Audiobook Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

Posted May 18, 2015 by Felicia S in 2015 Read, 3.75 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 12 Comments

Audiobook Review: Lock In by John ScalziSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Lock In by John Scalzi
Narrator: Amber Benson, Wil Wheaton
Length: 10 hrs

Date Read: February 2015

Genre: Science Fiction

A novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern SF

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people “locked in”...including the President's wife and daughter.

Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.

This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse....

More Information:
Publisher: Audible, Tor
Series: Lock In #1

Also by this author: Head On
Also in this series: Head On

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NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂 

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Lock In by John Scalzi was my first book by him but won’t be my last!

Overall Thoughts: If I were to classify this story it would be a fringe police mystery. A mystery that was very strong and equally twisty. The lead case workers, Chris and Leslie were a bit old school–think Cagney and Lacey if one of them was a guy. I liked it! The world was solid and made even more so with the bonus novella. My only complaint and probably why this didn’t rate higher was because of the number of times the words “said” and “say” were used. I know it is because I listened to it in audio but it clicked me out the story a LOT. Still I will be getting book 2 if this turns into a series.

Audio Thoughts This is going to be a bit different because this one had two different audiobooks and I listened to half of each! Both narrators were good but each were better at some things than the other. I have never compared the same book by two different narrators

Narrated By Wil Wheaton / Length: 10 hrs

Wil Wheaton did an excellent job with Chris and all the Heaps. He had great pacing and seemed to just grasp their personalities. I had a bit of a problem with his voice for Leslie.

Narrated By Amber Benson / Length: 11 hrs

Amber Benson was great with all the voices but her pacing was a little uneven. She nailed Leslie but Chris was a little off (though I lend that to Wil knocking his voice out of the park).

In the end, either would be worth the listen

Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, Done! Reviews

(Just remembered that I have done it once before: Harry Potter and I would take Stephen Fry in the later books/Jim Dale in the younger years).

FTC Disclosure

Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
3.5 / 5
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12 responses to “Audiobook Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

  1. This was my first Scalzi book as well and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t’ notice the says/said but probably because it wasn’t on audio. Ic an imagine how it would stand out more that way.

  2. I got this one! I got after I read a review at Kimba’s and I still haven’t got to it. I think I need to move it up the list. I wonder if I going to notice more, said and say now that you mentioned…lol
    It was blast to meet you Felicia! You’re a lot of fun and great to be around 🙂

    • It depends on whether you get both narrations. I actually think you would like Amber’s narration slightly more than Will’s narration. IT was a compelling story.

      ((((((((( hugs )))))))))) I loved meeting you 🙂

  3. That is brilliant and something I hadn’t considered before about the Potter audiobooks. In general Americans I know prefer Jim Dale and Brits can’t stand him and prefer Stephen Fry. I love them both, but your analysis is spot on.

    • I find that to be true too. I have a few friends that can’t stand Stephen Fry’s narration but I love them both. It is only slightly that I think Jim Dale nails the younger ones (1 to about 4) a little better than Stephen Fry . Same with the older versions and Fry–he just nails it a little bit better. I would listen to either of them though at any time LOL