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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the previous book and expected to love this one. Unfortunately, the entire reading was ruined by the incredibly long gaps between chapters, odd pacing (really slow at times and normal at others), and irregular unexpected pauses between sentences. It seemed as though the narrator recorded random sentences and paragraphs in separate sittings, which were then pieced together. The amount of dead space between every single chapter was so weirdly long that a few times I thought the book had ended. How did this production get a 'pass'?
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The parasol protectorate is back and steampunk technology is in high gear. In this installment, Alexia is on a mission to prove her husband wrong. To accomplish this task, she rallies the old protectorate, but adds some new faces as well. Madame LeFoux moves to the forefront of this book, and I do not know why. She really is a hindrance to Alexia???s survival rather than an aid, but Ivy is as solid a friend as one could ever hope for. Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings returns and we get to see a new side of him. Floote is as faithful as always with more skills than previously assumed. Professor Lyall lives the thankless but competent existence of an extraordinary Beta. In the end, Alexia gets what she really wants and we learn more about her father in the process. All in all, this is an excellent book that resolves the Changeless cliffhanger. Emily Gray is perfect for this book, and I cannot wait for Heartless. It is important to note that you really cannot enjoy the books in this series out of order.
As always, I am in love with this series and with the narrator. However, this book had an unfortunate proclivity for pauses. I am not sure why the pauses were not edited out, but they became annoying very quickly. It seemed there was a 15 second pause after every paragraph that left you feeling like the chapter had ended. I do hope these pauses will not continue in the next recorded book. I feel like they added several hours to the book just be leaving in the pauses. Of course, that may have been their goal?
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The overly long pauses between chapters in this book were simply nerve wracking. Three seconds is one thing but 10 to 15 seconds of dead air lasts forever when you're waiting on the story to progress. On more that one occasion I thought something was wrong with my devise or headphones. Emily Gray does an excellent job and I hate to rate this as only 3 Stars, but I simply cannot recommend this book on audio without mentioning to horrible dead air pauses. I will continue on to the next book and hope for better editing.
First off: this is the third of 5 stories and they really won't make sense unless you attack them in order.
Second: Carriger's story is finally taking shape...I guess she started to do that in Changeless, but Blameless is where it became obvious that there was a bigger mystery unfolding. Also, some of the more repetitive jokes from the first two books---such as Alexia's libido---got downplayed in this one.
Third: It is also the first book in which characters other than Alexia and Connel take center stage...in particular, Professor Lyall.
Lastly: The non-English accents presented in this book didn't tax Emily Gray's diction as much as the previous book.
I liked it a lot better than the 2nd book, but Lord Maccon needs to grovel a lot more and Lord Akeldama needs more screen time. On the other hand I was glad to see Prof.Lyall taking a larger role in this book. I found the scence with Biffy extremely touching and slash worthy LOL.
I can't believe that Alexia forgave Lord Maccon, what does she see in him? Madame Lefoux is a much better hero than him in this book, as she was in the previous one. (*'Д｀)=3sigh. I also was dissapointed that we never got to find out more about her father. I suppose that shall be revealed in the later books.
I just wish that I can like Lord Maccon as much as I like the other characters but I can't seem to find any redeeming nor likable side of him yet. I hope there is more Lord Akeldama in the next book as well as Prof. Lyall and Madame Lefoux. As for Lord Maccon, I give up. He needs to do something drastic to change my mind. He needs to take a lesson from Cullan (Magic Slays)!
Sadly poorly executed.
Of course, Alexia is quite marvelous, but I am rather partial to the idea of her husband!
Emily Gray is perfect for these stories and previous installments have been very well performed, but this version went wrong somewhere in the editing/production. The pauses were all were all over the place, leaving great yawning silences,sometimes between sentences which really spoiled the pace of the story and overall effect for me.
Alexia's exploits are hilarious, but I got quite annoyed with this book because of the stupid gaps and pauses.
This audiobook needs to go back to the producers to be improved upon.
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.
Blameless is third in the Parasol Protectorate series and here Lady Alexia Maccon has been shunned by her whole family and practically all of high society!
Beware spoilers of the first two books be plentiful in this review!
Why is she shunned? Well because as we found out at the end of Book 2, she is pregnant and no one believes that Lord Maccon could possibly be the father since he is a werewolf. But of course he is because Lady Alexia hasn’t been with anyone else. So Lord Maccon has made a proper big asshole out of himself at the end of Changeless and is now making an even bigger ass of himself by being mostly inebriated for the larger part of this novel. All the while Alexia has left the country and headed to Italy to try to find out anything she can from the Templars about Preternaturals based on a breeding program they used to have. She is in for a lot of assassination attempts and oodles of steampunk inventions, lots of time spent with her butler Floot and with Madame Lefoux who decided to travel with her to Italy. Alexia is definitely not going to sit around and take being accused of infidelity lightly.
What you can expect
– a very drunk Lord Maccon
– a hurry and embittered Alexia (tho she doesn’t let that stop her from trying to clear get name
– many more fabulous contraptions then the previous two books, giving it more of a steampunk feel
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