• Changeless

  • The Parasol Protectorate, Book 2
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (921 ratings)

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Changeless

By: Gail Carriger
Narrated by: Emily Gray
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Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the midafternoon 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.

Changeless 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.

©2017 Gail Carriger (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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A step down from Soulless but still fun

I loved Soulless (good female characters! werewolf sex! prudish Victorian descriptions of werewolf sex!) and this was a step down. There's not much meat on these bones, and I didn't feel terribly invested in the outcome of the mystery. Everything's still pretty fun though. I like Alexia, I like Maccon, and there's some good banter along the way. The supporting characters are one or two note: Felicity (bad), Ivy (dumb, dumb hats), and Madame Lefoux (gay inventor). But really, for steampunk Victorian romance, still enjoyed it.

The end really soured me though. The twist is a huge cliche and Maccon's reaction to it is totally uncharacteristic. It didn't spring from any organic conflict in the story or between the characters, it was clearly just shoehorned in as a (inexpert) romcom plot device to divide the leads before book 3. This isn't super surprising (book one read like a bit of a TV pilot, although an excellent one), but the end of this just left me shrugging.

Stellar narration!

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Fun with Dirigibles

I thought the second book was quite fun and I can’t wait for the 3rd. Part mystery, part romcom, part comedy of errors. The addition of new characters and side stories might have made it a little soapy, but that’s also what made it so great! Who doesn’t love a good soap opera?!

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Good, but clearly a middle chapter

For the second of a five part story, its okay. The mystery starts off strong, then flops untill the end.

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Stellar Second Installment

This series is just fantastic fun! This second installment sees new characters, new accessories, and new adventures--including dirigible travel! The end of this book had me immediately wanting to read the third as I zoomed through this delightful series!

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Disappointing Compared to Book 1

I really enjoyed Soulless, so I was excited to keep listening to the series. However, I think the characters fall a little flat when you venture away from Alexia herself. Ivey and Felicity add almost nothing to the story, and both seem to only exist to be the source of some witty insults. Their presence in the story is loosely explained, never explored, and they go ignored for long periods until they can be used as a distraction or obstacle.

The narrator/director also made some artistic choices which I disagree with. For one, they changed the pronunciation of Lord Akeldama's name, which left me confused for the first part of the book, and that type of thing just frustrates me. Secondly, the voice the narrator uses for Madam Lefoux (what a name) seems almost insulting. The book describes her voice as "musical", with a barely perceptible french accent. She also is described as feminine despite wearing men's clothes. However, what the narrator uses is a masculine "female" voice that sounds more like a woman trying to do a man's voice than anything else. It completely threw me out of the character. It wasn't even pleasant to hear, and made me dislike the character on the basis of her voice. It's like the narrator thought if we didn't hear a masculine voice we might forget for one second that the character dresses in men's clothing.

Final, my biggest complaint.

Why is it that Alexia is suppose to be so intelligent and sharp-witted, yet she didn't even think to suspect the real villain. Constant overt clues that point to a specific group of people, and she always ONLY suspected one person, when there is an OBVIOUS OTHER SUSPECT. It just comes down to lazy writing. The clues were too obvious and two frequent to believe that Alexia wouldn't have even considered the real culprit. It was incredibly frustrating to listen to, and belittled her character significantly. /rant

I'll be listening to the next book in the series because the twist at the end was interesting enough to warrant following up, and I've heard the next ones get better, but this book is certainly looking to be the low point in the series.

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Dis Narrator Doe

This series continues to astound me in all the best ways. I'm constantly laughing at dialogue and the inner monologue of the main character. The storyline is good. And the narrator on Audible may be the best I've ever heard.

Emily Gray, I would listen to you read a shopping list as long as you gave each item its own accent and speech pattern. I'm especially curious about Velveeta cheese.

I'd rate this a PG-13 for mild swearing (mostly British), tame violence, and adult themes including chaste cavorting between a husband and wife.

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Love this!!

The steamy scenes are fading to black more often 😕 but the action, danger and mystery is ramping up. Omg I love Biffy, you'd expect him to be a typical boy toy but he's actually very effective in espionage, while having a grand old time. Still loving this series.

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Fantastic Sequel

The entire series is Wonderful. This is the second I have tried on audible and narrator does an excellent job bringing the book to life. if you enjoy a slightly zany story filled with romance this is the book for you. This is Victorian steampunk with vampires and werewolves tossed in.

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So wonderful…

I love all of Gail Carriger’s work. The Parasol Protectorate, the Shifters…. I’m on my 3rd read-through of the Heroine’s Journey. (Gah, you mean she’s a scholar TOO?)

Wit. Truly witty, and that doesn’t happen so much any more.

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Brilliant storytelling

Gail Carriger's work is so wonderfully brought alive by Emily Grays talent. This perfect pairing of author and vocal talent is as rare as hens teeth. enjoy.