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Soulless

Narrated by: Emily Gray
Series: Parasol Protectorate, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (641 ratings)

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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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What a fun book

I love all of Gail Carriger's works. This was first introduction to her work. Alexis goes against the norm and is delightful. Conall is adorable, but don't tell him I said so.

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I should not like this book

There is a lot of romance and sexy times in this book. Normally I like Vampire and Werewolves to have interludes of sexy times. For reasons I have not been able to name I enjoyed thins book immensely. Will read the next

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Great Audio of a Great Book

The narrator does an amazing job. I loved reading this book in print, and listening to it was just as great. She really makes the characters come alive, and her accents are amazing.

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Love it

I have not fallen in love this hard with a book series in a such a long time. I recommend this For Deborah Harkness fans

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A fun bit of light reading

I really enjoyed this book. The juxtaposition between life threatening situations and the absolute need to remain polite and proper sets up fun situations that are fun to read. This is light fun reading that it is also creative, well written, and narrated.

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Hilarious, in a fantastically dry, absurd way.

I'm not an expert, but any book that actually causes me to laugh out loud for half a minute deserves a fantastic review. Thanks to the author.

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This reader pronounced two big names wrong!

The reader had great character voices but mispronounced two very important, repeating names. Very distracting!