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Dead Witch Walking Audiobook

Dead Witch Walking

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Shelleyaw 12-06-11
    Shelleyaw 12-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Maybe it's me"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I kept having to rewind the story, it didn't hold my attention.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would changed the pacing of the story, it was as if everyone was in a hurry, author, narrator..


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

    The narrator sounded fresh and young, which the story required


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-05-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Weak 3 stars."

    The first half was not doing it for me, but a couple of things made it better in the second half.

    The biggest problem is the heroine Rachel. She is not good at things. She doesn’t sweat the details. She isn’t successful. Sometimes there are reasons she isn’t successful, like her boss sabotaging her. (Actually seeing details of her boss sabotaging her could have been good, but that wasn’t shown.) She is reckless and jumps to wrong conclusions. She doesn’t plan well. She gets caught while spying on a bad guy - three times. There’s a contract on her with assassins attacking her. Each time she doesn’t do anything smart to get away. Luck or someone else rescues her. When she does get around to doing a witch-like thing, it’s not impressive. She wanted to make a potion to turn into an animal. But she’s in a hurry and uses a mouse hair because it’s convenient. As it turned out it was a mink’s hair not a mouse hair, so she turns into a mink. I like to watch someone do something well or in an interesting way. But I wasn’t interested in watching Rachel do mediocre things.

    But I loved one part. Rachel is in mink form and cannot change back to human. She has been captured by a bad guy who plans to kill her by entering her in the rat fights. Trained rats fight to the death. What happened during the fight and after was very entertaining. It was the best part of the book. It had to do with meeting and interacting with another creature.

    The narrator Marguerite Gavin was ok, but at times she talked too fast. I would have liked occasional dramatic pauses.

    Genre: urban fantasy.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Morris 01-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story and truly phenomenal narration!"

    This was the first paranormal series I ever read/listened to and it is, by far, my favorite. Kim Harrison weaves an entertaining tale that quickly hooks you and pulls you along. Marguerite Gavin is, I believe, the most engagingly versatile narrator I've ever listened to. Her ability to differentiate between each character without using cheesy and exaggerated voices and accents is truly a gift. She very subtly shifts from character to character, bringing the story to life. I've read/listened to this series several times since I first read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 12-25-16
    Sharon 12-25-16 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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    "LOVE this series."

    third time through and still love it like it was the first time. buy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tjalfe 10-14-15
    tjalfe 10-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "dissapointed with the serie"
    Any additional comments?

    dissapointed with the serie

    So here is when I am done with this series when I simply found it too stupid to keep listening….

    The issue which have gone through the entire series:
    ”way too sexual frustrated writer”:
    Continually use excessively much time on writing the start of a soft porn instead of focusing what would make for a good story creation.

    The vampires absurdly sexual mind control ability bs: seriously if they had anything near these abilities they wouldn’t need anything else to control everyone and everything..
    It is ridiculously broken and it is just stupid.
    It only makes it worse than when everyone knows they got the abilities that they EVER allow them to even get a chance to use their charm abilities, and not instantly killing them when they do so.
    Even worse that within the inderlanders that it is tolerated that they constantly allow them to use this charm without it being seen as using a deadly weapon.
    (you are essentially allowing them to use permanently mind control that not only breaks your mind, makes you 100% addicted beyond anything, but also removes your free will: no way anyone with half a brain would allow this… the second a charm hit you would pull a uzi with uranium bullets and fill the vamp with them.)

    Which brings us to the next problem:
    Idiotic main character and cast. The characters and cast got the brains of worms when it is needed. There is SOO many ways to deal with the scenarios 100 times better then what they choose.
    Several times, they just make absolutely idiotic decisions, refusing to use the powers they got:
    (After book 2, Rachel got the ability to instantly put up a circle, which makes her 100% immune to ANYTHING from outside the circle. But even so she refuse to use it 99% of the time where it would be the PERFECT defence against inderlanders that because she doesn’t use it fucks them up and makes extremely bad situations, which would have been completely avoided easily by 1 word.)

    Weaponries. When everything the main can do with magic can be done more effectively with conventional weapons and as good as any magic is useless vs conventional weapons.. even so apparently no one is intelligent to actually just take a gun and win, and the people that use guns apparently got the worst aim in the history of mankind -.-

    The continually selfpitty bs which only gets worse and worse -.- the best metaphor for the development of the main is a child hammering nails through its hand then whining that it hurts more and more, when all it needs to do is STOP hammering on the nails…

    Extreme inconsistency on different concepts of what magic and different kind of magic can do.. (there is a lot of “Because of PLOT and bad writing” situation. Which just made me so angry).

    Overall, I got to 3 hours before book 4 ended before I just wanted to “burn the books”….

    The overall idea of them is good, but there is so much idiocy just swarming the books I simply couldn’t keep listening….
    The worst thing is that I rather want to hear where the story is going but it is 20% really good and interesting, but 80% bad and annoying…
    I truly tried to push through all the bad and annoying. However, at book 4 I just could not stand the idiotic decisions and the whine which followed -.-

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    The narrator did a good job the entire time :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    judy ann fogg st. john, usvi United States 09-03-15
    judy ann fogg st. john, usvi United States 09-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "couldn't get to the 3rd chapter"
    What disappointed you about Dead Witch Walking?

    I couldn't get the point and didn't have the patience for them to get around to it. it was a lot of cute description and a lot of trying to be funny but I kept thinking ok you have described everything but what is the point the plot anything give me something other than detailed description and zinger lines!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something that Davina Porter or Johanna parker narrate ! I love them!


    How could the performance have been better?

    get to the point a little faster!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    gonna ask for my credit back since I only managed 2 1/2 chapters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bernard 05-29-15
    Bernard 05-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good witch walking"

    The book had a fast pace, was entertaining and did not fall into the trap of the Anita Blake novels. There was a possible storyline, not encumbered by overt sex, and well endowed with whimsy humor and action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AzDayton 01-17-15
    AzDayton 01-17-15 Member Since 2002

    Computer geek and avid reader of SF and Fantasy, with additional interests in Comedy, Self-Help, Science & Tech. Highly opinionated! :-)

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    "Narration Better Than Story"

    No matter how good the narration is, for me the story is the main thing, so even though Marguerite did a splendid job on this one (she has REALLY grown as a narrator), I can still give it only two stars.

    While the story and characters are colorful, neither they nor the world they exist in are very well thought-out. Plus the protagonist is... how do I put it nicely... dumber than a box of rocks. Oh, and wishy-washy as hell. The storyline is scattered all over the place as if the main character just has not clue. Worse, while I could understand confusion, her powers as a witch are pretty wimpy and inconsistent. And yet, somehow she perseveres. While this is often the way of it in novels, we at least usually can agree it's plausible. Not so here. She should have died several times, yet didn't. It's very much one of those "and then the little boy woke up" sorts of feelings, but it happens more than once.

    I wanted, REALLY wanted to like this story. But the author pulled the rug out from under my feet a few times too many. I even tolerated it all the way to the end in the hopes that it would all come together - it didn't. I would really that thirteen hours of my life back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Josi77 Palm Bay, FL 09-27-14
    Josi77 Palm Bay, FL 09-27-14 Member Since 2014

    Have an awesome son, an amazing hubby and one very oddball dog. Some fav authors: Kim Harrison, Sue Grafton and George R.R. Martin.

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    "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!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gash 07-12-14
    Gash 07-12-14

    Avid reader/listener.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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