Monday, January 3, 2022

"Soulless" by Gail Carriger


This was an interesting audiobook focusing on a young woman who was born without a soul. In a world populated by both humans and supernatural creatures, it makes her somewhat unique. The other supernaturals are believed to have been born with an excess of soul, which allows them to be turned into vampires, werewolves, or other creatures and to survive the change.

But Miss Alexia Taribotti, having been born without a soul is a preternatural, meaning that her touch causes supernatural beings to revert to fully human while she maintains physical contact, which can cause for some interesting situations at times.

This book involves the story of Alexia trying to help solve the mystery of supernaturals who have been disappearing from their territories and others appearing from seemingly nowhere without the basic knowledge that should have been taught to them by their makers. England being a civilized country, there are laws & registries in place to keep all citizens, human and otherwise safe.

And yet, clearly, someone has no respect for these laws as things that should not be possible seem to be happening. But who is causing this chaos and why? 

I enjoyed listening to this story and the characters portrayed were brought to life by the voice actress reading the audiobook. I loved that the person who read the book was clearly British & did not need to struggle with maintaining a believable accent as she read. She also did a fantastic job in developing clear and distinct voices for each of the characters, allowing the audience to simply enjoy listening without struggling to identify who was supposed to be speaking at any given time as she read. 

If you enjoy listening to an entertaining and well thought out fantasy mystery, I think you’ll enjoy this one, whether you choose to read the book or listen to the audiobook version. I’d say sit back, take a break, and let yourself relax with this one. Just be aware that parts of it can get a bit graphic at times, so it may not be entirely appropriate for younger listeners/readers.

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