Audio Book Review: Changeless

Changeless CoverBook: Changeless by Gail Carriger, Narrated by Emily Gray

Published March 2011 by Recorded Books|Run Time: 10 hours, 33 minutes

Where I Got It: Audible.com

Series: Parasol Protectorate #2

Genre: Adult Fantasy/Paranormal/Steampunk

You can find Changeless on Goodreads|You can find Gail Carriger on Twitter, Facebook and her website 

Goodreads Summary: Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

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

I loved Changeless!  It was such a fun book to listen to, and I loved the adventures and trouble Alexia got herself into.

Alexia is absolutely hilarious, and I couldn’t help but laugh almost the entire book.  I can’t help but love Alexia.  Especially when she’s with Maccon.  I just love the two of them together!  Actually, I love Alexia with pretty much anyone.  Like her friendship with Ivy, or how she was with her sister or many of the other characters we meet throughout the book.  Because we meet quite a few new characters, and see quite a few old characters.  I did like the new characters, who made Alexia’s troubles really interesting.

So, in Changeless, we learn that there’s something that can neutralize vampires and werewolves.  Naturally, Alexia is unaffected, but also blamed.  At least, she is at first, because she’s soulless and can do that.  But not to the scale that happened in Changeless.  Everything gets sorted out, of course, and there are a few other interesting things that come up throughout the book.

Especially the part that happens in the last 10 minutes or so.  I’ll admit, I did figure it out right before it came up, and it will make Blameless a really interesting book to listen to.  I mean, Alexia’s not lying, and we know she’s not lying, but other people don’t believe her.  Like Lord Maccon, for one.  It makes me wonder if it’s somehow connected to the supernatural neutralization, or if there’s something else going on.  Because it involves Alexia and Lord Maccon, and so it’s not going to be normal.  Because nothing in their lives are normal.

Emily Gray is such a great narrator!  She really captures the essence of Alexia and who she is, and Alexia really comes to life because of her.  Whoever decided to go with her as the narrator did a great job in picking her.

Final Thoughts:

Changeless is such a great sequel to Soulles, and I loved it much more than Soulless.  I still like Soulless, but Changeless was really fun to listen to.  I can’t wait to see how the ending of this book gets sorted out in the next book.  Changeless gets 5 stars.

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