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Changeless

The Parasol Protectorate, Book 2
Narrated by: Emily Gray
Series: Parasol Protectorate, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (340 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the midafternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears, leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared, upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

Changeless is the second book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea drinking.

©2017 Gail Carriger (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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A step down from Soulless but still fun

I loved Soulless (good female characters! werewolf sex! prudish Victorian descriptions of werewolf sex!) and this was a step down. There's not much meat on these bones, and I didn't feel terribly invested in the outcome of the mystery. Everything's still pretty fun though. I like Alexia, I like Maccon, and there's some good banter along the way. The supporting characters are one or two note: Felicity (bad), Ivy (dumb, dumb hats), and Madame Lefoux (gay inventor). But really, for steampunk Victorian romance, still enjoyed it.

The end really soured me though. The twist is a huge cliche and Maccon's reaction to it is totally uncharacteristic. It didn't spring from any organic conflict in the story or between the characters, it was clearly just shoehorned in as a (inexpert) romcom plot device to divide the leads before book 3. This isn't super surprising (book one read like a bit of a TV pilot, although an excellent one), but the end of this just left me shrugging.

Stellar narration!

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  • carmen
  • OFallon, MO, United States
  • 11-28-17

Fun with Dirigibles

I thought the second book was quite fun and I can’t wait for the 3rd. Part mystery, part romcom, part comedy of errors. The addition of new characters and side stories might have made it a little soapy, but that’s also what made it so great! Who doesn’t love a good soap opera?!

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Good, but clearly a middle chapter

For the second of a five part story, its okay. The mystery starts off strong, then flops untill the end.

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Totally Enjoyable

I enjoyed it quite as much as the first book in this series and am looking forward to the 3rd. If I've a complaint it's that Connal is a bit thick or the author thinks her readers are. That being said, I'm looking forward to what amount of trouble Alexa can get herself into.

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I'm hooked!

Ok, so the first book was good, but I am always worried that the rest of the series won't live up to the initial idea that is being presented. This had some nice mistery, some relationship tension, and a great cliffhanger ending. LOVE IT! definitely my new series until the next Dresden book comes out.

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Disappointing Compared to Book 1

I really enjoyed Soulless, so I was excited to keep listening to the series. However, I think the characters fall a little flat when you venture away from Alexia herself. Ivey and Felicity add almost nothing to the story, and both seem to only exist to be the source of some witty insults. Their presence in the story is loosely explained, never explored, and they go ignored for long periods until they can be used as a distraction or obstacle.

The narrator/director also made some artistic choices which I disagree with. For one, they changed the pronunciation of Lord Akeldama's name, which left me confused for the first part of the book, and that type of thing just frustrates me. Secondly, the voice the narrator uses for Madam Lefoux (what a name) seems almost insulting. The book describes her voice as "musical", with a barely perceptible french accent. She also is described as feminine despite wearing men's clothes. However, what the narrator uses is a masculine "female" voice that sounds more like a woman trying to do a man's voice than anything else. It completely threw me out of the character. It wasn't even pleasant to hear, and made me dislike the character on the basis of her voice. It's like the narrator thought if we didn't hear a masculine voice we might forget for one second that the character dresses in men's clothing.

Final, my biggest complaint.

Why is it that Alexia is suppose to be so intelligent and sharp-witted, yet she didn't even think to suspect the real villain. Constant overt clues that point to a specific group of people, and she always ONLY suspected one person, when there is an OBVIOUS OTHER SUSPECT. It just comes down to lazy writing. The clues were too obvious and two frequent to believe that Alexia wouldn't have even considered the real culprit. It was incredibly frustrating to listen to, and belittled her character significantly. /rant

I'll be listening to the next book in the series because the twist at the end was interesting enough to warrant following up, and I've heard the next ones get better, but this book is certainly looking to be the low point in the series.

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  • wthunt
  • South Carolina, USA
  • 07-11-18

An Improvement on an Already Great First Novel

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - both as a story and as listening experience. It has all the wit and fun of the first Parasol Protectorate book, but I thought the plot was more kinetically paced and character development more substantial in this one. If you enjoyed the previous book, then I would definitely recommend this one.

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Fantastic Listen

I love this series. The writing is exceptional and the reader is fantastic as all the characters. Well done!

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Mystery and Manners

A good comedy of manners set hundreds of years ago. Detective work, the arcane and historical fiction.

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What a twist!

I loved this story! Can’t wait to read the next one!!! The characters are so much fun!

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