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The Undead Pool

The Hollows, Book 12
Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Series: The Hollows, Book 12
Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
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Number-one New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison returns to the supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan in the penultimate book of the Hollows series.

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike.

The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

The only way to do so is through the ancient elven magic, but that carries its own perils - for magic always has a price, and gods do not come lightly when called.

©2014 Kim Harrison (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Unbelievably Satisfying!

I waited a long time for this (it seemed like forever!) and Ms. Harrison delivered as always :) I totally enjoyed the book. I always like the idea of Rachel and Trent being together, even way back when he put her in the rat's cage! (I think it was a rat, hamster..or rodent of some kind...humm may have to start back over and listen to it again :)) I was really pulling for Ivy....never felt good about Rachel and Ivy hooking up, lol but it was tempting :) Who I was excited about was Nute (sp?) I liked her/his role in the story a lot better than past ones. It seemed like everyone was content or happy except for Al, poor demon. And for all the action junkies, yes we had shoot-um up, blow-um up and knock-um down action. Oh, and I LOVED the mystics! Just imagine what trouble Rachel could get into with new powers from the mystics? ( hint, hint, and a wink) This addition to the series was a good as gorging on chocolate and almonds and finding out you lost 5 pounds because of it!

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  • Dave
  • Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada
  • 07-09-14

Elvish has left the building!

Elves have come out and it's easy to see how a long, protracted war with the demons could have happened. What isn't clear is which party was the most aggrieved - history is written by the winners and it looked to me like the winners were the elves. Trent's character continues to be fleshed out and he is proving to be a most atypical elf. It appears that Rachel and Trent with their small group of friends are the only obstacle stopping the destruction of two worlds.

I love this series but I gave this book only 4 stars instead of the usual 5 because I felt the increased complexity of the story line came at the cost of the involvement, volume and depth of the interpersonal interactions of Ivy and Jinks within the story line.

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  • N Malone
  • Crestmead, Australia
  • 03-11-14

A little disappointing.

If you could sum up The Undead Pool in three words, what would they be?

Good, not great

Would you be willing to try another book from Kim Harrison? Why or why not?

Always, she is a very talented writer

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

Accurate voices, easy to keep up with ready and very fluid work

Any additional comments?

This was a bit of a let down. So much was left unfinished in the end and so many relationships were lost, broken or changed for the worst.
The issue with the vampires immortality never really got touched
The issues with repairing the ever after never got looked at.
What happened after the ever after leak was fixed? Did it recover to its old size? Is it still shrunken? Why would the demons be okay with that if it is still smaller?
What about the demon babies? What happens with them now? Doesn't Rachel care about them now?
Why is she so bloody obsessed with Trent now? She used to be a kick-ass witch and ever since she got rescued from the HAPA group caught them she has gone boring.

A lot of things were left unanswered which were things I wanted to know about. So I was very disappointed in the finale of this series.

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  • tina
  • cokato, MN, United States
  • 05-08-14

Another Good One

I enjoyed this book. I have enjoyed every book in the series. Usually by book 12, I have gotten tired of the story lines. Not so with this series, I love the alternate earth and world that Kim Harrison has created. This one is maybe not as strong as some of her other books but I still have a vested interest in the characters and their lives.

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  • S. Pike
  • Maricopa, AZ USA
  • 03-19-14

Good

What did you love best about The Undead Pool?

Learning more about the history of the goddess entity and how it all works.

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

I would have dropped the Trent romance line. I know a lot of people love this pairing, but I still remember how he was introduced as a drug running murderer and while he had his reasons to keep his secrets, the secret of the survival of the elven race he in my mind is still a murdering scumbag.

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

Jenks

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

mostly

Any additional comments?

I hope the final books answers more.

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My Favourite Hollows Addition!!!!

What can I say here, This book was amazing all the way through.. Its beginning was good and different and the whole book was different than usual, I have really enjoyed this book.. It was full of everything (action, love, hate, and everything)!!!!

Much much development to all the characters, all of them, and too many things got fixed and corrected.

Narration is as good as always.

Really loved this book.

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Wonderful listen

What made the experience of listening to The Undead Pool the most enjoyable?

The whole nine yards, the story is refreshing and wholly engrossing. Narration by Marguerite Gavin was excellent as always.

What other book might you compare The Undead Pool to and why?

In a class by it's self, the only other books that compare in this genre is the rest of The Hollows.

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

I love them all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me very happy with the relationships and how all of them evolved, not just in this book but in the series.

Any additional comments?

First don't read this book without reading the entire series, it would be like reading Queen of Sorcery before Pawn of Prophecy (David & Leigh Eddings).

Second for all those who have read the series FOR HEAVENS SAKE READ THIS.
You will not be disappointed in the slightest.

Big thanks to Kim Harrison for sharing her amazing imagination with us.

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Changing Voices....

I love the story. The changing names and voices, however, really take away from the listening experience. "Edden" has become "Eden" (as in the garden of Eden pronunciation) and Newt's voice is now all high and girly. Margurite has done an amazing job, and Rachel and Jenks still sound the same. Ivy is a bit off... I get the distinct impression that clips from the previous books aren't listened to prior to recording a new book. Not exactly best practices for the consistency of the characters. Not as bad as a whole new narrator, but irritatingly distracting all the same.

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Why does it have to be over!!

If you could sum up The Undead Pool in three words, what would they be?

Demons, witches, and an elf

What did you like best about this story?

Rachel never fails at being a good protagonist with an attitude problem, who is slightly oppositional defiant. Kim Harrison created a well written group of characters that you come to know as family. Rachel finally gains acceptance in the strangest places.

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

Marguerite Gavin is an excellent narrator. She has a great way of making the character's voices completely different from one another. I almost stopped listening to the series when the narrators where changed, but I plugged through it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I just wish they'd make the film.. : )

Any additional comments?

This series was excellent, from the in-depth back story of the tomato virus, to the history of each race representative in the book. I have a difficult time with the run of the mill fantasy, and tend to skip the D&D writers. However, Kim Harrison has provided a story that is both fantastical and appealing to all readers. I highly suggest this book.

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  • Pauline
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 03-22-14

A Perfect Tale - Al Gets What He Deserves!

What a great story! Trent and Rachel work very well together now, and there are the usual interferences from Trent's "ex". Newt is very much front and center in this tale, adding adventure and a lot of story backfill that makes the book a rich read. Have a listen to this one for a great escape!

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  • Tracy
  • 05-26-14

Another great adventure from my favourite demon.

What made the experience of listening to The Undead Pool the most enjoyable?

A nice continuation of the story. Well done Kim Harris in creating characters we are eager to follow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jenks. He has all of the best lines.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Trent's fiancé getting a verbal slap (long anticipated).

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