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Poison or Protect Audiobook

Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella

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Publisher's Summary

Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London's most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger presents a stand-alone romance novella set in her popular steampunk universe full of manners, spies, and dainty sandwiches.

Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn't know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea's employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn't anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven - massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and...working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart - a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

Delicate sensibilities? Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail. May also contain plaid, appearances from dandy vampires, and the strategic application of leather gloves.

©2016 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2017 Gail Carriger LLC

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    Linda 27/05/2017
    Linda 27/05/2017
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    "Don't judge the rest of her books by this one"

    I have read all bar one of Gail Carriger's books based in this 'world'. This is my least favourite; I will try in this review to be as objective as possible though. Maybe I am influenced by having enjoyed the last book so much that I was bound to be a bit disappointed with this one.

    It is a very well written book with a clear storyline and brief appearances from 2 well-known characters from other books., I would describe it more as a romance book with espionage rather than the other way round. It does deal well with a sensitive issue - a woman being allowed to make her own choices in terms of intimacy and sexual activity after previous lack of choice and unpleasant experiences.

    Do take note of the warning in the book synopsis. If you don't want to listen to descriptions of sexual activity then don't buy this book.

    If this is your first Gail Carriger book and you think it doesn't have much depth of plot then try another before giving up on her as an author. It's not a bad book, it's just that her books usually have a more substantial storyline.

    As for the reader, OK, but not exceptional - a few mis-pronunciations.

    Still looking forward to another book from Gail Carriger even though I have been a bit negative about this one.

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  • rhonda walker
    18/08/17
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    "Great first listen to both author and narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Poison or Protect the most enjoyable?

    This was both a good book and a good narrator to go with it. The story was interesting and kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen. The narrator has a great voice and did a fine job telling the story.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Lavington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I look forward to listening to more of her narrations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did listen to it all at one time.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adriana B
    USA
    14/08/17
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    "Great Novella with a Gentleman & a Lady Assassin!"

    I'm not familiar with this author but I did enjoy this book. The main character is quite unique and different than anything I have previously read about. Lady Villentia is an assassin and she has an assignment to fulfill.

    Captain Gavin is tasked with keeping someone safe then he encounters the dangerous Lady Villentia. He doesn't know who she is there to kill...

    Narration was well done and brought the story to life.

    I'm looking forward to listening to more audiobooks by this talented author.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy
    Englewood, Colorado, United States
    25/07/17
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    "Perfect as always"
    Where does Poison or Protect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Perfect as always, Gail Carriger's work is always high on my list of recommendations. I love all her books, but I'd swear this one is even better than the last.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Usually I find sex scenes a bit boring after a while -- I much prefer the lead up. But Carriger managed just the right balance of poise and breathy excitement, eroticism without stepping into unnecessary details. She made a dominatrix scene touching, entertaining, sexy, and generally delightful.


    Any additional comments?

    BDSM in books is so often represented by some guy growling into his lover's ear as he pins her against something. There's crude language and a lot of stuff I would generally cause me to slap someone and walk away. This is different. Carriger has taken someone I regarded as the shallowest of villains and turned her into a deep, interesting badass assassin. And rather than undercutting her by giving her some secret submissive streak as so many other authors would have, she allowed our heroine to attain what she most wanted in the world -- control -- and then surprised her with what she never thought she needed -- love. Our heroine is allowed to be clever, decisive, classy, and powerful even in her most vulnerable moments. It's a rare and precious point of view. Seriously I cannot recommend this enough. The plot is superb, the writing excellent, the characters delightful, and the narration flawless.

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  • Elizabeth
    17/07/17
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    "short and sweet"

    I really love this author and all her book this did not let me down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonita
    Yass, Australia
    14/07/17
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    "Brilliant"

    I could not stop listening, a beautiful story very well told and well paced. So glad we have Gail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/07/17
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    "A wonderful adult edition to Gail Carriger's world."

    As a fan of the YA books set in this world it is lovely to indulge in a more adult chapter. As always the prose and poise of the characters keep me listening and wishing for more. Well done and I look forward to more dainty sandwiches or bread with pickles in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa Mancuso
    19/06/17
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    "Wonderful as Ever"

    I've read, or listened​ to, every Gail Carriger book in the finishing school universe and this one it's just as thoughtful and witty as the rest. Lavington does a wonderful job narrating, making a great book just that much better. I look forward to more delightfully​ deadly novellas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    06/06/17
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    "Loved it!"

    I love everything she writes but this one is an instant fave.
    Only complaint is that it's over too soon. Can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kailee Bruce
    06/06/17
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    "Consent is Sexy."

    I am a long time fan of Ms Carriger's works so I dare say I'm rather biased. But this adventure was stunning from start to finish. (So long as one has achieved their majority or has a -very- progressive parent or guardian)

    I'll start by saying that while this is a treat for those of us who have read the finishing school series, that is hardly necessary to fully enjoy this novella. I was however incredibly impressed with the way the narrator managed to capture Presha's cadences from those books. Her voice is perfectly suited to the characters portrayed here and her Scottish brogue does not disappoint.

    This has less action than you might expect, but that is hardly a lack. This is primarily a romance, and an incredibly erotic one. I would not suggest listening in public with headphones if you are at all prone to blushing. Presha's inner turmoil is explored with sympathy, without allowing to drift into the realms of the maudlin, and her snark and manipulation show Ms. Carriger's trademark humour and sense of the ridiculous.

    For the sake of mystery you have to listen to the book to discover why I chose this title for my review but trust me when I say it is relevant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C.Corey Fisk
    Santa Cruz
    29/05/17
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    "Delightfully twisted."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Poison or Protect to be better than the print version?

    It was a good story, but as an audiobook it's excellent. The reader does a truly smashing job of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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