I ADORE Gail Carrier, her wit and humor is so great, and refreshing. She is my favorite Steampunk author, and knocks it out of the park in every book she writes. Lets just say this is not my first time devouring my way through this 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.
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.
I would recommend this audiobook to any friend who likes strong female characters and perhaps a love for the British.
One of the most memorable moments of Changeless is when Alexia encounters Miss Ivy Hisselpenny while dangling in the wind.
My favorite character - as performed by Emily Gray - is Miss Ivy Hisselpenny. She makes a characters who could be all too easily annoying seem endearing and amusing.
Her best friend hisselpenny got intolerably dumb and the sister was annoying.
Wierd but the ending, I thought it was the most emotional and best written.
The plot was just weaker then the rest and the characters too dumb. I still enjoyed the book.
I would recommend this series to everyone.
I really like the child. She is extremely funny.
The when they were bathing the baby.
Yes, I listened to all of the books in this series in one sitting.