How to Marry a Werewolf

A Claw & Courtship Novella, Book 1
Narrated by: Emma Newman
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
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Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger brings you a charming stand-alone story set in her wildly popular Parasolverse. Described as: Georgette Heyer goes to the wolves. 

Werewolves

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they're her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be. 

Americans

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there's something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women. 

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

From the best-selling author of the Parasol Protectorate series. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology. 

A Note on Chronology

The Claw & Courtship novellas can be heard in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having heard any of Gail's other works. Set in the spring of 1896, this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf.

©2018 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2018 Gail Carriger LLC
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A miss

Normally I LOVE Gail Carriger. But this one was...pretty bad. I'm actually doubting if Carriger actually wrote it. The prose was purple, the love scenes were cringeworthy, and the romance fell flat. Additionally, the production did this odd tinny effect anytime a character had a "thought," and it was very distracting.

I really can't recommend Carriger enough, but skip this one.

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Entertaining

Wonderful to see Channing find Love. Heartbreaking to learn both pursuer and pursued are hiding such devastating secrets from their pasts. I enjoyed the narrator, but did not like the echoey effect they used to show when someone was thinking a monologue or comment instead of speaking it. Neat idea, but annoying in practice.

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Witty, funny and delightful

If you like Carriger's work you'll like this. Same funny wit, hilarious banter and great characters. You don't need to read the other novels in her series, but previous knowledge makes the enjoyment all the richer. Narrator is good, but there's some timing issues with the inner dialogue effects towards the end, hence the three stars. Otherwise, a highly enjoyable book.

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good plot, weird inner voice

just did not like the echo effect for inner voice. throws you out of the story.

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Narration true tpo stiury<br />

When I read Gail Carrington before, this was the voice I heard. This seemed strange to me, since before I always heard me narrating everything I read. We laughed at the mannerisms that show how silly we can be in reacting to things out of out normal social settings and hope we have the wisdom face injustices with the grace that Faith does.

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Charming and Engaging

This is a sweet and funny romance, very much in the vein of Soulless, but less action adventure. It contains a geologist heroine, a redemption of Channing Channing, some nice character development involving Professor Lyall, and all the wonderful absurdity of Miss Gail's other works.

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Everything but the accent...

Another wonderful Gail Carriger novella. Another beautiful reading by Emma Newman - except for the American accent. Given that the main character is American, I found it difficult to immerse myself in the story when the accent was so badly off. Boston has a couple distinct accents, but a New England accent of any kind might have passed. I’m not sure what accent Newman was aiming for, but it isn’t one I’ve ever heard in the States.

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A fun new perspective on a minor character

If you've read the parasol protectorate novels, this is a great new view of Major Channing. Faith is a interesting character and Biffy is, as always a delight.
The narrator does a wonderful job with the accents.

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Amazing

This is the first book in the Claw & Courtship Novella series. In chronological order, this one falls during the same time as Reticence the final Custard Protocol book. This book can be read as a standalone! I have to say that Gail has really upped her game with this one. I didn’t realize how much I truly liked Channing until this book, or how much I wanted him to be happy. From the time he has been introduced he has been moody and you never knew that led him to be that way. In this book, you learn some of Channing’s back story before he became a werewolf and why he is generally untrusting and why he seems to hate vampires so much. I know it seems like a lot of information for such a small book but I am here to tell you that it is so beautifully written that you feel as if you are getting a full novel. When we first meet Channing is when he goes toe to toe with Alexia but she was an Alpha so the last thing that he expects is a little American girl going toe to toe with him at the docks in London.

As much as this is a story for Channing it is also the story of Faith, who has been sent to London to make a match with a werewolf. To London society, this is not shocking but for an American it is. In America, Werewolves are not excepted in society and they then to be more savage. So why would her mother send her to make this match?

Watching this story play out I felt a whole range of emotions. I was angry, sad and so very happy. Since this book can be read as a standalone I highly suggest picking it up. No after writing this I want to go back and give it another read.

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Fun, flirty and fleeting.

Fun and flirty but not deep. Don't need more though.

It opens with a sexual content warning but no explicit sex is on the page. It is flirty however. I enjoyed the listen.

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  • E. Butcher
  • 05-09-20

Great to finally hear Channing's story

Another great book from Gail Carriger. It's good to know the story behind the brooding Major Channing. I loved Faith and also her cousins. Looking forward to the next audio book.

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  • sammie
  • 02-02-20

I enjoyed this book but sure about anymore!!!

Although I liked this book It didn't keep me interested and listened to it on and for about 2 weeks............

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  • LJ
  • 01-06-20

Wonderful

I fully admit that I was one who (on reading the Parasol Protectorate books) wasn't sure if I did like Channing or not. I remember not liking him at all at very first meeting but... like a mould, he grew on me by the end of the series. I loved that he has his story told, and Faith was just the perfect fit.

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  • CAB
  • 01-05-20

Great book

Gail is a marvellous writer and this is one of my favourite stories. It’s well read and I now find myself read the book with the narrators voice (in a pleasant way). If I’m doubt, get this book as you won’t regret it

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  • Roberta Reads
  • 09-16-19

A beautiful tale of romance and found family

This is a wonderful story. The audiobook is very well read, expression spot on, accents excellent (and also understandable). Only a couple of words that seemed to be pronounced oddly to me - but then I’ve no idea how they would have been pronounced in that era!

This audiobook always makes me cry. This is not something I normally desire in any story, but this is just such a beautiful, wonderful, heartwarming tale of romance and found family, that it is worth every tear. Plus werewolves! I strongly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-19

You can listen to it several times!

An entertaining story with lots of typical Carriger-humor. What I like best are the lovingly characterized minor characters in all their quirkiness. I've been through the book twice and I liked it the second time as much as the first. Now looking forward to the third walktrough!

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  • King_Lyd
  • 04-30-19

wonderful

this is an amazing book, lots of action, adventure and strong female characters. If you like regency books and the paranormal then definitely give this a try

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  • Jacqueline
  • 01-25-19

Funny and touching

Beautifully and subtly narrated. I particularly liked the American accents.
I enjoyed encountering familiar characters from the earlier novels. The author takes her time telling the story, allowing you to get to know the characters major and minor.

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  • Mum to Leia Year 3
  • 12-22-18

When Faith meets Channing...

I liked the finishing school series, I loved the Parasol Protectorate series but this is my favourite. Major Channing Channing Of The Chesterfield Channing's is to be blunt a bit of an ass, in the other books and my favourite part of meeting him was when Alexia whacked him with her parasol! But there was always a sense that there was more to him than just being spoiled and arrogant or even as a wolf he wouldn't have survived for so long. This is a nice love story, with just enough glimpses into the other characters we have come to know and love to keep the die hard fans content a brilliant addition to the parasolverse!

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  • Lolah
  • 06-26-18

Brilliant story told by an excellent narrator

I loved this story when I read the book, so was really looking forward to listening to it too when it was available. But the actual audiobook is so much better than I expected! The narrator, Emma Newman, does an impeccable job of bringing the story to life, and I love her voices for all the characters. I also loved her variation of accents used throughout the book - very impressive! The only negative I'd say about the audiobook is that the echoey effect they used for the internal thoughts made it difficult to hear what was being said for me, with my hearing impairment. Whilst it was good to try and differentiate between external and internal thoughts, this maybe wasn't the best way, especially as it's clear what's internal anyway in context of the story.
Anyway, I loved this story and this audiobook, and I would highly recommend it to all Gail Carriger fans, those who enjoy the genre, and anyone who just likes a good story! Can't wait for the next story!!

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  • Bonita
  • 08-17-18

Beautiful and passionate

The narrator was wonderful. I was captivated by the story and loved every minute of it.