The Turn Audiobook by Kim Harrison (REIVEW)

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Review of: The Turn Audiobook
Kim Harrison

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The Turn Audiobook

By: Kim Harrison

Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 02/07/2017

The Turn Audiobook by Kim Harrison

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The Hollows Series #0.1

16 hrs and 20 mins

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The Turn Audiobook

4 Hearts

It is so great to be back in The Hollows. I love this series so much. Now, I did miss Rachel, Jenks and the gang, but that doesn’t mean that we go into this story without knowing anyone. We do see Quinn and Al (I love that we have Al as he was a favorite secondary character of mine, second only to Jenks, who will always be the best sidekick ever).

So this story is a prequel and so the story is set in the 60s. We start off with Trisk trying to get an interview for a job after graduating. You have to remember how things were back in the 60s for women in the workplace. They had to work twice as hard as men to get the recognition that they are deserved. Add to that Trisk is a dark elf, she is frowned upon even more. As if that wasn’t enough, she has quite the rivalry with Kal. He is a light elf male from a prestigious family. He’s done everything in his power to knock her down. He cheats off her and she is the one who goes down saying she cheated off him.

When the Enclave asks her to go work in a human research lab to keep an eye on what the humans are doing, she finds that it is best offer she is going to get. It at least is letting her do what she loves, research and development in genetics. The story jumps three years and she has developed a “fuzzy” tomato that is drought and pest resistant. She was going to feed the world and rid it of starvation. That is until things go very wrong.

I really enjoyed this story. Not only did I get to spend time with characters that I loved. I loved seeing Al again. He was himself and I’m so glad to see him again. There are other great secondary characters. Ms. Harrison does such a great job with secondary characters. In this story, we have Daniel, a human researcher that worked with Trisk. He was working on a virus that would help the military by making everyone sick, but the virus can’t reproduce outside of a lab, so people get sick, but they wouldn’t die from it. Give it a few days and they’re fine. Help the military take people down with less death.

There is also a pixie, because you can’t have a Hollows story without a pixie. Here we have Orchid. Her species is having a ton of difficulties because humans tearing down their forests. They are spread so thin it is hard to find a mate. She was living with Kal and when he goes to California to check Trisk’s work (boy did that piss her off), Orchid goes with him to hunt for a mate.

I haven’t any idea if there will be more books to follow this one. I don’t think so, but I would love to learn more about Trisk and Orchid. I think it would also be great to see more of how things go during and just after The Turn. I loved being back in this world and it makes me want to revisit the series on audio.

The Turn Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

I’m so glad that they stuck with Marguerite Gavin for this book. She narrates all but one of The Hollows series, so it was perfect to have her back, even if this book is mostly new characters. I love Gavin’s narration. She does a great job with male and female voices. I love listening to her voice Al. She does an amazing job with pixies too. She is a favorite narrator for me. I have searched out books with her narrating and will continue to do so. If you haven’t tried her yet, I highly recommend you check her out.

Author Kim Harrison

Author Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times #1 best selling The Undead Pool, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow. She’s currently developing what comes after the Hollows between working on the last Hollows book. When not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or out on the links.

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Narrator Marguerite Gavin

Narrator Marguerite Gavin

Narrator: Marguerite Gavin

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a three-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous Earphones and Publishers Weekly Awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. AudioFile magazine says “Marguerite Gavin . . . has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”


I like to thanks Simon & Schuster Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I enjoyed this one as well and miss the series so much 🙁 I hope she does revisit the world soon.

    • I’m really hoping that we get more time with Trisk. I really liked her. Or Orchid. She’s isn’t Jenks, but she was still a lot of fun. You know what would be another great prequel, Jenks before Rachel!!!!!!!

  2. I only read the narrator part of the review (I want to go in totally blind). I can’t believe I have the hard copy and the audio and have yet to listen to this one yet. Once I get through a few more review requests I’m going to jump in.

    • I miss Jenks. Kim Harrison would make my day if she wrote a prequel story of Jenks and his family before Rachel.

  3. I have yet to try this series and I bet it’s really good on audio. I have seen some mixed reviews about this one so I am glad you enjoyed it. The narrator is one of my faves!!

    • I’ve seen mixed reviews too. I would recommend starting with Dead Witch Walking, book one. I also recommend it on audio. Marguerite Gavin is amazing. She narrates the entire series (except one somewhere in the middle. I’m assuming a scheduling conflict or something)

  4. I haven’t started this series yet, but I love that she went back and wrote the beginning for how things got to the way they did. This sounds like one that is best appreciated after the rest of the series even if its chronologically first.

    Oh, and a fab narrator, too.

    • Yeah, although you could start with this book, I think it is better to start with Dead Witch Walking. Marguerite Gavin is awesome. She narrates the entire series (except one somewhere in the middle. I’m assuming a scheduling conflict or something).

  5. There will be more books, I saw a conference she made. She said that at first that she didn’t plan but she couldn’t tell everything in the end so she will write at last once more for now. She is just wondering if we will have little Rache in the next one.

    • YAY!!! You just made my day. I would love a story of Jenks before Rachel. He is my favorite sidekick EVER!!

  6. Always awesome getting to spend time with characters you love. One day I’ll tackle these 🙂

  7. I loved this and yeah, I would really like to see another book or two 🙂

  8. I wasn’t as taken with this story, but I did LOVE seeing Al again and I would definitely love to see more of Orchid

    • I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this book. It isn’t my favorite Hollows book, but I enjoyed it overall.

  9. I’ve only read the first Hallows book and need to get to the rest. I’ve heard such good things about the books on audio. Looks like this one will make that wishlist as well. Time to bug the library! LOL

    • I love Marguerite Gavin. I highly recommend this series on audio.

  10. I haven’t read this series, in fact it’s been years since I’ve read one of her books. I really like the sounds of this though.

    • I’ve mostly just read this series. I tried her new Peri Reed series, but I wasn’t a fan. I’m not sure if I will continue it or not.

  11. I’ve heard great things about this series in audiobook format. I’ve got it on my wish list… someday.

    • I hope you get a chance to meet Jenks and Rachel. They are so much fun. Jenks is my all-time favorite sidekick. He has so many great lines like “Tink’s little pink dildos” that he uses to cuss. He’s a pixie, hence the Tinkerbell reference. LOL

  12. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see you loved The Turn, Melanie! I will be reading it rather than listening but I was getting a little concerned because there are people who didn’t like it so much. I can’t wait to get to see Al (whom I ADORE!) and Quin pre-Rachel and Trent era, plus meet Trisk and Kal…and a new pixie?!? Great review!

    • I was a little worried when I saw some people who didn’t like it too. It is not my favorite Hollows story, but it was fun. I love Al too. I want to see how things progress with him.

    • If you’re a fan of The Hollows, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

  13. Another author I need to try but will probably not be able to get to until some time after some time from now.

    • I know exactly how you mean. I have so many authors that have been on my TBR forever.

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