The Drafter Audiobook by Kim Harrison (REIVEW)

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Review of: The Drafter Audiobook
Kim Harrison
Peri Reed Series #1

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On January 20, 2016
Last modified:May 31, 2016


The Drafter Audiobook

By: Kim Harrison

Narrated by: January LaVoy

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 09/01/2015

The Drafter Audiobook by Kim Harrison

3.5 Hearts Rating Image- Hot Listens

Peri Reed #1

15 hrs and 45 mins

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The Drafter Audiobook Sample

The Drafter Audiobook

3.5 Hearts

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into The Drafter. I did listen to the prequel novella Sideswiped, but to be honest, I didn’t remember a lot of what happened. I do think that having listened/read the novella did make it easier to pick up this book. Several of the characters are introduced and you start to get a feel for the world that Harrison has built. It takes place several years before the start of The Drafter. Looking back, I wish I hadn’t left such a big gap between listening to Sideswiped and The Drafter.

This book was a completely different story and world from Harrison has given us in the past. It is nothing like The Hollows. Here, she has a built a futuristic world with more gadgets that you might expect to find in a world of the future. Plus, there is a bit of a time travel like element.

Peri Reed is a Drafter. She has the ability to go back a few minutes and rewrite the history. She is limited in how much she able to go back. She also doesn’t remember what happens. She requires the use of another person called an Anchor to help her see the final timeline. A Drafter and their Anchor are a team. They always work missions together and they generally live together and have a sexual relationship. Peri has even lost memories in her life from before the draft. One time she lost the previous six weeks of memories. It is interesting that Harrison gave such strong consequences for even these small shifts in time and rewrites in history.

There are many side characters from two different agencies. Peri currently works for a government agency called Opti. There is also another agency called the Alliance who is working to take down Opti. They want Peri and the information she could provide them, if she could only remember it. Jack is her Anchor and lover. He is also an Opti agent. Silas works for the Alliance. He can be an Anchor, but is more of a scientist than anything. There is also Bill, who is Jack and Peri’s handler. Fran, who is in charge of The Alliance. Howard and Taft are two great side characters who I just loved. They are friends of the Alliance and more like freelancers for them than true employees. They were there for Peri when she needed them. They were my favorite characters in the whole book. I hope we get to see more of them going forward.

This is a very interesting story. I liked it. The story kept me guessing on who’s the bad guy and who’s the good guys. At times, I felt I was almost as confused as Peri with her missing memory. I do love the world and the characters in it. I love Harrison’s writing style. I’m very excited to get the next book. I just hope I don’t have to wait too long.

The Drafter Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

This is the first book (not counting the Sideswiped novella) that I’ve listened to narrated by January LaVoy. I think she did a great job. I loved how she pulled out the cocky voice in Jack. Taft had a Southern accent that came and went and she did a great job with that as well. I liked her male and female voices. I would love to find more books with her as the narrator.

Author Kim Harrison

Author Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times #1 best selling The Undead Pool, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow. She’s currently developing what comes after the Hollows between working on the last Hollows book. When not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or out on the links.

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Narrator: January LaVoy

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 Narrator: January LaVoy 

Named Publishers Weekly’s AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR OF THE YEAR for 2013, January has an extensive body of work in both audiobook narration and commercial voiceover.  Her voice has been heard in national campaigns for products such as Revlon, Toll House, United Health Care, Dannon,, Home Depot, and Obama for America. She is a five-time Audie Award nominee, and received a 2014 Audie Award for her work on Nicholas Sparks’ novel, The Longest Ride.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I really liked The Drafter and Sideswipe. I have a feeling I’ll need to relisten to them before the next book, though.

    • They’re pretty complex stories. Good though. I’ll probably need a refresher too.

  2. I do like the sound of this. One of my biggest pet peeves with time travel is that the consequences seem small and the characters don’t really have a limit placed on how far they can go back in time. I like the sound of the character being able to only go back a few minutes and that the price paid can be a little steep. I may have to give this one a shot. I haven’t ever read anything by Harrison.

    • I liked that there were consequences too. Makes it more believable for me. I love The Hollows series by her. The pixie in it is my all-time favorite sidekick. It’s great on audio too.

  3. Melanie this is on my shelf right now and I’m hoping to get to it after I finish my contracted reviews. Thanks for chatting about the audio version.

    • This was on my waiting list for a long time too. I got it from the library. I’m just glad I didn’t have to wait too long after I finally had time to get to it. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

  4. I’m looking forward to book two as well. It really was way different from The Hollows, which I miss.

    • I miss Jenks, he was my all-time favorite UF sidekick. I see a relisten in my future sometime soon. I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

  5. I read a couple of chapters of this in the summer, but I wasn’t clicking with it. I set it aside and I intend on picking it back up soon. I do love Harrison and I know it takes a bit of time to get into her work, glad to hear that you enjoyed this one.

    • I’ve had that before. As a matter of fact, I just stopped listening to Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong. With that one, I think it was more of a narrator issue than the book, but it just wasn’t working. I don’t have time to read right now, but I’ll pick up the book and read it sometime. I just hope I don’t forget the first 16 chapters.

  6. I have to take my time when I finally open my copy. Sci-Fi such as this always scrambles my brain. i hope I can keep up with the science

    • There isn’t a huge amount of science in this one. At least I didn’t think so. It was more UF to me. There is the time travel, but they really don’t go into the science of it. I think you’ll be okay. The confusing part, for me any way, was trying to keep up with what real, in her mind, and what wasn’t. Who is a bad guy and who is a good guy.

  7. Huh, I never realized this was Urban Fantasy but it WAS written by Kim Harrison so I should have realized sooner, lol. Sorry to hear this book was a little bit confusing for you, but it sounds like you enjoyed it regardless 🙂

    • Urban Fantasy might not be the exact right category for it. That is what I’m labeling it. It is following the same heroine throughout the series. Set in a urban, futuristic setting. It does have some sci-fi aspects, but I thought the story fit more with UF than sci-fi.

      I think part of my confusion was that the Peri, the MC, kept loosing her memory, you aren’t sure who is good and who isn’t. Plus, I was going through some personal stuff, so I might have missed something too. It is a very good, but complex story. I will probably have to a relisten before the next book.

  8. I’m a bit like you for this one, but I confess I expected to be blown away by the story, it wasn’t really like that but I had a great time with it. Really curious for more!

    • I think that was my thing too. I was expecting a 5 star read from Harrison and it wasn’t. It was a good read with good characters and a strong world, but not as great as I was expecting. I hope that maybe more will be in book two.

  9. Wow, this does sound hugely different from what Harrison has given us before. I HAVE to read this one now.

    • It is hugely different. While I didn’t love it as much as The Hollows, I probably liked it as much as I did the first book, Dead Witch Walking, so I have high hopes.

  10. I do want to try this one simply because I’m so curious about it after reading her other series and loving it.

    • I enjoyed it, not as much as The Hollows, but still good. I think with more time, it could be as good. I hope you enjoy it.

  11. I love the title of the book. Sounds like a good one.

    • It is so completely different from The Hollows. It doesn’t have the snark of Jenks and Al. Still a very well written story with wonderful characters.

  12. Another great review Melanie! Glad you enjoyed this one. The world sounds a little complex, but was done well. And there were a lot of characters introduced too!

    • Thanks Naomi. It was a complex story, but Harrison did a great job with it. I can’t wait to see where she takes it next.

  13. I really enjoyed both books, and look forward to continuing. I hope the next books grabs you more.

    • I enjoyed this one. I think I was expecting more for Ms. Harrison. I am excited for the next one. I loved the ideas. I can’t wait to see where it goes next. I didn’t love Dead Witch Walking when I started that series. It took me a bit to love it. 🙂

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