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Kitty and The Midnight Hour Audiobook

Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

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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)

What Members Say

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    "Pretty boring!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe a book for teens just getting into the paranormal stuff


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was way over the top and her voice was like nails on a chalk board. I get that she is supposed to be a radio show host, but who talks like that all day every day?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because it had decent reviews and thought the price was fair. But I had to force myself to listen to the whole thing because I paid money for it. I kept waiting for a climax to the story, and it never came. At the end I thought, I listened to this why??? Don't buy it.

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    Lee United States 04-04-13
    Lee United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Kitty Rocks!"

    Finally dove into the Kitty series and was so happy to find that Marguerite Gavin was the narrator. As a fan of Kim Harrison, I was pleased to find another series to enjoy. Kitty is a great character. She starts out fairly typical and then you get to watch her character blossom and become independent and strong. Highly recommend for those who love vampire, werewolf, etc series that are on an adult level.

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    Sharon 03-29-13
    Sharon 03-29-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read. I just don't always have time. Thank God for Audibles, aye? Who knew daily chores could so much fun now?

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    "Nice Discovery!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I discovered this series while looking for more books narrated by Marguerite Gavin. What a great find. This is a wonderful story. Marguerite Gavin is outstanding, of course. Carrie Vaughn writes a wonderful tale about a average woman turned werewolf. I recommend this book.

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    Jessica Sumerak Elyria, Oh. 03-27-13
    Jessica Sumerak Elyria, Oh. 03-27-13 Member Since 2016

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    "I love the narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it was very good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    TJ was my favorite character because it's not often that there is a homosexual warewolf in a story. Very original character.


    Any additional comments?

    A little too much casual rape going on. Other than that it was a good book.

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    "Just ok, worth a credit or on sale"

    Got the 1st two books on sale, they were ok. Not fabulous, but ok. I enjoyed them and I'm glad I bought them, but, for me, they just aren't super special. A good transition book if y our going from one great series, before you head into the next. Narration was a bit dry for me, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the book.

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    Mary Warner springs, Ca, United States 03-14-13
    Mary Warner springs, Ca, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "love the series, but this one kind of blaa"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. Story wasn't as good as other books. Didn't keep my interest at all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carrie Vaughn again?

    Yes, of course. One thumbs down doesn't change the other books from being a lot of fun to read!


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

    She was OK.


    Could you see Kitty and The Midnight Hour being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes, would make a good series. No clue who I would like as actor.


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    jewellie Corpus Christi, TX, United States 03-13-13
    jewellie Corpus Christi, TX, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "CUTE SERIES"

    THIS IS SUCH A CUTE SERIES AND SO FUNNIE TO LISTEN TO. I HAVE EVER ONE AND CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT KITTY GETS INTO NEXT. PLEASE KEEP HER COMING AND IN TROUBLE.

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    Jessica Exton, PA, United States 02-23-13
    Jessica Exton, PA, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a cardiac nurse, I like listening to audible books while I am accomplishing other tasks.

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    "Paranormal and funny"
    If you could sum up Kitty and The Midnight Hour in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, insightful, optimistic


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

    The Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison, the Alpha series by Rachel Vincent.


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

    Marguerite is great at voices, each character has a distinct tone and accent, without sounding cheezy or typical. Her cadence is amazing, keeps the story moving forward, without long pauses between words. Her inflection makes the story come to life!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Within the first few minutes of the book, Kitty takes a risk. This risk, is one most people end up taking at some point in their life. The rest of the book follows the consequences of taking that risk.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like paranormal books with a mystery in lieu of sex scenes, you will really enjoy this book.

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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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