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Heartless Audiobook

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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    Crystal 03-04-13
    Crystal 03-04-13
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    "A great story"

    This is a great story in the series.
    The series always has something fresh and new.

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    MELISSA Schaumburg, IL, United States 02-20-13
    MELISSA Schaumburg, IL, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Forth and Loving It"
    What made the experience of listening to Heartless the most enjoyable?

    The reader's tremendous job made my experience of listening to Heartless most enjoyable.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    What I love about Emily Gray's performance is how I do not get lost and confuse regarding characters.


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    Heather 01-01-13
    Heather 01-01-13 Member Since 2009

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.

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    "My favorite of this series so far!"

    Heartless is probably my favorite book of this series so far. Always enjoy the steam punk aspects of the books and this one does not disappoint. Alexia is her usual brilliant and enterprising self and is still a trouble-maker! The end is especially good with a big battle ending and a huge ooops moment. You also get to see what is special (supernatural?) about their child. I am not usually fond of supernatural stories but I like this one because it plays into the society aspects of period England. I am also glad that Carriger dropped the romance aspect of it mostly after book one. I think if you're looking for supernatural sexy stuff there's many many other books out there. So I would recommend this to people who enjoy steam punk and Jane Austin combined.

    As for the narrator. I absolutely love her for this series. My only issue is that she cannot do a French accent worth beans! But her others are good.

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    Tabitha 11-06-12
    Tabitha 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Smart and Sassy"

    Who doesn't love a pregnant heroine? Alexia doesn't let the infant inconvenience stop her when a ghost tracks her down and informs her of a plot to kill the queen. She also takes upon herself to help Biffy acclimate to his new immortal life among the Wosley pack. To make matters worse, her sister shows up at her new home in London in need of a place to stay. As usual, Heartless is full of humor and wit and brings us one set closer to figuring out why everyone is so worried about the child Alexia is carrying. The book ends on a cliffhanger, with the child finally being born and Alexia realizing that while her child is not a preternatural, she is definitely not human either. I can't wait to get started on Timeless!

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    Moonglotexas South Africa 10-29-12
    Moonglotexas South Africa 10-29-12 Member Since 2012

    Live life Joyfully!

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    "Delightful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Heartless the most enjoyable?

    I love the accents, it brings the story to life beautifully. The expressions of emotions capture Gail Carriger's intentions beautifully


    What did you like best about this story?

    This series has the most entertaining and unexpected twists I have experienced in a long time. Gail has taken well researched and understood fantastical creatures - vampires, werewolves etc. and cast them in a new light. Its a fabulous adventure story with a strong female lead which I adore! Every time I read or listen to it again I discover a new dimension


    What does Emily Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The life of the characters is brought out, you feel you are sitting there watching the going-ons of the different people, it is a delight to listen to each character being expressed with such care as to reflect the intentions of the author


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

    I laughed ...a lot! I was highly entertained from start to finish and only hope to encounter situations in which I can use some of the beautifully crafted lines.


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    Kindle Customer Avondale Estates, GA USA 09-19-12
    Kindle Customer Avondale Estates, GA USA 09-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Steampunk/werewolf fun"
    Would you listen to Heartless again? Why?

    I probably will listen to Heartless again, at least a few scenes, ecause I have all in the series and I am not listening to them back to back.


    What other book might you compare Heartless to and why?

    This was first Steampunk book I have read,so no comparisons come to mind.


    What does Emily Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The sardonic tone of the characters. Certain scenes I wouldn't have read as matter of factly as Ms. Gray, but while listening to them I appreciated her interpretation.


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

    It is not a laugh-out-loud book, but there is humor, sarcasm. Quite appealing to my dry sense of humor.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done. Not too over the top. Nice touches of over the top, but well contained

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    Karen 09-17-12
    Karen 09-17-12
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    "Charming, and best narration EVER!"
    What made the experience of listening to Heartless the most enjoyable?

    I loved this series - very inventive. This alternate world was expertly crafted and consistent all the way through the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lady Alexia Macon (which might be spelled wrong - hey, it was an audiobook!!), because she was funny, compassionate, funny, practical, hysterical, and up to all the challenges this strange tale threw at her. Did I mention funny?


    What does Emily Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emily Gray's reading was flawless! She does accents so well, and she was able to bring out the unique traits of each of her characters with her readings of them. Good job to her, and Mr. Gray (husband? brother? father? no relative but a coincidence of names?) who directed the series. Ms. Gray was my favorite thing about the entire series, and I've since been downloading another series she has narrated and looking for any others. Check out Jasper Fford's very amusing Thursday Next series, where Ms. Gray narrates books 2 and on in the series.


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

    Not at all. I wanted it to last and last, but I kept devouring them so quickly my 1 credit per month couldn't keep up. I must admit I spent far more $$ than I should have to quench my thirst for the next book, and was sad when I read the last one.


    Any additional comments?

    Loads of fun, well constructed and consistent universe, and absolutely top-notch narration. Let's have more Emily Gray-read books!!

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    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 09-07-12
    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2016

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "An Indomitable Heroine!"

    Alexia is so entertaining I look forward to her misadventures. This is a great teaming up of author and narrator. Emily does a wonderful job of differentiating voices. Take a moment to listen to the sample and you will see what I mean. The series is funny and lighthearted.

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    Amazon Customer NORMAN, OK, US 08-15-12
    Amazon Customer NORMAN, OK, US 08-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "One of my favorite characters!"
    What made the experience of listening to Heartless the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is wonderful! I have never heard a female narrator do so many different characters - especially men - so well. I always knew who was talking by the voice. If you like a good plot, strong characters, an interesting steampunk story and lots of fun - even when the moment is tense - you will love this series. I sometimes found myself laughing out loud as I listened. I am actually considering listening to the whole series again when I'm done - something I have never done before - that is how good this series is.


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    Julia 04-18-12
    Julia 04-18-12
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    "So much fun!"

    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.

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