Dead Witch Walking – Audio Book Review

Dead Witch Walking (unabridged), an audio book written by Kim Harrison and narrated by Marguerite Gavin, gives listeners a total listening time of just over thirteen and a quarter hours. The first in its series, this book sets a compelling tone for the next in one in the tale.

The audio version is a theatrically acceptable account of one witch’s escapades as a “runner” (a law enforcement officer) with Inderland security, the organization in charge of crime control in Cincinnati. Lightly comedic, yet slightly more dramatic, strong words make striking pictoral impressions, a talent the author has picked well.

Although its storyline is clearly and distinctively made up of what its author’s cleverly exacting, yet enticing, impressions of being such a witch are, it is also a grown-up and magical theatrical experience with a child-like story telling tone that might make it worth taking some of your time to listen. It warrants saying, though, that even with its theme, the nature of this effect is much more like walking through an exciting theme park than being delivered into the witches’ brew.

Rachel Morgan, an unlikely, and yet seemingly unsuccessful witch with an attitude, consorts with several supporting characters, including Ivy – a vampire, and Jenks – a pixie (an unlikely team in any event), along with other magical creatures as she makes her way through this creatively tailored tale. Rachel is bold, witty, and tough, yet not-so-fearless in her restless attempt to leave third world rule before her would-be assassins fulfill their contract in its entirety, making this audio book’s narration riveting, and even animated.

Conversational, yet clearly with under worldly propinquity, Marguerite Gavin’s exceptional narrative qualities add distinctive impressions, giving each narrated character its own unique ability to stand apart from the rest. Strong vocals are capable and advanced, adding to its artistic impressions and giving this audio book a highly entertaining, even if not yet reinventing, quality.

On the darker side, the third-worldly essence of this audio book has that somewhat unsettling otherworldly violence within its content, largely stemming from the somewhat slight, if not thorough degradation settled into its more feminine characterizations. With the subtle undercurrent of third world violence married to the audio version of the book “Dead Witch Walking”, it would not be so likely to be recommended by so many without its well thought out and theatrical antics. These are also what make the tale so enticing.

Overall, someone who appreciates the finer arts of theater, and who would also appreciate its most artistic nature, could so unwittingly enjoy this audio version of what is now also a best-selling book in print edition, that one might be sure to continue to follow its entire series. Someone other than this might not last through its first chapter.