The Messengers by Lindsay Joelle
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The Messengers

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,893 ratings  ·  248 reviews
A mysterious plague ushers in an intergalactic war that ravages the galaxy for decades. A soldier and a pilot are tasked to deliver a package. A messenger and a refugee decide to work together on a dying alien planet. A love letter is lost that could be the key to a new future. A dark comedy about the messages we carry in our bones.
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Published March 5th 2020 by Audible Original
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J.L.   Sutton
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Lindsay Joelle's The Messengers is a short tale about the occupation of an alien world (and oppression of alien species thought to have spread a plague to their occupiers).

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Focusing on two relationships, one between a soldier and pilot and the other between a messenger and refugee, this short story had elements that could have worked out in a longer work. Overall, The Messengers was a quick audible listen with interesting perspectives as well as humor; however, some of the dialogue seemed clumsy
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This story has so much potential to be a good SciFi story and would have benefited greatly if it was an actual full book instead of a short story.
Again audible does great with their audio, they make everything come alive.
Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Messengers by Lindsay Joelle is a really sci-fi gem! Very clever and witty. Two pairs of space travelers, each have a story, but each have secrets. The stories are told with humor, a bit of dark humor, and each seeking survival.
Various people as narrators.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't actually like it at first but it tied together and grew on me and then I really did.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
This was the second of my free Audible Originals for the month. It's a quick listen with a sci-fi story that is written with amusing dialogue, but an ultimately poignant message. I enjoyed it all, but would have preferred the dialogue between the two women to be a bit more relaxed. Listening to their scenes was like listening to a volley between automatic rifles. . . per se. ;)
Ms. Woc Reader
Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
It was free so I listened to it but there was barely any story there. And once it finally got interesting it was over. Premise was promising but too short and horrible execution.
L. Lawson
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audible Original Audio Drama. Short, sweet. Crisp dialogue. Interlaced narratives that hit a satisfying end. Just what I look for in AOs.
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Star Rating: —> 3.5 Stars

Ay yiy yiy! Third time in a week that the GR app glitched as I was wrapping up a review. This one definitely isn't worth me writing it up again lol.

Quick Review Version:

I found this to be somewhat entertaining, but I think that is majorly due to the production & execution of the audiobook, rather than the story itself. Even for a short story, it had way less substance than you would expect in something like this, but the audible narration cast, the production team... the
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 / 5

- At just over an hour long, it is well within reason to finish the work in one sitting
- I appreciate the inter-woven nature of the story and the "pay-off" in the final chapter, but ... (see cons)
- There are occasional striking passages of prose (i.e. how scars are a map of the body that show where you've been), but those are admittedly few and far between

- The story lacks a sense of place. There are a lot of proper nouns thrown around (like names of alien species), but no sen
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Audible originals are nice, they provide so many cool audio dramas and being a member I get to enjoy them. Some are good, some are bad and then there's the rare occasion of a story that has a really big potential to be incredible and it get scrutinize. This is one of those occasions it happens and it's not because of the incredible performances by the actors or the script it's because of how short it is. A one hour dr
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Oh, a plague. How topical.

This audio play was over before I really had a chance to relate to the characters or get a feel for what was going on. You could hang a pretty powerful and profound story on this scaffolding with another couple hundred pages or so.

Not bad but too short, or maybe too ambitious for its length. Yeah, that's it, that's what I think.
Jennifer Holik
Mar 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: short-works
What the heck did I just listen to? This was just bad. The actors was bad. The story was bad. The entire thing was annoying. I just can't even. Literally the only good thing about this was that it eventually made a teensy bit of sense at the end. But I regret this entire experience.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
A lovely short story read by a full cast. It won’t significantly change you, but it’s a lovely pass-time-type-of-story
Craig Childs
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a 90-minute play performed with four actors. Produced by Audible for sale as an audiobook. Features two separate storylines intercut scene by scene.

In the first story, two female Federation soldiers--one a messenger, one a security officer--embark on a spaceflight mission to deliver a package to another planet. As their relationship unfolds, their backgrounds and family secrets begin to come to light…

On a planet far away, a young cowardly courier (a "runner") befriends an enemy combat
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was farking bad and I’m glad it was free. I thought I’d enjoy a science fiction novel with a short time investment but I found it annoying and very low impact with the story and characters. There are much better short stories out there so don’t waste your time with this one.
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobook, comedy
I never heard or read anything by Linsay Jolle before but I liked this short story. This has an ensemble cast who do a great job of bringing the characters to life. It had me laughing out loud from the very beginning and considering that I was at work that says a lot.

A mysterious plague brings with it an intergalactic war that brings havoc to the galaxy for decades. A soldier and a pilot are given the task of delivering a package. There is also a messenger and a refugee who decide to work toget
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, scifi, short
It's an hour and a half long and I fell asleep listening to it.
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an audible freebie. It wasn't my favorite, but I did like the way the story built momentum. I think this could have been a longer work. The world building could have used more finesse. But as far as these short freebies go, I'm usually not a fan, but this one created interest. So 3 stars.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this little gem. The voice acting was incredible. The story is touching in multiple ways. This is a quick one that will have you feeling all sorts of emotions from laughing to tears of love.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audible original that was absolutely worth the read. Had a perfect balance of humour, drama and sadness.
a r i a n a
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute little hour long listen on Audible this month. Humor reminds me of the tv show The Good Place.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're going to do any kind of social commentary, then this is how you should do it. This is clearly political in nature - but the acting is just so good and the script so funny that it doesn't really matter. It becomes poignant without being campy. Very quick, exceptionally well done.
Knight of Cups Reviews
Very interesting concept and beautifully performed, but would really benefit if it were a full length story. It's very short. Just a small glimpse into a vast world. I would read a whole book about this, but it is hard to learn all the concepts in this short experience. I found the characters to be interesting and wished I could have gotten more than the 1hr this story is.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
A short audio play that tackles weighty topics concerning imperialistic occupation, xenophobia, and class privilege. Overall it efficiently and succinctly hits all of the notes in its messaging as well as it can due to its bite-sized format. However, I feel that the tone and themes that the narrative wishes to play around with are significantly undermined and squandered by overly saccharine and twee dialog.
Kathryn Scherer
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The voice actors did a phenomenal job and I laughed out loud a few times. I liked how the story wrapped up the two narratives at the end. It was a good, quick, sci-fi listen.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quirky Alien War Drama

Odd futuristic space play with a shocking twist that ties it all together at the end. I liked the different voices, especially when the dialogue picked up speed. Some made up cursing and a couple actual curse words. Also mention of prisoners tortured, alien races persecuted, and "pleasure houses."
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
3/5 Stars

I wish this was longer as well as a legit book. The story was an intriguing one and I do like the interwoven plots, but ultimately I didn't think it was super fleshed out. Plus the end left me with a few questions that I think could have been answered in a longer story.
Alan Teder
Post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi Dark Comedy Play
Review of the Audible Originals audiobook (March 2020)

The Messengers is one of the 2018 Audible Emerging Playwrights commissions. As with the other commissions released to date, it is a studio recording rather than a live theatre performance.

I'll confess that I lost the thread in this one and will have to re-listen to it in order to reconstruct the missing pieces. There is presumably some sort of tie-in between the two pairs of actors who perform in altern
Apr 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was just weird... 🙄
Nick H
Apr 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Tiresome writing and cheap sci-fi. Almost every concept within is hackneyed, and the cutesy space swear word stand-ins are lazy and unfunny. Much of the dialogue is unbelievably wooden, and there’s really no one to root for anyway. Not a fan. [AUDIBLE]
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