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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The first installment in the series, if the rest of the Kitty Norville series can compare, the entire series could rival some of the best in fantasy fiction.
Bits and pieces of this book made me think of Sookie Stackhouse. The main characters are strong willed women with differences that cause them not to fit into their own worlds exactly as they think they should.
Ms.Gavin does a fantastic job as Kitty, a late night DJ. Her voice is particularly well suited for this role. The listener can almost picture her in the booth talking to callers. A well done performance!
I am looking forward to listening to the next book!
Kitty is a strong heroine who is also vulnerable, and balancing the various aspects of her personality is a theme of this first outing. She gains confidence as she reveals more of the truth of her life. Becoming a werewolf was not a choice but Kitty strives to maintain a positive attitude. I enjoyed the characters quite a lot, and look forward to more of Kitty's adventures.
Sultry, expressive, joyful.
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Not totally original or outstanding, but witty and charming.
I didn't really care too much for this one. Not a fan at all of the Narrator. Tried too hard to be overly dramatic. The storyline was very ho-hum. I didn't really care that much about the main character. Once that happens, the book is pretty much over for me. I won't be getting any more of this series.
Good narration. Interesting story and premise although I was torn on whether I liked the character or not. Kitty starts out somewhat timid but leaves lots of room to grow. I'm interested to see how she develops, but may hesitate at the premium cost. Each book is only 7-8 hours duration.
Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.
Ok, something about the name "Kitty" turned me off this book for about a year, finally I gave into to all the recommendations. I am glad I did. She is funny and so unlucky, it reminds me of Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich series, but much much more unlucky. I got hooked quickly and I only have one book left in the series. Each book builds on the last, and average about 7 hours a piece just enough time for Kitty to get herself in trouble and right back out of it again. This is not a deep book but enjoyable just the same. It's light at times, funny, and then serious but not so overwhelming that you can't set it down and come back to it. Its a good light read and the narrator was just perfect for the book, she tells the story in a light enjoyable way, and she has become the voice of Kitty in my mind.
Yes. It is well written, with strong character voice and an interesting plot. It is engaging and entertaining. Vaughn creates a consistent and interesting world of Supernaturals with an interesting and unconventional take on what makes the supernaturals the way they are. There are interesting little twists and turns that make the story and characters stand out and remain memorable.
It is also a book that is meant to be part of a series. Storylines from
The scene where Kitty, a werewolf, meets Cormac, a bounty hunter, had me on the edge of my seat. The fight at the end is also quite dramatic and exciting.
Marguerite Gavin has a great speaking voice. She is very pleasant to listen too. She also does a good job of bringing out the different voices of the characters and making them memorable and unique.
If you have ever read or listened to the Women of the Otherworld series. You will like the Kitty Norville series.
I bought this during a special sale and got hooked into Kitty's world. I look forward to each new story. Marguerite Gavin does a great job with Kitty!
I'm not a big warewolf genre fan, but this got good reviews and the premise sounded fun and it was on sale for less than $5 so I downloaded it.
I want my money back.
The narrator is fine, nothing too exciting, but the problem was the gratuitous sex and use of the "F" word. That would have been a deal breaker for me no matter what, but it was so early in the book, I barely cared about the protagonist yet, and the sex wasn't a love interest, but a dominance jerk thing- it took me by surprise and I'm sorry to say I listened to the whole scene before I totally registered what I was hearing, it was so shockingly stupid and offensive.
Appalled, I turned it right off and deleted it.
Now I'd like my $4.50 and that half hour of my life back.
Looking forward to rest of series. I found Kitty's grow from the start to finish very profound. The narrator did a very good job as well. I really want to say more, but I will give a lot away. I just hope rest of series is just as good or better.
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