Narrated by Emily Gray
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication date: June 6th 2010
Length: 10 hrs 52 minutes
My rating: 5 stars
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 one of the best audio books I have listened to. The story is wickedly funny, filled with clever humor, brilliant characters and a delicious romance! The story was just wonderful and I’m sure my enjoyment was enhanced by the excellent narration of Emily Gray.
Alexia Tarabotti is “soulless” or someone who can cancel out the supernatural powers of another. A state she inherited from her Italian father. With her unconventional (for Victorian England) Italian looks, and her tendency to speak her mind, Alexia finds herself a spinster at the ripe “old” age of twenty-six. Not that she actually cares in the least.
When a vampire attacks Alexia in the most rude way, not even bothering to introduce himself before (the nerve!). Alexia has no other choice but to defend herself, and ends up accidentally staking him with her parasol. This brings on quite a few headaches one of which is Lord Maccon showing up annoyed that Alexia is again in the middle of trouble. Lord Maccon, an Alpha werewolf, is the head of BUR, The Bureau of Unnatural Registry, an organization in place to keep order to the supernatural community. Lord Maccon has been a pain in Alexia’s ass since an unfortunate incident involving a hedgehog that was completely not her fault! Whether Lord Maccon likes it or not she is getting down to the bottom of this attack and the recent disappearances of lone vampires and werewolves.
Oh, this story was complete and utter fun! Sort of like injecting vampires, werewolves, and the supernatural into Pride and Prejudice. Picture Eliza Bennett battling it out with a werewolf Mr. Darcy (with a little more naughtiness *wink, wink*), and you have Soulless. I loved their relationship, and anyone could see they were crazy for each other with all the verbal sparring! Of course, with Lord Maccon being a werewolf, control is not always an option and their attraction is not something either can resist acting on, making their behavior not always acceptable…
"Oh, Herbert," she said pleadingly to her silent husband, "you must make him marry her! Call for the parson immediately! Look at them...they are...," she sputtered, "canoodling!"
Alexia was a strong heroine with intelligence, spunk, a gift for speaking her mind, and ferreting out information. She’s not the standard of beauty of the times, but she’s like a magnet to Lord Maccon and he could care less about conventional opinion. Lord Maccon is handsome, brutish, bossy and infuriating. What’s not to love?
There were great secondary characters, my favorite being Ivy Hisselpenny with her unfortunate taste in hats:
“Keep your voice down, my dear. And please, for goodness’ sake, remove that bonnet. It’s positively scorching my eyeballs.”
Lord Akeldama, Alexia’s flamboyant vampire friend, and Professor Lyle were hilarious additions, also. Alexia’s family provided laughs even if I did want to slap that horrid mother. Even more entertaining is when she’s put into her place.
This is the beginning of a series, but Soulless wraps up very satisfyingly. I highly recommend the audio version; the voices and accents were spot on, in my opinion, enhancing this amazing story even more!
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