Why Did I Listen To This Book?
One thing that I have learned while participating in the bi-annual Dewey 24 Hour Readathons is that short books are key. For me, this is the one time where I feel it’s totally cool to FINALLY listen to the shorter audiobooks that I’ve scooped up for free on Audible. Friends, I have had Reaper by Rachel Vincent just chilling in my Audible library since THE DAY I GOT AUDIBLE. Yes, for real. It was free and I scooped it up and I never listened to it. This is likely because I have not read Vincent’s Soul Screamers books either. However, when the Readathon rolled around, I just dived right into this novella. It was actually a pretty okay listen.
What’s The Story Here?
Rachel Vincent’s novella is character Tod’s backstory of how he became a reaper. Basically there is a car accident that is kind of Tod’s fault and his brother is supposed to die, right. However, Tod makes the ultimate sacrifice and decides to become a reaper in order to save his brother. Reaper then follows how Tod deals with becoming someone who takes souls. We get to see him in a nursing room learning the tasks of reaping, and that’s pretty much the story. No spoilers, or anything yo.
Would I Recommend Reaper?
Honestly, yes with a caveat. You see, I was kind of out of my league with this novella as I did not really have an understanding of what was going on or the significance. THEN, I was like I bet these characters would matter or mean more to me if I had read Vincent’s Soul Screamers series. On the one hand, if you are in a readathon and numbers spur you to read like the wind, then yes, I highly recommend this one as a 24 hour readathon listen. I admit that this novella made me curious about the other books in the series and I think I will end up making more of an effort to check them out. Yo, my effort is not to be discounted as I am super lazy.
How’s The Narration?
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, LTD, Reaper is an incredibly short audiobook – it’s only 1 hour and 51 minutes unabridged. It is narrated by Anthony Hayden Salerno. Salerno has a voice that kind of reminded me of Nick Podehl’s a little bit, only his is more, teenage sounding– I suppose that is good for the purposes of this story. I did not find him grating which is the most important thing. ALTHOUGH, I was not entirely in love with his way of voicing females. Alas, you cannot win them all.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
My confusion all summed up.
Other reviews of Reaper by Rachel Vincent:
Step Into Fiction – “This novella is a perfect glimpse into Tod’s life.”
Midnight Book Thief – “full of laugh out loud moments”
Feeling Fictional – “this is a must read novella”