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Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel | [Gail Carriger]

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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    Eddie Lynn 11-11-13
    Eddie Lynn 11-11-13

    Hoxie's girl

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    "Vamp, vampires and werewolves"

    First, I must confess that I don't usually listen to or read books about vampires/supernatural beings, but I bought this book because it was a daily special and had a lot of positive reviews.
    So, I had to spend a very long day in a very big garage project and the book was my companion. It entertained me, I laughed out loud, and when the book was over, my garage was done.
    The narrator was excellent, really made the book, in my opinion. BTW, how do authors think of things like these characters and situations? I'm constantly amazed at the imagination of so many and the benefit I derive from their willingness to share their crazy ideas! I will probably listen to another of these books because it was good entertainment.

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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 09-20-13
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "Interesting and fun!"

    I purchased this book last February (2012) at the Passion and Prose conference in Long Beach, Ca. where I meet Gail Carriger and she signed the book for me too! Why did it take me so long to get to this book? I have no idea! Everyone else has read it. Let me be the first to say "Shame on me!" I should have been done with the series by now.
    Soulless is about a soulless spinster, Alexia Tarabotti who accidentally kills an attacking vampire. Yes! I said soulless as in without a soul. This is England and vampires, ghost and werewolves are apart of normal society with laws and societal rules governing them all. The accident causes Alexia to get involved in an few deadly and uncomfortable situations.
    What's the deal with Alexia's soulless state? She was born without a soul and people born without a soul (preternatural) have the ability to cancel out others powers by touch. Vampire to regular person. Werewolf to regular person. Ghost? Not sure it didn't happen in the book so I am not sure if they become regular people too. Anyways, soulless people have to be registered with the BUR (a government agency that keeps track of the supernaturals in England) and Alexis is not. Her mom does not even know. Humm!
    I really enjoyed the fun, comical, light heard characters in this book. Gail Carriger wrote each one of them extremely well.
    This book has a bit of Cinderella in it too, which makes it so hilarious.
    So why four stars and not five? Well, I have to say, if a character ask a question two or three times... shouldn't an author answer it somewhere, some how. "What' up with all the octopus motive everywhere?" How are you just going to ignore something like that. And two, this is completely me and I get it but still.....why is her dark skin soooo negative. I know the answer and I understand the time period but don't beat me over the head with it. DANG! I get it! She is not even dark. She olive due to her father being Italian. Got it! And that is why she can't get a man. OOKKKK!!!! *eye rolling* I am going to read the other books in the series cause I love Alexia so much. She is like a modern woman in her thinking, side comments and actions just stuck in a Victorian Era life.

    Audiobook: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    Narrator: Emily Gray
    Again I did half read and half listen. This might be my new norm. Emily has a great voice and she seems to BE Alexia Tarabotti. I just wish they would have hired a male actor with a deep Scottish accent to be Lord Maccon when the book turns to his perspective.

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    Joki Helsinki 09-04-13
    Joki Helsinki 09-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved It"

    Soulless is a thoroughly original Victorian romance steampunk romp featuring vampires, werewolves, and their antidote: the preternatural named Alexia Tarabotti. Amidst a frothy confection of Victorian guilded age manners is a gothic underworld of supernatural creatures in a delicate piece with the humans. But then vampires and werewolves start disappointing and Alexia finds herself allied with an utterly frustrating alpha werewolf. Will Alexia, the 'soul sucker' survive the week?

    This is a completely amusing and fun book that is both tongue in cheek and also action packed. I was fortunate to listen to the audible version and the narrator really brought the English world alive - I highly recommend listening rather than reading to the story for that reason.

    Victorian romance (which is what this is) really needed to be shaken up and author Gail Carriger succeeds admirably. It's one of those novels you both cheer for the main character but also try not to laugh out loud at her travails. I am eagerly looking forward to the next novel.

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    A. Quintero 08-01-13
    A. Quintero 08-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very witty."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the narrator does an amazing job and the story, although not entirely "adult" is very witty and kept me interested.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Soulless?

    The moment when Alexia is told that she is being told that she had been told for far too long that she was unworthy. It was very touching.


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

    She did a great job with Alexia and Ivy. They seem to be two extremes in that day and age. Alexia so very intelligent, sarcastic and Alpha female and Ivy who is dense, a bit slow and prone to faint.


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

    It made me giggle and laugh. I really enjoyed the interaction between the Earl and Alexia, their playful bickering like a couple who has been together for years and then being caught in compromised situations, for that period of time was really entertaining.


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    Elizabeth Calgary, AB, Canada 07-04-13
    Elizabeth Calgary, AB, Canada 07-04-13 Member Since 2011

    A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.

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    "What a treat !"

    I loved this book. The narrator was amazing and the story was so well written. I even rewound some chapters to hear them again. Never done that with a book before. Well worth the money !!

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    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 06-27-13
    Christina D. Vickers Fort Smith, AR 06-27-13 Member Since 2015

    "reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.

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    "Interesting"

    I really enjoy steampunk novels. This is an inventive series with a good take on the supernatural set. The author seems to be very good at what she does. The characters develope well and there is a fair amount of humor.

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    Goldenberg 05-07-13
    Goldenberg 05-07-13
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    "Great book"

    This book combines supernatural with good plot, funny moments, and light romance.

    The first 15min are a bit boring (not at all indicative of the rest of the book) and the name Tarabotti is a bit irritating to the ear but once you get used to that (10-15m) the book is GREAT!!!
    I fell in love with the characters :)

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    Edith L. Wentz Burbank, CA United States 05-03-13
    Edith L. Wentz Burbank, CA United States 05-03-13
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    "Acceptable narration, with room for improvement"

    The narrator on Soulless does an excellent job for most of the book, but delivers Lord Maccon's dialog in such a way that he comes across sounding slow and a bit dull-witted because she slows her speech, pitches her voice lower, and attempts a bit of a Scottish accent. I would prefer if Emily Gray simply narrated his dialog without attempting any affect, or limited herself to the Scottish lilt alone, since it's a little disappointing to imagine Lord Maccon as a dimwit.

    I own the hard copies of this entire series but I never have had time to finish them. I finally switched to audiobooks and am delighted to hear the full story for the first time. So aside from the above criticism, I am enjoying the audio.

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    Kindle Customer Pasadena, Texas USA 04-13-13
    Kindle Customer Pasadena, Texas USA 04-13-13 Member Since 2014

    Liberal Anti-Authoritarian

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    "Steampunk and Werewolves and Vampires, Oh my"

    This is a paranormal steampunk set in London with a clever premise and much wit. A fun listen.

    Alexia has no soul, a rare condition which enables her to negate the powers of other supernaturals. She also has little prospects being a spinster with a dead Italian father which makes her nose a bit too big and her skin a bit too swarthy . She is also a bit too curvy and much too independent and smart. This is a romance, although this mixes in a lot of genres, that starts when a vampire oddly loses his manners and tries to make a meal of her in the drawing room at a party. She is soon drawn into the mystery of why vampires and werewolves have been disappearing around London and into contact with an annoying Alpha werewolf leader in charge of the investigation and Lord Akeldama, who as a vampire knows more than just the latest styles. The different societies, werewolf, vampire and upper crust Victorian human, are well depicted.

    Settle in for some comfortable fun listening and learn why a lady is never without her parasol.





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    Susan San Jose, US, Canada 03-19-13
    Susan San Jose, US, Canada 03-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just fun..."
    What made the experience of listening to Soulless the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is terrific and it is a fun story that moves right along. Enjoyed it in the car while commuting.


    What other book might you compare Soulless to and why?

    The book compares a bit to the Amelia Peabody books in that the heroines carries a dangerous parasol and have passionate relationships with their incorrigible husbands.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    Emily has great accents - very easy to tell who is talking.


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