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3.00007564638139 out of 53.00007564638139 out of 53.00007564638139 out of 53.00007564638139 out of 53.00007564638139 out of 5 3.00 (8,857 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carrie Vaughn Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kitty Norville Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781400182596
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Kitty Goes to Washington is the second Kitty Norville book by Carrie Vaughn. In the first book, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty ends up "outing" supernatural creatures on her radio talk show, largely because all werewolves and vampires out there want someone to talk to—someone who can give them good advice. Kitty herself is a werewolf and when she gets behind the microphone, a new person emerges—someone, strong, confident and sexy, with great ideas, someone that the supernatural community can look up to.

In Kitty Goes to Washington, our heroine is asked to testify in front of Senate on behalf of all supernatural creatures out there. However, she suspects that the hearing is going to turn into a witch hunt because there are conservatives on the Senate floor who want nothing to do with vampires and werewolves. While fending off these narrow-minded politicians, Kitty also runs into vampire mistress Alette who wants to keep her finger in the Senate pie and is hoping that Kitty can be her eyes and ears. After all, Alette has her community of vamps to look out for.

Elijah, the preacher who has a following of vampires and werewolves, also shows up in Washington. He's a creepy fellow and his followers resemble a cult more than anything else. Kitty wants to liberate them and, with the help of a couple of friends she makes in the DC area, puts her plan into action with unexpected results.

This is an interesting paranormal series because the supernatural creatures are neither completely "out" of the closet, nor completely "in." They're in the process of coming out and Kitty is a part of that revolution. She's an eminently human character, responding in different ways at different times. Sometimes, she's coolheaded but, at other times, the rebel in her just takes over, making her more relatable to readers.

Carrie Vaughn is a self-declared "Air Force Brat" both of whose parents were interested in speculative fiction and influenced her at an early age. Her mother gave her a copy of Heinlein's Red Planet and her father sat her down to watch 2001; Vaughn has been a fan of speculative fiction ever since. She has written numerous short stories and the Kitty Norville novels, all of which have been on the New York Times Bestseller list. She graduated with a Bachelor's from Occidental College and a Master's in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The country's only celebrity werewolf, late-night radio host Kitty Norville prefers to be heard, not seen. But when she's invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of supernaturals, her face gets plastered on national television. Kitty has been in hot water before, but jumping into the D.C. underworld brings a new set of problems-and a new set of friends and enemies, including the vampire mistress of the city; a super-hot Brazilian were-jaguar; and a paranoid, Bible-thumping senator who wants to expose Kitty as a monster. Kitty quickly learns that in this city of dirty politicians and backstabbing pundits, everyone's itching for a fight. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Readers of Kim Harrison's Hollows series and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files will appreciate Kitty's sarcastic wit, ingenuity, and independence. Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/30/2014

    " I liked this one better than the first. For one thing, there was a more intricate plot and more substance. I got tired of the pack dynamic in the first book. I also liked that cormac is still around, and Ben the lawyer is pretty fun. Some interesting new characters, as well. Hopefully they will be back. I did realize who the bad vampire was early on, so that twist was not a shock at all. I like that the book is set when supernatural creatures are first coming out, so the reactions of the public and political and ethical questions can be explored in the books. Usually these books just skip over that part. This definitely isn't the strongest series in the world, but kitty is a fun enough character, and they're quick reads. 3.33 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/27/2014

    " Once again a fast read. Pretty good over all but nothing amazing. I like many of the characters but I don't like the werewolf mythology she has constructed. I'm sure I'll read more. Fun, fast reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stina | 1/27/2014

    " I read this during my trip to DC last weekend, which seems only fitting. I enjoyed this second installment in the adventures of Kitty the werewolf and it was interesting to have her perspective on the themes of discrimination and McCarthyism. These themes aren't new to speculative fiction by any means, but they worked very well in this particular instance. I also liked the quantum physics explanation of vampirism that was hinted at in this book. "

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

    " I love this series and this edition did not disappoint. I hope to see more of Luis (werejaguar) in the future books...he sounds delicious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 1/13/2014

    " I liked this book a lot better than the first one. I'm glad I gave the series another chance. There was more story this time! Time for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anneliese | 12/24/2013

    " In this book we get to see Kitty's relationship with a certain two individuals expand to a certain degree. They really become a pack in this book but they don't really get to know one another very well. The great revelation is something that is nice to actually go through with the characters, rather than having it be an afterthought like it is with some other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Omly | 12/20/2013

    " This book really follows through on Kitty and the Midnight Hour. I greatly enjoyed and was even surprised by several major story points. Score one for a fun read that isn't just fluffy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 12/12/2013

    " 4.5 stars - almost perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hailey Morgan | 12/8/2013

    " realy good series so far, a bit sad there is only 10 books in the series, but she is said to have signed up for 4 more books :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 11/12/2013

    " Ok book for a "not-too-deep" read. Although the title sounds like an old porn film or something! LOL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 9/24/2013

    " What can I say... This is the second book in the series, I didn't like it as much as the first one, but I still liked it. I don't know I just love the Kitty Norville character! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xandretta | 8/8/2013

    " Enjoyable, not anything super spectacular but enjoyable - I'll pick up the next one, I'm sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anonymous | 5/26/2013

    " Not the most sophisticated writing in the world, but the characters and the story are cute and often poignant. She asks the hard questions about life as something more than human. A great paranormal series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riana Elizabeth | 11/23/2012

    " I wasn't sure what to think when the 2nd book took such a drastically different turn from the 1st...but I ended up liking the 2nd book even better! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 11/18/2012

    " not very interesting book, very boring...okay for kids i guess, just not a suspence book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley | 5/30/2012

    " Well I liked this one...I'll start on the next one soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wm | 5/29/2012

    " Better than the first one. I like the the key story arcs. There is, however, a bit too much of Kitty Rushes Into This Situation! Now She Rushes Into This One! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexi Ander | 4/28/2012

    " I enjoyed myself more than I thought I would with this. I kept expecting the worse and nothing came out how I thought it would. I am kind of in the air as to whether I like Ben or McCormick more and right now I am leaning towards Ben. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 4/20/2012

    " I think the Kitty books are getting better as the author more fully develops the world. In this book Kitty is testifying at a Senate hearing while staying with the city's Mistress vampire. It was a fun, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenna | 4/7/2012

    " Fun story. I'm invested in the characters now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvette | 3/25/2012

    " What can I say, but this series is growing on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 11/27/2011

    " much better than the first now I get what my friend Darcy was talking about! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/23/2011

    " I like this series, and this book broadens the world quite a bit. I like that rather than pour every supernatural rule into the first book the author lets things emerge slowly so that you learn about the magic system as part of the story rather than as too much exposition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 6/10/2011

    " i liked this one even better than the first in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 6/6/2011

    " It was pretty good, can't wait to get to book 3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/10/2011

    " Well, she's not as much of a pansy in this one. That's progress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindee | 4/22/2011

    " Kitty kicks ass. I love this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 4/4/2011

    " I really like this series. Kitty is a great hero and the secondary characters are fun, too. The vampires and government intervention made it fun read. The story moved quickly and never got boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caileen | 4/3/2011

    " WHY WON'T SHE END UP WITH CORMAC!! GAHHHH!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/2/2011

    " loved it i think i wanna be a vampire know hmm and a master of washington "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " 2nd -picked up after long time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 3/18/2011

    " Kittyy learned More about Vampires , also she learned there is Different ways Packs dynamics other than what she knew when back in denver and she is still going to be a better wolf then she was when she was forced to leave her home in denver. "

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About the Author
Author Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops in California, Florida, North Dakota, Maryland, and Colorado. She is the author of the popular Kitty Norville series, and her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Carrie holds a masters in English literature and collects hobbies—fencing and sewing are currently high on the list. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”