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A Fistful of Charms Audiobook

A Fistful of Charms

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Publisher's Summary

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty-hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses - savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. Suddenly, more than Rachel's soul is at stake.

And hear more from the Rachel Morgan series!

©2006 Kim Harrison; (P)2007 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This strong entry in Harrison's intricate [Rachel Morgan] series....plunges headlong into the action." (Publishers Weekly)

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    K. R. Holmes Traverse City, MI 09-04-11
    K. R. Holmes Traverse City, MI 09-04-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Still lots of fun, but..."

    I've really been enjoying this series as a fun, not too deep, summer distraction. Even though the narrator makes the occasional pronunciation mistake in the previous books, I've enjoyed her performance overall. Living in Northern Michigan, however, I have a BIG problem with her narration of this novel. Since a lot of the story takes place on or near Mackinac Island, she really should have learned the correct pronunciation of the name. Mackinac is the French spelling, while Mackinaw is the English spelling, but both are pronounced the same way. Every time she said "Mackinack" instead of the correct pronunciation of "Mackinaw" I winced. And that was many, many times. So, if you're from Michigan, or just know what the correct pronunciation should be, you might want to read this installment instead of listen to it. It might save you some pain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorlene Butler 08-02-11
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    "Distracting Narration"

    Narrator just couldn't seem to find the right timing for this read.....VERY distracting and frustrating, although the story is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    05-12-08
    05-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great fun"

    This is the first time that I can write that I enjoyed the audio versions of this series more than reading the books themselves. The narrator is perfect. When reading on my own, the sarcasm and wit does not come as clear as when this narrator, Marguerite Gavin, reads the emotions and humor into the words. I've listened to every book in the series except the last one (because they switched the narrator) merely because I loved her reading.

    This story, and all the previous, are very funny and are an original slant on the paranormal/romance genre. The pixies, the vamps and of course, the witch/demon Rachel Morgan are loads of fun.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer (The Book Nympho) United States 10-21-13
    Jennifer (The Book Nympho) United States 10-21-13

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    "Jenks!!"

    First Thought(s):
    JENKS!! Got to love a pixie that uses Tink (Tinkerbell) as a curse.

    The Plot:
    Rachel and Jenks hit the road in order to save one of Jenks’ sons. Oh and Nick (Pfft).

    The last time Rachel saw Nick he was leaving town and wouldn’t tell her the whole reason he was leaving. Jenks’ son, Jax was living at Nick’s place to take care of his plants while he was out-of-town.

    Jenks and the rest of his pixie family left the church that Rachel and Ivy share as their home because of a fight he and Rachel got into during the last book, Every Which Way but Dead. It’s been a long winter without the pixies around and Rachel is sick of Jenks not talking to her. So when they get word from Jax that Nick is missing and Jax needs help they drop their difference and hit the road to save them.

    In true Rachel form this is no simple road trip. There are vampires and werewolves involved and Rachel fighting for her life but she has her trusty backup, Jenks. And Jenks is very much front and center in a big way.

    We didn’t get to see of Trent this time about but my fingers are crossed that he will show up in the next installment, For a Few More Demons. Which that title has me a little nervous. I’m thinking we may get to see more of Al.

    The Characters:
    Rachel is a kick ass witch but at the same time she boarders on “too stupid to live” but in a funny and endearing way. With the help of her friends, Rachel learns why she makes some of the dumb choices in her personal life. And knowing is half the battle, right?

    Jenks is a cocky and snarky pixie that’s always there for his partners Rachel and Ivy. He would die to save Rachel and his family. And I think he feels the same about Ivy but he hides it.

    Ivy has it hard being stuck behind wanting to be Rachel’s friend and partner to wanting more from Rachel. Not to mention she is trying to fight off some personal demons.
    Nick… is a turd and Rachel’s human ex-boyfriend.

    Kisten is a sexy vamp who is dating Rachel and seems to really care for her. He is also Ivy’s ex and friend.

    The Narration:
    I’m not sure if it’s Gavin’s narration or Harrison’s writing that keeps me coming back. I think it’s a little of both. I can’t picture myself reading this series now that I’m hooked on Gavin’s voice for the series. She does an amazing job for all the characters. Her voice for Rachel and Jenks is the best.

    Final Thought(s):
    JENKS!! One of the best secondary characters ever! And he summed up my feelings about Nick in this quote… “No one cares little green turds about you.”

    Will I continue the series:
    Hell ya! It gets better with each book. I’m really enjoying the snarky humor and the building relationships between the characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 01-27-13
    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2011

    I am easily amused!

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    "Rachel Rocks!"


    This book is action packed and full of adventure! Rachel Morgan becomes more involved with demons and her relationships with Ivy Tamwood and Nick evolve. The gang actually leave Cincinnati on a rescue mission which causes a unique set of challenges. We get to see Jenks in a whole new light which makes this my favorite in The Hollows series so far.

    I listened to this on audio and while I enjoy Marguerite Gavin's narration many sentences were halting and broke the flow of the book. She even made mistakes with character's voices a few times which was terribly distracting. Whoever was in charge of production really dropped the ball but I still loved the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    david mangan middleport, ny United States 04-26-16
    david mangan middleport, ny United States 04-26-16 Member Since 2010
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    "great book"

    great book, loved the narration, out of 200 audiobooks this series is one I keep being drawn back into again and again

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    denise schultze 04-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Audio issues"

    The speed was off throughout the book. Feature of poor editing? Odd vocal transitions like it was spliced disjointed.

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    Avid Book Reader Germany 02-26-16
    Avid Book Reader Germany 02-26-16 Member Since 2015

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    "If it wasn't for Jinx..."

    Ok... Rachel is a dumb witch... She does so many things that are stupid, impulsive and not well thought out. Things has to be explained to her in the simplest terms... The only reason im still going through with this series is because I adore Jinx and his pixie brood... Jinx and the pixies need their own book. Rachel annoys me to no end And I often roll my eyes over her antics and her trying to be in control. They go on a mission to rescue Jacks and this idiot check in under her real name... Like seriously?!! She is so stupid... The story is good and it keeps me listening and wondering whats going to happen next... But i do get tired of the story being told only from her point of view... I loathe stories being told only from one point of view... But that seems to be all the rage nowadays... Wish there was a warning on the label about the point of view the story is being told from...

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    John A Bielski Jr 11-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Third times a charm!"

    So good I've read it not once not twice but three times!! Can't get enough! Wish there was more!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 10-14-15
    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 10-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "dissapointed with the serie"
    Any additional comments?

    dissapointed with the serie

    So here is when I am done with this series when I simply found it too stupid to keep listening….

    The issue which have gone through the entire series:
    ”way too sexual frustrated writer”:
    Continually use excessively much time on writing the start of a soft porn instead of focusing what would make for a good story creation.

    The vampires absurdly sexual mind control ability bs: seriously if they had anything near these abilities they wouldn’t need anything else to control everyone and everything..
    It is ridiculously broken and it is just stupid.
    It only makes it worse than when everyone knows they got the abilities that they EVER allow them to even get a chance to use their charm abilities, and not instantly killing them when they do so.
    Even worse that within the inderlanders that it is tolerated that they constantly allow them to use this charm without it being seen as using a deadly weapon.
    (you are essentially allowing them to use permanently mind control that not only breaks your mind, makes you 100% addicted beyond anything, but also removes your free will: no way anyone with half a brain would allow this… the second a charm hit you would pull a uzi with uranium bullets and fill the vamp with them.)

    Which brings us to the next problem:
    Idiotic main character and cast. The characters and cast got the brains of worms when it is needed. There is SOO many ways to deal with the scenarios 100 times better then what they choose.
    Several times, they just make absolutely idiotic decisions, refusing to use the powers they got:
    (After book 2, Rachel got the ability to instantly put up a circle, which makes her 100% immune to ANYTHING from outside the circle. But even so she refuse to use it 99% of the time where it would be the PERFECT defence against inderlanders that because she doesn’t use it fucks them up and makes extremely bad situations, which would have been completely avoided easily by 1 word.)

    Weaponries. When everything the main can do with magic can be done more effectively with conventional weapons and as good as any magic is useless vs conventional weapons.. even so apparently no one is intelligent to actually just take a gun and win, and the people that use guns apparently got the worst aim in the history of mankind -.-

    The continually selfpitty bs which only gets worse and worse -.- the best metaphor for the development of the main is a child hammering nails through its hand then whining that it hurts more and more, when all it needs to do is STOP hammering on the nails…

    Extreme inconsistency on different concepts of what magic and different kind of magic can do.. (there is a lot of “Because of PLOT and bad writing” situation. Which just made me so angry).

    Overall, I got to 3 hours before book 4 ended before I just wanted to “burn the books”….

    The overall idea of them is good, but there is so much idiocy just swarming the books I simply couldn’t keep listening….
    The worst thing is that I rather want to hear where the story is going but it is 20% really good and interesting, but 80% bad and annoying…
    I truly tried to push through all the bad and annoying. However, at book 4 I just could not stand the idiotic decisions and the whine which followed -.-

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    The narrator did a good job the entire time :)

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