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Soulless Audiobook

Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

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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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    Think about this 09-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderfully Witty"

    Set in an alternate Victorian England, this tale is wonderfully witty, full of humor, set within a horrific story . Miss Tarrabotti is what they call a preternatural, that can neutralize the effects of the supernatural. She is one of very few of her kind, who finds herself in all kinds of predicaments that ends up in the hands of the supernaturals' own police dept, thus enters Lord Maccon. These two are always at odds, thus becoming attracted to each other, with banter that delights the listener. Elsewhere, in the story is a group of sinister scientists that are out to exterminate anything unnatural, putting our main characters in peril. The whole book is made up of a very amusing group of characters that keeps us in chuckles while solving mysterious disappearances of vampires and werewolves.
    The narration is excellent in capturing the language and wit intended.

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    Jackie 07-29-14
    Jackie 07-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    This series fills me with polarizing emotions. On the one hand, the blending of so many genres is delightfully creative, and it's clear the author has considerable imagination. The characters themselves are all very appealing and distinctive. And there are some very funny moments. On the other hand, there are decidedly weak points. I'm not sure if this is the narrator, whose voice I find inexplicably irritating because it sounds like she's trying too hard to enunciate, or the writing, but every time there is a scene of suspense, I want to scream, "Get to the point!" Somehow the narrator and/or author have no sense of urgency and bog us down in boring detail and an agonizingly slow play-by-play. Throughout the entire series, scenes that probably take 5 minutes within the story take something like a half hour of narration with so much description. Also, for all the clever wordplay, I want to ban the phrases "at this juncture" and "with this matter." They have long since ceased to be witty.

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    Deborah Seattle, WA 07-17-14
    Deborah Seattle, WA 07-17-14 Member Since 2013

    hamish

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    "Don't bother"
    Would you try another book from Gail Carriger and/or Emily Gray?

    Love the series although this is not my typical genre. I was eager to listen to the audible book but the narrator is awful. So disappointing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Gray’s performances?

    Definitely not.


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    Joan 06-10-14
    Joan 06-10-14
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    "I loved this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend and have already done so. I have also listened to it for a second time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alexia is a strong, intelligent and interesting character who is at odds with her status and with her century's expectations of women.


    What does Emily Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought that Emily Gray's performance was wonderful. Her British accent was perfect and really brought me into the story and the world in which it is set.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Fantasy meets Steam-Punk -- let the fun begin.


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    Kim-MS 05-19-14
    Kim-MS 05-19-14
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    "Enjoyable read/even better audio"
    If you could sum up Soulless in three words, what would they be?

    Strong Intelligent Character


    What other book might you compare Soulless to and why?

    I Shall Wear Midnight - different feel to the books but the female leads in both are strong women who haven't the perfect life, looks or "all the answers" - but they still manage to mold their worlds with their natural abilities - regardless of who (or what) stands in their way!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Alexia takes time during the wedding day preparations to keep a promise made to Lord Akeldama.


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

    Laughed often... but would love to know more about the hedgehog incident


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the storyline is continued - so many options with the new characters introduced during the series.

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    Amazon Customer GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 03-07-14
    Amazon Customer GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, Awesome Narration"

    A highly entertaining story with a wonderful narrator. I enjoyed this story very much and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Perk4me 02-05-14
    Perk4me 02-05-14

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    "Terrible book!"
    Would you try another book from Gail Carriger and/or Emily Gray?

    NO!


    What was most disappointing about Gail Carriger’s story?

    The sound is terrible, the story line is scattered.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounds like a silly schoolgirl.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was totally disappointed that I spent money on this silly book


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste your money, buy something from a decent author.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-19-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-19-14 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "Victorian paranormal"

    This book started out with a good story and as it went along got very wordy and slower paced than I like, but a very cute romance story. Paranormal comedy is a fun combination and the characters were colorful, however, like I said it could have been condensed. My first Steampunk Victorian. I liked it well enough but not sure if I would read the next in the series.

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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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