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
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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)
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.
I am a cardiac nurse, I like listening to audible books while I am accomplishing other tasks.
Funny, insightful, optimistic
The Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison, the Alpha series by Rachel Vincent.
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!
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.
If you like paranormal books with a mystery in lieu of sex scenes, you will really enjoy this book.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
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.
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.
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.
marguerite gavin is an amazing narator. unfortunately, the story was boring. read the rook, or any jennifer estep books. they are much better
she has great voice acting
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.
No, like I said this is a favorite genre of mine and I look forward to gripping onto something new.
I guess she tried, but I found the characters to be very dull, even the lead character, Kitty herself.
Probably most she be written out or written in a different buildup.
I won't be continuing with this series.
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.
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.
The main character Kitty Norville
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
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.
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
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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