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)
SyrenMuse is a sometime writer, sometime chef, sometime wife, sometime mother in the Pacific NorthWet. She can be seen in her garden or wrangling chickens and other critters on her city lot.
Emily Gray is brilliant in this series. Distinctive voices are believable and easy to follow. She even manages to capture the gruff alpha werewolf, Lord Macon, complete with Scottish accent. As this book is very conversational, the right voice is imperative to the success of the audio version.
Yes, and I believe I was nearly able to gove it all one go as I was painting.
I fell in love with Gail Carriger's world with this first book and have stayed through all five now. She has really given careful thought to her world creation. From the description of the clothing to the archaic idiom, Carriger shows she is a fan of Victoriana and immerses you in the period. If you are looking for serious, however, this would not be the place. Vampires are dandys and the best dressed in the room and the Soulless can tuen them human with a touch and that touch is often to your funny bone.
Love to read!
I finally had to give up listening to this book because it was sooooo BORING! I kept trying to make myself finish it, but it was unbearable. Everything moves so slowly after the first 5 minutes. Most of the interactions with secondary characters are pointless and irritating, with LOTS of repetition. The performance was fine.
I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.
I'm an avid fan of the hot steamy romance story. This is a romance with alot of eluding to sex. But I loved the characters and the love between them. I've read the entire series or what there is of the series and loved every book. The narrator is excellent and she does every audio book. Start with book 1 you will love the series. The characters are to die for. The huge, handsome and lovable Alpha werewolf, Lord McCaan. The ever organized and gallant Beta Professor Lyle. The outrageous and loyal Lord Accaldama. The ditzy, hat loving Ivy. Through the series you get to know them better and love them even more.
I do not know what made me pick this book other than I like historical romance series and it was on sale. What a terrific surprise. I almost did not listen to it because it just seemed so bizarre; however, within a chapter I was hooked. I enjoyed the entire series. It is so tongue in cheek. A spinster heroine who has no soul and who has a weapon that is also an fashion accessory is just plain fun! Killing a vampire for this lady is just an accident and inconvenience.Loved every minute of it! The narrator is great.
The whole steampunk paranormal romance with humor.
Everything...great narrator! Perfect for this series.
Yes and I could hardly wait to read the next one!
I want to find books that flirt with and then seduce me. I want reads with lasting power, leaving me breathless and aching for more!
After hearing rave reviews from a friend, I decided to give this book an audio listen. I was not disappointed when introduced to our sassy heroine who is labeled a "spinster" and carries a clever weapon disguised as a parasol. Add in some vampires, werewolves, and prudish sisters (along with a British accent in the audio version of the book), and this delightful story had me completely hooked within one short car ride. If you enjoy strong female leads with some sexual tension and paranormal goodness then you'll want to give this book a go. I'm looking forward to Alexia's continued escapades in book two.
I read this book in print one summer, quickly followed by the next two books in the series, while I was spending time helping my elderly mother with a problem she was having. I launched into the book and startled my mother throughout the day with snorts, giggles and belly laughs. So I was delighted to find the audio version of the books. Emily Gray does a fine job of giving voice to the characters and keeping the action moving along. Where I laughed out loud while reading the books the first time, I just found myself grinning idiotically at the gym while listening to them on my mp3 player. In fact one of my fellow gym members told me I had no right to have that much fun working out on an elliptical machine.
Soulless, the first book in the Parasol Protectorate Series, provides us with the first glimpse of Gail Carriger's steampunk Victorian England, which is inhabited by vampires and werewolves as well as well-brought-up ladies and gentlemen. But the non-human elements are not so surprising to Alexia Tarabotti, since she is herself without a soul. If you are a fan of the Amelia Peabody books (a wonderful Elizabeth Peters series that starts with Crocodile on the Sandbank) you will love Alexia. They are cut from the same cloth.
Soulless is a comedy of manners, a romance, and a mystery. It is full of action yet minus the gore and violence usually associated with non-human characters in fiction. It is really quite ridiculous and excessively entertaining. I highly recommend it and all five books in the Parasol Protectorate Series. All great fun.
I would revisit this book again for the joy of the narration. It was by far my favorite audio book to date. I couldn't be more pleased or recommend this book enough.
This book kept me wide eyed and giggling continuously... The romantic development was great fun, and the teasing was insane.
Emily's accents and fluctuations gave more atmosphere and fun to the story... It was such a great escape.
Many parts of this book surprised and delighted me. Great twists and approaches to an old genera made this fun and new.
You simply must listen to this audio book. It is amazingly unique and great fun.
a fun romp
The main Character
This is my first and hopefully not my last.
Yes, I really enjoyed this world
Gotta love the concept of a soulless, but proper Victorian woman navigating those rude vampires and werewolves whom she renders powerless.
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.
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