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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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    Teddy London 08/09/2017
    Teddy London 08/09/2017
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    "Disappointing"
    What did you like best about Poison or Protect? What did you like least?

    I liked that it revisited a characters from previous books, but it just felt very flat and contrived.


    Any additional comments?

    Not up to the author's usual standard

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rhonda
    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley Hedden
    23/09/17
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    "good read"
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    Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger is a great read. This is a standalone romance that was set in Gail's steampunk universe. Lady Preshea Villentia is an assassin on one final assignment. This was a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    16/09/17
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    "Very entertaining and enjoyable"
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    Really enjoyed this book. It's a creative, well written, fun and very entertaining story with a great cast of characters. It pulled me in immediately and never let go. So many shorter stories feel choppy or rushed, that doesn't happen here. It moves at a fast pace but it flows smoothly. Even though this is the first book that I have read set in this unique and intriguing world the author has created I had no problem following the story.

    Assassin's, intrigue, steamy trysts, romance and a big sexy Scottish werewolf what more could you ask for.

    Even though I have some her books in my "wish list" this is the first Gail Carriger book that I have listened to, but it won't be my last.

    Suzanne Lavington did a fantastic job with the narration. Pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. She was the perfect narrator for this story. Love the distinction between "thinking" to themselves and speaking out loud. Great character voices and accents. Both her male and female voices are great. She brought the characters their personalities to life. Very enjoyable.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sheryl beauchemin
    Rochester, NY
    12/09/17
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    "COMPLICATED INTRO IF YOU'RE NOT INTO THE SERIES"
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    I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.When I first started listening I thought "Oh no... I'm going to have to stop," but I backed up and re-listened a few times to get a feel for the territory. I'm glad I did because it ended up being a delightfully fresh writing style and storyline with a slow build romance and in the end, a perfect fit for both H/h.

    My initial foreboding comment refers to understanding the world the listener is dropped into. Having not read any of this Steampunk series, I no idea it had vampires, werewolves, etc... I just couldn't initially place myself. Add to that a lot of characters using a refreshing dialogue vocabulary and it all seemed like a jumble. But given the chance, it all starts to pull together and without previous knowledge of this pretty cool world, I got it. And I really liked it.

    Suzanne Lavington's voice was perfect. She used good infection and tone, and her voices gave off the needed sophistication. The character's inner thoughts were voiced as through a hollow tube which I found irritating and unnecessary. The dialogue was told from the first person so why use a voice effect on that same person's thoughts?

    TWO THUMBS UP... but probably best to listen to the series first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn Dunston
    07/09/17
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    "Great Story Narration kinda annoying."

    I love all of Gail Carriger's books they are written really well and they build the universe up more. The narration is kind of annoying. The inner dialog and the narration voice are two different voices and it was kind of distracting. Overall i really enjoyed it and y'all should read it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Griffin
    North Carolina, USA
    01/09/17
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    "Finishing School girl in the world"

    I have loved these books...every one, in all three groups. I would like to read more of the girls lives after they completed school. Wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mara Barnes
    30/08/17
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    "So wonderful!"

    best in audio format, beautiful on the page. truly an incredible read made rich with understanding of this world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jaime Oikle
    Miami, FL United States
    25/08/17
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    "4 "Black Widow" Stars!"
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    4 "Black Widow" Stars for the story and narration.

    I'm a fan of the romance subgenre of steampunk and had been wanting to try Gail Carriger's works for some time now. So when I got the chance to review Poison or Protect, the debut of her new series, Delightfully Deadly, I jumped at the chance.

    Set in the Spring of 1867 between Ms. Carriger's previous two well known series: about 10 years after the Finishing School Series (a YA age romance) and 10 years before Parisol Protectorates Series (an adult age romance); there is an author's note that the Delightfully Deadly Series can be read or listened to as a standalone in any order. Having not previously listened to these other series, I can vouch that I had no trouble following the plot or romance.

    Lady Preshea Villentia, also known as the "Mourning Star," has a deadly reputation as a wife. Trained at the famous finishing school (from the previous YA series), and leaving a trail of dead husbands in her wake, all four of her previous husbands have turned up dead lending fuel to the rumor that she is an assassin who carries forth her profession in a most personal way. Her beauty, however, is entrancing--a trait that her vampire "employer" counts on--which means that men continue to put themselves in the line of danger for a chance at being her one true love.

    There is one Scottish Captain, Gavin Ruthven, however, who is not oblivious to the true nature of her charms though he too is attracted to her. Unfortunately for him it appears that Preshea's next assignment is focused on his friend--an assignment he is determined to make fail. But when Preshea's mission appears to take a less deadly turn, Gavin and Preshea end up being together long enough to feel their mutual attraction. Could there ever be a HEA between such good and evil opposites? Particularly given that Preshea has never ever been loved by anyone before, and therefore believes she lacks the ability to do so, could a HEA ever be in the cards for Preshea even for the right man?

    Suzanne Lavington narrated Poison or Protect. This was my first experience with Ms. Lavington and I generally enjoyed her pleasing voice. She also did a good job with varying her pitch to provide differentiation among the characters, including by producing deep enough sounding voices to convincingly sound male, a trait which can be a difficult feat for some female narrators. Ms. Lavington also did a good job with creating accents as both British and Scottish sounding accents are necessary for this story.

    There was one effect of the narration, however, which I had never heard before, and which I'm still pondering. Throughout the book there were occasional passages that were differentiated from the rest of the narration with an echo like effect. I believe these passages highlight when a character is thinking out loud (in their own head). While it definitely differentiated these thoughts, it also had the effect of bringing the listener out of the audiobook flow at times. It may just be that I had never heard this effect before though. By the end of the book it was definitely less noticeable.

    All in all, Delightfully Deadly was a decent debut to a new series. I enjoyed the steampunk setting and blending of vampires with a historical romance feel. I can certainly see how the world building in this series (which is the same as Ms. Carriger's other two series could make for a fascinating storyline). The one area, however, where I felt the plot was a little more rushed was in the romance department. However, as this book was a novella length novel, this is frequently an effect of the shortened nature of this stories and therefore is somewhat to be expected.

    My curiosity has definitely been piqued. My plan now is to go back to some of Ms. Carriger's backlist titles from the Finishing School or Parasol Protectorate Series to further explore this promising world.

    Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zarah
    St. louis, Mo
    25/08/17
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    "verra good"

    The dedication to this book is "For everyone one of my fans who reached out and said, "If Gail Carriger writes it, I will read it...."" Well, I've not reached out, but I find I have become one of those fans. Poison or Protect is a novella set in the same world as the Finishing School, Parasol Protectorate, and Custard Protocol series. You see one or two familiar faces, but it stands separate from each; perhaps only tentatively alone, as you still need to know some of the world details—what a drone is, why vampires are so geographically limited, werewolf hierarchies—but it isn't actually part of any of Carriger's bigger series.

    I adored both Preshea and Gavin. Both were characters I wanted to gather to me. Their dynamic is one that just pushes all my buttons. I won't include a spoiler, but just say I found them very sexy. And the book is more sexually explicit that I've seen in the bigger series. Not overly so at all, but this is not a YA book.

    The writing is tight and gloriously proper, as always, and Lavington did an amazing job narrating it. All in all, a winner for me.

    Note: I received an audible code for this book, but I chose to read and review it.

    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."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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