I would listen to it again. I enjoy Alexia Maconn a great deal, and Carriger's writing is witty while maintaining the suspense you want in this type of novel.
Well, this is cheating, but I would have to say, "Soulless."
The end is a bit of a cliff hanger...not to spoil anything. I am anxious to know what will happen next.
One minor issue I noted: in the audio version of "Soulless" (the prequel to this book), there is a character whose name is pronounced markedly different than in this one. It took me a moment to realize who she was talking about the first time she mentioned his name in this book. Not sure why that happened.
This is a wonderful addition to the Alexia Tarabotti novels. Ms Carriger brings humor to the delightful paranormal mystery. The language is truly that of the uptight, old world British empire which persuades the reader into believing you are in the time and place - listening in. She tells the continuing story of the soulless lady now married to the roughish werewolf off on another venture that centers around his former pack and the mystery of the humanization plague. Cute that from their point of view being made human again is considered a sickness or malady. Fun new characters are introduced with wildly prominent personalities for their given parts. The sister is self centered to a fault and the "inventor" cracks you up with her masculine voice, clothes and demeanor.
Well worth the credit, the book is completely entertaining and light, quick paced and delightfully quirky. The one bummrer that brought the rating down from 4 to 5 stars is the "cliffhanger " ending. One is forced to buy the next installment to get any closure on the couple's debacle. I of course will buy it, but feel a little cheated. Good thing Carriger's writing is so playful and enticing.
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.