Kitty and The Midnight Hour : Kitty Norville

  • by Carrie Vaughn
  • Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
  • Series: Kitty Norville
  • 7 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

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

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Novel premise and very enjoyable.

Well written, plotted and performed. Nice world building by the author gives a immersive experience with a significant amount of genuine humor. Even if you are not into paranormal stories as a rule this has a lot to recommend it.
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- Matt Mole

Well written, good narration.

I liked the story. But I bought it on sale and I'm going to wait until the second book is on sale as well. Going to use my credit on something better than just good. Only issue I had with the narration was the voice sounded too old for such a young woman; but the scratchiness was good for a radio personality. Bit of a spoiler alert here, but: Some reviews I read before buying it said they were frustrated with Kitty's weakness. But I don't agree that she was weak. I thought she was stupid and arrogant before being turned. But she smartened up afterwards, and after dealing with the trauma of being turned and overcoming the strong instinctual forces affecting her, she turned things around.
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- Travis Ross

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio