Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident

Parasol Protectorate, Book 0
Narrated by: Emma Newman
Series: Parasol Protectorate, Book 0
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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From the comedic mind of New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger comes the much requested prequel short story to Soulless. Narrated by Emma Newman.

Alexia Tarabotti attends what appears to be a very dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog. 

Don't miss this charming novelette featuring the first encounter between the Parasolverse's most popular power couple, preternatural Alexia and supernatural Lord Conall Maccon. 

Look out for cheeky appearances from much beloved characters, not to mention the strategic application of a certain wicker chicken. 

Alexia has been described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Jane Austen! 

A Note on Chronology

Set in the spring of 1872, this story occurs just prior to events chronicled in The Parasol Protectorate series (featuring Alexia and Conall) and after those in Defy or Defend

This is a quick listen at 9,000 words (about 15 printed pages) available in print only as part of the Fan Service omnibus. It is best heard if you are already familiar with Gail Carriger's gaslight universe and comedy of manners style, as it was written specifically with her fans in mind. 

By Gail Carriger set in the Parasolverse 

The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t

The Finishing School series 

The Delightfully Deadly novellas 

The Parasol Protectorate series 

The Supernatural Society novellas 

The Custard Protocol series 

The Claw & Courtship novellas  

As G L Carriger 

The San Andreas Shifter series 

The 5th Gender

©2019 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2019 Gail Carriger LLC

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Funny Origin Story - Fan service for Parasoleverse

Wonderfully narrated and funny origin story for Alexia Tarabotti. I have listened to this several times with great amusement. The narration is read with enthusiasm, at a pace that is easy to understand and with good voices for each character. This short story really requires reading all of the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School Series to understand all of the references. This was a treat for Ms Gail to release and have it recorded for fans. I love the Parasolverse audiobooks, they are great for commute traffic because they are entertaining and make me laugh even in the worst of traffic. I often buy both the print and audiobook versions because I know I will enjoy them.

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Delightful!

The Parasol Protectorate is one of my all-time favorite novel series. I was so glad to see a prequel story that allowed me to revisit such an excellent setting. Alexia and Lord Maccon are wonderfully portrayed here, staying true to the characters that I first met in Soulless. The narrator does a wonderful job, as well. Her performance is perfect (pacing, voices, inflections) to the piece.

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At last!

Finally, the "Hedgehog Incident"! Anyone who has enjoyed the journey of Alexia and Connal will love this insight into their meeting. I thoroughly loved it. I was also extremely pleased to see who was responsible for the meeting! Well done!

Emma Newman narrates this perfectly.

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Loved it!

Keep the audiobooks coming! I love all of them from Gail Carriger. I love how her stories connect and hearing more about the wicker chicken.

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Delicious little story for fans

This lovely little bit of fan service is the story of how Alexia met Connell also we get to see Soap and the wicker chicken at work. Plus some hints for future novellas (what is R’s antecedents and who is W connections)

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Every love story has it’s prickles

Some just happen to be hedgehogs. I’m so happy that Gail favored her fans with this.

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Now I need to reread the entire series!

I'm smiling as I write this. It was so much fun to revisit characters that I fell in love with so long ago. And I finally got my sister to start this series just a few months ago! Team Soap forever! I am getting awfully distracted.....sweet is the first word I think of when I focus on how I feel about this story and how much I adore Professor Lyall. Thank you for sharing the story and emotional undercurrents that influenced that first scene in a library with an unfortunate vampire and our favorite soulless heroine. A lovely performance with wit, vigor and a bit of resigned sadness. Thank you both!

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Unfortunately Too Many Inconsistencies.

The biggest problem is that it is like the author forgot the first book.
Soulless- age when character is said to be a spinster (going on the shelf) is but one example, another she supposedly never had seen Lord Maccon naked, or any man except in one of her father's books. there is much more these, which made as discombobulated as the hedgehog. All this being said I still liked hearing (seeing sort of) Sophronia and Soap at work together even though the author makes it sound like she is older then 37 or 38 years of age, and that doesn't follow the last book of Finishing School series.

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Lol giggles

love the story and narration. have all in audible, and listen frequently. Now my go to when feeling down.

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loved it

The narrator was delightful and matched the voice I read Gail's books with in my head. I have always wondered about the hedgehog incident and was not disappointed. Lovely piece of work on all counts. If you are new to Gail Carriger 's works, I strongly suggest you check out Soulless first.

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  • Roberta Reads
  • 02-25-20

Excellent fun

An excellent book. It was so much fun to finally find out what happened when Alexia and Conall first met - the Hedgehog Incident. As the author warns us, you definitely won’t get as much out of this if you’ve not read at least Soulless, but if (like me) you’ve read all the author’s books, there are so many wonderful references and little nuggets about well loved characters. The narration was excellent, and the result thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely one I’ll be listening to over and over!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-20

Short but sweet

It was lovely to revisit some old friends and fill in some gaps. Gave me a warm glow. Delightful

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  • "fur-tree"
  • 02-01-20

The courting potential of hedgehogs

I have just finished listening to Meat Cute for the second time. After my first listen I bought and downloaded the four finishing school books to refresh my memory. My memory of the last book was especially thin because I was being distracted by fighting off being made redundant at the time (I won). I very much enjoyed listening to the books and reacquainting my self with all the characters again and in more depth. This has added to my enjoyment in relistening to Meat Cute today and catching all the nuances.
Now I’m off to indulge in Souless again. Thank you for going through the hassle of making audio books of these stories.

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  • J. LoVecchio
  • 01-20-20

love

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excellent story. brilliant narration.

sophronia! soap! wicker chicken! couldn't have been more excited for this prequel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-20

So many familiar faces!

This was a lovely vignette from the parasolverse, of the famous hedgehog incident, where Alexia meets Conall. But my favorite part was seeing familiar characters from other parts of the series - especially Sophronia and Soap. Seeing how their relationship has grown was just lovely.

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  • Viniboy
  • 01-11-20

Not for me

Not familiar with the series, which may partly explain the reason I didn’t enjoy it at all.

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  • Roobarb
  • 01-10-20

Perfect!

Now I need to go reread/listen to all the books with this one slotted perfectly in place.

Wonderful!

If you've not read the others, chronologically we meet Sophronia in Curtseys and Conspiracies or you can read in the order they were Written and Meet Alexia and Lord Macon a while later. I recommend both routes as I love the whole lot of them.

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  • Ms. M. R. Clarke
  • 01-08-20

Beautiful embroidery!

A fabulous extra detail embellishing the already marvellous tapestry that is Gail Carriger's world. I loved this!

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  • Robyn Thomas
  • 01-09-20

Hedgehogs, Werewolves, Preternaturals and More

Loved it!!! I loved that it kept me wondering about the identity of the chaperone until the end ❤ I also loved Emma Newman's narration ❤