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Kitty Norville is just your average, everyday Disc Jockey, except for the fact that she turns into a werewolf every full moon. But that werewolf bit is a secret, at least until one night she starts taking calls about the paranormal and stumbles into hosting a popular, syndicated advice show for the supernaturally gifted (or afflicted). Things are going great with the new show — at least until a hitman tries to kill her on the air. But after talking her way out of being murdered, and charming the hitman to her side in the process, Kitty has to find out who's really behind the hit...while at the same time unwillingly assisting the police in an investigation of suspicious deaths which look like the work of a werewolf. Untangling these two mysteries would be complicated for anyone, let alone a DJ out of her depth, and it's all made even more complex by werewolf clan dynmaics, the vampire clan eager to get the werewolves away from their turf, and a preacher who claims he can cure supernatural afflictions.

To pull off the first-person narration of a talk show DJ in an audiobook, it's essential to capture the feel and sound of the talk show host just right. If that was a challenge for narrator Marguerite Gavin, you'd never know it; she sounds so authentic as DJ Kitty Norville, you'd think she was a DJ herself. This is partly due to Vaughn's witty dialogue and strong authorial voice, but Gavin brings a little something extra to the role that you wouldn't necessarily get when reading it off the page. The several "Midnight Hour" talk show bits in the book sound pitch-perfect in depicting both Kitty's hosting persona and the callers' personalities and neuroses, thanks in large part to Gavin's excellent pacing and injection of attitude and sultriness into the role.

For fans of Sookie Stackhouse's adventures or contemporary urban fantasies, this one is a no-brainer. But even if you don't normally go for that kind of thing, Kitty and the Midnight Hour deserves a spot in your listening queue. It's just plain fun, and Gavin's talents shine throughout the narrative, making it one of those audiobooks that'll have you wishing your commute was a little bit longer so you'll have the excuse to keep listening. —John Joseph Adams

Publisher's Summary

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success. But it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew.
©2005 Carrie Vaughn, LLC; (P)2009 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Fresh, hip, fantastic.... Don't miss this one. You're in for a real treat!" (L. A. Banks, author of he Vampire Huntress Legends series)

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Pleasantly surprised

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I went into this expecting a cookie-cutter urban fantasy. I was pleasantly surprised. Though this predates many of the current genre standbys, it manages to avoid many of the tropes that have made some aspects of the genre seem tired.

Kitty Norville is a radio DJ on KNOB. She's also a werewolf. One night, she wonders aloud about Bat Boy, the tabloid staple, and asks people to call in with their stories. Calls pour in, and her boss asks her to make it an ongoing theme. Soon, she's syndicated across the country, doling out advice about dating a werewolf, and pissing off the local vampire and werewolf leaders.

The werewolves in this series are about more than just furry animalism. The pack politics that make it so hard for her to disobey her higher-ups highlights several points in our world about consent, power, and bullying. Carl, her pack leader, is adamant he doesn't want her to continue doing the show, because to do so shakes the very foundation of his authority. But she continues, because she needs the show as much as the callers need her to continue putting it on.

Kitty's strength isn't always in her fighting, though she does make a point to take a self-defense class so she can take care of herself. The two most tense moments in the book are defused through her words.

The book sets up a lot of subplots for later exploration, but that's also a weakness. So much of the book is setup, with so little payoff, that it's hard to feel invested in any of the plots at all. The ones that end up getting addressed this book weren't the ones I would've guessed.

I plan on listening to the next book in the series. I'm looking forward to hearing what else Kitty can get up to.

I listened to this book on audio, narrated by Marguerite Gavin. She has an excellent radio voice, and I could believe that Kitty would have her husky alto. But her cadence was sometimes off, changing the meaning of some of the dialogue, and I'd have to mentally fix it.


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  • m
  • 05-03-13

Pretty boring!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe a book for teens just getting into the paranormal stuff

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was way over the top and her voice was like nails on a chalk board. I get that she is supposed to be a radio show host, but who talks like that all day every day?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No redeeming qualities to this book.

Any additional comments?

I bought this book because it had decent reviews and thought the price was fair. But I had to force myself to listen to the whole thing because I paid money for it. I kept waiting for a climax to the story, and it never came. At the end I thought, I listened to this why??? Don't buy it.

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  • Lee
  • United States
  • 04-04-13

Kitty Rocks!

Finally dove into the Kitty series and was so happy to find that Marguerite Gavin was the narrator. As a fan of Kim Harrison, I was pleased to find another series to enjoy. Kitty is a great character. She starts out fairly typical and then you get to watch her character blossom and become independent and strong. Highly recommend for those who love vampire, werewolf, etc series that are on an adult level.

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Nice Discovery!!

Any additional comments?

I discovered this series while looking for more books narrated by Marguerite Gavin. What a great find. This is a wonderful story. Marguerite Gavin is outstanding, of course. Carrie Vaughn writes a wonderful tale about a average woman turned werewolf. I recommend this book.

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I love the narrator

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

Yes it was very good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

TJ was my favorite character because it's not often that there is a homosexual warewolf in a story. Very original character.

Any additional comments?

A little too much casual rape going on. Other than that it was a good book.

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Just ok, worth a credit or on sale

Got the 1st two books on sale, they were ok. Not fabulous, but ok. I enjoyed them and I'm glad I bought them, but, for me, they just aren't super special. A good transition book if y our going from one great series, before you head into the next. Narration was a bit dry for me, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the book.

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  • Mary
  • Warner springs, Ca, United States
  • 03-14-13

love the series, but this one kind of blaa

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't think so. Story wasn't as good as other books. Didn't keep my interest at all.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carrie Vaughn again?

Yes, of course. One thumbs down doesn't change the other books from being a lot of fun to read!

Did Marguerite Gavin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She was OK.

Could you see Kitty and The Midnight Hour being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

yes, would make a good series. No clue who I would like as actor.

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  • jewellie
  • Corpus Christi, TX, United States
  • 03-13-13

CUTE SERIES

THIS IS SUCH A CUTE SERIES AND SO FUNNIE TO LISTEN TO. I HAVE EVER ONE AND CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT KITTY GETS INTO NEXT. PLEASE KEEP HER COMING AND IN TROUBLE.

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  • Jessica
  • Exton, PA, United States
  • 02-23-13

Paranormal and funny

If you could sum up Kitty and The Midnight Hour in three words, what would they be?

Funny, insightful, optimistic

What other book might you compare Kitty and The Midnight Hour to and why?

The Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison, the Alpha series by Rachel Vincent.

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

Marguerite is great at voices, each character has a distinct tone and accent, without sounding cheezy or typical. Her cadence is amazing, keeps the story moving forward, without long pauses between words. Her inflection makes the story come to life!

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

Within the first few minutes of the book, Kitty takes a risk. This risk, is one most people end up taking at some point in their life. The rest of the book follows the consequences of taking that risk.

Any additional comments?

If you like paranormal books with a mystery in lieu of sex scenes, you will really enjoy this book.

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  • Margaret
  • Corryton, TN, United States
  • 02-17-13

well written, well read

With the main character named Kitty being a werewolf, this would appear to be a funny story. It isn't, really. There are a few funny parts, mostly it is Kitty's sense of humor about her life. The main plot is around Kitty going from being a doormat for most of the people around her, to being her own person. She is honest with herself about being able to give out advice but not being able to see the way out of her own troubles, and the people she asks advice from are quite unexpected.
The ending is not trite, and even though I am very happy that there are so many more books in this series to read!, this book stands on its own.
I was expecting a light read/listen, but that isn't what I got. This is a story about a girl who has a pretty bad turn of luck, and what she does about it. I enjoyed very much, anyway.