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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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    Audrey San Diego, CA, United States 02-06-11
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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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    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 10301 RR 2222, Apt 2521, Austin,TX 78730 01-08-11
    Bessie Hawley-Crissman 10301 RR 2222, Apt 2521, Austin,TX 78730 01-08-11 Member Since 2002

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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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    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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    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 LANGLEY, SC, United States 10-19-13
    KATHY LANGLEY, SC, United States 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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    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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