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  • Heartless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fourth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1061)

    Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant. Can Alexia determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria?

    Yuriko says: "The fun is BACK!"
    "Charming, and best narration EVER!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heartless the most enjoyable?

    I loved this series - very inventive. This alternate world was expertly crafted and consistent all the way through the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lady Alexia Macon (which might be spelled wrong - hey, it was an audiobook!!), because she was funny, compassionate, funny, practical, hysterical, and up to all the challenges this strange tale threw at her. Did I mention funny?


    What does Emily Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emily Gray's reading was flawless! She does accents so well, and she was able to bring out the unique traits of each of her characters with her readings of them. Good job to her, and Mr. Gray (husband? brother? father? no relative but a coincidence of names?) who directed the series. Ms. Gray was my favorite thing about the entire series, and I've since been downloading another series she has narrated and looking for any others. Check out Jasper Fford's very amusing Thursday Next series, where Ms. Gray narrates books 2 and on in the series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at all. I wanted it to last and last, but I kept devouring them so quickly my 1 credit per month couldn't keep up. I must admit I spent far more $$ than I should have to quench my thirst for the next book, and was sad when I read the last one.


    Any additional comments?

    Loads of fun, well constructed and consistent universe, and absolutely top-notch narration. Let's have more Emily Gray-read books!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1135)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Loved It!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Etiquette & Espionage the most enjoyable?

    Great narration - I thoroughly Carriger's last series of steam-punk inspired fantasy novels and thought Emily Gray's narration couldn't be equaled, but Moira Quirk does a terrific job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just good fun all around.


    What about Moira Quirk’s performance did you like?

    Good voice acting is hard to find, she's very polished and quite versatile.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I prefer to dole out my pleasures for walks and while working around the house.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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