Audiobook Review: Indexing by Seanan McGuire

Posted April 15, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 7 Comments

Audiobook Review: Indexing by Seanan McGuireSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Brilliance

Format: Audiobook

Indexing by Seanan McGuire
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 12 hrs 5 min

Date Read: April 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

“Never underestimate the power of a good story.”

Good advice...especially when a story can kill you.

For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected—perhaps infected is a better word—by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

That's where the ATI Management Bureau steps in, an organization tasked with protecting the world from fairy tales, even while most of their agents are struggling to keep their own fantastic archetypes from taking over their lives. When you're dealing with storybook narratives in the real world, it doesn't matter if you're Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, or the Wicked Queen: no one gets a happily ever after.

Indexing is New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s new urban fantasy where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.

More Information:
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Also by this author: CarniePunk, Rosemary and Rue, Sparrow Hill Road

JUST A NOTE: Read It File It is for books that I have read that I need to keep track of. The reviews will be super short (think tweet longer length) but will serve the purpose of getting the books into UBB for tracking purposes 🙂

Listened for Review (Brilliance)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: I’m really in love with the story of Indexing by Seanan McGuire but each new section had some repetition that was hard to get over.

Read It File It: Indexing was a very cool set of stories that really had some interesting fairy tale tweaks (think Snow White, Evil Step Sister, and the Pied Piper all being agents). Harri and the gang were fab at their jobs and their cases were very unique (and twisty). My favorite character had to be Sloan because she was just so ballsy and direct. The only thing that was a distraction was the recapping of character traits in each new section (this was originally a serial).

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal/Running Time 12 hrs 5 min

Mary really did a great job with all the voices in this fairy tale cast. The only voice I had problem with was Andy but even that grew on me. I really liked her pacing too. Overall I recommend her as a narrator.

Final Thought: I would read more with these characters if they caught another great case!

Explaining my Rating: The story was amazing but the repetition made me groan out loud sometimes. I heard 6 times how white Harri’s face was, how Sloan dressed, how Jeff liked to clean, how Andy had a husband, and how the building they worked in looked like any other office building. I am sure when this was being released in serial form, it wasn’t as noticeable due to the time between releases. However, listening to it in one fell swoop made it distracting. So here is what you should know: the story (original part) is a strong 4 or 4.25. It really was different, engaging, and fun!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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7 responses to “Audiobook Review: Indexing by Seanan McGuire

  1. I have the kindle version of this, so I’m hoping that being able to skim quickly through the repetitive parts will help me like this more than you did. REALLY hoping. Redundancy drives me bonkers . . .

  2. So, is this like an anthology then? I’m confused as to how there can be storieS in one audiobook. I do love novels based on fairy tales though, and the narrator sounds promising.

  3. The book was originally a kindle serial, hence the repetition. I loved it when I read it! I bought it as a serial so I was reading a new chapter every two weeks. Bought the audio since it was only 1.99 for me since I had the kindle version already.

  4. I think this one was best suited as a serial, I have read other reviews with some of the same issues, still I like the overall sound of the story.

  5. I feel bad that your experience was different listening to it as a whole. I totally loved getting the installments. I am glad that you loved the actual story!