The Undead Pool Audiobook by Kim Harrison (review)

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Review of: The Undead Pool Audiobook
Kim Harrison

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On March 2, 2014
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The Undead Pool Audiobook

By: Kim Harrison

Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin

Published by: Harper Audio 02/25/2014

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5 hearts Rating imageThe Hallows Series, book 12

16 hrs and 13 mins

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Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic – earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic – and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something – or someone – is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike.

The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

The only way to do so is through the ancient elven magic, but that carries its own perils – for magic always has a price, and gods do not come lightly when called.

©2014 Kim Harrison (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Reviewed by ML Simmons

Wow, this book was wonderful and probably my favorite book in the series.  As the second to the last book in this fairly long Urban Fantasy series, we are starting to see things come to a close as we see how the ending might play out for at least some of the characters.  We get to spend some time with most everyone we’ve met and come to love over the years.

In this book, we start off with spells backfiring and causing chaos around the city.  They then realize that all the undead vampires are asleep, but don’t know why.  The truce between humans and Interlanders, which has been uneasy at best since the Turn, is barely balancing on the edge of a cliff.  Rachel, as she always does, takes this on almost by herself.  Rachel has always wanted to be a person to take on the world by herself, but she is surrounded by great friends who won’t let this be a burden on her alone.  This is the first time that Trent is really around when everyone rallies around Rachel and he is quite amazed.

As you can guess from the cover, since this is the first cover with a character besides just Rachel, Trent plays heavy role in this book.  It has been great over the series watching not only these two characters grow and change, but also the relationship that they have together.  We have looked back in time to see them as children when they liked each other, but were mean about it as children tend to do, though Rachel was protective of Trent even then.  To Trent entering Rachel into rat fights while she was stuck in the form of a mink.  Rachel has saved his butt on more than one occasion.  How Trent has learned to trust and stand by her as she defends, not just him, but herself, her friends and the city of Cincinnati.

We have a lot more time with vampires and weres than we have had in a long time in this series.  A lot less time with demons than we have had in a while.  Though time that is spent with Newt, who was way weirder than normal when she first shows up in the book, is extremely important.  Al is around some, but he is not a happy camper, but then when is he ever.

We have lots of time with both Jenks and Biz.  Jenks has always been my favorite character in this series.  I think he is the only reason that Rachel is as solid as she is, he is the mortar that holds her together.  He watches her back more than anyone else.  He keeps things light by teasing her, even when it drives her crazy.  As much as his kids annoy her, I think without them around, Rachel would be lonely in the quite.  Biz is another great character who has grown on me a lot.  He has become essential to the story and Rachel’s life.  I love that she starts to make plans to do more runs after dark just so that he could be included.

I love seeing where this series has come and where it looks it is going.  My only concern is how Kim Harrison is going to top this.  I mean this book really wraps things up and without a lot of changes, could have probably ended the series with this book without any complaints from me.  I’m sure she has a plan in mind, so I’ll just have to wait out the year to see what the finale is going to be.  I’m sure it will be awesome, as she hasn’t let me down yet.

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The Undead Pool Audiobook Narration by Marguerite Gavin     The narration was gMarguerite Gavin Narrator - Hot Listensreat as it has always been.  Marguerite Gavin has been a staple to this series for me.  I started off reading, but really fell in love with the audio when I listened to the first book.  Once  again, Jenks is my favorite.  How she can say, “Tinks little pink dildo” with a straight face, I’ll never know.  I also love Al’s voice.  Once again, “Motherpussbucket” is another word that is hard for me to say with a straight face.  I’m really glad they have been able to keep her on for the full series.

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Loupe Duffy
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  1. I love this series and I will be terribly sad when it ends next year. And I agree with you–Newt was even weirder than usual, and this makes me laugh b/c how weird do you have to be in order to be even weirder? LOL. I’m glad you liked it!

    • Yeah, Newt was weird in the fact that at times she was weirder and others she was almost normal. I don’t know which was more strange.

      I’m going to miss this series too. I’ve been reading Rachel for almost ten years, I think a few books were out when I started. I’ll miss Jenks the most.

  2. Fantastic review! I’ve been avoiding reviews all week because I was reading – but I finished last night and loved it! I agree it COULD have ended there, but I’m glad it didn’t because a lot of people I care about are only on the verge of their HEA. There’s some bitter sweet elements and uncertain pieces I hope Kim will resolve in the final book. Why can’t it be out already?!?!

    • Thanks. Yeah, she would have had to make a few changes to finish with this book because it doesn’t have the final ending, but it was close. I don’t think it would’ve taken much to get there. I agree, waiting a full year for the final book will be tough. I want it here now and not at the same time, if that is possible.

  3. Yes, yes, yes to all you said. I think this is also my favorite book in the series and as you said, I would have been happy with this book as the last book.
    Great review.

    • Thanks. I’m not known for my patience, so waiting a year for the last book will be hard. I’m just worried it won’t live up to the hype that I’ve built up in my head after this book.

  4. Love this series & I love this series on Audio. I can’t wait to see where Kim takes things with Rachel. But I always want more Al.

    • Al does make appearance in this book, but not as much as he has had in the most recent books. I love this series on audio too. Love the voices for Jenks and Al the best, it really adds to their character.

  5. I really need to try these books in audio format. I love them!

    • I love them on audio. I started reading, but once I tried audio, I stuck with it. The narration adds so much, especially to Jenks and Al (Kisten too, sigh).

  6. *sigh* This book held so much sentimental stuff. I really did feel like the beginning of the end. I will miss it so much. 🙁

    • I know. I can’t believe there is only one book left. I so hope the last book can live up to the hype that I have built up in my head for it. That to me, is the the worse part of the ending of a series. Many the last book seems to fall flat. I didn’t think this happened with Night Huntress, though there are others who did. I did feel that Mockingjay, didn’t do the Hunger Games series justice as the ending of a series. I have faith that Kim Harrison will pull this off.

  7. This is a pretty long series and it sounds like she’s going to end this on a high note. I hope the last one is epic!

    P.S. – ATTN Loupe!
    I found my ‘niche’ in the audio book world! That inquiry w/you that I made for a friend, we listened to the book (self-help) and I was able to listen to it w/o falling asleep. LOL So hopefully that will train me for fiction audiobooks later. Thanks again for your help!

    • I think the last one will be great. I have every faith that Kim Harrison will pull it off.

      It is great to hear that we are converting another person into an audiophile. We will convert the world one book at a time. 🙂 I started out listening while driving and doing other tasks that I really disliked. Helped keep my road rage down and make me more motivated to clean my house. I rarely just listen without doing anything else. It would have to be an extremely compelling book to keep me in tuned that way. Written in Red was one book that I could do that with.

    • YAY! It’s a start 🙂 I have a friend that only does fantasy on audio even though she loves to read romance, in fact, Marcela (BookaholicCat) is like that too, no smut on audio for, so whatever works for you. Like I said it only takes one special book to get you going 🙂
      And you’re quite welcome! Any time.

  8. I seriously need to check out this series and start it sometime 🙂 I might just tackle this one via Audio!

    Great review 🙂

    • Thanks. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it. Rachel is a great character who is surrounded by even better secondary characters. She isn’t perfect and makes many bad decisions, but she makes them with a good heart and for the right reasons.

  9. I have several books in this series and read book one years ago. I keep thinking I will re-read that first book, but haven’t so far. Not sure if I have any of the audiobooks. I will have to check that out!

    • I highly recommend it. This series is one of my top ten series on audio and/or read. It is also very popular, so my library carries the CDs on audio even.

  10. I’m still reading this one so I skimmed through your review but I’ll be back to add my comments when I’m finished! This might be my favorite book in the series…I can’t believe our demon witch and elf finally gave us what we wanted! 😉

    • Please do come back, I would love to hear your thoughts. It is my favorite so far.

  11. Awesome review, I loved this one from beginning to end. I will be so sad when this series comes to an end.

    • I know, I don’t know what I’m going to do without Jenks. Did you see that it was #1 on NYT, so well deserved? It was also featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The “monologue” he does with the robot thing was really funny.

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