Audio Review: A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

Posted October 21, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Audio Review: A Fistful of Charms by Kim HarrisonA Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #4
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Published by Tanor Media on February 15th 2008
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
Source: Purchased

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her-not necessarily in that order.Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses-savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. Suddenly, more than Rachel's soul is at stake.

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First Thought(s): JENKS!! Got to love a pixie that uses Tink (Tinkerbell) as a curse.

The Plot: Rachel and Jenks hit the road in order to save one of Jenks’ sons. Oh and Nick (Pfft).

The last time Rachel saw Nick he was leaving town and wouldn’t tell her the whole reason he was leaving. Jenks’ son, Jax was living at Nick’s place to take care of his plants while he was out-of-town.

Jenks and the rest of his pixie family left the church that Rachel and Ivy share as their home because of a fight he and Rachel got into during the last book, Every Which Way but Dead. It’s been a long winter without the pixies around and Rachel is sick of Jenks not talking to her. So when they get word from Jax that Nick is missing and Jax needs help they drop their difference and hit the road to save them.

In true Rachel form this is no simple road trip. There are vampires and werewolves involved and Rachel fighting for her life but she has her trusty backup, Jenks. And Jenks is very much front and center in a big way.

We didn’t get to see of Trent this time about but my fingers are crossed that he will show up in the next installment, For a Few More Demons. Which that title has me a little nervous. I’m thinking we may get to see more of Al.

The Characters: Rachel is a kick ass witch but at the same time she boarders on “too stupid to live” but in a funny and endearing way. With the help of her friends, Rachel learns why she makes some of the dumb choices in her personal life. And knowing is half the battle, right?

Jenks is a cocky and snarky pixie that’s always there for his partners Rachel and Ivy. He would die to save Rachel and his family. And I think he feels the same about Ivy but he hides it.

Ivy has it hard being stuck behind wanting to be Rachel’s friend and partner to wanting more from Rachel. Not to mention she is trying to fight off some personal demons.

Nick… is a turd and Rachel’s human ex-boyfriend.

Kisten is a sexy vamp who is dating Rachel and seems to really care for her. He is also Ivy’s ex and friend.

The Narration: I’m not sure if it’s Gavin’s narration or Harrison’s writing that keeps me coming back. I think it’s a little of both. I can’t picture myself reading this series now that I’m hooked on Gavin’s voice for the series. She does an amazing job for all the characters. Her voice for Rachel and Jenks is the best.

Final Thought(s): JENKS!! One of the best secondary characters ever! And he summed up my feelings about Nick in this quote… “No one cares little green turds about you.”

Will I continue the series: Hell ya! It gets better with each book. I’m really enjoying the snarky humor and the building relationships between the characters.








About Marguerite Gavin

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career, and has over four hundred titles to her credit.

About Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, 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 working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and 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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4 responses to “Audio Review: A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

  1. I guess it does get better :). Mentioning the narrator as a reason for coming back to series makes me lot more excited about giving the series a second chance. Who knows, I might end up loving it as much as do the BDB. That wasn’t love at first listen, but boy, do I love that narration now!

  2. I agree. Jenks might be the best secondary character in any book or series. I just love him to pieces. I also love the voice that Gavin gives him. I can’t think of him any other way. She does a wonderful job with this series.

    I also love Al’s voice as well.

    You have to love a narrator who can really pull of the different voices and emotions of each of the different personalities in a book.