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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Drea's Audio Review: Kitty and the Midnight Hour

Title: Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #1
Format: audio
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Length: Novel (259 pages/7 hours)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Audible, AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars


Drea's Review:
Kitty—what a ridiculous name for a werewolf. But she had her name before that asshole bit her. Now she has the name and a pack—one she thought she needed. Bored with how her radio station job is going, Kitty changes up the format on a lark. Now she’s the hottest thing in Denver. Unfortunately the calls into the station from supernatural creatures large and small have stuck a thorn in her Alpha’s paw and are squeezing the blood out of the local vampire master. Kitty finally has something that is all hers and she’s too proud of it to let it go. Pack politics may give her no choice. And when people begin turning up dead, savaged by a wild animal, the cops call on Kitty. Great.

Of all the series I’ve started lately, this is the one I most want to continue with. And the thing is, I gnashed my teeth so much while listening to it. There were many things that frustrated me yet I want more. Maybe I’m a masochist. Yeah, I probably am.

Kitty, let’s talk about her first. She starts off as the werewolf pack’s runt. Her Alpha has specifically marginalized her because…well, Carl is a complete asshole and gets off on power. He sexually manipulates her despite having a mate. And Kitty loves him for it! What kind of insanity is that? I’d have given this book a low rating if it weren’t for the fact that Kitty comes into herself, gains the confidence she’d lost, and turns into one ass-kicking werewolf by the time to book finishes. However she does several irritating things throughout the book before she gains her feet, most include letting Carl do shit to her that she ought to have smacked him for. But it’s werewolf culture, whatever.

Next we have the best friend T.J. Without T.J. Kitty would have been in serious trouble. Wait a second, she was in serious trouble anyway. T.J. is the pack gamma, hot, and gay. But he is the bomb. Until the end. Sigh. No spoilers but it doesn’t go well. I have to admit I was shocked at what happened. *waves her hands* oOoOhhh aren’t you ticked at me for teasing you with not enough information? :D

Then we have Carl’s mate Meg. I think it was Meg. Let’s just call her Alpha bitch, because that was a totally apt name. If I were dumb enough to be mated to a douche like Carl I might be an Alpha bitch too. There’s also a helpful vampire I’d really like to see more of. And a werewolf hunter I can already guess will be a reoccurring series character.

Add all of this up, plus several side plots, and you’ve got a book that can keep your attention despite the sexual assault and manipulation that seems to be rampant in the story.

So how about the narration? I enjoyed it. Marguerite Gavin's pitch is in the alto range, which took some getting used to but ended up being awesome. And she did all the voices ;)

Grab this if you like flawed supernatural heroines coming into their own.


12 comments:

  1. I've listened to 2 audio books recently that were frustrating in different ways (That Night by Chevy Stevens & Pines by Blake Crouch) and loved them both. Looks like I'll be adding this one to the list too =)

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    1. I think there's something about listening to someone read a story that makes handling frustrating parts easier.

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  2. I read this book a while back and really liked it. I haven't listened to an audio book in quite some time.

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    1. Audio is my new obsession, mostly because I have an hour commute.

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  3. So you can see why I DNF-ed this on my first attempt at reading it, huh? YEP, if you don't stick with it, Kitty is just about the worst excuse for a heroine EVAH. And the T.J. thing . . . well, you know. But Cormac and Ben are pretty cool. Wait are Cormac and Ben in the first book? Well, if they're not, they'll show up soon, and they make me happy. I hope you stick with this series, Drea. I ended up really liking it ;)

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    1. Yes, they're both in it, but not at the level as book 2 and 3 (I recently finished listening to 3). And yes, if it hadn't been an audio book I was listening while driving, I probably would have taken forever to finish it, too. I'm dragging my feet on starting #4 because it goes BACK to Denver *growls* There was more than enough in book 1.

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  4. I really need to finish my first audiobook, it's too long for me lol. I read this one a while a ago and like it even if it's not awesome. I heard book 2 is great so I'm curious to try it.

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    1. Book 2 is my favorite in the series so far, and you do kind of need to get through #1 for 2 to be as good as it is. If that makes sense. Yeah, audiobooks take a lot of downtime to get through. I love them because of my commute.

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  5. Kitty for a wolf, love it! Will have to try this series in the future

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    1. IKR! I've gotten through 3 books so far and they were all good :)

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  6. I have this audiobook, but I haven't listened to it yet. She narrated the Hollow series and I just couldn't get into her narration, so I didn't even finish the first book. I know she has a lot fans, so is just a case of getting used to her. I'm glad you didn't have a lot problems with it. Maybe one of this days I'll try again :)

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