• Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand

  • Kitty Norville, Book 5
  • By: Carrie Vaughn
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,097 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Las Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping froufrou drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live television, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters.

Elsewhere on the Strip, an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding but her very life.

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Renewed my Vows in Vegas Right After Reading this!

Ok, something about the name "Kitty" turned me off this book for about a year, finally I gave into to all the recommendations. I am glad I did. She is funny and so unlucky, it reminds me of Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich series, but much much more unlucky. I got hooked quickly and I only have one book left in the series. Each book builds on the last, and average about 7 hours a piece just enough time for Kitty to get herself in trouble and right back out of it again. This is not a deep book but enjoyable just the same. It's light at times, funny, and then serious but not so overwhelming that you can't set it down and come back to it. Its a good light read and the narrator was just perfect for the book, she tells the story in a light enjoyable way, and she has become the voice of Kitty in my mind.

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A bit chaotic!

This is a good story but it feels incomplete, like a PART I. The characters are not as developed as her other books. Kitty is still a great main character and this about her trip to Vegas to get married to Ben....add a radio show, her parents, and Vegas chaos intertwined with were-tigers, vampires, bounty hunters and a poker tournament. It just didn't flow as well as the other books but you need to read it because the next book picks up where this left off. It was OK, not great!

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Great werewolf yarn

I really like the Kitty Norville series. The writing is terrific. And you can't go wrong with Marguerite Gavin as narrator. She has a great voice!

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Good story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this entire series to my friends, Kitty is a great heroine, she's funny, smart and a genuinely nice person...she cant help it if someones alway trying to kill her....lol

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kitty of course...

Which scene was your favorite?

when Kitty and Ben finally get married....I was happy for her...nothing comes easy for Kitty...she deserves a happy ending!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Maybe...but I didn't.....lol

Any additional comments?

I love this series and am happy it was on sale....I bought all of them...and cant wait to read them all....Kitty is a very likeable MC....give this series a try....I highly recommend it!!!

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Ok but not the best of the series

If you could sum up Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand in three words, what would they be?

Not the series best

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Tantalizing if a bit unsatisfying. The Long Game comes back around to tantalize us with
where the series is taking us in future books. I enjoy the relationship between Kitty and Ben. Being an attorney myself, I like Ben as a coolheaded partner to Kitty's trouble causing curiousity and frankness. This was a nice continuation of their partnership but the actual story line was a little too creepy for my taste.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any of the number of meetings with Ben's friends in the werewolf bounty hunter convention taking place in Kitty's Vegas hotel. I enjoyed the dialogues between the werewolf pair and their natural sworn frenemies.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ziegfried and Roy in shapeshifter/vampire Land.

Any additional comments?

I've been slowly working my way through the series and this is probably my least favorite so far. There are important elements included in the book but somehow the storyline as a whole didn't grab me so I could give it a true thumbs up. Maybe it's the Ziegfried and Roy storyline (I've always found those two a little creepy in real life, and kind of a joke) but I just didn't feel as satisfied at the end as I have with the other books in the series I've finished so far. I really like this series, the main characters, and the narrator always does a great job. Looking forward to getting more credits to spend on the 2 books I think I've missed.

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Love it!

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A good series

This is a good book although the plot is a little too obvious. Entertaining

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Great Series!

I love this series and the narrator really brings Kitty's character to life. This was probably my least favorite in the series, but it is still a great addition.

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For hevens sake just kill Ben off already!

Ugggghhhhhhhh, why couldn't Ben just die!!! I hate, hate them together! it is just ridiculous they ever even became anything other than client and lawyer. there was absolutely nothing between them from the start, then suddenly "mates" ?? it's so ridiculous!!

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Enough with the whining...

So I very much enjoyed the first 4 books in the series. I will go ahead and listen to the next one, but this one just about made me lose my cookies. I dislike the characters in Kitty's family, the sister, the mother....omg all stereotypically irritating people with Kitty as the willing victim of their disfunction....UGH. . With that as a backdrop, the story felt chaotic and not really put together. Strong narration as always by M Gavin.