Kitty Norville is just your average, everyday Disc Jockey, except for the fact that she turns into a werewolf every full moon. But that werewolf bit is a secret, at least until one night she starts taking calls about the paranormal and stumbles into hosting a popular, syndicated advice show for the supernaturally gifted (or afflicted). Things are going great with the new show at least until a hitman tries to kill her on the air. But after talking her way out of being murdered, and charming the hitman to her side in the process, Kitty has to find out who's really behind the hit...while at the same time unwillingly assisting the police in an investigation of suspicious deaths which look like the work of a werewolf. Untangling these two mysteries would be complicated for anyone, let alone a DJ out of her depth, and it's all made even more complex by werewolf clan dynmaics, the vampire clan eager to get the werewolves away from their turf, and a preacher who claims he can cure supernatural afflictions.
To pull off the first-person narration of a talk show DJ in an audiobook, it's essential to capture the feel and sound of the talk show host just right. If that was a challenge for narrator Marguerite Gavin, you'd never know it; she sounds so authentic as DJ Kitty Norville, you'd think she was a DJ herself. This is partly due to Vaughn's witty dialogue and strong authorial voice, but Gavin brings a little something extra to the role that you wouldn't necessarily get when reading it off the page. The several "Midnight Hour" talk show bits in the book sound pitch-perfect in depicting both Kitty's hosting persona and the callers' personalities and neuroses, thanks in large part to Gavin's excellent pacing and injection of attitude and sultriness into the role.
For fans of Sookie Stackhouse's adventures or contemporary urban fantasies, this one is a no-brainer. But even if you don't normally go for that kind of thing, Kitty and the Midnight Hour deserves a spot in your listening queue. It's just plain fun, and Gavin's talents shine throughout the narrative, making it one of those audiobooks that'll have you wishing your commute was a little bit longer so you'll have the excuse to keep listening. John Joseph Adams
©2005 Carrie Vaughn, LLC; (P)2009 Tantor
"Fresh, hip, fantastic.... Don't miss this one. You're in for a real treat!" (L. A. Banks, author of he Vampire Huntress Legends series)
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From the discription I thought this might be good, but I could barely finish an hour of listening. I hated the main character she was whinney and snively. And to me the sex scene was basiclly rape. Not my idea of a good story. After only one hour I have vetoed this auther for life.
I purchased "Wolfbane and Mistletoe" a while back and Ms Vaugh's character of Kitty Norville, was in one of the short stories. It was really good, so I thought I would start listening to the series. This first book didn't disappoint, I know I will be purchasing the books in this series. I'm so glad that Audiable offers Anthology's, we get to listen to both authors we know and learn about new ones. Can't wait to get book 2.
I expected so much more. There was too much of a dominance theme in this book. Sorry I just can't see this I personally found that theme very disturbing. I got this book because book 2 had a high reviewer rating and I don't like to come in mid series so I purchased this one first. Won't be purchasing the sequels.
I'm afraid I agree with Andrea of Canada that these characters were pretty one-dimensional and the werewolves were so, well, wolf, that I had a hard time relating at all. I needed more human elements, less dog.
And the instant acceptance of werewolves and vampires without any difficulty or doubt seemed forced and artificial.
The radio talk-show format left me cold because I didn't care about the callers who were just that...callers.
I liked Carrie Vaughn's first book in this series. Marguerite Gavin, is an excellent narrator which dramatically increases the enjoyment. I am going to listen to the next book in the series and hope Audible carries the rest of the series. It was great fun to listen to Carrie Vaughn's story "Kitty and The Midnight Hour."
I recomend this book, it is a great adventure story.
When I first saw the listing, the title led me to think this would be "fluff" - I am glad I took another look and decided to listen, as I really enjoyed this book! Don't let the title fool you - this is a great supernatural Sci Fi read!
Maguerite Gavin is a great narrator - love her on the Kim Harrison "Witch for Hire" series - and she didn't let me down as Kitty.
I just finished The Midnight Hour, and I am already downloading the second book! Looking forward to Kitty's next adventure!
Almost Chick Lit. Has sociological study value. The narrator is perfect for this reading. I think one of the better values available in audible.
I get that it's about werewolves, but I prefer my female leads to be stronger and not the repeated object of dominance and abuse and prone to bad judgement. Also, the story plot is weak, with some big leaps in plausibility that made me wonder if I had skipped some chapters. Couldn't bring myself to finish it, because it actually made doing chores more painful. Narrator did the best she could.
I got this because it was on sale for 6 dollars and it deemed a pretty interesting story. The narration was done well. If you like the paranormal, you will like this book. The write does an excellent job on the characters, getting into the head of a warewolf!
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