Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.
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"Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history....This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans." (Publishers Weekly)
Reader, writer, teacher, consultant. I read mostly Young Adult and Genre Fiction, especially with a mix of literary style and commercial pacing.
The narrator captured the comedic timing of the text so perfectly. The delivery of the lines and the distinctive voices had me lost in the world. I wanted to sit in my car and just listen.
I can't choose between Lord Maccon and Alexia. They are both individually fantastic characters, and together their banter is incredibly fun and engaging. Both are so straightforward and used to doing what they want and not needing anything or anyone. Watching their attraction develop despite their best efforts is so much fun.
This is my first listen, but I'll be seeking her out!
I laughed out loud constantly. The writing is so clever and funny, and Emily Gray really delivers the lines well.
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire
I definitely enjoyed this book and have already started on the second. Initially the book was a little "jumpy" in my opinion. The reader does not have a huge background on what is going on, so when the characters develop as they do, it does seem a little surprising, but pleasantly so, I suppose. I thought the plot was predictable, but again, I really enjoyed the book, I enjoyed the characters, and I loved Alexia Tarabotti's spunk. Can't wait to see how the series progresses.
Alexia is so pragmatic that she is like a straight man for everyone around her.
It's a toss up between Alexia, Lord Con and Ms. Lafoo
Like most people you try new authors when the books on sale.I am so glad I took a chance Gail Carriger has a wonderfully refreshing point of view into the paranormal world. Emily Gray brought life to the characters. They work well together.
Recommend? Heh--I'd lock them in a room with it playing, to be certain they got started! It's a wonderfully humorous, romantic, action-adventure-ish story, with some absolutely hysterical character interactions--especially with the eminently practical yet charmingly proper and naive Miss Tarabotti. She is NOT a fainting fluff-brain, and her tongue is sharp enough to quail vampires and werewolves both. And, oh, but it *does!* The world she lives in is quite enjoyably believable, and Emily Gray's performance--especially that wonderful accent!--is absolutely *perfect* for this story. I'm off to acquire the rest of the series!
All of them! They're just spectacularly well-written and verbally performed.
I'll certainly look them up now!
Unfortunately, yes. Those pesky things *work* and *sleep* got in the way though...
Fun, fun, fun!
All those involving Tarabotti and her lover.
Not that I recall, but this one was excellent.
Nothing extreme, lots of chuckles along the way though.
The story starts off well and then becomes dull for a while, I almost gave up listening but am so glad I kept going. So glad to have found this series, can't wait to listen to the next one!
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I hesitated getting this book, but because of the reviews I bought for the daily deal. It was a very pleasant surprise. I loved Ms. Tarabotti's humor. I am looking forward to the next episode. :^)
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
The reviews were so mixed on this book that I had to listen for myself. To begin with, some of the reviewers used "Amelia Peabody step aside" comments. I'm a longtime fan of Peters' Amelia Peabody series and thought it a huge leap for others to make that comparison. So let me set that part to rights up front. There are several elements that deserve appropriate comparison -- but it's not a match overall. To be fair it's close, but not a neck-and-neck race.
I normally stay away from vampire/werewolf stories. Just not my favorite kind of story. Do NOT shy away from this because of the magical characters. Their personalities are very human and the fantastical traits aren't distracting at all.
Here's what I loved about this book:
* The narrator is superb. She does wonderful justice to the characters, the storyline, the Victorian era and all the twists and turns in this book. Huzzah to Emily Gray!
* There are truly delightful characters in this book, too many to describe in this review. Trust me they are without peer. Afterall what author would name one of her characters Ivy Hisslepenny (sp?) if she weren't quite willing to imbue all of her characters with incredibly unique personalities.
* The storyline has twists, turns and momentum. Although this is certainly not a deep or thought provoking book, it is fun and interesting.
* There is an innate sense of humor behind this book that is charming.
What I found lacking:
* Some of the prolonged romantic scenes (read this as kissing and mild groping) went on too long for my taste. That's just me and might not disturb other listeners.
I whole heartedly recommend this book.
People that like the speech patterns of the Victorian era and very little steam in a romance book may enjoy it.
It didn't have any strength to the story. I found it boring until the very end of the book. The female character although had more backbone than other women of that time still needed more to her. There wasn't much to the romance either.
The speaking in proper names the majority of the time and then first name a few times was maddening to say the least. I'm sure there are others out there that like just a hint of romance and love the Victorian era. It just wasn't for me.
Narration was ok. She had a proper British accent and wasn't too bad on the Scottish.
I got it on the daily deal so it didn't cost me full price
I would! Especially if that friend loved tea and parasols and corsets!
Hmm this is actually a hard question for me. I really enjoyed all of the characters. But I think Alexia takes the cake. She is just so funny and smart, I really could picture her clear as day.
Lord Maccon! I loved how she did his voice. Scottish accent and all. She really is a fabulous reader.
There may spoilers here!
I'd have to say the scene where Alexia and Lord Maccon are being held prisoner. She sort of puts her guard down and you can see that she really doesn't see herself in a very positive light (when it comes to Lord Maccon's love interest in her).
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