Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking

Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Series: The Hollows, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison comes the first book in an exciting urban fantasy series. Packed with the perfect balance of wry humour and thrilling action, it will delight fans of thrillers and fantasy alike.

Rachel Morgan is a white witch and runner working for Inderland Security (I.S.) in an alternate world where a bioengineered virus wiped out a great deal of the world's human population – exposing the existence of the supernatural communities that had long lived alongside humanity. For the last five years Rachel has been tracking down law-breaking Inderlanders in modern-day Cincinnati, but now she wants to leave and start her own agency. Her only problem is that no one quits the I.S.

Marked for death, Rachel will have to fend off fairy assassins and homicidal weres armed with an assortment of nasty curses. She's a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers by exposing the city's most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack is just as deadly as leaving the I.S.

©2012 Kim Harrison (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination. A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world." (Kelly Armstrong)
"Discovering a new series like this is like finding buried treasure." (Diana Gabaldon)
"Action packed… chick-lit with a supernatural twist." ( The Times)

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I loved this series

If you could sum up Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking in three words, what would they be?

This is a modern sassy series, fun and entertaining. As I remember I preservered with the first book but loved the rest of the series.

What other book might you compare Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking to and why?

I think its a stand alone, it's part dectective, part adventure, part witchy and some romance. I ended up loving Rachel, Jinx and Ivy

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

I really enjoyed Marguerite's narration of the series

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

Once I progressed probably to book two I had to listen tot them all. When I found a gap in. The series I read the book on iBooks as I wanted continuity

Any additional comments?

It would be great to get ' A Perfect Blood' to complete the series

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Unfortunately i did not enjoy this book at all. I gave up after the first few chapters. Just not me.

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Good enough story

What made the experience of listening to Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking the most enjoyable?

I'd say the vulnerability of the main character, the story was also well written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I cant say i think the narration threw it off for me, maybe if i read the book i would have a favourite character.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

There was something off with the narrators voice it didnt quite match the character. And she didnt quite pull off the other characters either, I dont know how to explain it but just lowering your voice and making it deeper doesnt cut it for me. I think that if the writer had a different narrator one that actually matched the characters then i would've actually really liked this book, but i just couldnt get past this deep husky pretend voice, or her actual voice for that matter.

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Oh how I love this genre but...

This author is a hack. I put this book in the "airport" category. A book that you can read/listen to when other things are likely to distract you. I would never buy anything by this author again.

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  • purple paladin
  • 11-01-17

Good but felt a little hollow

although a very enjoyable story, there's quite a lot of occasions where you have to suspend belief as the main character makes some very odd choices that don't seem logical. Whilst she is likeable, she makes a lot of assumptions that i kept waiting to trip her up but never truly did. I unfortunately found the narrator a little grating which didn't help but that's a personal preference.

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  • Kelly
  • 03-02-14

Great to re-enter the Hollows again!

Where does Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's probably in the top 25, bearing in mind my top two series span 13 books each...

What other book might you compare Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking to, and why?

It sits on my bookshelf next to Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld [start with Bitten] and Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden [Start with Fool Moon] and consider them to be similar but individual.

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

I have a few performances by Marguerite Gavin, personally she's not too bad to listen to, but i'm not American and do find it a little grating hearing some of the accents. For some reason, when I read I don't hear accents as such.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Jumps to conclusions and kicks ass.

Any additional comments?

I already own the paperbacks of these and the kindle editions too. But lately I have little time to read and can fit in audiobooks. I have found myself, more and more of late, continuing series in Audio, as the great expense of a hardback hits my budget. My audible account is paid for by my family as a gift each year, so find this a great way to still get my series fix :)

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  • Amanda
  • 12-13-13

A great start to a fantastic series

I absolutely love this Author and her series of books. Having purchased them in paperback I am overjoyed to be able to ‘read’ them on the go. The series is set in the modern times on a parallel to the world as we know it, except for some massive differences such as Pixies, Witches and Vampires living alongside the Humans and Tomatoes (to some anyway) have become reviled.
This first book introduces us to this world and the characters living within but has a great storyline and sets up the rest of the series, be advised you do need to read in order – give it a go and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I do.

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  • Book addict
  • 07-06-20

Enjoyable series

I listened to this series about 5 years ago, and the recent release of book 14, American Hunter, prompted me to listen to the whole series again first before listening to that. It really is a good series, and I’m glad I didn’t just have a rose tinted memory. I really like the Kate Daniel’s series and Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews, Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter, The Others series by Anne Bishop, Imp series by Debra Dunbar, and Crossbreed series by Dannika Dark. If you like those, you’ll probably enjoy this series too. They’re not all quite the same feel as each other, but all enjoyable in their own ways.

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  • Sandypants
  • 06-27-20

Dead Witch Walking, A must read!

Great read from start to finish , full of mischief and daring adventures , love the unusual friendships made along the way, some great little characters too, (excuse the pun)

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  • Tod Werewolf
  • 04-12-20

even better the second time of visiting.

I read this a few years ago, and it was even better on Audible. great series of books. highly recommended.

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  • Farnham_red
  • 02-12-20

Has possibilities

I generally like series which develop over time following one hero/herione as the story develops such as the Jane Yelllowrock Harry Dresden Mercy Thompson type of books and am always on the hunt for new ones as I reach the end of them This popped up in my suggestions and so I tried it At first book there is hope I have found another series. This book is flawed but the heroine and her friends are likeable enough and I will definitely be giving book 2 a listen soon The good - I like the characters, it has a decent enough plot and even the baddie is likeable in a way, Narration is good but not outstanding The bad - Rachel makes some strange decisions which are infuriating there are some contradictions a few of the plot twists are not really believable ( I know a story with witches vampires demons etc requires a suspension of disbelief but this is something beyond that ) Hoping that as the series grows the writing gets better but will find out no doubt in the coming weeks

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-03-20

An interesting audio.

I liked this audio. It was entertainingly read by Marguerite Gavin. The story had humour , excitement, and it was different. Four stars.

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  • Katarzyna
  • 03-05-18

I don't know what the fuss is about.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It should have been a much better story, much more captivating. I need proof of a "dead witch" instead of just being repeatedly declared a "dead witch".
This is definitely not a good book for the recovery period after finishing all the Dresden Files available.

What was most disappointing about Kim Harrison’s story?

It failed to stir any emotions in me.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator did not detract from the book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking?

no comment

Any additional comments?

no thanks

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  • Annaik M
  • 01-19-17

Lacks a strong storyline

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

I would have given it more time. The writer keeps describing people and atmospheres instead of really saying what's going on, so the story is really hard to follow sometimes. Additionally, describing Ivy's eyes for ten minutes every time she is mentioned gets annoying super fast.

Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favourite?

I did not like the two main characters. Ivy, as said previously, was described way too much, which made it hard to see why she was described as mysterious and quiet sometimes. Rachel seemed very disconnected, it sometimes felt like her personality shifted and changed as the story progressed and she was not narrated very well. Jenks, their Pixy, probably was one of the only really enjoyable characters being a bit sarcastic, funny and having a strong and clear character development and description.

Do you think Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I already does have a follow up book but I'm not sure if I will give it a try yet. There definitely is huge potential to continue this story and come up with new adventures.

Any additional comments?

If you like very descriptive audiobooks with lots of talk about atmospheres, the way someone's eyes look and notes of every movement of their face, this will be the book for you. If you need a strong and consistent storyline from beginning to the end, it's probably not the audiobook for you.

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  • narda
  • 09-09-14

Rachel Morgan series interesting read

What made the experience of listening to Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking the most enjoyable?

I smiled I laughed I even shook my head at Rachel's antics, I had to listen to all the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (1) - Dead Witch Walking?

There were a few memorable moments, her relationship for her church mate, her relationship with any off her male friends

Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favourite?

I liked them all

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

I wanted to listen to the whole series in one sitting

Any additional comments?

I'm still waiting to listen to the last two books because the second last one isn't on audible YET!!!!! on come audible what are you doing, why isn't it ready to listen too.

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  • Madam Curious
  • 04-05-20

I love this series

This is one of my favourite book series, and I enjoyed listening to audiobook for the first time.

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  • Rain
  • 06-17-19

Mesmerised

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, switching between the written book and audible, I was often drawn back by the narrator. Marguerite Gavin has really brought these characters alive for me, her portrayal of each character is clear and distinct.

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  • Anna
  • 08-02-16

Fantastic

I really enjoyed this. I read half and listened to half. She's very good at her presentation!

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  • Melitta
  • 02-20-15

Better than expected

Was hard not to keep listening...actually stopped watching TV..lol..is that a good or bad thing?