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
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.
I don't know of anyone who would enjoy this book
Worst book ever of all that I have read.
I bought both the kindle version and audible version to be able to switch back and forth ( very great feature by the way), I enjoyed reading and listening. However, when listening to the narration, many times I would check to see if I accidentally hit pause on the audible app, because there were random and long pauses in awkward places in the story.
I enjoy Moira Quirk's narration more (she does the other Gail Carriger series Finishing School), but having her as the narrator would not stop me from listening to the rest of the Alexia Tarrabotti books
Not really .read two in the parasol series .barely remember plot lines .Very inoffensive sci fi.amusing
Livelier than text I'm sure
Trying to avoid scandalous talk about the baby, Alexia flees England for refuge in Italy. Of course, trouble always follows Alexia and this time it's in the form of vampires. Running for her life, she thinks she finds sanctuary in Italy, but that may be another fine mess she's gotten herself in to, no thanks to her werewolf husband trying to drink away his problems. Professor Lyle keeps the story interesting, with Channing and Flute saving the day. The story opens up many questions about Alexia's little inconvience, leaving things wide open for "Heartless"
Coffee Table Reviews
I'm hooked on Emily Gray now. I've now listened to three books, this and the previous two in this series and I have absolutely loved it. Gray does such great voices and is consistent with her voices for each character and she's consistent in the way she delivers these lines. This is definitely a series I highly recommend the audiobook because it's almost like watching a BBC mini series with this performance.
The story is fun and exciting. Alexia's way of seeing the world as it is, no waxing of poetry involved, is fun. It surprises people with her reasonableness. I wanted to smack her husband a few times, but I enjoyed Alexia's adventure. Even if she never wants to go on another adventure ever again.
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! In my opinion, the best book of the series so far! It was packed with tons of action, all my favorite characters in the series & some new ones to enjoy as well. The pace of the story as it unfolded was really well done this time, opening about 2 weeks after Changeless stops. I think one of my favorites things about Gail Carrigers' writing is that its so incredibly descriptive, where you feel like youre watching a movie more than listening to a story. That has much to do with the exceptional performance of Emily Gray as well. To be honest, I wouldn't want to imagine my interpretation of this series if having only read it. Emily Gray brings life to it on a whole other level I don't believe my imagination could create. I cant wait to start Heartless, and I am so happy with where the story is headed. I wish this series would go on and on .. like the Amelia Peabodys. If this book grabs your eye, start with Soulless, Book 1 and after, head on to Gails Finishing School series which takes place about 25 years before this. You get to learn what some of the characters in these books were up to in there much younger years!
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