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Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1 | [Carrie Vaughn]

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

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"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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    Jan Indiana 06-08-10
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    "Great Listen!"

    The story, the narrator, everything really came together for this book. Serious issues done with imagination and humor. I've purchased the next 3 books in this series and can't wait to listen to them (and eventually the entire series).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 04-08-10
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 04-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Werewolf with a talk show? Brilliant!"

    I was absolutely delighted to discover Carrie Vaughn. I've been slavishly listening to Robert Jordan, and boy is my brain tired. Marguerite Gavin has never sounded better, with a voice like a silky piece of lingerie, or a great massage. Kitty is a true original, and the series is wonderful. Not to be missed!

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    "A Fun Listen"

    I also got this book because it was on sale and I wanted something light and easy to listen to. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I was pleasantly suprised at how much fun it was to listen to and look forward to hearing the sequel.

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    Samantha Albany, NY, USA 02-20-10
    Samantha Albany, NY, USA 02-20-10 Member Since 2008

    A lover of the printed and spoken word.

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    "Such high hopes..."

    The story seemed very interesting and a appealing premise for a book. However...the story takes for to long to get going and by the time I was halfway throught the audiobook I didn't really care what happened to any of the charaters. I did not finish the story simply because a connection was not made for the characters.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie 02-18-10
    Carrie 02-18-10 Member Since 2009

    Professor of Art and Art Nun

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    "Great fun..."

    What goes better together than a great author and great reader. Carrie Vaughn is smart as hell or she could not possibly add more to the sci-fi/horror genre. I was a big fan of Buffy and grew up on Anne Rice...so I was a little skeptical of a protagonist werewolf. Carrie kicks open the door to this subterranean genre with wit and insight that make her characters believable. Kudos to her.

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    Andrea Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 02-12-10
    Andrea Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 02-12-10 Member Since 2006
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    "It was OK at best."

    I was pretty disappointed in this book. I expected something more I guess. In my head a werewolf is a human/wolf hybrid type creature. In this book the werewolves were really just like wolves. The whole pack mentality thing seemed really ridiculous but considering there was almost no human thought in the wolves I guess they would act like wolves. The idea that a human who turns into a werewolf would let themselves (in human form)be slapped around by more senior members of a pack is really a bit disturbing. And in my head a "werewolf" is a human hybrid monster with more of a crazed, tortured mentality as opposed to a dog who wants to go hunt deer. Boring. And I thought, before listening, that the idea of a radio show for troubled supernaturals was really interesting and had a lot of hopes for it but, again, it really flopped. The people who phoned in werent interesting and it was predictable who the "bad guy" was going to be. One other major gripe was how everyone just accepted that Vampires, Werewoves, etc exhisted without even getting worked up about it. I have a really hard time believing that would happen. Although we as humans have become more accepting of the idea of supernatural creatures (due to the huge swell in books and movies about them) there is no way that everyone would just sort of go "you're a werewolf? Really? Ok, help me solve a murder..." ?? Really?? I'm supposed to buy that? There would be way more of a backlash I think which makes this book, again, seem silly. It's fiction, I get it, but it has to at least seem like it could happen that way. Maybe the next books in the series get better but I'm not going to waste my time or money finding out.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Austin Texas 02-09-10
    Helen Austin Texas 02-09-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Howling good time!"

    This was much better than I anticipated....Kitty the werewolf (as the main character) in the storyline had me feeling a bit skeptical. But Kitty she is...and the storyline is about the complications of being a werewolf, learning to live within pack rules, outing yourself, and dealing with success. Along the road there is betrayal, murder attempts and loss. Dialogue is good between characters. It's fairly straightforward. If you like Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan, I could seeing her easily being friends with Kitty Norville. Narrator is excellent. It's entertainment!

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    "Good story - just can't get past narrator's voice"

    I like the story in this book, and I like the character. I just can't get past the narrator's voice -- not so much her voice, but her inflections. She has a smarmy tone that I just can't get past. I think she's trying to sound like a late-night radio host, but the way she pulls out certain words and lilts at times pulls me out of the story. Be sure to listen to the narrator on a couple of the books she narrates to make sure you can handle it. I'm not usually this sensitive to narrator. I can get over a lot, but this one I just can't.

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    I bought this because I like Marguerite Gavin's Narration on Kim Harrison's Hollows Series Books so much. Anyway, I have enjoyed the first two books in the series and plan to listen to the rest.

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    Sallie 02-27-13
    Sallie 02-27-13
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    "So curious, I had to buy it"

    I was so glad that I listened to this. Many years ago, there was a national radio show late at night (Insomnia) that I would listen to. It was called Coast to Coast and the host was Art Bell. It was SO entertaining, I spent many sleepless nights laughing at the show and the people calling in. This book reminded me of the silly, off-the-wall calls and guests. I just bought the second book and I am sure that it will be entertaining also.

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