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  • Pale Demon

  • The Hollows, Book 9
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after - forever after.

But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car, going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A comment on Credits

  • By Alexi Rain on 03-01-11

This book is the catalyst

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I remember the first time reading this book back in 2012 thinking that Rachel and Al were going to get together. She does have a thing for bad boys. LOL. It is delicious to go back and listen to the series again knowing where it ends up. This is the book where things in Rachels life take a huge turn, emotionally, professionally and personally. Just all the way around. This book is the catalyst.

I have loved going back and taking a walk through memory lane via audiobook to visit some of my favorite characters. Gavin is once again brilliant, and I love this series. Pale Deamon is another excellent addition.

  • Black Magic Sanction

  • Rachel Morgan, Book 8
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,018
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind, until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment-at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms Morgan is back, finally

  • By Eivind on 02-25-10

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Rachel’s dealing with demons and free use of black magic has finally caught up to her, in the form of the Coven of Moral and Ethical Standards.  They have already shunned her and deemed her outcast, making it where she can’t shop or even speak to any other witch in town.  Now they have come to take her to prison for a possible lobotomy and sterilization.  What is a witch to do?

Well, this is Rachel we are talking about, so she is going to meet it head on with gusto, attitude, her friend and a wing and a prayer.  Luckily she has been training with Al, and her magic is improving a little, but it isn’t her strongest defense.  No, that witch has moxie in spades, and it serves her well.  

This was another excellent audiobook, and I am thrilled I decided to revisit this series.  It is one of my favorites and experiencing this way has been fantastic.  

  • White Witch, Black Curse

  • The Hollows, Book 7
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197

Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade. Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back Marquerite Gavin!

  • By Carrie on 10-22-09

I loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-18

In book 7 Marguerite Gavin is back as narrator, and I am so much happier for it.  Not that Gigi Bermingham did a horrible job in book 6, it was just I listened to 5 books and got used to Gain’s narration.  To have it abruptly changed was like trying to settle into a new actor playing a lead roll on television series.  Think Becky in Roseanne, then imagine that switch being done to all of the characters.  My mind has trouble processing that much change.  

In White Witch, Black Curse, Rachel is once again neck deep in trouble that it is going to take all of her skills, her friends and heap ton of luck to find her way out of it.  But I think that’s what endears her to my heart.  She doesn’t give up and has a heart as pure as gold.  

I am giving this story 5 Boundless Stars, because what else would I give it.

  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,195
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

The new narrator threw the story off

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This is just for the audiobook edition of this book, I initially read the novel back in 2012 and wanted to listen to the series again in audiobook. I don’t know why the narrator was changed. This is book 6 in the series and out of the blue the narrator is changed? I liked Bermingham’s Rachel voice but the rest of her voices, I did not, I preferred Gavin she has a better range. And what is up with Al’s voice? OMG, that was awful. I’m glad book 7 is back to Gavin.

The story is still highly entertaining, exciting and fast-paced despite the narrator change and I very much enjoyed it. I am going to give this Audiobook 4 Boundless stars just because the new narrator threw the enjoyment of the story off for me.

  • For a Few Demons More

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561

Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble...until now. fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati - human, inhuman, or undead - is safe. An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer - a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among varied local supernatural races.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel does it again...

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 10-09-12

You are going to cry

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Fair warning, be prepared for some devastation.  Have some tissue handy because you are going to cry and your heart will break.  

The first time I read this back in 2012 I bawled, I’m talking big wracking sobs.  I don’t think I recovered from the ending of this book for weeks and weeks.  Hell years later and I listen to it in audio format, I knew what was coming, and I still cried.  Not the sobbing mess crying, but there were tears.  I didn’t remember the level of emotion Harrison’s writing brought out in me.

Once again the Narration is fabulous, and the book blows away all expectations.  I loved it so of course, it gets 5 Boundless Stars. 

  • A Fistful of Charms

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Got Tired of the Main Character Whining

  • By blissy on 11-30-12

I loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

As I stated in my review of Dead Witch Walking I read these books back in 2012, so it had been a while, but I wanted to re-read them after reading The Turn.  The plot to A Fistful of Charms was on that stood out to me, and I remember a lot of what took place.  

Jenks is one of my favorite characters, and he absolutely shines in this book.  All the characters a great but I love Jenks.  “Tinks a Disney whore” LOL Priceless.

I can stress enough that if you love urban fantasy, this is a series that can’t be missed.  It doesn’t matter if you read it or listen to it.  It is fabulous. 

  • Every Which Way but Dead

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,777

Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • oh! the trashy goodness!

  • By Ananda on 01-28-09

I loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

One of the things you learn to love about Rachel is her bad decision making.  She is that friend that only dates that bad boy.  I’m not talking the player that drinks too much and drives a fast car; I’m talking the ex-con drug dealer, who carries a gun tucked in his pants.  He is hot as hell but scares the crap out of you.  Am I the only one who had one of those friends?

Rachel flys fast and loose with her decision making but she has friends to back her up, and she does have her own skills to get her out of a jam.  

This was another excellent audiobook.  I loved it.

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098

Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel too whiny

  • By Ashley on 02-25-13

A must read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This series is one of my favorites, so much so that I am going back through and listening to it the second time around in audiobook format after I read it a few years back.

The story is so entertaining that is hard to stop listening, there is action, and laughter, suspense, drama, and romance. This series has it all. Let's not forget danger and excitement. The narration is brilliant, and I am glad I took this series for a spin via audiobook.

If you love Urban Fantasy, this is a series not to be missed this is one of my favorites, and a must read.

  • Dead Witch Walking

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,426

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wildly entertaining

  • By Patti on 09-27-07

A great second time around

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I recently read The Turn, the prequel the Hollows series that Harrison released in 2017.  It was so delicious, and it had me yearning for more of the Hollows. Which I initially began back in March of 2012, with Dead Witch Walking book 1 in the series.  Since I have a love for audiobooks, I decided my second time around in the series I would treat myself to the audio editions.  

If you read as many books as I do it’s fun to go back an re-read old favorites because other than crucial plot points they are almost like a brand new book.  Full of surprises I didn’t remember and old friends and excellent writing that I missed.  That is what I found when I revisited the Hollows.  It's strange having the insight of what a bastard Trent's father was from the prequel to where he and Rachel end up by the end of the series in The Witch With No Name.   I am listening to the book looking for clues this time around.  

Gavin is a superb narrator who is a joy to listen too. Bringing all the characters to life, and I am having so much fun.  I am going to listen to them all.

  • The Hating Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She's charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Burn!

  • By Cyndi on 04-07-17

I want to live and breathe this book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-18

If I could live and breathe this book, I would.  If I could crawl into the pages and become Lucy Hutton I would. I think Joshua Templeman is my new Book Boyfriend.  He isn’t a superhero or vampire, he is a real guy, with real issues, but he is in love with a real woman, and their story is so unbelievably, heart-stoppingly, undeniably good.  I loved every second.

This is the story that shows some men never learn past the stage of hitting or pushing the girl on the playground that they like when they are little boys.  And some women don’t realize that the man/boy who is being mean actually likes you.

This book had me smiling the entire time I listened.  It had me crying a few times,  and immediately when I finished, I wanted to start over.  I told my co-worker that we should listen to it in the office together, then thought maybe not, because it is rather steamy.  Or as Audibly rates it “Hot damn,” which I couldn’t agree with more.

I loved The Hating Game, the audiobook I listened to was fantastic, and I thought Katie Schorr was terrific.  I also found out that the rights have been purchased to make this into a movie. YAY!  I am giving The Hating Game 5 HUGE Boundless Stars.