Audio Review: The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison

Posted November 15, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Audio Review: The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim HarrisonThe Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #6
Narrator: Gigi Bermingham
Published by HarperAudio on 02-26-08
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
Source: Library

Rating: B-
Narration: C

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her.

As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question. If she is ever to live free, Rachel must first walk willingly into the demonic ever-after in search of long-lost ancient knowledge.

But when you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line . . . and there are some lines that should never be crossed.

Snarky Vampires

Where oh where was Marguerite Gavin?! I missed her narration for The Outlaw Demon Wails. Gigi Bermingham is no Marguerite Gavin.  Gigi got on my nerves, her pronouncing of Piscary’s name was wrong and distracting. She pronounced it like PISScary where Gavin pronounces as PAscary.  And her pronunciation of ley line as LEE line instead of LAY line bugged the crap out of me. She didn’t do Jenks’ voice any justice and she didn’t change her voice enough for each character. I’m glad she only narrates one of the books in the series, if I had heard her narration before Marguerite’s I would have not continued the series on audio.

I didn’t enjoy her narration of this book and I can’t see me enjoying her narration job of another book since she didn’t change her pitch and voice for the characters. It was more like she was just reading the book instead of acting it out like a great narrator should.

Now on to the plot of The Outlaw Demon Wails. It was a little slow until about the 1/2 way mark. Three months have passed and Rachel is still getting over the events that happened in the previous book, For a Few More Demons. I on the other hand have moved on and was not really hit hard by them. So I was glad when things started picking up with the appearance of everyone’s favorite demon, Al. And he is royally pissed at Rachel Mariana Morgan. Al blames Rachel for his imprisonment and has someone summoning him very night to kill her.

Rachel is working hard to figure out who is summoning Al and how to help the elves in her life. Quinn has asked for Rachel’s help with going into the ever-after. But she can’t because Al or one of the other many demons like the crazy Newt would love to get their hands on her. But naturally Rachel finds herself in the ever-after and that’s when things get really interesting and changes a few things after Rachel gets more information than she bargained for.

Speaking of finding things out. Rachel learns some family secrets. We get a lot of Rachel’s mom this time around and it was great to see that Rachel has more than just Jenks and Ivy in her life. There is also a possible new guy in Rachel’s life. And the thorn in Rachel’s side, Trent Kalamack is hanging around. By the end of the book I’m not sure if Rachel has a friend or enemy where Trent is concerned. They have a real hate and love dislike relationship. Tension is building and it seems like Harrison is setting them up for a romance but if that happens I think it’s a long way off. And Trent will have to do some changing into less of a douche bag in order for me to be on his side.

Honestly the only read compliant I would have so far about the series is that I don’t really like any of the guys as a love match for Rachel. But I don’t come back to the series for romance. I come back for everything else. The humor and snark is awesome and so is the world and characters. While The Outlaw Demons Wails is not my favorite book in the series it did set up for some interesting things to come and I’ll be returning to the series by listening to White Witch, Black Curse. And I’m so glad that the rest of the series is narrated by Marguerite Gavin!




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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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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4 responses to “Audio Review: The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison

  1. Totally agree with you. I had to return for a refund to Audible. Couldn’t get past chapter 2 and Jenks sounded like a female chipmunk.

  2. The only time narration switches are a good thing is when the first one was no good. Why fix what isn’t broken? What a bummer, glad it’s only for one book though!