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Publisher's Summary

Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down. In the middle of the chaos, a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

©2010 Jeanne Cook (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This delightful romp has many interesting twists and turns as it glances at racism, politics, and religion en route. It will have fanciers of cinematic sf parodies referencing Men in Black, Ghost Busters, and X-Men." (Booklist Starred Review)

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  • Betty
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 04-18-14

Fun stuff!

Good old fashioned fun campy sci fi with lots of twists. I laughed out loud a few times. Narrator was good caught the tongue in cheek style but kept it grounded. I'll def check out more with Nordlinger. It went on a little long and some of the characters weren't as good as the heroine but overall, really enjoyed!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • United States
  • 04-18-14

Give me another Martini!

Kitty and Martini, death by a mont blanc pen - snarky heroine?! I LOVED it all! I never see enough strong women with real voices these days and between Gini Koch and Romy Nordlinger I was in heaven! No, this isn't "I am woman hear me roar" and it's not a "serious" classic sci-fi. But it kicks butt majorly! It's very clever writing and it's fun, sexy with fantastic narration. Men in black meets Brigid Jones?

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Touched by an Alien

I love this series...yes it is a bit silly and you have to suspend belief a lot but the humor and snark make it all worth while. The narrator was good and am keeping fingers crossed that the rest of the seires will soon follow in auido

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Stacey
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 04-19-14

Pretty good listen

It took me a while to warm up to this - this book is not what I was expecting - but it was funny and there was a lot of action but once I got drawn in, it was a fun listen. The narrator did very well with all the characters and I liked her delivery. I am checking out more Gini Koch books now and this was definitely worth my credit!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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So glad it finally came out on audio!

Would you consider the audio edition of Touched by an Alien to be better than the print version?

Yes as I finished this one!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kitty she rocks!

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with the rock music battle!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Touched by an alien... do it again!

Awesome story. Kitty kicks ass! So does this narrator. Couldn't imagine anyone else doing it, she has a strong sassy voice and delivery. Perfect listen, I was sad when it was over.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Paranormal Romance Disguised as Science Fiction

**Reviews courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

Though the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series is technically science fiction, it reads just like an urban fantasy novel. Just replace magic with technology and werewolves with aliens, while still keeping the same spunky female lead, and you've got TOUCHED BY AN ALIEN, the first book in the series.

While I really enjoy books with realistic characters, I love books with well written larger than life characters. Kitty is definitely a larger than life heroine. She seems to always come up with the solution even when the aliens studying the problem for generations haven’t, though not always in a timely fashion, and she can do some serious damage on a battlefield with little actually training. I know some people don’t like characters like that, so take that into account before picking this one up.

My main problem with this book is the relationship between Kitty and Jeff. I think they work well together, I’d just liked to see that developed more. One of the first things that Jeff says to Kitty is that he wants to marry her. He instantly falls for Kitty. Now it does take Kitty a little bit to truly fall for him, but I like to see relationships fleshed out a little more.

I’m a lover of both sci-fi and urban fantasy, so I really enjoyed how the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series combines some of the elements of both genres into TOUCHED BY AN ALIEN. Gini Koch has created a great world with a superb cast of characters. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing what adventures Kitty has in store.

Notes on Audiobook: Romy Nordlinger did an amazing job narrating the book. I absolutely loved all of the voices, especially Katherine’s. However, the audiobook came out a year ago, and there isn’t any sign that the rest of the series will be transferred to audio.

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  • Marvette
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 05-11-15

Awful narration voice!!!

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

Different Narrator. Why make a twenty something woman sound like a older person that smokes heavily.

What could Gini Koch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was not a Gini Koch issue. The book sounds like a great read. It's the audible version that's the problem.

Would you be willing to try another one of Romy Nordlinger’s performances?

Hell No!!! I did not get past the first couple of chapters. That voice ruined it for me.

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

The story was not the problem. The audible narrator was the issue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Like an unripened persimmon

It looks good and you want want to eat the whole thing but it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
The thing that bugged me the most was a heroine. She was the smartest, the cutest, the most wonderful, etc,.. I mean, come on, she gets everything so fast ( sometimes seconds, minutes and in rare moment hours) that aliens who are studying the bloody things for years don't and she makes them all look stupid. It was just a bit too much of a the-universe-turns-around-me heroine who could do no wrong. That's not to say that I like flawed heroes but I definitely don't like the perfect ones. I'll pass on the next one in the series. The reader wasn't bad.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I'd love to hear more

loved it. would like to hear more of the series. the narrator was pretty good.