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Heartless Audiobook

Heartless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fourth

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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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    Pabkins Sacramento, CA 03-30-15
    Pabkins Sacramento, CA 03-30-15

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    "Action packed with a bun in the oven"

    Alexia and Lord Maccon are anticipating the birth of their child in Heartless but that doesn’t stop Alexia from fulfilling her duties as Muja to the Queen and investigating a possible assassination attempt. News of which was delivered to her by a poltergeist one evening.

    This story had a firm plot direction and was funny as we get to see Alexia waddle around in her very pregnant state and try to carry on with things as if she weren’t the size of a whale. It was a treat reading this one especially since I rarely ever come across pregnant heroines in urban fantasy, plus I’m pregnant so I could totally relate to some of her discomforts which made it all the more enjoyable.

    Major kudos
    – a pregnant heroine
    – plenty of funny situations
    – betrayal well…kind of :-P
    – a kickbutt steampunk contraption of epic many armed proportions
    – a hilarious chase scene
    – this one is much more firmly steampunk. I personally considered the previous books rather light on the a steampunk elements. Having them more as garnish instead of a major theme in the books.

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    Ruthy 01-13-15
    Ruthy 01-13-15

    I have an hour commute (each way), so I listen to at least 4-6 per month. A bad narrator will kill a book for me faster than anything

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    "Still entertaining but veering towards cartoon"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been enjoying this series greatly...the narrator does a fantastic job and even though it is an extremely over done concept ( werewolves, vampires, and a girl with special powers..a baby that wasnt supposed to be possible....really?) there was enough originality and fun characters to hold my interest.<br/><br/>But this one..it seems the car is veering off the rails a bit...it started to seem a bit too ridiculous, a bit too cartoony...like a script for The Wild Wild West 2 ( the bad Will Smith one) gone bad. So I am disappointed.

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    G. Amundsen Alaska 01-02-15
    G. Amundsen Alaska 01-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Innovative Steam Punk Fantasy."

    Good story, great narrator. The main character is very relatable. The setting is a gorgeous recreation of Victorian England as it ought to have been.

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    Robin 04-15-14
    Robin 04-15-14
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    "This was my favorite of the series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... if you enjoyed being entertained these books are for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alexia is a strong woman and very funny, although Lord Akeldama is over the top amusing. The addition Emily Gray gives to his vocal personality is amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting the Scottish realativies.


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

    Yes... if I had the time I would have listened non stop.


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    Killian Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-05-14
    Killian Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-05-14

    Audiophile since the days I had to check 'em out on rickety cassette tapes at the local library. Currently working the other side of production as an author of romance and scifi/fantasy.

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    "How in Hades does she do it?"

    How the Hades does she weave such fantastical prose? Another knock out installment of the intelligent, engaging series.

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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 02-20-13
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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 2017

    Finding my Joy with CRPS

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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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