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Publisher's Summary

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.

On the run with a contract on her head, Rachel reluctantly teams up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner...and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crimelord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death...not to mention her own roommate!

Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor, and romance, Dead Witch Walking is the perfect summer listen for anyone who likes vampires, paranormal fantasy, romance, or just a great beach book.

And hear more from the Rachel Morgan series!
©2004 Kim Harrison; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

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"Fast-paced and loads of fun - the perfect read when you just want to get away from things for a bit." (Fantasy & Science Fiction)

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  • Josi77
  • Palm Bay, FL
  • 09-27-14

Quitting a job has never been so life threatening.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I absolutely would! There are lots of things I love about the Rachel Morgan (The Hollows) series... I love that there are all kinds of different beings. Pixies, Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, Fairies, Elves.... The story is mysterious and has action.The one thing... Rachel starts out kind of whiney. BUT, she does come into her own over the course of the series and that behavior stops fairly quickly in the series. She spends her time trying to survive assassins after she quit working for the "police force" for the supernatural's that "came out" after "the turn." You just don't quit the I.S.

What did you like best about this story?

Rachel. I love that she's a mess but just keeps going. She is always running into trouble and always seems to get out of it... either by sheer dumb luck or the support of her new found friends. But you can see that she's got potential, she just needs to see it herself.

Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

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

I didn't find the book particularly emotional but I did sympathize with Rachel and I really wanted her and her little band to succeed.

Any additional comments?

Rachel is the main character but the other characters, especially Ivy (the self hating vampire who has a thing for Rachel), are well developed. Jenks, (the pixie), is a wise cracking side kick who adds the comic relief, "Tink's panties, Rachel!"

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Welcome to the Hollows. Strap in for the ride!

This series is my favorite fantasy series, and this is the first book in the series. I first read it in print, now I'm listening to it in audible format. A great premise, completely engaging characters, snappy dialog, mystery, danger, and a great reader. What's not to like!?! And the witch Rachel Morgan (like my favorite wizard, Harry Dresden) has that wonderful trait: a very good heart, so trying to do the right thing in impossible situations always sinks her deeper and deeper in trouble.

The series is a total of 13 books, the last of which is to be released in September of this year, plus one book of short stories. Those of us who want to move into the Hollows eagerly await the final installment, but we will be sorry to see it end.

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My new favorite Paranormal

If you could sum up Dead Witch Walking in three words, what would they be?

OOPS wrong box but here are my thoughts. The world of Rachel Morgan who is a witch becomes complicated when she choses to leave the Inderland Security who police the nonhuman population. The problem is that people who leave the I.S. usually face swift elimination i. e. death. As Rachel tries to stay alive with the help of a living vampire (who she has difficulty trusting), a smart ass but loyal pixie and his family, a nice old man who lives across the street and appears to know more about Rachel than he should and Nick a human. She is attacked by witches, fairies and more. To further complicate things she is trying to prove that Trent Kalamack, a powerful councilman, is actually trafficing in brimstone and more. Trent is a formidable opponent and also not human. From the original premise of genetically altered tomatoes nearly wiping out mankind to Rachel's interactions with friends and foe there is humor, action, intrigue, mystery, possible romance and an great fear of tomatoes. Who could ask for more.

What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

M Gavin' s performance was perfect for this story. I especially liked her portrayal of Jenks and the mink!

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How did I get in this mess?

What did you love best about Dead Witch Walking?

She is jumping from the frying pan into the fire every time you turn around.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Janks. He may be little, but he is not afraid of anything.

Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time I've listened to her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Witch, a Vampire, and a Pixie walk into a bar...

Any additional comments?

This is a great book. Suspense, humor, and loyalty all rolled up into one.

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  • Alex
  • CA, United States
  • 05-13-14

Found a new series!

I bought this audio book on a whim, just looking for a new fantasy series and this one happened to be on sale. I'll admit, It took me a while to get into it. It's not that the first half is bad, it's just a lot of set up and not that much action. I was determined to finish it though cause I hate having unfinished books. Once I was about midway though, I couldn't put it down! Harrison brings together a very dynamic and interesting set of characters. I also like her spin on fantasy creatures as well as combining it with a modern day setting. This book is excellent!

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  • john
  • lufkin, TX, United States
  • 04-15-14

Hot Witches, Vamps, and Crazy Pixies

What made the experience of listening to Dead Witch Walking the most enjoyable?

First of all the narrator of this book is also the same lady that doses the "Kitty" series. (a werewolf named Kitty.) O.K. She brings the chacters to life. From her normal voice with Rechel to the high pitched voice of Janx. She makes fun and interesting.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was a never ending roller-coaster of fun and madness. The bad guy is a very interesting dude. But it makes me wonder who the real bad guy is.

What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

Marguerite's performance was quit compelling as a whole. Especially when she's reading some expellant material as this.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, cried, and got totally pissed. Reches's boss is a real piece of work. This jackass troughs Every thing he can at her and still fails to kill her.

Any additional comments?

If your like me and enjoy a good story with witches, vamps, and other nasty critters. Then you'll get a kick out of this one.

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  • Janet
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 03-27-14

Okay but too snarky for me.

Would you try another book from Kim Harrison and/or Marguerite Gavin?

Maybe. I'm not totally writing other books off but they with not be top on my list.

Do you think Dead Witch Walking needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes because it ends with them just starting up their business.

Any additional comments?

Since I only listened to the book, I don't know if it was the narrator's fault that it sounded snarky and jaded or if that was the way it was written. I like strong women characters but this one was just hard to like at all.

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  • Jessica
  • Munroe falls, OH, United States
  • 01-23-14

I Loved this starter of a series

What did you love best about Dead Witch Walking?

The story line and composure of the dialog and the style of writing kept you involved. Its intense, unpredictable and funny.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes, I really enjoyed how you were learning who the main character was through internal thoughts and others actions rather than a monologue. Monologue's are good but the way this is written it flows nicely and as new characters were introduced the main character was also being introduced. Little to no back tracking.

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

I found her takes on the characters very easy to enjoy. It put spunk and more personality to the people. I am a huge Lorelei King fan, and I found myself enjoying Marguerite just as much as I do Lorelei. You know the difference in each character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed several times, and found that it was very hard to turn off.

Any additional comments?

I am a huge urban/scifi fantasy fan. I like the Mercy Thompson series, Jayne Yellowrock, Stephanie Plum(no scifi), oh i cant list all of them. But this after one book, is near the top of my favorites.

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Love Rachel, Ivy and Jenks!

If you could sum up Dead Witch Walking in three words, what would they be?

Action. Humor. Beginnings.

Which scene was your favorite?

Jenks always lights up every scene he is in.

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

Yes. I wish I had the time to do that!

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  • Jill
  • Locust Grove, GA, United States
  • 03-13-13

Likeable

This story is engaging. I like the characters that Ms Harrison has created very much and I really like how she has thrust all the witches, vampires, pixies, etc. into relatively present day Cinncinnatti. The society she has constructed for them is interesting as are the interactions of these species with each other and their human counterparts. This is a great escapist reading just for the fun of it. The narrator is well suited to the story.

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