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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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    Amazon Customer 11-22-11
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    I would be willing to bet that Gail Carriger would get along with Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum Series) and Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series). For lack of a better way to describe it (without giving too much away), I'll say this: Soulless has combined attributes that I admire in some of my favorite "strong female characters," and placed this combined character in a steam punk/fantasy genre. It's truly a unique idea.

    There were a few spots where the description seemed a little wordy, but not enough to be bothersome. In fact, I should probably admit that I suspect that I'm in the minority of readers/listeners who prefer a minimum amount of description. Therefore, my complaint is possibly one that many wouldn't share.

    My favorite character was the male protagonist (our female character's love-interest). He reminds me a great deal of Outlander's Jamie, but not to the point that I feel the character has been poached from Gabaldon; he has his own unique attributes.

    If you're looking for something different in the romance/fantasy genre, I'd recommend this book.

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    Megan South Elgin, IL, United States 11-03-11
    Megan South Elgin, IL, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    I took a chance on a book I hadn't heard of and I am so glad I did! I fell in love with the story and the narrator is amazing! Usually I find accents very distracting in audiobooks, but this had me riveted. My only one complaint is that the narrator pronounces one character's name differently in this book than the others in the series. It was a little disconcerting at first. But overall a great story and great performance.

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    Linda Sybilrud 11-01-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved It"

    Ms. Tarabotti is a delightful character. Gail Carriger is so witty that the entire listen went far too quickly. I would find myself driving to work with a big silly grin on my face at Ms. Tarabotti's thoughts and descriptions. Thank you for a new twist on the paranormal.

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    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 10-30-11
    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Truly entertaining!"

    After the first book, Souless, I had to get the rest of the series! Steam punk meets werewolves and vampires - all with a narrator that is able to bring all of the characters to life. Great for teens, but equally enjoyable for adults who are willing to jump into a steamy, industrialized fantasy. Totally worth the time!

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    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 10-14-11
    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Somewhat weak at the end."

    I really enjoyed this story until the end when the intelligent heroine seems to lose all her senses. It's amazing they survived with the fact that she couldn't figure out what to do when it was so obvious. I don't want to give anything away about the actual plot. I really did enjoy the story and the narration was great. Just that out-of-character lapse at the end of the book. I did get some good laughs out of it and recommend it for a light listen.

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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 04-15-11
    MaryAlice 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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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