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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"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)
The story is sooooo slow! The narrator made it worst! I have no idea what they are saying!! And she completely suck when she's making a guys' voice. I heard better! For those of you who think she did a good job, you obviously haven't heard a good narrator. Wish I never listen to those reviews. Lies!!
Rosalyn Landor. She's very good with Scottish accent and English Accent. And it's very cleared plus she's great with the males voice.
Do not buy! What a waste!
The writing is positively a joy to 'read', the reader has brought this book to life and without hesitation, I've put the rest of the books in my library. The writing is witty, entertaining and the reader has done a lovely job of keeping me entertained. I was a bit worried at the start as there were audible swallows from the reader but those stopped after the second chapter and the reader has found her groove and brought the characters to life quite nicely.
I'm not a big fan of Amelia Peabody but I can listen to the stories from my library so they are well worth it. This story has a similar feel to it, a relaxing story where you know everything is going to turn out ok. If someone does die you won't know them too well so it won't matter too much. I like it enough to spend a credit on it and will probably get around to listening to whole series eventually.
I bought this as a book based on the reviews and felt terrible that I couldn't get more than a couple of chapters into it (and I do NOT not finish books). So when I saw this as an inexpensive audible purchase ($4.99-ish), I thought this would be my chance to see what all the hoopla was about! Unfortunately, while I got a couple more chapters into the audible version, I just couldn't bring myself to care about the story. I was bored silly.
The narrator was great, the story was... dry. Overly descriptive? Obsessed with details that didn't pertain to plot (or at least to the part of the plot I got to). I needed a reason to care about the protagonists and I never got one. Perhaps someone can tell me that I just didn't give it enough time, but between trying to read and listen to this I think I've given it as many chances as I care to. There are so many other books out there to read and listen to!
Different, funny & twisted.
This was my first vampire novel and I love the way the writer put old London together with science and industry. She also altered general vampire and werewolf beliefs to fit her own story. Everything was so well done.
Each narrator is very unique and Emily is a perfect narrator for this story. I had to get used to her speed, she is a little faster then I'm used to. But once I got into her rhythem it was very enjoyable. I'm going to download the next books in the Terrabotti sequence.
I love a good fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction or thriller novel - but I don't discriminate.
In a steampunked Victorian England we have vampires, werewolves, scientific intrigue, and preternaturals - being who can negate the powers of a supernatural being. It is rare to see this many genres and ideas fused together so seamlessly, but Carriger's world is thoughtfully crafted to ensure that the components mesh very well.
The narrative is written with a Victorian flair that really brings out the setting of the story, and the characters are well-crafted.
I loved reading about Alexia. It was refreshing to have a 26 year old heroine, in a world where many heroines are in their teenage years. Not only that, but she clever, independent and not afraid to speak her mind.
My only qualm with the story was in the romance. It seemed forced and childish (in the we're-five-years-old-and-are-going-to-hit-each-other-on-the-playground-to-show-that-we-have-a-crush-on-each-other way) to me. I liked where the relationship went in the end, but it didn't seem like a believable path for the relationship to take. Ah well...
I'll definitely be continuing on with the series, I'm excited to see where the next book takes us.
The narration was... okay. The majority of the narration was in Emily Gray's native English accent, and it was fantastic. She has a very high air that was appropriate for the writing style and the novel itself.
However, Lord Maccon's Scottish and Mr. MacDougall's American accent made me cringe every time they spoke. To be fair, I seem to have a problem with all audiobook narrators who use American accents and I also just listened to Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber - the narrator of these books has a fantastic Scottish accent, so maybe I'm a bit spoiled? Either way, I think I'll be continuing with this series in book form.
Rarely do I review an Audible book. I had high hopes for this first book in the series.
The ratings were impressive. It was slow and dragged right from the beginning.
I believe that I owed it to fellow readers to tell them about how little I liked this book.
I was NOT impressed so probably not... I tried...really tried to like this. Listened to hours of this book until I just could no longer listen..... (2.6 hrs... before I just gave up.)
It has a different perspective on Super-natural and humans living together in London during the 19th century....
The reader could have been more animated... She sounded bored and it made me bored.
This entire series is so much fun. I listened to all of them back to back, I was so into them.
The narrator does a stellar job, so I'd highly recommend to read them as audio books.
I tried several times to get into this book. I don't know whether it was the narrator or what but I thought the story line lacked. I usually know if I will like a book with in the first few chapters and I just didn't like the main character so I knew it wasn't going to be my favorite. I finished, but I was like eeh it was alright.
To Read or Not To Read
I had read and reviewed Soulless by Gail Carriger previously on my website. Even though I loved Soulless I had not continued on with the series right away. Since a year had passed I decided I wanted to 're-read' this book. I downloaded it from audible and was not disappointed.
Emily Gray narrates this fantastic book. She really seem to capture the wit and humor of Alexia Tarabotti. Listening to this novel brought to life the words of Gail Carriger. Gray reads how I imagined Alexia to sound in my head. I especially liked hearing the heated exchanges between Alexia and Lord Maccon read aloud. There are some blush worthy scenes in this book. Gray does a fantastic job with giving each of the characters their own voice. This is definitely one of the best audio books I've come across.
If you've not had the chance to read Soulless yet you need to. It has mystery, romance, werewolves and steampunk. It's a highly enjoyable book.
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