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Kitty and The Midnight Hour Audiobook

Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-26-12
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "Kitty is my type of girl!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they like this genre of books,,,then yep!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her time on air during her shows...she is a great DJ!


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

    I love MG...I listened to all the Rachel books and she was awersome, and that was one of my draws to this series....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I practically did!! lol


    Any additional comments?

    I was iffy on this book at first, but because MG narrates it I tried it...the reviews were not great, but not bad...so I just bought book 1...after the first 3 chapters I bought book2 and am planning on buying a few more before this sale ends....I like Kitty...she is cool!

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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 10-20-12
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2006

    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

    Us Doggies

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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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    Leslie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 05-07-12
    Leslie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 05-07-12

    An avid audible book listener!

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    Where does Kitty and The Midnight Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to listening to the next book!

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    Julie Muskegon, MI, United States 03-06-12
    Julie Muskegon, MI, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Charming werewolf story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very satisfying.


    What three words best describe Marguerite Gavin’s voice?

    Sultry, expressive, joyful.


    Did Kitty and The Midnight Hour inspire you to do anything?

    Other than read more?


    Any additional comments?

    Not totally original or outstanding, but witty and charming.

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    The Wife SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 02-23-12
    The Wife SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my bag"

    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.

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    Robert Cottage Grove, MN, United States 02-04-12
    Robert Cottage Grove, MN, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2009

    word man

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    "Good enough to continue?"

    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.

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    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12
    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Don't let the title fool you!"

    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.

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