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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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    Janeite 02-08-11
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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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    Audrey San Diego, CA, United States 02-06-11
    Audrey San Diego, CA, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "What a great fun book, I am addicted to them."

    What a great fun book about romance and a very strong woman who can figure it all out and still keep a strong man interested!! I am on her 3rd book breathless and can hardly wait for her 4th, coming soon!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndsey Ward DIVERNON, IL, US 01-25-11
    Lyndsey Ward DIVERNON, IL, US 01-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Delightful!"

    I couldn't stop listening! This book was fantastic - I really hope that Audible picks up the rest of the series! (hint, hint)

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    Bessie Hawley-Crissman 01-08-11

    I have been a member of Audible since the mid 90's. I love the format and have listened to hundreds of books. With the new I-Phone version, I can take my stories everywhere with me. Thank you so much for this great service.

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    "Just Plain Fun"

    I was a little burned out on crime novels and ran across this one. It is a treasure. I found myself laughing out loud as I drove to work and could not wait to start it up on the way home. Romance, Love, Wherewolfs, Vampires and all during Queen Victoria's time. The whole story takes the mythology to a new and very pleasant level. Enjoy the listen

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    leah San Pablo, CA, United States 12-20-10
    leah San Pablo, CA, United States 12-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "couln't get into it..."

    I loved the idea of the book...I listened for 2 hours and thought..if it hasn't grabbed me by now it's not going to....

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    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 10-11-10
    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 10-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Stupid"

    I am embarassed to have listened to this entire book. It's not even worth spending the time to review it. Just don't bother. The two stars are for the narrator.

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    Marie 12-13-13
    Marie 12-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh out loud funny at times"

    I loved this book. It is a funny, sexy mixture of fantasy, romance, mystery, and steam punk, with supernatural creatures thrown in for good measure. Something for everyone. I admit I purchased it because it was on sale. It was a great buy! Normally I don't go in for vampire and werewolf books, but this series is going to be an exception.The author takes just the right tone for readers who aren't into the vampire craze, making the supernatural creatures an accepted part of society.

    Set in Victorian England, the story focuses on Alexia Tarrabotti, an umbrella wielding prenurnatural who falls for the leading werewolf of the day. It has bit in common with regency romances, but don't let that throw you off. Alexis, Collum, and all the secondary characters are well developed and entertaining. If I has a complaint it would be that I never quite figured out the bad guys. My favorite character is a fey vampire, Lord Alcaldama, who has gaudy tastes in clothes and young men.

    For those of you who were put off by The Bone Season, as I was, this would be a great alternative.

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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 11-27-13
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Author is good, but has an agenda to indoctrinate."

    After listening to the entire series, I must admit to being rather mixed about the author and her books.

    The books are well written, and the characters are likable. There are good twists and turns which keep your interest.. and enough unanswered sub-plots to keep you wanting to read the next installment.

    My qualms, come mostly in the last book. After listening to 800+ books from old to current authors, I've come to expect an agenda from the current crop of authors with respect to the homosexual community. Most have them represented and attempt to make it seem normal and wholesome. Ok, I can tolerate that within reason.

    Gail Carriger, takes this a bit ... no, for me, .. WAY too far. In the first three books, she has her heroine have a homosexual friend - colorful, dependable and rather stereotyped. However, the agenda culminates in the fifth.

    Depicting romantic love between partners, explicitly.. goes a bit too far for me. I found myself and my soul, sickened and wanting to put the book down and try to forget the images in my mind.

    She obviously, within the fifth book, is attempting to push the envelope to indoctrinate us to her conception about homosexuality.

    World statistics, the last time I checked, approximate the homosexual community at approximately 10% of the total adult population. However, if you look at the proportion in this book, half of the people in the world would be so inclined. And, would represent the only dependable people a woman could count on!

    I know, this review is not exactly "PC".. and will make a few upset. But, the last book honestly sickened me. I truly wish someone had warned me.

    No, I would not recommend this book or series, unless you don't mind this sort of thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KATHY 10-19-13
    KATHY 10-19-13 Member Since 2011

    I am dyslexic! If it wasn't audible I would not even be able to know what's in a book. I found out I love books.

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    "As first books go it was okay"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was a so-so book. So I probably wouldn't recommend it to someone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Soulless?

    Her getting married.


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

    They're all pretty good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No I would not go see a movie


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to like 700 books so I guess I'm a okay judge of books. This one did not jump out at me at all. I found myself fast for a dean and a story or listening to it really fast to get through it

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    Kimberly Sarasota, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-19-10
    Kimberly Sarasota, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "fun book"

    This is a fun book. but more for teenagers in my opinion, just because there are situations they may be able to understand better.

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