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Kitty and The Midnight Hour Audiobook

Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

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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

Publisher's Summary

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success. But it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew.

©2005 Carrie Vaughn, LLC; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 02-17-13
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 02-17-13

    Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "well written, well read"

    With the main character named Kitty being a werewolf, this would appear to be a funny story. It isn't, really. There are a few funny parts, mostly it is Kitty's sense of humor about her life. The main plot is around Kitty going from being a doormat for most of the people around her, to being her own person. She is honest with herself about being able to give out advice but not being able to see the way out of her own troubles, and the people she asks advice from are quite unexpected.
    The ending is not trite, and even though I am very happy that there are so many more books in this series to read!, this book stands on its own.
    I was expecting a light read/listen, but that isn't what I got. This is a story about a girl who has a pretty bad turn of luck, and what she does about it. I enjoyed very much, anyway.

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    "Didn't want to go back for more"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I think the story was interesting, just not interesting enough to keep going. I didn't feel the need to continue with this series. You know that Kitty is going to embark on this new life now that she's been exposed, but you don't really care to follow it; at least, I don't.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    After reading it, no. This book is similar to that movie you liked when you saw it in the theater, but you don't want to buy it once it comes out on DVD, and you can't figure out why that is.


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    Long Columbia, SC, USA 01-14-13
    Long Columbia, SC, USA 01-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "after listening for an hour nothing was happening"
    Would you try another book from Carrie Vaughn and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    marguerite gavin is an amazing narator. unfortunately, the story was boring. read the rook, or any jennifer estep books. they are much better


    Has Kitty and The Midnight Hour turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What does Marguerite Gavin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    she has great voice acting


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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 12-05-12
    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

    Audible obsessed!

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    "Very disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Kitty and The Midnight Hour?

    I've been reading and listening to books in this genre for quite sometime. I have pretty much gone through everything and I was looking for another series to pick up. This first book of the series was very uneventful. I found the plot to be very boring and I was not excited about what the next chapter would bring at all. I forced myself to finish the book.


    Has Kitty and The Midnight Hour turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, like I said this is a favorite genre of mine and I look forward to gripping onto something new.


    Did Marguerite Gavin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I guess she tried, but I found the characters to be very dull, even the lead character, Kitty herself.


    What character would you cut from Kitty and The Midnight Hour?

    Probably most she be written out or written in a different buildup.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't be continuing with this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Gerbyshak Coralville, IA, US 11-28-12
    Jennifer Gerbyshak Coralville, IA, US 11-28-12
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    "Not Shakespeare, But Definitely Audio Fun"

    Kitty Norville is not for those seeking sweeping landscapes, epic drama or poetic prose. It is, however, most decidedly for those looking for a quick jaunt on the lupine side. With plenty of winking sarcasm (well, the point-of-view character is a werewolf named Kitty), Kitty and the Midnight Hour offers up a little mystery, a little paranormal, a little romance, and lots of light entertainment. If that's what you're in the mood for, this is where you want to be. The audio-book format works particularly well in this instance because Kitty, the protagonist, is a radio DJ and talk show host. Marguarite Gavin is a great voice for The Midnight Hour.

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    Yaz 11-23-12
    Yaz 11-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A refreshing heroine"
    What did you like best about this story?

    An unexpected heroine, a DJ tired of putting up with bullies. Kitty is more like a regular woman, well except for the fact that she is a werewolf. The lowest member of the Denver pack, decides to keep a controversial radio talk show on the air. Her life goes from simply accepting her position in the pack to standing up for her believes regardless of the consequences.

    I truly enjoyed reading this book. The fact Kitty is not the typical kick ass heroine, was a refreshing change. A very smart young woman fights her way through all odds to come on top.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    The main character Kitty Norville


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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 10-20-12
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2016

    74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books

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    "Great creation of another species"

    I love Kitty and the way Carrie Vaughn has depicted her. I read lots of fantasy fiction (if werewolves and vampires fit into fantasy - do we really know after all?) and I know how difficult it is to create a world, true to all of it's own premises but "Pack" life is just that. If I didn't know better I'd think this was a bit autobiographical.
    Kudos!

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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 10-06-12
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 10-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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    "Excellent Hollows-esque book"

    I've been enjoying the "Hollows" books, with Rachel Morgan, so I thought I'd give this a try. I liked it. It's quirky, has a very likeable leading lady, and it doesn't have that perpetual feeling of doom, gloom, and hopelessness that the later Hollows books all have. One thing that is kind of tough if you've been audio-booking the Hollows series is that this one has the same reader. Don't get me wrong, Gavin is great, but she uses the same voices here, so it's impossible not to hear her "Al" voice, or "Rachel" voice, or "Nick" voice in these characters voices and identify them in that way.

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    Crystal Fort Rucker, AL, United States 07-13-12
    Crystal Fort Rucker, AL, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Everyone loves a Kitty"
    What made the experience of listening to Kitty and The Midnight Hour the most enjoyable?

    The continuation of the series....this book was an interesting start but definately and the series goes on, really great. I love Killy's character!


    What other book might you compare Kitty and The Midnight Hour to and why?

    I can't really think of another book I would compare this too. Her series has its own really great story line.


    What does Marguerite Gavin bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She is an amazing narrator. I swore at first it was that actress Wendy Malik from that tv series Just Shoot Me from the 90s. So very similar. Anyhow, she is great with her character voices and really draws you in. Loved Her!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep reading thru the series....great enjoyment!

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    Theresa L. Callanan 05-21-12

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    "Might be a new fan."

    This is the first time I have read any of Carrie Vaughns' books. I might have found a new author to try.

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