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4.00002000480115 out of 54.00002000480115 out of 54.00002000480115 out of 54.00002000480115 out of 54.00002000480115 out of 5 4.00 (49,988 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Harrison Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hollows Series Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781400174713
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Set in Cincinnati, Dead Witch Walking creates an interesting alternative reality which is quite different from what we see in many other fantasy books. Whenever a book mixes witches and vampires together, like Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, for example, it always seems as though vampires are more important. They take over all the action and witches are given a secondary role. However, Kim Harrison's witch, Rachel Morgan, is at the forefront of her books.

In this version of Cincinnati, something went wrong in the 1950's when human beings started experimenting on DNA and ended up creating a virus that spread through tomatoes and killed a great deal of the human population. The supernatural creatures who were living side by side with humans then came into the open. The Inderlanders, as they now call themselves, were immune to the virus and, with the human population declining, they didn't have anything to fear. Occasionally, we see Rachel proudly setting out tomatoes, a practice which makes humans blench.

Now that humans and Inderlanders are living in the same society, they must maintain peace and they do this with the help of two law enforcement agencies—the human police and Inderlander Security or I.S. which Rachel works for at the beginning. However, Rachel keeps getting all the bad jobs and she's really sick of this kind of work. So she decides to strike out on her own and Ivy, a vampire who works with I.S. too, decides to go with her, as does Jenks, the pixie. However, I.S. is not just willing to let Rachel go that fast; they put a price on her head and she ends up spending a lot of time avoiding assassins. Finally, she decides that the best thing to do is go after Trent Kalamack who is suspected of many crimes. She wants to persuade I.S. to let her go in exchange for the goods on Kalamack.

Overall, Rachel is a likable protagonist who tends to act before she thinks. Over the course of the book and the series, we see her learning more impulse control. In one funny scene, she tries to learn how to avoid provoking her vampire roommate by reading a vampire dating guide that she's embarrassed to be seen with. She also dresses sassily and has an in-your-face sexuality which, combined with her self-deprecating humor, makes her easy to identify with.

Kim Harrison is a self-proclaimed "tomboy" who grew up in a family full of boys. Although she always wanted to be a writer, she avoided English and writing classes, preferring to work on her writing by herself. She started out with the idea of writing science fiction but then switched to contemporary fantasy. Her real name is Dawn Cook and she has published two series, the Hollows series, starring Rachel Morgan, under the name Kim Harrison, and the Princess and Truth series under her real name. She splits her time between South Carolina and Michigan and is currently a full-time writer.

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves—the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same. On the run with a contract on her head, Rachel reluctantly teams up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner…and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crimelord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death…not to mention her own roommate! Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor, and romance, Dead Witch Walking is the perfect summer listen for anyone who likes vampires, paranormal fantasy, romance, or just a great beach book. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You’ll love this.”

    Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world, a spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination.”

    Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Blends the best qualities of Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum…Kim Harrison carries it off with style.”

    Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra | 2/9/2014

    " This is a major guilty pleasure! I actually didn't like the first book (this one) so much but gave it another chance with the second because the series was recommended. They get better and I was totally sucked in. If you're a fan of cheesy fantasy books, you'll love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 2/7/2014

    " The very first book that started my obsession for reading fantasy, if not for Kim Harrison and her amazing series The Hollows I would probably even today remain oblivious to the wonders of reading. So I will forever treasure this book and be grateful to the author who created it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Stoddard | 2/2/2014

    " Though I'm normally more a fan of mysteries than fantasy books, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kim Harrison has the storytelling ability to make the world drop away while you're reading her books. I loved Jenks' character the most, and I found the strange connection between Ivy and Rachel intriguing. I appreciated that while the book did have closure, there were several loose ends left open for the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 1/25/2014

    " it is comedic which was a surprise-listening on CD and the reader is very good - story and writing is simplistic and entertaining but not sure if I could have gotten through reading it and not listening to it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/22/2014

    " When I first started this book I couldn't get into it. Usually, if I'm really into a book, I'll finish it in a day or two. It took my almost 2 weeks to read this. Once I actually got into it though, about half way through, I really liked the characters and couldn't put it down. The copy I have is a 2 in one with the first and second in one edition so I read straight through the 2nd one and then read the 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Now I just need to finish the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Temple | 1/20/2014

    " It was good. I like Rachel and Ivy. Plenty of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/19/2014

    " I did like it. I was a good read . I am looking forward to getting my hands on the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Hoop | 1/6/2014

    " Re-reading the series, as I just got the tenth book and have to catch myself up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristel | 12/21/2013

    " a bit confusing with what's happening in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerri | 12/15/2013

    " In an alternate universe a virus exposes the different species among us. Vampires, faeries, werewolves, pixies not to mention witches. The wide range of characters, mystery and strange plot twists have kept me reading this series. We'll see how long the interest lasts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy *Ahviel* | 11/29/2013

    " Really did not like this but going to read the second book just to be sure "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 11/25/2013

    " not as good as I hoped, but ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 11/7/2013

    " Kind of slowish (is that a word?) at the start, but there was a lot of information to get in...like a pixy can take a fairy! Seriously, what an amazing imagination this author has! The middle and ending were great...definitely left LOTS of room for more books in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annia | 8/6/2013

    " Fantastic introduction to the series! Definitely had me hooked from the first chapter on, and I haven't been able to put down any book in the series yet! For those that love the world of the super natural, with hints of humor, and nail biting action, you'll definitely love the Rachel Morgan series! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz H | 7/3/2013

    " I got 3% in and couldn't go farther. I just couldn't. The protagonist was awful and I felt like there were things I needed to know that weren't explained at all, and maybe they would have been if I'd gone farther. I've never put a book down this quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 5/20/2013

    " I like the background characters better. :-/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Chapman | 4/30/2013

    " Love this supernatural series by Kim Harrison. It's a continuous series and has over 10 books so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/18/2013

    " I'd say about 3.5 stars. A fun, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 12/27/2012

    " I enjoyed listening to this book on my Kindel, and in the process of listen to the next book in the series.If you like mysteries with vampires, witches, and ware wolfs. Just something different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Markham | 11/26/2012

    " If you can get past the first two or three desperately overwritten chapters, this book is a surprisingly good read for an urban fantasy. I liked enough to want to read the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 4/8/2012

    " Didnt care for this book, Claire always getting beat up, living with a ghost, being in college at 16yrs old.....i dont know what it is i just didnt care for it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 1/11/2012

    " I enjoyed it enough to where I plan to read the next book. Wouldn't call it a great book but I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Taylor | 7/7/2011

    " It took a few chapters for the characters to click for me but couldn't stop after that "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 6/26/2011

    " It took a little while for me to get into the book, but by the end I really liked the story. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristin | 5/21/2011

    " Not as good as i thought it would be..kinda draged on an on without anything happing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anja | 5/10/2011

    " This whole series is a fun read. The main character is sassy and everyone is Totally Awesome but has major flaws. I don't enjoy fantasy books where your main character is Too Perfect to be True, and this one doesn't do that. Fun to read; the kind of thing dad calls "brain candy." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/9/2011

    " My mother-in-law recommended this book. I didn't think that was something I would find interesting and found it a little slow in the beginning. But I was actually surprised to find that I like it by the time I finished it. I am planning to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/25/2011

    " I really enjoy her take on things. Her character development is very good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie | 4/21/2011

    " I just couldn't get through this book. There were too many characters doing too many different things. I found myself confused more often than not, so I had to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 4/20/2011

    " Great start to a series that just keeps getting better with each new book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 4/14/2011

    " First book of series...was ok but the series gets alot better! Light, fun reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 4/14/2011

    " If I would ever allow myself to stop reading a book in the middle, I would have stopped this one. I didn't feel any connection to the characters or the storyline; I was happy to finish it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tellthesky | 4/14/2011

    " A decent story, but badly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 4/12/2011

    " witches, pixies, fairies, weres, vampires...what's not to love! Our main character makes some powerful enemies and must use all of her charms and spells to stay alive and not stray over to the dark side. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayme | 4/12/2011

    " Just couldn't get into it. Felt like I read it before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 4/12/2011

    " This book starts slow but ends really great. The rest of the series is unforgettable. "

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