A Carriger Quartet

  • by Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by J. Daniel Sawyer, Merelan Jones, Dawn Phynix
  • 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Four original, unabridged, full-cast productions of Gail Carriger's most beloved fantasy short stories:
"The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar": A mummified cat, a secret agent, and an aristocrat entangle Alessandro Tarraboti (father of Alexia Tarraboti from the Parasol Protectorate series) in a rollicking, wry adventure into the supernatural secrets of ancient Egypt.
"Marine Biology": Inconveniently a werewolf, unexpectedly alive, and secretly gay, marine biologist Alex finds himself forcibly shackled to a flirty merman on the hunt for some sinister selkies. An unconventional romance between impossible partners told with the kind of wit and comedy that made Gail a household name.
"Fairy Debt": Despite being a fairy, Cups can't grow wings due to a death promise to a local king. Entering service in his castle as the Least Jester, she must find a way to earn her wings while navigating the hazards of cupcakes, tea demons, and the occasional Earth dragons.
"My Sister's Song": Fantasy, history, and subversive strategy collide in this Roman-era tale of a warrior, Mithra, who must repel an entire legion alone and armed only with a very peculiar weapon. Her sticky solution to this impossible problem must be heard to be believed.
Featuring performances by fellow fantasy writers Philippa Ballantine, Chris Lester, and Tee Morris as well as an original soundtrack by composer Danny Schade.

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Great writing but performances underwhelming.

Love the author's style! (Parasol Protectorate fan-girl) but the old fashioned radio-style performance was not to my taste at all. I'll stick to one-reader audiobooks in future.
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- Theresa

Not my favorite as it's a play and hard to follow

This is more of a play than an audiobook, as many actor voices are used in narration and include music sounds and soundtracks. Because it's a play with different voices it was hard to listen to while driving. The voices took me a while to figure out who was who, so I had to concentrate on the story instead of my driving. Not a good combo, so the stories had to wait. This frustrated me greatly.

Apparently this play format was a crowdfunded project and Gail Carriger was also the executive producer of this play/audiobook.

I greatly admire Gail and her writing, but in this case I should have purchased the written version rather than the audiobook. The play wasn't badly done, but it was confusing at times, and definitely not the level of professionalism and clarity I would have expected. The different voices, accents.. and in one story the character talked so fast I had to check and see if I'd accidentally hit the higher playback speed. On that one I couldn't even wash dishes while listening, as it had to take my full attention.

The first story includes an alternative lifestyle (Gay) theme, so if that bothers you then skip over that one. I found the story lines to be very simplistic. Honestly, only the last story focusing on Alex Terrabotti (spelling?) grabbed my interest like her Parasol Protector books have.

I'm sorry Gail, but I've had to rate the performance and stories only 3 stars. I'm even considering returning the book to Audible for a refund, then going and buying the written (or Kindle) version instead. I'm pretty sure I'd prefer the voices in my head over trying to figure out who was talking when. As a true admirer of yours it breaks my heart to write this review, but having met you in person (Portland, OR) my feeling is that you'd prefer honesty.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2016
  • Publisher: ArtisticWhispers Productions, Inc.