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Publisher's Summary

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse, apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire - and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

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

The Parasol Protectorate

  • Soulless
  • Changeless
  • Blameless
  • Heartless
  • Timeless

For more from Gail Carriger, check out:

The Custard Protocol

  • Prudence
  • Imprudence

Finishing School (YA)

  • Etiquette & Espionage
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry
  • Manners & Mutiny

©2017 Gail Carriger (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Good fun

Rather tongue-in-cheek take-off on the vampire/werewolf Victorian scene. The world-building by the author is complete and very well thought out/through. Clever dialogue. Fans of Georgette Heyer/Lois McMasters Bujold/Elizabeth Peters can rejoice. The prose is simply sterling, as is the vocabulary choice--nary a stumble over the wrong word.

But the one thing that sends this romp over the top is the narrator: like Grover Gardner for the Vorkosigan saga and Barbara Rosenblatt for the Peabody/Emerson series, Emily Gray is absolutely perfect as ALL the characters, as well as the running commentary that sends up the alternate Victorian era. A real listening pleasure.

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Somewhat good for steampunky supernatural type

This book was alright. Nothing really to write home about. Definitely lost time period in the conversation and remarks at time and became way too 2000teens. Some of the slips broke spell as they say. But I started reading it because I have decided to read steampunk style books and this was at the top of someone's steampunk list. I would however, suggest anyone read the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman over this one if getting into steampunk. Also, the Leviathan Triligy by Scott Westerfield, and for classics do Time Machine and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I will be reading the rest of these parasol protectorate so we will see how it goes.

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Downton Abbey just got the HBO treatment

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED THIS BOOK. It was very funny and written so beautifully and cleverly that I found even the exposition parts to be enjoyable. Gail did a fantastic job at world building though I would like to know if there are more supernatural creatures besides werewolves, vampires and ghosts. It is never really said if there are and there was plenty of opportunities to do so. Alexia is a very strong and relatable character who was just the right amount of awkward without it being her main appeal. Emily did a fantastic job with the performance and gave the story life and wit, I am certain that I would have enjoyed the book a bit less if I had read it and not listened to it.

Moving to book 2!

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A Favorite

My first time with the audio version. My husband and I listened together. it is a favorite of mine. we both loved it and thought it was great fun.

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delightful but a bit wordy.

The hero and hetione are truly fun. I enjoyed the characters. A bit too much description for me.

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ravishing force of imagination

i never write reviews. however, this was wonderful. It indulged my immagination and bought me to a place that was pure fantasy that was wrapped up in suspense, love, and horror. Think about it.... Vampires, warewolves, ghost, and predematuals (not sure of the spelling due to audible)... but who cares this book became a wonderful break from this ever distracting and fustrating life.. So please enjoy!

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very enjoyable!

super enjoyable book, first in an excellent series of you like paranormal romance and a strong female lead.

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So. Much. Fun.

Normally this book is everything I don’t like. Supernatural, romantic, and steampunk-ish. Yet, I loved this. Emily Gray is a wonderful narrator who captures the essence of each main character. Her voices are wonderful, and very recognizable. Lord Maccon and Lord Akeldama are wonderful to hear, and as for Alexia....perfection. This book is fun, funny, steamy, and just an all around good read.

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Enthralling! Ravishing indeed!

Emily does a great job giving life to the characters with her performance including the male characters! The story progresses excitingly. The descriptions of the clothing, settings and the locations are exquisite and delicious to enjoy. The book handles the tawdry and indelicate encounters with the screen of a truly Victorian sensibility. I was transported to this world. Bravo! I simply adore all the players even the villains! Surprises abound. Worth a second and third listening.

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Amazing Storytelling

Emily Gray does amazing voices and I enjoy her Scottish accent. Gail Carriger creates a wonderful world that blends all the paranormal creatures as well as the steampunk creativity.