Audiobook Review – Dead Witch Walking

Posted March 21, 2017 by Kathy in 3 Stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 0 Comments

Audiobook Review – Dead Witch WalkingDead Witch Walking Series: The Hollows #1
by Kim Harrison
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Published by Tantor Audio on June 27, 2007
Genres: Adult Paranormal
Length: 13 hours and 14 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party... and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining - and it's Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead... or undead.


Dead Witch Walking is the first book in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. I’ve had this book on my TBR for a long time and I’m finally getting to it now that The Turn has been released. This was a good start for a new series but there were areas I was disappointed with.

What did I like?

  • The setting of this series is in the future after a genetically engineered virus wipes out many humans. This tragedy brings out the paranormal community. The paranormals and humans try to live together so I thought this world was interesting and unique. The setup was simple and easy to follow.
  • The cast of characters are a good mix of personality. Rachel is a witch with attitude. Ivy is a vampire whose mysterious (she has some secrets I can’t wait to find out more about). Jenks is a pixie who is funny and protective of his friends. There are the supporting cast (Trent, Nick and Kingsley) which time will tell if they can be trustworthy.
  • The story is packed with action and intrigue. Rachel is a former runner with the IS (Interlander Security) and now has a price on her head. Her only chance of staying alive is to tag the infamous Trent Kalamak, a wealthy businessman the IS has failed to arrest. Rachel has some wild plans that fail and they lead to a lot of twists in the story.


What didn’t I like?

  • I thought the pace was slow in the beginning. The set up for the series was good but there were parts that were boring.
  • I liked Rachel but she is a magnet for trouble! It was frustrating to see the mistakes she made. She wants to do the right thing and protect her friends, but her stubbornness made things worse. I was really surprised she made it out alive in this first book!


Overall, I liked Dead Witch Walking. I like the unique world and I haven’t read an urban fantasy in a long time. I can’t wait to see what trouble Rachel and her friends get into next.

Audiobook Review

This is the first book I’ve listen to narrated by Marguerite Gavin. I thought she did a good job but it took me some time to enjoy the narration (which has more to do with the writing than with her performance). In the end, I really liked her voices for the characters, especially for Jenks and his wife. The pixie voices had the attitude wrapped in a small package. I can’t wait to listen to the next book.

Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: three-stars

About Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. She's currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or on the links.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 Audiobook Challenge


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