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Dead Witch Walking | [Kim Harrison]

Dead Witch Walking

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.
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Publisher's Summary

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

On the run with a contract on her head, Rachel reluctantly teams up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner...and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crimelord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death...not to mention her own roommate!

Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor, and romance, Dead Witch Walking is the perfect summer listen for anyone who likes vampires, paranormal fantasy, romance, or just a great beach book.

And hear more from the Rachel Morgan series!

©2004 Kim Harrison; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Fast-paced and loads of fun - the perfect read when you just want to get away from things for a bit." (Fantasy & Science Fiction)

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-05-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Weak 3 stars."

    The first half was not doing it for me, but a couple of things made it better in the second half.

    The biggest problem is the heroine Rachel. She is not good at things. She doesn’t sweat the details. She isn’t successful. Sometimes there are reasons she isn’t successful, like her boss sabotaging her. (Actually seeing details of her boss sabotaging her could have been good, but that wasn’t shown.) She is reckless and jumps to wrong conclusions. She doesn’t plan well. She gets caught while spying on a bad guy - three times. There’s a contract on her with assassins attacking her. Each time she doesn’t do anything smart to get away. Luck or someone else rescues her. When she does get around to doing a witch-like thing, it’s not impressive. She wanted to make a potion to turn into an animal. But she’s in a hurry and uses a mouse hair because it’s convenient. As it turned out it was a mink’s hair not a mouse hair, so she turns into a mink. I like to watch someone do something well or in an interesting way. But I wasn’t interested in watching Rachel do mediocre things.

    But I loved one part. Rachel is in mink form and cannot change back to human. She has been captured by a bad guy who plans to kill her by entering her in the rat fights. Trained rats fight to the death. What happened during the fight and after was very entertaining. It was the best part of the book. It had to do with meeting and interacting with another creature.

    The narrator Marguerite Gavin was ok, but at times she talked too fast. I would have liked occasional dramatic pauses.

    Genre: urban fantasy.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 07-28-14
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "I love tomatos"
    Any additional comments?

    What would happen if a large portion of the Earth’s population died due to a deadly virus spread through genetically modified tomatoes? Read this book to find out. Kim Harrison has built an intriguing world of fiction, and Marguerite Gavin has given it life. If you like paranormal stories, you will enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 06-13-14
    Deborah 06-13-14 Member Since 2011

    I love to read sci-fi and thrillers. Will read anything that gets good reviews. I hear a lot of good books that way.

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    "How did I get in this mess?"
    What did you love best about Dead Witch Walking?

    She is jumping from the frying pan into the fire every time you turn around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Janks. He may be little, but he is not afraid of anything.


    Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time I've listened to her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Witch, a Vampire, and a Pixie walk into a bar...


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book. Suspense, humor, and loyalty all rolled up into one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex CA, United States 05-13-14
    Alex CA, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2015

    I love fantasy and science fiction.

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    "Found a new series!"

    I bought this audio book on a whim, just looking for a new fantasy series and this one happened to be on sale. I'll admit, It took me a while to get into it. It's not that the first half is bad, it's just a lot of set up and not that much action. I was determined to finish it though cause I hate having unfinished books. Once I was about midway though, I couldn't put it down! Harrison brings together a very dynamic and interesting set of characters. I also like her spin on fantasy creatures as well as combining it with a modern day setting. This book is excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Madison, WI, United States 03-27-14
    Janet Madison, WI, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Okay but too snarky for me."
    Would you try another book from Kim Harrison and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    Maybe. I'm not totally writing other books off but they with not be top on my list.


    Do you think Dead Witch Walking needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes because it ends with them just starting up their business.


    Any additional comments?

    Since I only listened to the book, I don't know if it was the narrator's fault that it sounded snarky and jaded or if that was the way it was written. I like strong women characters but this one was just hard to like at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Stringing me along..."

    A light weight, easy listen that ultimately left me unsatisfied. Going in I understood this was the beginning of a series. I listen to a lot of those. I get that you're left with teasers so you'll want to continue with the series. Usually, however, many of the initial mysteries or conflicts from the beginning of the book are somewhat resolved with new issues cropping up near the end so that you'll be enticed to continue the next book. This one didn't really resolve those early questions and didn't really introduce new mysteries near the end either. Consequently, it feels a little incomplete, and I feel a little ripped off. I'm admittedly curious about some of those unresolved issues, but not enough to get strung along lackadaisically. It starts to feel a little soap opera-ish when books do that. As for the narrator, she was fine. She did a solid, middle-of-the-road job. I wouldn't mind listening to her again. The bottom line: If you're looking for a series that will keep you occupied for a long time but won't be too mentally absorbing, this book promises a series that will definitely fit the bill. If you want high drama and a definite conclusion, keep moving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 11-30-12
    Lisa United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2014

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "Nice start to an amazing series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Witch Walking to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Marguerite Gavin does a great job with the voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmm... Jinx, he's so funny and cocky for such a little guy.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure about this series at first, it seemed like it took Gavin a while before she hit her stride with the characters voices. I am happy I gave it a chance though because I have all the books in this series now and love them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    nicole shawnee, KS, United States 06-04-12
    nicole shawnee, KS, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't waist your money!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Horibal narrator. The story could be a good one but the narration was so boring I found my self after ten minuts of listening rewinding the book because I had stopped paying attention. It took me three times starting it till I could get into it at all. The only reason I keeped listing to it is because I had already bought book number two and did not want to through my money away for two books. But I even got to the end of the book and did not want to through away any more of my time so I stopped the book with over an hr left. Just flat out did not care how it ended.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my money back so bad. I have over 100 books I have listened to this year and nothing is close to being this bad so I had to wright a review. Please take my advice and don't get this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Comanche, OK, United States 05-30-12
    Sandra Comanche, OK, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Read...Good Series..."

    I am almost finshed with the 3rd book in this series and I am enjoying them very much. The story/plot lines are really well developed as are the characters. I like the difference in this series from other 'fantasy/otherworld' type seriers as there is actually a plot and a story and its not just boy meets girl, boy looses girl, bad thing happens, boy gets girl back. There is some romantic interest through the first 3 books, but it is NOT the story itself. Mystery and wondering what is going to happen next is what keeps you hooked on this series. Plus (and always my favorite) there are just some laugh out loud moments as the main character who seems to have it together, doesn't...always have it together...even though she's a redhead she can have some great blonde moments.

    The narrator of this series is also very good, she really puts a voice to the characters that keeps you interested and also helps you distinguish who is actually talking, where some female narrators have issues with mens voices as they all sound alike, Ms. Gavin does really well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SweetDreen Stony Plain, AB, Canada 03-08-12
    SweetDreen Stony Plain, AB, Canada 03-08-12 Member Since 2014

    An avid listener of audio books.

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    "Great Series"

    I must say it took me a bit of time to get into the book but once I did I really enjoyed it. At first I couldn't wrap my head around a little pixie sitting on a witch's shoulder but once I did I found the characters funny, likable and very entertaining. It also took me a bit of time to enjoy the narrator. I didn't like her at first but I soon found her performance enjoyable and I thought she did a great job on this book and subsequently the whole series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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