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Heartless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fourth | [Gail Carriger]

Heartless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fourth

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant. Can Alexia determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria?
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Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?

©2011 Hachette Audio (P)2011 Gail Carriger

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    Jessica St Paul, MN, United States 06-02-13
    Jessica St Paul, MN, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not my favorite. . ."

    While not my favorite, it's still an okay book. I enjoyed the beginning and the very end (the last 20-ish minutes or so) but didn't really get into the middle and what followed as much as I would've liked. I understand it's a whole different time and place but I kind of wanted to smack Alexia with her own parasol in this book. Emily Gray does a nice job as narrator, as usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Auburn, IL, United States 07-29-12
    Gayle Auburn, IL, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Highly Recommended!"

    The Parasol Protectorate series never fails to entertain! Supernatural stories with a proper British flavor. Gail Carriger has another hit! Emily Gray does another wonderful rendition of these tales! You should definitely check out this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luanne Okemah, OK, United States 05-14-12
    Luanne Okemah, OK, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great"

    Loved it! I'd even pay for it with real money. Great series and excellent narration!!!!

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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 01-05-12
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    After the last book in the series I was not looking forward to this one....I am eating my words right now. I honestly think that besides the first book, this was definately one of the best. I am proud to say that I am throughly looking foward to the release of the next book Timeless in a few months. I can't wait

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    "Wow! That was boring!"

    Wow! That was boring! There was absolutely no story to this "book". Ninety-nine percent was the overly-detailed descriptions of the heroine's life as a pregnant woman. One percent mentioned the other characters briefly but usually while they were discussing fashion and home decorating. There was also no mystery. Nada. Someone mentioned the queen's life was in danger and that was it. Undoubtedly it was supposed to set up the next book, but give us something worth our time, please! Again, Wow! That was boring!

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    Robin HAYWARD, CA, United States 10-03-12
    Robin HAYWARD, CA, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "DISAPPOINTED!! THIS BOOK WAS SADLY LACKING!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend series has lost its charm starting with this book


    What was most disappointing about Gail Carriger’s story?

    The Hive has been behind most of her problems, yet she runs to their rescue at the expense of her friend, and she constantly offers refuge to her horrible sister who has no redeemable qualities. Why would she offer lodgings to a bunch of vicious murdering vampires that have been out to get her since day one? After several attempts against her they are never held accountable and now she's bending over backwards to help them... Really? It's enough to make you lose respect for the heroine.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    The narration is not great with regards to the male characters but has been consistent throughout the series so can't complain overmuch.


    Could you see Heartless being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No too many things ignored in the book like her terrible selfish family that will kick her out into the street which is completely ignored in the series. Her tolerance for the vampire hive that has continuously tried to kill her is really disappointing. She is supposed to be a strong heroine but she lets these two groups do things to her with no backlash whatsoever.


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    Robin Warner Robins, GA 04-15-14
    Robin Warner Robins, GA 04-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "This was my favorite of the series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... if you enjoyed being entertained these books are for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alexia is a strong woman and very funny, although Lord Akeldama is over the top amusing. The addition Emily Gray gives to his vocal personality is amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting the Scottish realativies.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes... if I had the time I would have listened non stop.


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    Killian Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-05-14
    Killian Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2011

    Audiophile since the days I had to check 'em out on rickety cassette tapes at the local library. Currently working the other side of production as an author of romance and scifi/fantasy.

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    "How in Hades does she do it?"

    How the Hades does she weave such fantastical prose? Another knock out installment of the intelligent, engaging series.

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    Melonie SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX, United States 07-14-13
    Melonie SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this series!!!!!!!"
    Would you listen to Heartless again? Why?

    Yes, loved the series!


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

    She did a great job with all of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Would appreciate anything new from Ms Garriger!

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    Lisa Toronto, ON, Canada 04-16-13
    Lisa Toronto, ON, Canada 04-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a writer working in the advertising industry with a background in music and film studies. My favourite audiobook genre is urban fantasy.

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    "The Penultimate Parasol Protectorate!"
    Where does Heartless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Heartless & the rest of the Parasol Protectorate are very high up on my audiobook list. My other favourite series are The Hollows, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Sookie Stackhouse and The Dresden Files, so it's in good company. But I'd say it's number one or two on the list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was Lord Akeldama. His nicknames and lighthearted frivolity are entertaining, but he's not a 2-dimensional character. The emotional depth that slips out; his pain in letting go of someone he loves is deeply palatable and moving, no matter how hard he tries to hide it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything involving Biffy naked holding Alexia's hand. The awkwardness and comedy is coupled with some really moving character development. Plus, Alexia's waddling never gets old.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot. I didn't cry (I cried during Changeless and Timeless).


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