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Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

©2009 Tofa Borregaard (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history....This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cecillia United States 01-31-13
    Cecillia United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I was worried....I should not of been. FANTASTIC!"

    The reviews were so mixed on this one I almost I almost didn't get it, but I would of missed out on a really great story. It was the reference to Amelia Peabody that sold me. I love those stories and I wanted something fun and light hearted. PLUS finally a book with a werewolf as a main character! The tempo is a bit off in some area's but not enough for me to really care, I can put two and two together.

    Anyone who like humor, whit and the supernatural should give this a listen!

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    Sharon Schafer Bennett The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-31-13
    Sharon Schafer Bennett The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2014

    My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.

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    "Listened and Loved This Book"

    Okay, first this is a wonderfully written, fantastically imagined steam punk novel. The world may be based on the Victorian Age, but it is way beyond anything Victoria knew! Gail Carriger writes a great story that turns several ideas on their head. The whole series is just fascinating! Emily Gray narrates the tale very well. Give this a try. It is really hard not to laugh out loud while listening though, so be careful.

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    Sheryl 01-30-13
    Sheryl 01-30-13

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    "Pleasant Listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author tries to impart the British hyper- uptight era by constantly using proper names of most characters, espcially "Miss Tarabotti." While this is certainly understandable during the passages in which the characters are conversing, it becomes plain annoying and tiresome throughout the entire novel since it is written in the third person.I think Alexia could have used a bit more exploration and character development.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pretty much expected it and was not disappointed. Fun twist in the characters ultimate "celebration."


    What aspect of Emily Gray’s performance would you have changed?

    The British accent was grating.


    Do you think Soulless needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not unless there is some unresolved issue about her "soulless" state and whether it changes given her new, romantic situation.


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    Karen N 01-26-13
    Karen N 01-26-13

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    "Dry British Humor Rampant in Victorian Story"
    If you could sum up Soulless in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious. Proper. Demons.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alexia Tarabotti -- a delightful mix of proper and unconventional perspectives.


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

    Her reading increases the entertainment factor by many times: accents, inflections, pauses & all.


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    Andrea 01-22-13
    Andrea 01-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Light & Engaging"
    What did you love best about Soulless?

    Interesting combination of historical elements and fantasy


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    Great voice and treatment of characters


    Any additional comments?

    You're committing to the whole series. This is one of those new books that is written to be part of a set - not a self contained story. But the series is quite fun.

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    Amy 01-16-13
    Amy 01-16-13
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    "Awesome Book!"
    If you could sum up Soulless in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, Fun, Exciting


    What other book might you compare Soulless to and why?

    I don't think I've read a book like Soulless before.


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

    Lord Connel McCon.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! It was funny and exciting, had a bit of mystery, and a romance to boot! I don't normally like things set too far in the past, but this book was awesome. The narrator was awesome too! Every time I think of Miss. Tarabotti, I hear her voice. I definitely reccomend this book!

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    Desarae 01-10-13
    Desarae 01-10-13 Member Since 2016

    Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.

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    "What a tale of history, fantasy and adventure"
    Would you listen to Soulless again? Why?

    I'm not much for rewatching movies or rereading books.We shall see but if I did this would be a good one to revisit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Soulless?

    I've enjoyed this entire series. I'm on the last two books now which is why I'm revisiting the review section to give it due. These books have been very entertaining.


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

    I've loved these books and listening to the Miss Terriboti grow up into a women of measures. She is beyond interesting as a character. I'm so happy Emily Gray remained the reader for all the books. You really get into the book through the reader and she gives each character their own voice and emotion. The way she pitches the doctors voices in later books with enthusiasm or gives Ivy her snuffy airless ring. The adventures really come to life. I've even googled meany of the era's mentioned happenings like the dirigible travel to learn more and found a steam punk group in my city.


    Any additional comments?

    If my former comments where not enough I'd just like to reiterate how much I've enjoyed these books and hopes the author continues with them. They would make for very interesting movies, although the producers would probably never do it justice. The warewolves, phantoms, souless and vampires all become loveable characters. This book is not a drama but an adventure full of mystery, wonder and excitement. This is the book in the series that gets you to fall in love, as Miss Terriboty would.

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    Oregon Bibliophile 01-09-13
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    "An enjoyable romp through Victorian England"

    As a fan of Elizabeth Peters and Steampink, I am very happy to find a new series to enjoy. The narration is excellent and adds to the story.

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    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 01-09-13
    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Sookie Stackhouse with a parasol"
    Any additional comments?

    This book could be Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood series) went thru a time warp and stepped out in the 19th century, and her southern accent was replaced with an upper crust english accent. Haven't decided if I want to continue the series, just as in TB this book has sex scene that just really are not necessary to the story.

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    nicole Charlotte, NC, United States 01-04-13
    nicole Charlotte, NC, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply Horrible!"

    I decided to give this book a try based on the positive reviews. What a waste of time and credit this purchase was! I personally had to force myself to listen to the first half and just "tossed in the towel" when it came time for the second half. I found the story to be so boring and over all juvenile! I am a fan of such authors as Stephen King and Anne Rice but I have also enjoyed the The Twilight Series and The Vampire Diaries. So please understand when I use the word "juvenile" I am in reference to the authors choice of words and over all construction of the book. As far as the narrator I feel bad saying this but her voice was irritating! Which for me is very odd since I find most British accents to be soothing. I do not know if that is her "normal" reading voice or if she is "acting". This is the first book I have ever purchased from this author and this narrator. Considering all; it will be my last.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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