Audio Book Review: Timeless

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

Published March 2012 by Hachette Audio|Run Time: 11 hours, 29 minutes

Where I Got It: Audible.com

Series: Parasol Protectorate #5

Genre: Adult Paranormal/Steampunk/Fantasy

You can find Timeless on goodreads & you can find Gail Carriger on TwitterFacebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?

I’m feeling a little sad that I’m finished with the Parasol Protectorate series!  At least there’s her Finishing School series…

I think Timeless is my favorite book in the series!  It takes place 2 years after Heartless, and we learn more about a lot of things. Like Alexia’s father, and his role in the God-Breaker Plague, and what Floote really knows…which is a lot of things.  And we learn a little bit more about Alexia’s abilities and the abilities of her daughter Prudence, who won me over!

Seriously, Prudence is one hysterically funny child, who really has her own personality.  She definitely takes after her parents, who are entertaining as always.  There’s a lot going on, and I wasn’t bored at all.  In fact, I was thoroughly entertained, what with Ivy’s play, and the vampire Queen Of Alexandria…who needs something from Alexia and Prudence that was totally unexpected.  Still, it was one of the really interesting parts of the book, and I liked that it connected to some things in Heartless.

I also liked that Carriger focused on Egypt and London.  Not only do we follow Alexia but we see what’s going on with Biffy and the rest of the pack in London, and how they’re dealing with things over there.  And that settles things for when Conall retires as alpha of his pack.

One thing I’ve loved about this series is the narration!  Emily Gray does such a great job narrating the series, and I love how she brings the characters to life.  I really can’t imagine anyone else narrating the series, and I highly recommend the audio books in particular!

Final Thoughts:

I have really enjoyed this series, and Timeless is a great end to the series.  I liked seeing what was going on in both London and in Egypt, and the narration was great.  Timeless gets 5 stars.

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