Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn | Audio Review

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Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn | Audio ReviewKitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Series: Kitty Norville #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing, Tantor Audio on July 1, 2006
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 321
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

The country's only celebrity werewolf, late-night radio host Kitty Norville prefers to be heard, not seen. But when she's invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of supernaturals, her face gets plastered on national television.

Kitty has been in hot water before, but jumping into the D.C. underworld brings a new set of problems---and a new set of friends and enemies, including the vampire mistress of the city; a super-hot Brazilian were-jaguar; and a paranoid, Bible-thumping senator who wants to expose Kitty as a monster. Kitty quickly learns that in this city of dirty politicians and backstabbing pundits, everyone's itching for a fight.

My Initial Reaction…

I’ve grown to really love Kitty with Kitty Goes to Washington and I’m excited to be getting to know some secondary characters a bit better too! Some (Cormick!), though, remain too elusive!!

The Narration…

I feel about the same as I did with book 1 about Marguerite Gavin’s reading of Kitty Goes to Washington – a solid B+. To reiterate what I said in that review – she’s IS Kitty. Perfect. She has the voice you’d expect a radio talkshow host to have. And then she’s ok with the other characters – the male voices inparticular sound like a woman doing a male voice, rather than a true male voice. But they’re distinct and it’s easy to get comfortable with her reading. I’ll be continuing with an audio read of this series for sure.

The Characters…

When I first started book 1 I did not like Kitty, because she was just so submissive. But by the end of that book she had really grown and I’m happy to report that the new Kitty has MOSTLY stuck with Kitty Goes to Washington. I did feel like we saw a bit of her squeemishness rearing it’s ugly head, but to be fair she spent four years as a submissive wolf and that’s going to take some time to work out of your system. And she’s not exactly in the best situation for building confidence. Kitty’s been called to appear before the US Senate as a principal witness for their investigation into supernatural beings. So yeah, the girl’s got every right to be a bit squeemish!

One of my complaints in the previous book was that I just didn’t get a good feeling for secondary characters and I have to say, Kitty Goes to Washington did much better on that front. It helped that we saw some repeat characters – like her lawyer, Ben – who, BTW, can I just say I ADORE!! He’s everything a lawyer should be but never seems to be, plus funny and so fiercely loyal. I remain, however, extremely frustrated about Cormick. I know the plot is gradually taking us towards them hooking up – it has to be! – but I really want to know this guy better. He shows up just enough to keep me interested and curious but not enough to really know him. I do like that he seems to be on Kitty’s side and there was one moment in particular where I really liked him and Ben for being there for her.

The Story…

The story for Kitty Goes to Washington kept me glued from beginning to end. Kitty’s been called to Washington to testify before the US Senate as an expert on things that go bump in the night. The politics and uncertainty about everyone’s agenda kept me anxious, particularly about Kitty’s testimony.

But, thankfully, Kitty Goes to Washington wasn’t all politics. It was also Kitty trying to navigate being a lone wolf. Not having a pack is rough, particularly on full moon runs. But on top of that, Kitty constantly has to enter unknown territories – in Kitty Goes to Washington this element is heightened by a warning she gets from the local vampire queen, Giselle, that it’s dangerous for a lone shifter in Washington. So Kitty’s staying with a Vampire – not that she really had a choice – dealing with government bigwigs, and trying to navigate the shifter community. I really enjoyed all the new characters we were introduced to though her time in Washington and found those interactions some of the most enjoyable.

I do have one BIG complaint though. My favorite part of the first book was that HUGE sections of the book were told through Kitty’s radio show. I loved that. It was so unique and fun. And it was so missing in Kitty Goes to Washington We still had her show, but it was really such a backdrop to the book, rather than front and center like before. To be fair, Kitty Goes to Washington covers a much shorter time-span, meaning less radio shows and a lot happens that doesn’t make sense for the show. So I can’t say this made me not like the book – but I did miss it, a lot.

Concluding Sentiments…

I’m loving Kitty and, like in book 1, Kitty Goes to Washington managed to grip my attention and pull my emotions all over the place. I’m looking forward to reading book 3!

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About Carrie Vaughn

Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.


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16 Responses to “Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn | Audio Review”

    • Berls

      Every time I get away from UF for a while I find myself seriously missing it – it’s just my favorite genre. I have a love/hate relationship with this series because of Kitty, but she’s grown on me and I think it’s going to be a solid series all in all.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Kimba. Kitty took me a while to love, but I’ve grown to adore her. I think what really won me over though was the unique approach of telling a story through a radio show – it’s just so different and really affective in audiobook!
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    • Berls

      I know what you mean – I wasn’t a Kitty fan at first at all. About half way through book 1 she grew on me though. She’s definitely not your standard kick ass UF chick though, that’s for sure. I think she’s going to be by the end of the series though – I already see so much growth. That’s just my hopeful prediction though!
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    • Berls

      LOL I’m seeing a theme here – I wasn’t a Kitty fan either. If it weren’t for the radio show I probably would have DNF-ed too, but it seriously hooked me long enough for me to start to like her. I have high hopes for her as the series continues. And yeah, Ben’s FANTASTIC!!
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    • Berls

      This would definitely be a good series to jump in with the audio – Marguerite Gavin is a good narrator and with the radio show, the audio works particularly well. And since you already know you like the series you’ll get a better sense of whether it’s the format or the book that’s bothering you. Someday I’m going to gift you an audio and make you try them! LOL πŸ™‚
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