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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Witches Rule!

I'm so glad audible got the first book in this series. I can't wait for the rest. The publishers summary above gives a good set-up for the book and their claim that it's Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor is dead on.
The combination of a witch, vampire and pixie crime fighting team makes for a facinating and complex story. Jenks the pixie and his family provides most of the humor while Ivy the living vampire and her struggle for control gives the book a sharp edge. The heart of the story is the witch Rachel Morgan.
This is one of my favorite paranormal series. It's as exciting as Charlaine Harris's books about Sookie but with more humor. And without the "soft-porn" you find in some of the paranormal romance books.
At first I thought the reader, Marguerite Gavin, spoke a little too fast but I quickly became accustomed to her and enjoyed her performance more and more as the book progressed. Even if you read the book when it came out in 2004 like I did I think you'll really enjoy listening to it also.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Just plain fun!

This sort of book, chalk full of intriguing characters...pixies, vamps, fairies, witches and humans all blend together with great fun. The protagonist, Rachel is a witch with challenges...her best friend is a vamp and she is pestered by another friend, a pixie. It is a book, a series, that just takes you away to another universe. Harrison just stirs all the characters and plots in a manner that holds the interest and the imagination. I will read the entire series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen K
  • Oregon City, OR United States
  • 08-01-09

Quirky Fun, Delightful listen

I haven't listened to this type of genre as a rule, but this was pure fun. The dialogue is snappy and quick moving. The interaction between characters can be riotous at times, but is always entertaining. More than anything the narrator, Marguerite Gavin, does a superior job. Her delivery is believable, and her interpretation of the characters is spot on. I intend to get the entire series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jon
  • Santa Fe, NM, United States
  • 04-21-08

I hated Rachel

When you can't stand the main character you're in trouble. Unlike one of the reviewers, I did finish listening. I liked Jenks (Jinx?) and his wife, but that twas ablout it.

In trying to build sexual tension between the witch and the vamp, a little would have been interesting, beating it to death in every chapter was overkill to to point of boredom.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Whitman, MA, United States
  • 02-28-08

Just what the witch ordered...

This book was fun! I'm a huge fan of vampire, were and witch novels. This one fit me perfectly. I don't know why I haven't read any of these before. I plan on devouring all she's written!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Umar
  • Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 07-17-10

Too Fast, Not Enough Passion

I cannot tell if I'd like this series or not. Marguerite Gavin reads the text too fast and with no passion - and I simply can't get into the story. Listening to it feels like reading a text book in college on a subject you're forced to take (like an elective of a language you know you'll never use again.) The words are there, the context is there but given enough length it begins to feel like one long paragraph without any punctuation to separate things. I'm not gripped by the story and I don't feel the characters. I don't think I'm going to make it to part 2.

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  • Elisabeth
  • New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA
  • 07-12-10

Rachel is a whiner

The concept of this book is what caught my attention, I'm sorry I wasted a point on it.I was thinking along the lines of , "I Was a Teenage Fairy", all grown up: irreverent (no), fun (only slightly), sassy characters (the pixies are great), but all in all this is a disappointment. The plot sags. The lesbian vamp "friend", lusting after Rachel, please; so ridiculous and boring. I almost never leave an audible book w/o finishing, but this one I did. I just couldn't stand it, even though I gave it a number of tries at different times, thinking it might just be me. Nope, the book is tiresome.

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  • BJG
  • Ellicott City, MD United States
  • 07-05-10

absolutely stupendous

I bought this book on a whim and I loved everything about it. The narration was exceptional. I especially love the way she did the pixi family. The book is set in modern day Ohio many years after a biological event brought vamps and witches and such out in to the open. Our heroine is a witch who quits her job as a kind of cop to go freelance with the help of a non-practicing vampire and a pixi. Very engaging with a lot of good details. I was especially pleased that Kim Harrison didn't turn the story into soft core porn like Laurel K. Hamilton and Charlain Harris do. Well worth a credit.

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really good series

This is a great beginning to a great series. I really like Rachel Morgan. Shes goofy and awkward but still kicks butt!! I really enjoy this series and also the Dresden Files and Sookie Stackhouse.

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  • Katja
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 06-04-10

Really, really liked this book!

This book was recommended by a friend and she was right, it is really good. Hip, upbeat and funny in parts, with imaginative characters. I love the mink, and the pixie family. This book is worth the time!