Murder on the Orient Elite is another of the short audiobook stories set in Larry Correia’s Grimnoir Chronicles universe. This one happens after the story told in the three main Grimnoir volumes, so it may contain spoilers for those who haven’t read them.
Jake Sullivan has been recruited to find a bomber in time to prevent the Orient Elite—a brand new luxury airship owned by Dr. Wells—from being destroyed with all the rich and famous people aboard. To do so, he has to sort through Iron Guard from the Imperium, Russian spies, and other interested parties in order to find out who is planning the bombing. The pacing is very quick in this short story.
One of the best features of Murder on the Orient Elite is the narration by Bronson Pinchot. Almost all of the Grimnoir audiobooks are narrated by him, and he does a fantastic job. He even does accents—with varying degrees of success—for the different characters. The accents are different enough to differentiate, though some really aren’t that accurate. Most people won’t notice that, however, and Pinchot is very consistent in the accents.
As the story is quite short (only a little over an hour at normal speed), I’ll keep this review short. I really enjoyed it, and it fits very well within the Grimnoir universe. It adds a little more to the story, which is always nice, and does so in a fun and adventurous way. It even introduces a new type of active, one Jake had never seen before. I plan to listen to Murder on the Orient Elite multiple times.
Release Date: December 1, 2014 (USA)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Alcohol/Drugs: 1 (brief social drinking)
Language: 1 (brief)
Violence: 2 (brief fisticuffs, magical power fights, some death)