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Indexing by Seanan McGuire Audiobook {5 Stars}

Indexing by Seanan McGuire Audiobook {5 Stars}

Indexing by Seanan McGuire
Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
(Indexing #1)
Published by 47North on Jan. 21st, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 404 pages
Audio Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
How I got my copy: Purchased
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“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.

5 Stars


  • Indexing is a fresh take on urban fantasy with FAIRYTALES instead of werewolves/vampires but with the same cast of spunky characters just trying to keep their heads above water (there are mermaids down there!). Everything I love about urban fantasy plus more!
  • Diversity! Diversity everywhere! One character frequently worries about what HIS HUSBAND will think, another is happily out as trans, pretty sure our MC is the only white person and that’s because she is Snow White and therefore actually WHITE. Farther in there is a deaf woman and her deafness is annoying for her since most of the people around her don’t know ASL, but ends up being a strength.
  • The best snarky character ever. So one of Henry’s (Henrietta, i.e. our Snow White) agents is a Wicked Stepsister trying not to fall into her role and she is so wonderful. She deeply cares about her co-workers, but her story wants her to be wicked, and so snark is how she gets out those impulses without poisoning anyone! SO MUCH SNARK! (Yes, this is a strength, I love Sloane to no end.)
  • The narration is fantastic! Mary Robinette Kowal is vying for my favorite narrator. She does a lot of uncommon accents and while I’m not an expert, they certainly sounded different and accurate from my limited experience with hearing native speakers. She gives Sloane such a wonderful extra snarky edge. I don’t think I could read this physically since I would miss her narration!


  • I’m really struggling here…. The story is kind of told in parts that feel fairly distinct. They come together eventually, but the perspective jumps to secondary characters kind of randomly and confused me at first. I’m still not really sure what the structure actually was since listening to the audio made it difficult to go back and examine things.


Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Indexing by Seanan McGuire

© 2017, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. This sounds like a lot of fun! Adding it to my to-read list now :)
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  2. I’ll be honest, urban fantasy isn’t really my thing, but I have been looking at this book since I first saw it as an upcoming release – and seeing your review, I think I’ll give it a go. After all, I do love fairy tale retellings and the ATI sounds like EXACTLY my kind of organization. (And I’ve been searching for my diverse books, so that totally helped too!)
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  3. I wasn’t even aware of this book but after reading (and LOVING) Every Heart a Doorway, I told myself to read her other book too. I don’t read a lot of urban fantasy but you make it sound so good.
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  4. Sounds really interesting, though I know what you mean, sometimes audio makes getting things straight harder. Also, love Mary Robinette Kowal’s voice.
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  5. Oooohhhhhh. So, would you recommend the audio version or the print version (because of the structural challenges)??
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  6. I hadn’t heard of this before but I need it now! I love the idea of fighting against fate! That and a snarky evil not evil stepsister and I’m there! Thanks for bringing this one to my attention.
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