Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.
©2010 Tofa Borregaard; Excerpt from Tempest Rising 2010 by Nicole Peeler (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
The third book in this series delivers poignant moments and continues the general wit that is so enjoyable. Not only will I finish out this series, but hope that the next two series from Gail Carriger makes it to an audio format as well.
Emily Gray does a wonderful job performing this story / series, but in this particular book the pauses were much to long, at times I thought that something had happened to the playback. Other that that, I have greatly enjoyed this series so far.
I adored the 1st in the series, was just meh with the 2nd, and thought I'd just be bored with this. Until I reached the ending. If this were a book, I would have hurled it at the wall in disgust. But since it's a digital audiobook, I just immediately deleted it from my player and then figuratively stomped all over it. I thought the narrator did a great job with the voices--they were all very distinct and enjoyable. There were some enjoyable parts, but for most of it, I just wanted a resolution of the mystery and to get Alexia and Connall back together for his groveling scene. SPOILER ALERT: Alexia acts as if she hadn't been betrayed, humiliated and endangered by Connall's throwing her to the wolves. Err, vamps that is. She forgives him in 2 minutes (even though he doesn't actually apologize) and says he can make it up to her by giving her a bunch of stuff. They exchange some witty barbs and all is forgiven. Can you say shallow? Or maybe the author just wants to show the extent of Alexia's soulless-ness? This is one of those books where you wish you could scour out your brain in order to forget the experience. If you're not invested in the characters and are reading this series just for the steampunk elements, you might still like it. I'd only read/listen to the next in the series if Lord Akeldama were the main character and Alexia was relegated to the far sidelines.
Married, not quite 40 mom from the mid-west. I sit behind a computer all day translating large amounts of data into business solutions.
Another great story by Gail Carriger. The enjoyment was hampered by the unnecessary pauses and silence gaps between transitions.
Gail Carriger has written another fun installment in her series. All the humor and bedlam is there to draw you back to the steam punk world of supernatural misadventures that we love. New characters, returning favorites, new dangers and recurring conflicts all add to this wonderfully irreverent tale. Emily Gray's narration continues to bring the characters to life and emphaizes the humor that Ms. Carrier has embedded through the the story. Ms. Gray's timings are spot on and her voices reflect the characters they represent, adding another layer to an already fun and quirky story.
The one complaint I have is that the editing of the narration was done poorly. Long gaps appear in the middle of chapters, as the scenes switch, or at the end of the chapters. The gaps were distracting enough to take away a star from my review. These gaps would jolt me out of the world created by these two talented ladies back to the real world where I would attempt to "fix" the problem. Once finally back on planet Earth, the story would start up again and I would have to "reenter" the world in the story. If the two ladies were not so talented, or if I had already been so invested in the story, I think I would have returned the book because of the issues.
Just love this series! Alexia is such a bewitching heroine and has such madcap, albeit dangerous, adventures. Cannot wait to see how things continue in the next installment. Highly recommended!
The story and performance were both 4 stars but overall is only 3 stars because the long pauses were so irritating. The audio editor could have done a much better job. Several times I thought I had accidentally hit pause and was startled when the story suddenly resumed. At first I thought the long pauses were between chapters or a change of scene within a chapter but then it happened again in the middle of a scene. I love getting caught up in the story in audiobooks but this kind of thing just pulls me right out of it. Please fix it!
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