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Soulless Audiobook

Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Tofa Borregaard (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    E.M. 12-23-13
    E.M. 12-23-13
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    "surprisingly engaging"

    I bought the book because it was on sale, and my first thought as I listened was how silly it was and how unlike anything I usually listened to. My second thought was that it was interesting and engaging. Unlike most books, I could not leave this one for the car - I took it everywhere, and 5 books later, am sorry to have finished the series. I had never heard of steam punk nor had any interest in Victorian novels, but I will, at some point, listen to all five of the Parasol Protectorate series again.

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    Lady S. United States 12-18-13
    Lady S. United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Beyond my expectations"
    Would you listen to Soulless again? Why?

    I most certainly would, in fact I have. The book was different than I'd read before and I usually don't like female narrators, but I found Emily Gray easy to listen to. I found myself hanging on her every word. She would pull me into a situation and then take me on a descriptive tour, but just when I was getting restless she would pull me fast back to the moment at hand. Good job because I can get restless pretty quickly.


    What other book might you compare Soulless to and why?

    It kinda made me think of Soulkeeper by Ching G.P., or maybe Dead Beat by Jim Butcher or maybe even Hounded by Kevin Hearne.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Gray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never read anything by her before, but I am now a true fan and will look for more books by her.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, anxious, slightly angry and wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had me thinking about it well into the next day after I finished it. I felt it was well written and ended making me wanting more but understanding how it ended the way it did. Good job Gail Carriger, damn good job.

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    Geoffrey Thorne 12-17-13 Member Since 2010

    What one man can do, another can do. - David Mamet

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    "delightful"

    i absolutely love the marriage of this story with this actress. perfection in every respect.

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    Laurana 12-14-13
    Laurana 12-14-13
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    "Good first book!"
    Would you listen to Soulless again? Why?

    Probably and I'll most likely purchase other books in this series. I like the originality of the concept and the time period setting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Soulless?

    The humor! I approached this book with a bit of trepidation - I was expecting a pure romance which I don't really care for, but I found myself giggling out loud.


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

    It's a light book - not "gripping" or "edge of your seat" but I did listen to it without switching between books.


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    Marie 12-13-13
    Marie 12-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh out loud funny at times"

    I loved this book. It is a funny, sexy mixture of fantasy, romance, mystery, and steam punk, with supernatural creatures thrown in for good measure. Something for everyone. I admit I purchased it because it was on sale. It was a great buy! Normally I don't go in for vampire and werewolf books, but this series is going to be an exception.The author takes just the right tone for readers who aren't into the vampire craze, making the supernatural creatures an accepted part of society.

    Set in Victorian England, the story focuses on Alexia Tarrabotti, an umbrella wielding prenurnatural who falls for the leading werewolf of the day. It has bit in common with regency romances, but don't let that throw you off. Alexis, Collum, and all the secondary characters are well developed and entertaining. If I has a complaint it would be that I never quite figured out the bad guys. My favorite character is a fey vampire, Lord Alcaldama, who has gaudy tastes in clothes and young men.

    For those of you who were put off by The Bone Season, as I was, this would be a great alternative.

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    Jessica Houston, TX, United States 12-12-13
    Jessica Houston, TX, United States 12-12-13

    Reader, writer, teacher, consultant. I read mostly Young Adult and Genre Fiction, especially with a mix of literary style and commercial pacing.

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    "So witty and so much fun!"
    What made the experience of listening to Soulless the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Gray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first listen, but I'll be seeking her out!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud constantly. The writing is so clever and funny, and Emily Gray really delivers the lines well.


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    A. Hanshaw CT 12-09-13
    A. Hanshaw CT 12-09-13 Member Since 2013

    “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire

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    "Witty characters and an entertaining story!"

    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.

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    Dana L. Coll Atlanta, GA 11-24-13
    Dana L. Coll Atlanta, GA 11-24-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Laugh Out Loud"
    What made the experience of listening to Soulless the most enjoyable?

    Alexia is so pragmatic that she is like a straight man for everyone around her.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Gray – was your favorite?

    It's a toss up between Alexia, Lord Con and Ms. Lafoo


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    Latonia Streamwood, IL, United States 11-21-13
    Latonia Streamwood, IL, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVED IT."

    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.

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    Marla 11-15-13
    Marla 11-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Spectacular...!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them! They're just spectacularly well-written and verbally performed.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Gray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'll certainly look them up now!


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

    Unfortunately, yes. Those pesky things *work* and *sleep* got in the way though...


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