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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
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By Austin gal on 08-08-09
I tried this and some other books after browsing some Amazon lists for new authors. Based on the cover art and the publisher's description I expected an OK book, but I was happy to find a book that exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed this book the entire way through.
I adore the narrator based on listening to her read the Rachel Morgan series so that helped, but the story also deserves credit for getting my interest early and keeping it the whole way through. Ms. Gavin reads with a rhythm that's engaging and that feels like someone actually talking versus the fake, repetitive, sing-song rhythm some narrators use. She does a fabulous job of defining each character with her voice, which I don't think is an easy thing to do well.
I agree with another reviewer about some characters being somewhat derivative, but I didn't find it so blatent that it bothered me. That said, I'd like to see a unique, quirky, interesting character or two added as the series progresses.
There was enough going on in the plot to keep things moving and the main character was realistic and likeable. I was happy that the author stayed away from some of the trite characteristics for the main character that I've seen in some books of this genre.
I'd stretch things and give the book a 4 rating instead of a 3.5, mostly for managing to catch my interest so well with the first book in a series, but I decided to give this a 5 overall because of the narration. I've already downloaded the next book in the series and can't wait to listen!
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By Kristian on 08-05-09
Good first book
If you have enjoyed Carrie Vaughn's book in print, this is an EXCELLENT audio version. If you didn't, this may still be worth it, because of the reader.
The plot is a little piece meal, as it is a novel created around at least one short story (the meeting of Kitty and Cormack). Still, it is a good story, and unlike a lot of the urban fantasy, the paranormal isn't the main focus of the book. The characters are, and Kitty is a likable heroine who is finally growing up, starting the journey from cub to mature adult. She doesn't arrive at maturity here, but she makes some strong steps.
Still, except for Kitty most of the other characters aren't memorable. Some of them are derivative. For example, Cormack is Edward from Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series, and the local police detective is Jim Butcher's Lt. Karen Murphy from the Dresden Files, TJ is Patricia Brigg's Warren from the Mercy Thompson Series, and so on.
The narrator, Marguerite Gavin, is excellent. She also does most of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan Series, and as with those, she reads the main character in a strong, spirit filled way without sounding silly, simpering, or bitchy. The speaking is clear, characters easily identified, and convincingly emotional.
Based solely on the story, this is 3.5, but Ms. Gavin makes it closer to 4.5 for me.
I hope all of the Kitty Books make it to audible, and I hope Marguerite Gavin reads them.
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