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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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    John Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-30-11
    John Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book!!"

    I loved the book. She really made the 19th century very interesting. The characters in the book are very strong and mesh well together.

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    Christopher Honolulu, HI, United States 09-28-11
    Christopher Honolulu, HI, United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun, intelligent story, well narrated"

    I had initially made the acquaintance of Miss Carriger's world in print. To start with, it is a well defined world, clearly defined. Personally, I prefer it when an author makes a well-defined set of rules and explores within them, as opposed to continually expanding the rules as a series expands. The first book does a great job of bringing you into the world and showing you it's rules (although later books certain look at aspects we'd not yet considered). The writing is dreadfully entertaining - the mix of the Victorian setting, the presence of vampires and werewolves, and a particularly strong-willed and...Italian...protagonist makes for quite an appealing, covertly witty read (not to mention corrupting one's speech patterns frightfully). While I don't believe I've encountered Ms. Gray before, she is an excellent fit for this series. She gives a voice to each of the characters, and her delivery perfectly fits the tone of the book. I had already purchased the written versions, but purchased the audiobooks of the complete series once I listened to the first chapter of Soulless.

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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 09-25-11
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A really fun read (listen)"

    I found Soulless on sale for $4.95 at audilble and decided the price was worth a try on this one. Im really glad I did. I had alot of fun listening and chuckled quite a bit throughout. I have also decided that I will download the rest in the series.

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    MaryAlice MIDDLE RIVER, MD, United States 04-15-11
    MaryAlice MIDDLE RIVER, MD, United States 04-15-11 Member Since 2008

    Nerdgirl who loves to read and listen during a nasty 2 hour daily commute. Mostly listen to intelligent stories to escape road rage - love s

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    "Loved it"

    This book had it all - great characters, exciting story, PERFECT narrator. I cannot say enough good things about it. I was laughing out loud at the many witty remarks and I thoroughly enjoyed the steamy love scenes too. All around excellent book. Definitely get the audio because the narrator was just amazing. All the voices were distinct and different and the accents were spot on. Loved it loved it loved it!!!

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    "Jane Austen meets the supernatural"

    This book is incredibly fun to listen to. Not only is the writing witty and spot on for the time period, I find myself laughing out loud and smiling when the author describes the character's inner dialogue. If you love the historical backdrop of society in the victorian period flawlessly weaved in with a society that acknowledges werewolfs and vampires, this is the perfect audiobook. You won't be disappointed

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    Runita Flushing, NY, United States 03-04-11
    Runita Flushing, NY, United States 03-04-11

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    "Loved this romance from a non romance lover"

    The combination of Victorian society with werewolves and vampires was fun. This was my first listen and I was hooked. Very good narrator.

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    NCBluebonnet 02-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Amelia Peabody meets Sookie Stackhouse...."

    What fun to be had! A nice "read"...but watch out, you may find yourself laughing out loud!

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    Alesia MADISON, WI, United States 02-14-11
    Alesia MADISON, WI, United States 02-14-11 Listener Since 2010

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    "Alltogether Wonderful!"

    Both the book content itself and the narrators voicing of the characters was spot on. I can't wait for the next installment as I've got this one nearly memorized. I HIGHLY recommend!

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    MissSusie66 02-11-11
    MissSusie66 02-11-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Fun Book!"

    I truly enjoyed this book. I think I really like these Victorian fantasies/ Steampunk. I guess I don’t know that I’ve read steampunk before but if this is what it is I’m all for it.

    I loved Alexia she is strong, independent, feisty, a great character and I look forward to more of her. She is a preternatural which means she was born without a soul but that doesn’t mean she has no feelings what it does mean is she has some control over the supernatural beings. I liked the whole hierarchy of the wolves and vampires and Queen Victoria of England. The romance part of this book was so fun because of the era this is set in it made it all the better.

    I don’t know what else to say about this book other than if you like werewolves, vampires or Victorian era fantasy read this book! You’ll be glad you did!

    Emily Gray does a great job at the narration and really makes this book come to life!

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    Janeite Washington, DC, USA 02-08-11
    Janeite Washington, DC, USA 02-08-11 Member Since 2006
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    "I loved this book!"

    This novel was original and made me laugh. I loved the characters, and the manner in which the author wove the underworld and the "daylight society" together to create her version of Victorian London. Her writing was fluid and witty. She even built in some Victorian hang-ups for the werewolf and vampire set. The characters were especially engaging, with clever dialog. I thoroughly enjoyed the blatant stereotypes because we were all in on the joke. Because she doesn't take herself so seriously, any lapses could be forgiven, even relished. A bit of sex thrown in for added spice. A very clever novel made even better by the flawless narration of Emily Grey, who alternated between drama and dryness as called for, and gave each character a unique voice. Everyone needs to bug Audible for the next installments. Write in and demand more!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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