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"
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 enjoyed the first book but had avoided the second due to hearing from friends that it wasn't as good. I got this on sale and it was worth the sale price I guess but I am glad I didn't waste a credit. Some interesting characters and ideas but mainly wasted. The start is slow, the middle is awkward and the end is just bad.
The narrator couldn't do a Scotch accent to save her life, oddly her female was worse than her male, which for a story where multiple characters are Scottish you think that would have been a priority.
Clearly Gail is trying to world build but it may help if she had more plot and less side characters. Also, she had mechanical descriptions that went on longer than any author besides Clancy I have ever seen. Add the newly wed snuggliness and this didn't leave much room for plot, most of which was guessable. Mysteries based on characters not speaking to each other always seem lazy to me.
Not the worst book but if you are picky enough to read comment sections than I would pick a different book.
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.