, I could still pick out the humour the author had written in the story, as she had in the first, which I enjoyed so much. I will still move onto the next book in the series.
I really liked the audio for this book because I could listen while I walked, etc., and the change in voices with Ms. Gray helped me to keep track of who was talking. Amazing how these readers can alter their voices. It's also helpful with some words (albeit, few) when the word is new to me, or an accent goes with a character that I may not be able to create in my mind (Lord Maccon).
I am already on/in the next, and last book in the "Parasol Protectorate", Timeless. But sadly, there is no audio for this one. I wish more books had the audio available. I don't care for audio-books alone--I want a printed copy to follow along with, so I'll be watching for this option on my new book purchases.
I've read several others.
As I said above, the pronunciation of some words was helpful as were the accents created by Ms. Gray's voice.
YES! As a matter of fact, I wrote about this in my review of the book.
Say something about yourself!
I was expecting to be board by the whole married life part of the story, but I was shocked! The book was so exciting! A must read/listen in the series.
Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings. Read the first few pages and I think you will understand why!
Emily Gray is amazing! She's a very talented voice actor. The most impressive part for me is accuracy of the accents she uses and her ability to go from one to another seamlessly. I really enjoy her performances. I have listened to a few other audio books that are steam punk and if they had been read by her I would have enjoyed the other books much better.
The end but I don't wan to spoil it. It was very shocking and leaves you wanting to read/listen to the last book.