Audiobook Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Audiobook Review: Changeless by Gail CarrigerChangeless by Gail Carriger
Narrator: Emily Gray
Length: 10 hrs, 33 mins
Series: Parasol Protectorate #2
Published by Recorded Books on March 23, 2011
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Steampunk
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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one-star

Alexia Tarabotti, 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. 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.

BETRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYED.

I’ve been betrayed by this series. I finished this book last night and actually put off writing my review overnight, but I am still so enraged at the events of the ending. This is made more annoying by how fun the book was up to that point. Changeless was another 3.5 star read up until that ending, which made me drop it to a singular star. Fucking plotberg off the port bow. That ending is NOT okay. But more on that later. Changeless is a hilarious novel up to the point it becomes fucking rage-inducing.

Before I descend into the ranting portion of this evening, I’ll talk about the good things. Alexia continues to be her fabulous self, sassy and parasol-wielding. Even better, there’s the addition of Madame LeFoux, a crossdressing French woman. Oh, also, minor but obvious spoiler, lesbians! I am so thrilled to find lesbians in here, because any sort of diversity is depressingly rare in steampunk novels (or really most any kind of novels). Changeless is hilarious and full of the sort of hijinks that made the first novel so hilarious.

Actually, speaking of obvious things, pretty much all of the twists were so obvious. I saw the lesbian twist coming. I knew what was causing people to lose their supernatural abilities long before Alexia did. The final twist I saw coming as well, though I was NOT prepared for the response to it, which GRRR. More on that in the spoiler tagging below, because holy shit this is not a rant I can do without spoilers. Right, so basically everything was really telegraphed, but hey I wasn’t reading it for its twistiness, so okay whatever.

Then there’s Ivy, who I thought was kind of amusing in Soulless, and whose romance I was looking forward to. Umm, that was wrong, past self. I now know that Ivy is the WORST. She was okay in small doses, but she’s in Changeless rather a lot, and she is awful. The romantic shenanigans she gets into are not cute and I cannot stand this woman. Honestly, I really don’t get how Alexia is friends with her, considering that she’s, if anything, dumber than Alexia’s sisters, albeit not quite so mean-spirited, though every bit as self-involved.

Alright, now into the spoiler tags I go to talk about the huge fucking asshole of a plotberg:

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For those who didn’t read the spoiler, a THING happens, and that thing means that, unless Carriger is a miracle worker, I can’t ship the main couple any longer. I WILL be reading the rest of the series, because it’s fucking addictive, but I am NOT happy, and it’s highly possible that I’ll be trading at least Soulless  back in on Audible, because I can’t say that I enjoyed this one.

Oh, also, this audiobook did that annoying thing where they changed a pronunciation from book one to two. Lord Akeldama’s name was pronounced like Ah-keel-duh-ma, but now Gray is saying Ackle-dom-ah. EXCUSE ME. YOU MAY HAVE ONE PRONUNCIATION ONLY. This is shitty audiobook production, and I am grumpy.

Based on the first two books in the series, I definitely advise stopping with Soulless, because it’s got a satisfactory non cliffhangery ending, and this book is infuriating. However, now that I’m here, I’m going to continue through the series, because it’s addictive even if I’m pissed, so I’ll report back on that.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

wtf car crash
Everything was completely cool and normal and then RAMPANT DESTRUCTION.

2 responses to “Audiobook Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger”

  1. I haven’t read this one yet. Even though I LOVED Soulless, for some reason I’ve been so nervous to read the next book. And I totally just peeked at your spoilers because truthfully knowing spoilers before I read the book doesn’t bother me (and in fact sort of calms me down). And now I think I’m not going to read this. I’m so disappointed about those things!
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  2. hahaha this post made me laugh soooo hard! I read the best parts to my boyfriend and he was laughing too. Ahh such a good review… even if the book is bad and I don’t really care about the plot, I still enjoyed reading this post. 😀
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