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3.99990221961475 out of 53.99990221961475 out of 53.99990221961475 out of 53.99990221961475 out of 53.99990221961475 out of 5 4.00 (10,227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Carriger Narrator: Emily Gray Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Parasol Protectorate Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781609413668
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The soulless Lady Alexia Maccon 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, Madame Lefoux’s latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines—and Alexia barely has time to remember she is eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it’s too late? Is it the vampires again, or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And what has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Soulless is a character-driven romp with great worldbuilding and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse. io9.com on Soulless
  • Carriger has created a wonderfully detailed world that is just one step to the side of our own. sfrevu.com on Changeless
  • Carriger delivers surprises with every book, and this one is no exception. With action, intrigue, and above all, proper manners, this excellent series will have broad appeal to readers of steampunk, urban fantasy, and paranormal and historical romance. Library Journal on Heartless
  • A series for female fantasy fans that are looking for a stroke of ingenuity amongst the torrents of fanged fiction. SciFi Now on Heartless
  • Carriger's writing remains crisp and witty, and the affectionate banter between Lord and Lady Maccon will please series fans. Publisher's Weekly on Heartless
  • “Intoxicatingly witty.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The fine British wit that sparkles on every page will have readers laughing out loud...These books just keep getting better and better.”

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Julia Verlanger Award, 2013
  • Locus Awards, 2010
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2009
  • Winner of Alex Award, 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 2.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 5 Chris | 11/20/2016

    " Very Slow Story Boring. Slow Plot. Not Very Exciting. "

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 Jenny | 5/23/2016

    " Oh my these books ... They are so good! Heartless goes along with the other Parasol Protectorate books and infuses the characters with heart and humor and fascination. As with the other books, this one moves the characters forward adding one major component, a child. The concept of a "soulless one" having a child is super interesting and well thought out in this world that also includes vampires, werewolves and Victorian values. Love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S.A. | 2/1/2014

    " Far superior to the previous book in the series. Fun, silly and gives me the hope that people understand parody. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belkis | 1/23/2014

    " Enjoyable addition to this series. Not as eventful as the previous book but good nonetheless. I especially liked the arrival of Prudence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/18/2013

    " I just realized I forgot to mark this book as read. I am guessing on the date that I finished it and my rating won't be as accurate! Oops! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 12/18/2013

    " Great book although I can't say that I was too happy with the end. I came to hate the vampires fairly quickly in this series. But the book was good and interesting and the daughter is going to be interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/16/2013

    " This series definitely improves over time, but it's still not one of my favorites. Still, I will read the last one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Phelps | 10/15/2013

    " This is a fun series, but it certainly falls into the 'guilty pleasures' category as opposed to 'great literature.' I'll keep reading though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samara | 9/21/2013

    " I really loved this book, as much or maybe even more than the first one of the series. The last forty or fifty pages were so exciting, and just flew by. I can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 9/15/2013

    " These books are always a treat, I find them engaging and fun with some really good plot twists. Heartless doesn't let me down, another seamless addition to the parasol protectorate series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/11/2013

    " Nobody else could come up with such a complete and well thought out setting and thoroughly imaginative interactions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhiann | 2/5/2013

    " Quirky and fun as always. A great light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trude | 12/14/2012

    " Loved this one more than the last one, actually! Another fun and quick read with some great twists. All the jokes about bumbling around while 9 months pregnant didn't get old for me, either. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Martin | 9/7/2012

    " This is the 4th book in this series and I thought it was one of the best. It's a fun genre to relax with. I especially enjoy reading this on my phone so I can check the definition of every 5th word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 3/1/2012

    " Another great installment in the parasol protectorate series. The dialogue is witty, the characters and plots sufficiently complex to keep it interesting without over-reaching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Matthews | 1/7/2012

    " Not as good as the first couple of books. Series going downhill syndrome? Perhaps... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Destructo The Mad | 12/5/2011

    " If Georgette Heyer's daughter had read a lot of Jules Verne, she'd write books like this (and the previous 3 in the series). Frothy frilly fun. Can't wait for Timeless, and her new series to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 11/27/2011

    " As good as the rest. In some instances outright hilarious, and in others, downright heartbreaking. Love Alexia and Maccon without bounds, and to a lesser extent Lord Akaldema is really quite the thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ratna | 9/8/2011

    " Very good. I did think that she was a little too busy for someone who's pregnant, and I hated the [spoiler: fact that she would have to publicly give up her child], but all's well that ends well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiri | 8/15/2011

    " Oh these just get more entertaining! Bring on the next volume! If this is steampunk I'm hooked! =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bell | 7/7/2011

    " Quote: "Spin the parasol three times and repeat after me: I shield in the name of fashion. I accessorize for one and all. Pursuit of truth is my passion. This I vow by the great parasol." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 7/7/2011

    " Totally lives up to my expectations for this series. I can't believe I have to wait until March 2012 to read what happens next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 7/7/2011

    " This book was great! The main character, Alexia, is in the last stage of pregnancy through the whole book, making me think of the movie Fargo now and again as i was reading it. She is such a charmingly witty heroine, and the dry humor through the book is wonderful. There are mysteries afoot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam | 7/6/2011

    " Wasn't as crazy about this one as I was about the previous three. Didn't think it was bad, just not as awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 7/6/2011

    " So amazingly fabulous. This series only gets better with each book. It's rare that a book is this funny, well-plotted and not too heavy in matter to enjoy. Why can't I read the next one now?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andan | 7/5/2011

    " I enjoyed the knowing-what-happens next, but wasn't as gripped by the charm of previous installments. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 7/5/2011

    " Purchased at Powell's in Oregon when I was pleasantly surprised to see it had just been released. Good plane reading. Much better than the last one. "

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About the Author
Author Gail CarrigerNew York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She survived her early years by reading most of her local library and memorizing Greek battles. Eventually she escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. In pursuit of further finishing, Ms. Carriger traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. In the Finishing School series, she takes her readers back to a time before the Parasol Protectorate, explaining the mysteries of her steampunk world and visiting a few old friends.
About the Narrator

Emily Gray grew up in a military family and started audiobook narration in 2001. She has been heard bringing to life the adventures of Becky Bloomwood in Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. Emily and her husband started the Classics Acting Company in Dallas where she has appeared in The Cherry Orchard.