In preparation for each new release, I often reread the last few books or even the entire series in advance of the new book. This time instead of re-reading the Hollows books while waiting for White Witch, Black Curse to arrive (Book 7 – Feb 24), I decided to listen to them, which I have been doing for the last several months.And I have to say the experience of listening to the Tantor audiobooks as narrated by Marguerite Gavin is simply amazing. The Tantor website has a quote from AudioFile magazine which if anything understates her delivery –
“Marguerite Gavin has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.... She easily delivers wry humor...[and] moves smoothly from accent to accent without hesitation, recalling multiple characters perfectly.”I had already thought Kim Harrison’s first person dialogue on the printed page was sumptuous, but listening to the dialogue performed raises the emotional overtones of the The Hollows books to a whole new level. Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, Trent, Kisten, Big Al and so many others literally come alive, a cliché I know, but for me it was true. Waiting for the Hollows books to come to the big or little screen? Well until they do these audiobook gems are the next best thing. My personal favourite is the fourth book, A Fistful of Charms. Listening to the books was akin to discovering them for the first time.
If you are a Kim Harrison fan and have never experienced one of her books on audio I encourage you to do so. I have created some links below with samples from each of the books. Have a listen while we all tap our fingers waiting for White Witch, Black Curse.
Book 1 - Dead Witch Walking
Book 2 - The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
Book 3 - Every Which Way but Dead
Book 4 - A Fistful of Charms
Book 5 - For a Few Demons More
The Outlaw Demon Wails was not narrated by Marguerite Gavin and was somewhat of a let down by comparison, but still enlivens the story in a refreshing manner.
Final Note: Turn Coat, Jim Butchers’ 11th Harry Dresden novel releases April 7 and Dead and Gone, Charlaine Harris’ 9th Sookie book hits the stores May 5. They're marked on my calendar