The Operator Audiobook by Kim Harrison (REIVEW)

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Review of: The Operator Audiobook
Kim Harrison

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On January 4, 2017
Last modified:March 8, 2017


The Operator Audiobook

By: Kim Harrison

Narrated by: January LaVoy

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 11/22/2016

The Operator Audiobook by Kim Harrison

Rating: 3 hearts

Peri Reed #2

15 hrs and 38 mins

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The Operator Audiobook

3 Hearts

I listened to the first book not long after it came out. It was not a story that blew my socks off. It was okay and a decent start to the series. I was hoping that book two would come out so that we could learn a little more about the world. I relistened to The Drafter before starting this book because, while I remember the main parts of the story, I didn’t remember many of the minute details. I can say that I didn’t like or dislike this book more than the first time through.

Upon starting this book, I was really hoping that this book would really set me to loving this series, but alas, it did not. I think for me, I didn’t really click with any of the characters. Silas is really the only one I liked. I don’t really like Peri all that much. She always seems to find herself in trouble and not able to get herself out of it. She seems to bring everyone around her down with her. She also seems to throw herself a pity party over the fact that she loses her memory. I’m sure that can be scary, but it is something that all drafters have to deal with.

I’m also not a huge fan of the love triangle thing that is going on between Peri, Silas and Jack. While Peri normally would push that she had no feelings for Jack any more, she still seems to rely on him too much after all that he’s done to her to trust him. I don’t think it would take much for her to go back to him.

I missed some of the characters we met in the first book, like; Howard and Taf. Some people return, like Bill, Allen and of course, I mentioned Jack and Silas. We have some new characters in this book, Cam (who I have no idea why he was such a large part to the storyline), LB and Fatman, Harmony, Michael and Helen. Of the new characters, I liked LB the most. He was a drug dealer who could draft, but didn’t realize it until Peri told him. He thought he was having blackouts.

The suspense in this story is pretty good. You never know what is going to happen next. There are several different groups, all with their own agenda all fighting for Peri. But the overall theme is that Peri is running for her life.


The Operator Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

January LaVoy is a great narrator. She does a great job with the different characters. She really puts the correct inflection for each mood and scene. I love her men and women’s voices. If you haven’t given Ms. LaVoy a try, I highly recommend her.

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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I like to thanks Simon & Schuster Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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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. Sorry this doesn’t work all that well for you, Melanie! I love the time-switch/slide aspect so much, and I found that Peri was a character I enjoyed.
    I hope you’ll find something else that really catches your fancy real soon 🙂

    • I really wanted to love this series. I was a huge fan of The Hollows. While I like this one, I don’t love it. I think I just don’t love the characters.

  2. Thanks for the great review Melanie. I hadn’t read anything by Harrison but was intrigued since so many of my blogger friends loved her. I got The Drafter but I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I’ll try one more time.

    • I’m a huge fan of Harrison’s The Hollows series. I listened to The Drafter not long after it came out. I thought it was okay, but didn’t love it as much as many others. I grabbed this one because some books take more than one book to get into them (The Hollows did too). I didn’t like this one more or less. Still just okay.

    • Yeah, so far, I’ve just thought both books were okay. I’m not loving or hating them. We will see how the next book goes.

  3. I keep flip flopping on this series. On one hand it is Kim Harrison, but then on the other, I tried the first book twice last year and both times I couldn’t get into it, I kept thinking it was just me. I am still going to try when I get the chance. Why does Harrison always write female main characters that drive you nuts?

    • Yes. I like Rachel way more than I like Peri. Rachel drove me crazy at times, but not like Peri does. I’ve thought it was just me too.

  4. That’s too bad. I’ve heard hit or miss for these. I still have her original series to try out.

    • I love The Hollows. Now, the first book in it has its faults. It took me at least two books to fall in love with it. That’s one reason I stuck with this series. Not sure what my plans are with Peri Reed. I guess, I will see when the next book comes out.

  5. I remember really enjoying the first book last year – not as much as The Hollows overall but the concept is so cool. I also remembered the first book in The Hollows being a lot less than the series, so I think part of me was hoping it would keep getting better… but maybe not. I really hate the idea of a love triangle involving Jack – I liked him being dead for most of the first one. *sigh* I’m going to give it a listen and hope I like it more than you. But I have a bad feeling. Great review!

    • Thanks, Berls. There are many people who love this book, but I just thought it was okay. I picked it up because I remember The Hollows taking more than one book to become the series I love. I love the premise of this series and I want to like it, but I just don’t.

  6. Bummer, I loved all the sci-fi time travel stuff. It is so funny that I don’t see a triangle at all. For me, this was a stronger story and really pulled me into the series. I am reading these and not sure if it made a difference. Great explanation of your thoughts.

    • Thanks, Kimberly. I love the premise of this series, but I’m just not getting into it. I like this narrator, but sometimes reading does make a difference. As for the love triangle, to me, she seems to keep thinking about Jack. Maybe it’s the thoughts in her head with him. Maybe it’s that she doesn’t seem that devoted to Silas. I’m not sure.

  7. I listened to the first book and thought it was just okay. When I realized it was leading towards a love triangle, I decided to bail. Thanks for a really good review as you’re confirming my decision.

    • Glad to know I’m not the only one who felt like there was a bit of a love triangle angle. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else feel that way.

  8. Good that you gave the series another go to see if it would improve. So-so books are so tough to decide whether to stay or go with a series and even tougher if one of the main characters drives you nuts. The love triangle would have had me bugging out. But still, I can see how the world crafting, plotting and some of the characters would make it worth it.

    New to me narrator. I’ll have to watch for her stuff now.

    • I don’t like love triangles (and I haven’t seen many people that feel that it is, but it felt like it to me), but I can put up with them sometimes. In a book that I already didn’t like, drove me a little nuts.

  9. Oh I loked this one as well, better than the first one in fact. I hope it will be a bit better with the next one for you

    • I remember reading your review and several others who liked it. I think most people have enjoyed this series. I’m not 100% sure why it isn’t working for me. I love the premise of the series. I think it’s that I’m not clicking with the characters.

  10. I’ve tried the prequel to this series on audio and I just couldn’t get into it. I loved the premise and what the author was trying to do, but something just didn’t mesh with me so I put this series on the back burner and turned my attention to the Hollows series.

    • That is pretty much exactly how I felt. I’m thinking it was the characters. I can usually love any story if I love the characters. The Hollows series is amazing. I hope to revisit it on audio this year.

  11. This happens now and then, a new series that doesn’t wow us. I still need to try the first book in this series.


    • Yeah. I really wanted to like this series, but it just isn’t for me. There are many people who love it.

  12. I tried to read the cross-over novella from this world to The Hollows and for some reason I just didn’t like the protagonist. Maybe I should give book one a chance but I don’t know if it will be for me or not. I might just stick to finishing The Hollows instead. 😉

    • I would definitely finish The Hollows. That series is great all the way to the end. I haven’t tried the crossover yet. I bought it, but I’m a little scared to try it. Very excited for The Turn.

  13. I’m sorry you’re not feeling a connection with the characters, Melanie. Especially Peri since she’s the MC. That’s certainly problematic. I haven’t started this series yet but am kind of excited because I love The Hollows so much. I’m a bit nervous now but once I get started, we can compare notes. 😉 Great review!

    • There are a bunch of people who loved it. Kimberly, Lexxie and Melliane all loved it. I would try to start it with an open mind and see what happens. I hope you enjoy it more than I did. I really wanted to like it.

  14. I read the first book and I also thought it was just ok. I didn’t care for Peri and I can’t even remember what the story was about lol. It’s a shame since I’ve enjoyed her other books. I love January LaVoy so at least her performance was good. Great review but I probably won’t continue with this series.

    • I loved The Hollows too. I loved the idea of this story. I like the time travel idea and the fact there are consequences for magic (with her loosing her memory). I agree that January LaVoy did a great job.

  15. I actually liked the first book in this series and I was hoping that people would enjoy it a bit more. Still, I do want to get this book and read it. Now to decide if I want to do audio or read it. Hm… 🙂

    • I thought the narrator did a really great job. I started the series on audio. There are a ton of people who really like this story. I didn’t hate it, just didn’t love it either. Just okay.

  16. It’s so interesting how people can see things so differently. I love Peri. 😀 I like the first book more because it was more of a wild ride, but still liked this one a lot.

    • Agreed. There are books that I love and others don’t like. I really wanted to like this one. I love the idea of the story. I think, it’s that I just don’t click with the characters.

  17. I’m not 100% convinced we’re heading for a love triangle. I did like the first book a little more than this one but I’m ready for the 3rd! Love it on audio and will stick to that format.

    • I would stick with audio too. I’m not sure if I will try book three. I guess I will see how I feel when it comes out.

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