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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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    Lesley 08-29-12
    Lesley 08-29-12
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    "Fun!"

    I found myself just tickled pink listening to this one. The language is wonderful, almost reminding me of Jane Austen now and then, even if Jane would have fainted at some of the scenes in here. The narrator has a fussy, proper, sweet little voice that suits the heroine perfectly. I docked it a star for often inexplicable behavior from hero/heroine for the sake of advancing the romantic storyline, but I found the main story to be entertaining and well done. I did think the villain was a little over the top, but YMMV.

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    Melissa 08-27-12
    Melissa 08-27-12
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    "Fun to read, great narration, slow start"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Soulless to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version, although the story did start off very slow to me and took a little too long to get started, sometimes I can deal with that better when it's in printed version and I can scan and skip ahead. But I really loved the voices and narration, and am not sure how well that would have been in print.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gail Carriger? Why or why not?

    Definitely. This was a fun book and once it got going, I couldn't stop listening and really wanted to find this in movie format after, sadly it is not.


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

    Hmm. Hard to say, she was great for all the characters.


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

    Laughed. It's not a tear jerker. It's not total comedy either, just just great interactions between Lord Mccon and Alexia.


    Any additional comments?

    The first scene is intriguing and jumps right into it. But then they just talk about what happens for FAR too long and it got boring. Almost to the point that I was going to quit it. Perhaps it was the narration, or the fact that I knew there had to be something more that should happen from the book description, but I'm glad I trudged through it because then it got really entertaining. This was not a teen/young adult romance story in the way of other trendy supernatural books, but was more a good story about love amongst different social classes and how that balances out with society. I'm not sure it did ever specify the year, but it seemed victorian era-ish to me. It just so happened that the different social classes rather than being so much about wealth it was human/vampire/werewolf. I just loved all the main characters, they were each so well drawn and a great combination of characteristics. I rate the story a 3 only because the first quarter of the story I felt was wasted with too much talking and retalking about the first scene and it took too long to take off. Also, I see that there is a sequel, which I will get around to reading eventually because I want to experience these great characters again, but the story didn't leave me hanging or needing to immediately get the next book. Which in somes ways is a relief, but I could get lost in another series now before I get the next book and then forget about it since there isn't much I'm dying to find out what happens with.

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    JD Ford 08-20-12
    JD Ford 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "okay"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was an okay story


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I was disappointed that the steampunk aspect of the story was more window dressing than an actual part of the story. I was also disappointed to find this was a romance novel and not the action/suspense I was hoping for.


    Any additional comments?

    be warned that the book has some adult scenes and if you were expecting a romance then I guess that won't be a surprise.

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    K. Masheter Deal Southwest, USA 08-13-12
    K. Masheter Deal Southwest, USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed my first steampunk novel!"

    I am very interested in history, especially the Victorian era. Steampunk was recommended to me quite awhile ago but I have been hesitant to read any. This book title, Soulless: Alexia Tarabotti, Bk 1 by Gail Carriger, was on sale so I figured "What the heck - give it a go!" Well blow me down - I found this book very pleasurable! I feared the twist on history in this genre might be preposterous but this book was very believable and not to far fetched. The story on the whole was a rousing rollick and I am impressed with the strong female character. I am looking forward to listening to more Steampunk genre books. The reader was very good and it made for a fun listen. It is a great book for adults but this book/series would be a marvelous title for young adults that might be a tad reluctant to read. I would recommend you give this book/series a try!

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    Ali Bethlehem, PA 08-07-12
    Ali Bethlehem, PA 08-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.

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    "Loved the Narrator, the plot just wasnt for me"

    I loved the narrator, her voice was soothing, this book in general was based in a part of the world that I have never been, therefore my American nature did not allow me to truly appreciate much of the plot, word choice, and descriptions, its a shame, I really wanted to like this book.

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    Saralena Naugatuck, CT, United States 08-06-12
    Saralena Naugatuck, CT, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2013

    I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.

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    "Love these Characters!"
    Would you listen to Soulless again? Why?

    I think I will listen to it sometime in the future. Why? Because it is a very entertaining book.


    What other book might you compare Soulless to and why?

    I have not comparisons.


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

    I personly enjoy her use of her own voice. I believe you get the flavor of each character.


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

    No. I like to listen on my commute back and forth to work. I pace myself. However, I had to finish the last two chapters, I could not wait.


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    Judy L. Barringer LAS VEGAS, NV, US 08-03-12
    Judy L. Barringer LAS VEGAS, NV, US 08-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amelia Peabody meets Sookie Stackhouse"
    What did you love best about Soulless?

    Weir wolves, vampires, mad sciencetists, and a heroin who manages them all with white gloves and impecable manners. The storey was unexpectly delightful; totally engaging; with enough grit to keep it from being syrupy. In a catagory that's become a little predictable, Gail Carriger has created a new slant that delivers both punch and humor.
    As the narrater Emily Gray is the perfect voice of sophistacation, with just enough dialect to add flavor, but not so much that clarity is lost on the American ear. We all know a good reader makes or breaks an audio book, and in this case the reader is perfect.
    I can't wait to download the next installment of Miss Tarrabody's adventures.


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    Lori 08-01-12
    Lori 08-01-12
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    "Emily Gray a pleasure to listen to"
    What made the experience of listening to Soulless the most enjoyable?

    The storyline progresses wonderfully, if a bit slow, over this entire series of books. The narrator does a wonderful job using tone and accents to help the listener identify the various characters. This book is by turns witty, exciting, adventurous and a very unusual romance. I started with Soulless and am now reading the final book in the series - I simply couldn't stop. I enjoyed the writing style of Gail Carriger, I really felt as though I was immersed in Victorian England, be it an alternate universe with werewolves, vampires and ghosts being commonplace.


    What other book might you compare Soulless to and why?

    This series is unique in its style and composition.


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

    The nuances of the characters are brought alive by Emily Gray, something that would be missed by merely reading the story.


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    Mary 07-29-12
    Mary 07-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A great series"

    This was a wonderful series full of clever characters and with a great narrator. The 'steam punk' aspects of the story were really clever and the characters are so different than your typical vampire/werewolf series. This is light and funny but really well written. I will likely listen to it again. If you enjoy Jaspar Fforde Alexia is kind of a 19th Century version of Thursday. Except with Dandies and fire-shooting cephlapods.

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    Elizabeth winter Park, FL, United States 07-18-12
    Elizabeth winter Park, FL, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Steam punk"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The Romance, and the main character's spunk. It is definitively not historically accurate to Victorian England, but it's still good fun


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