The Witch with No Name Audiobook by Kim Harrison (review)

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Review of: The Witch With No Name Audiobook
Kim Harrison

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On September 22, 2014
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The Witch With No Name Audiobook

By: Kim Harrison

Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin

Publish by: Harper Audio 09/09/14


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4.5 stars rating

The Hollows Series #13

17 hrs and 28 mins

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The Witch With No Name

My Thoughts

**No Spoilers

I can’t believe it is over. I’ve been reading this series for the past six plus years. It was one of the first series I started not long after I really got back into reading a lot. It will be really weird not having Rachel, Jenks and the gang going forward. Ending a series can be tough. I’ve read several series where I’ve thought that the ending didn’t do the series justice, that was not the case with The Witch with No Name.

Harrison wraps everything up really well. Throughout the entire series, Rachel has been trying to figure out how to save the undead vampire souls. That storyline continues into this book. We learn a lot more about the history of the elves, demons and the war between the two species. There is also more on surface demons, undead vampires and the Ever After. All your questions throughout the series are pretty much wrapped up nicely, but not easily.

The vast majority of characters that we’ve fallen in love with make an appearance in this book, some more than others. Trent, Jenks, Bis, Ivy and Nina get the most page time. Newt, Al and even Dali see a good about of time with Rachel, too. I would’ve like to spend more time with David. I always liked him and wanted to see more of him throughout the series. Even Ellasbeth is back, yuck.

My one complaint, I wish the last chapter was title “epilogue”. It took me a second to figure out what was going on, because there a large jump in the timeline for the last chapter. It was a small thing, but I would have understood the time jump much quicker with a different chapter title.

The Hollows is one of my favorite UF series of all time. Rachel is a great character, even if she is always in trouble. Jenks is my FAVORITE secondary character in all Urban Fantasy series. He really brings so much to the story. He is loyal, loving and adds tons of comic relief. He never allowed Rachel to get down on herself.

The Witch With No Name Audiobook Narration

My Review
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The narration was great as it has always been. Marguerite Gavin does a great job with both men and women’s voices. She always shows the proper emotion for the scene she is reading and her pace is perfect.

Once again, Jenks is my favorite. She gives him a high-pitched voice of a pixie, but still masculine, which has got to be difficult. How she can say, “Tinks little pink dildo” with a straight face and in that voice, I’ll never know. I also love Al’s voice. “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 (except The Outlaw Demon Wails, which is book six). I will be looking to see what else Gavin has narrated to see how I like her in other series.

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

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.”


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  1. How I wish I could had taken part in this ride. I know it’s got to be an awesome series and I’ll be sorry that I didn’t picked up earlier when I finally decide to get through the first book….There’s just soooo many audiobooks being published…lol I can never seem to find the time… But I WILL.

    • Well, now you can go through and binge listen sometime. You won’t regret it. 🙂

  2. Eek, I have this one ready to read. Was hoping it ended well and wrapped up nicely. Thank you for the spoiler free review!

    • I tried to make it completely spoiler free so that people who haven’t tried this series yet, could read it and not see anything they would regret. The series did wrap up extremely well. I don’t think that I’ve seen one review where someone was disappointed and how often does that happen? I hope you enjoy.

  3. Next year I am going to tackle this series 🙂 Now that they are all out I can plow through and of course on audio (when I can)

    • You won’t regret it. I love the majority of the characters in this series. Wait to you meet Jenks, he is a blast. 🙂

  4. I think it’s important that all of the previous characters make an appearance in a series finale, and from your review I gather that Harrison pretty much killed all aspects of this last book. Thanks for keeping this post spoiler-free, otherwise I would have been forced to skim with me being a straggler to The Hollows and all. After following your status updates gushing about Jenks, I feel like I’ve been missing out on his shenanigans. Maybe once I get Cole’s IAD novels out of the way, I’ll give these a listen. At least now I know that Rachel’s journey concludes on a high note which makes 13 installments seem a little less daunting.

    • You have two series that I need to you listen to so that we can discuss. Jenks is my favorite secondary character of all time. How can you not love someone who cusses with phrases like “fairy farts” and “Tink loves a duck”. Al is pretty good too, with “Motherpussbucket”. Maybe when you do this one, I’ll do a read along with you. I will want to relisten to this soon. 🙂

  5. Great review and I agree with everything you said!!

    • Glad to hear it. What a great ending!

  6. I agree – this was a fabulous way to end the series. I don’t think I’ve read many series enders of long time series such as this.

    I have yet to finish the last two books in the Women of the Otherworld series – maybe I’ll do that in the next month or two. Urban fantasy seems to just run on forever I’m glad that she gave us some great closure.

    It makes me wonder when say the Faith Hunter Jane Yellowrock series will end. I know Charlaine Harris Sookie series ended but I stopped reading those a while ago. I also stopped reading Laurell K Hamilton (though I doubt she’ll ever stop writing those)

    Do you know of any good UF series that are ended?

    • I thought that Women of the Otherworld ended well, but she is still writing novellas, so it doesn’t seem over to me. There is still an overall story arc going on.

      Night Huntress has ended as well, but there is still at least one more Vlad book and possibly some others set in the same world.

      Rachel Vincent has a Pride series that ends pretty good, though I wish she would write a novella about one of the secondary characters that could finish the story a little better.

      I agree with you about LKH. I thought she was going to end the Merry Gentry series with this last book, but she didn’t.

      I don’t know how many more books Briggs has in store for Mercy and A&O. I’m sure she will do a great job as well.

  7. I haven’t read any of these books but I know that a lot of people loooove them. I’ll look them up on Audible.

    • The audios for these are great. Gavin does a wonderful job and she narrates all of them but book six, I think. That narrator isn’t horrible, but she wasn’t nearly as good as Gavin. I hope you enjoy.

  8. I wanted to listen to this one on audio as I listened to the last two on audio and I loved them, but I was too eager to finish the series, so I dug in and read my ARC. I am going to miss this series, but I plan on listening to Kate Daniels soon.

    • Oh, I love the Kate Daniels series on audio. I listed it as one of my top two favorite series to listen to (Charley Davidson was the other). This one is pretty high on the list would definitely make the top ten. I’m going to miss it. I’m going to do a relisten to the whole thing through one day. 🙂

  9. I actually listened to Dead Witch Walking for the second time recently, and loved it still. I agree that the narrator is wonderful. She’s a favorite of mine. I really need to continue the series! So glad you liked how it wrapped up!

    • I hope you enjoy the series as much as I have.

  10. I’m glad you had a great time with this one. I’m a little behind I confess because I’m currently reading book 7. Yes behind ! But as last now all the books are out. great review!

      • Sure it was. 😛 You don’t have too many more to go. At least you don’t have to wait for any more books to come out. You can read/listen your way through them as fast as you want. Enjoy.

  11. I’m one of those who still have to read this series, so thank you for the spoiler free, much appreciated! 🙂 The perfect plan would be to grab all the books in the series and have a reading marathon. Unfortunately, time is what makes my plan flying out the window 🙁 … And yet, I’m determined to read this series at some point, it definitely is up my alley!
    Thanks for the review, Melanie!

    • Thanks. I hope you enjoy the series once you get started.

  12. Great review! I loved this series and will do a relisten in the near future. I’m going to miss Jenks and Al the most.

    • I plan on doing a relisten sometime soon, also.

  13. I’ve not read hers yet but want to at some point. She’s been through my area a couple times and was really entertaining. It’s so good to see that she really rocked the series all the way to the end. A few I started with when I picked up reading as an adult really really let the ball drop in that regard when they ended theirs.

    • I’ve read a few where the endings just didn’t live up to the series, but that was not the case with this one. I totally loved. I hope you get a chance to try soon.

  14. I can’t believe it’s over either. It’s so sad but I am happy it ended good.

    • I’m sad it’s over, but really glad it went out on a high note. It was a great story for Rachel and the gang.

  15. It feels weird not waiting for another installment, I’m going to miss everyone so much. Yeah, that’s weird about the epilogue. I read the ARC and at the end there was a not from Kim saying the epilogue was withheld from the ARCs. So I thought it was odd that it was just another chapter in the finished edition.

    • Yea, I thought that was strange. It took me a bit to figure out that we were like 20 or so years in the future. I even stopped and went back to the beginning of the chapter and started again because I thought I missed something. Still a great book and ending to the series.

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