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Magic Bites

Kate Daniels, Book 1
Written by: Ilona Andrews
Narrated by: Renée Raudman
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When magic is up, electricity dies, cars stall, and skyscrapers tumble; when it's down, phones and guns work, and defensive spells can't protect your house from the creatures who stalk the streets. Equally dangerous are the competing factions of The Pack - a highly organized and military clan who governs Atlanta's were-bears, -wolves, and -hyenas - versus the Masters of the Dead, power and knowledge-hungry necromancers whose minds control hordes of blood-crazed vampires.

This is home to Kate Daniels, a mercenary who investigates when things get out of hand. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. But when her guardian is murdered, she must choose between doing nothing and staying safe, or pursuing the dangerous entity who killed him. Kate is way out of her league; but who ever said the right choice was easy?

©2007 Ilona Gordon and Andrew Gordon (P)2009 Tantor Audio

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Vamps, Shapeshifters and a snarky main character

This book does a great job of world building, creating its own unique vibe.
Kate our main protagonist is a snarky and sarcastic badass and I appreciate the boldness. Of her character.
The creatures are well thought out and rather creative.
The narrator took some time to get used to for myself - about halfway through the book I found I was finally able to appreciate her reading style.

A neat action packed fantasy mystery - i would definitely recommend to someone who is a fan of vamps, were-animals and the sort!

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I adore this series!

I think book one night actually be the weakest of them, as is often the case, but it's still so good!
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Hey, a female protagonist in a supernatural fiction who doesn't solely exist to be ~not like other girls?~ I'll take it! It's not quite as Buffy as it wants to be, but the writing is easy to read, the plot is pretty organised, there's no obnoxious love triangle bullshit. There's one part where Kate Daniels gets all dressed up and does that thing where she talks about how she's never been able to gain weight that isn't muscle, but her waist is SO NARROW but at least she can still run, right?? HAHA and that part was cloying, but I'm interested in the universe and I'll pick up the next one for sure.

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  • Trevor
  • 2017-04-25

i really enjoyed

both the story and the narrator. Kate is an awesome character who combines sass and intelligence.

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  • Kjda
  • 2018-04-19

Great Start to a Paranormal Fantasy Series

I actually read most of the books in this series years ago and wondered how they would hold up later on and in audio format. I was pleased to confirm that this is still a great paranormal series. I particularly liked the world-building because the authors put in more detail regarding the setting (magic vs. tech), characters and their abilities (were-animals, vampires, power words, etc.), and other paranormal elements (weapons, methods of transportation, etc.). There's also a lot of foreshadowing of information and events that don't get revealed or come to pass until much later in the series. The story has substance and keeps you engaged from beginning to end. Kate is a pretty likable female protagonist in that she is a sassy badass who holds her own but isn't infallible. This book begins as she starts to realize there's more to life than just what you do to pay the bills, and it's interesting to witness her character growth as she forms various types of relationships with others and sometimes is successful while other times she utterly fails.

Although this book is still good in audio format, the narration is far from stellar. The narrator is able to do fine with pacing and interpretation, but she's pretty bad with accents and pronunciation at times, which I found pretty distracting. She's also not the best with character differentiation when multiple characters are involved, which is this whole book.

I solid recommendation to fans of paranormal fantasy.

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  • Nina
  • 2017-02-04

Fantastic Series

I saw this series on audible and it had so many good reviews I bought the first two books so that I could start at the beginning and I was not disappointed. This series is incredible, Kate is a badass but one you like, you never know what is going to happen. You stay at the edge of your chair or in your mind waiting to see what will happen, you can't guess. It keeps you enthralled. Kates father is several thousand years old, (Spoiler Alert) He killed her mother and tried to kill her at birth. She has in essence in the first book been in hiding so that he can't find her but events come into play that out her. She is friend to the pack, The largest group of shape shifters in the country. The world in in upheaval, it fluctuates between magic and tech and the people never know when it will change. She meets Curran the beast Lord and boom chemistry. But they have alot of animosity towards each other. He gives her Dereck to act as a body guard. He turns into a wolf. But Kate has her own remarkable traits, she can make her blood turn into body armer or a weapon. She has been trained all her life as a warrior so that one day she can go against her father. I loved Kate, Curran, Dereck, Julie, Angela, et.al. they are like a family. You will never know what is going to happen. Read this series, you won't be sorry.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-02-03

Extremely slow to begin

I almost returned this a few times but stuck with it. I did not love this book. It was just ok and hope the second is better.

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  • leo frediani
  • 2017-04-19

Fun story, questionable pronunciation

I'm a long-time Ilona Andrews fan. This book was just as entertaining as their others, though it seemed like they read several Anita Blake books just before writing it and borrowed heavily from that style. The narrator's accent was inconsistent, but that wasn't the worst part. For the love of god, please make sure your narrator can say the word "wolf" before giving her a book predominately about werewolves, or you'll have a book about "werewoofs" instead.

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  • Ingrid
  • 2018-07-25

Difficult to Get Through

Magic Bites is a typical Urban Fantasy that ticks most of the boxes, but I just didn't like it. The first half is plain boring. Kate learns that her guardian was killed, and yet we get very little context with which to understand the significance of Greg's death. Did he take over legal guardianship when she was 16, but never lived with her? Had he raised her since she was 6? Would have been nice to know! Many scenes dealing with his death lack emotional death and impact -- the conversations with his ex-wife have no emotion at all. That's part of what makes it hard to connect with Kate early on in the story.

The next problem is that the book has too many minor characters with small roles and little impact. No other character really becomes important until Kate meats Curran halfway through the book. I get that Kate is a loner, but it would have been nice to have a rival, or a frienemy, or someone for her to play off of during the first half of the book. I forgot a lot of character's names because they were so unimportant.

The second half gets more interesting and exciting, as the author actually develops the relationship between Kate and some other characters (Curran, the wolf, and the doctor guy.) The plot also picks up, as the clues start to come together and we actually get some idea as to what is going on. This almost saves the book, but it's too little too late.

I was going back and forth on whether or not to abandon the book, and then the little things caught up to me, because I wasn't that attached to Kate. It was the sullen, pessimistic air and the rapey atmosphere that finally pushed me over the edge. What do I mean by "rapey atmosphere?" Well, the author could have had bad werewolves go mad and kill people, but no, they also turn their daughters into sex slaves. Vampires? In this book they are just rotting corpses controlled by a necromancer. And yet, certain types are rape crazed too. A bad guy leaves Kate a severed head and a threatening note. In that note, he feels the need to brag about having sex with "half-breed" women. Does every bad act in this story have to come with a demeaning/violent comment about women and sex? Even the good guys make comments like this when trying to "distract" the bad guys. And The Pack "tests" Kate by calling her a whore, propositioning her, and then trying to grab her. During Kate's dinner date, count how many times she comments on men checking her out, or women checking her date out, or women checking her bodyguard out, or her date checking her bodyguard's date out. The cloying sexual fixation in every situation, good or bad, combat or dinner date, really annoyed me. And it's almost completely negative/unhealthy/creepy. I'm moving on.

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  • Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
  • 2017-03-16

A brilliant start to the series

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

I've been a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series for years now and it honestly gets better and better with every book. There aren't many series that I reread on an annual basis but this one is always top of that list.

Kate is a brilliant main character, she starts out as quite a loner but quickly gains friends and allies as the series continues. I love that she's fierce, determined and incredibly protective of the people she cares about. This series also has some of the best side characters you'll ever come across, they're all so vivid personalities that it's impossible not to care about them.

This series is full of action, Ilona Andrews is constantly finding unusual mythologies to dip into to add depth to her world building, there are plenty of humorous moments to lighten the tone when the story turns darker and the characters are absolutely fantastic.

What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm still fairly new to audiobooks so this was the first time I've listened to this book (even though I've read my print copy 4 times previously!) but I enjoyed Renee Raudman's narration and liked hearing the characters brought to life.

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

I tend to get easily distracted when reading audiobooks but this one held my attention from beginning to end. I was making excuses to find activities where I could spend time listening to the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-12

Never gets old

I've read the book several times and I have to say it's still one of my favorites. Being able to listed to the story and hear the narrators interpretation of the voices gives the story that much more life. There are a few times where the pronunciations for certain words don't match how I hear them in my head, but over all I can definitely see myself listening to this multiple times.

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  • AshleyH
  • 2017-06-03

Ok... I'm hooked!

First off, I absolutely LOVE the reader. she has such a variety of voices and they mesh well with each character, bringing them to life. you can picture each one as if you've met them with their unique personalities. Then the author.... not enough words can describe how I feel about them! this book has got me hooked and I'm eager to see how it plays out. On to the next one!

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  • Terri
  • 2018-04-27

Wonderful audio

Ilona Andrews occupies 3 of my top 5 book series, with Kate Daniels being number one for many years but that spot is practically a three way tie with Innkeeper and Hidden Legacy these days. I have read Magic Bites many times over the years, but with being new to Audible this month, I thought I would try the KD series on audio. Wow. It was like having a new book with the audible experience. Since I knew the story, it felt like someone was reading a favorite bedtime story to me. I could listen for the narrator's pace, intonation, pronunciation, inflection, etc. So it seemed all new again. In my mind I have been pronouncing Mahon's name wrong and not sure why none of the characters in my mind have a southern accent except for Dr. Doolittle, since it is set in the South, but they didn't. Ms. Raudman is a wonderful narrator and the Kate on this cover looks more like the Kate in my mind than the ones on the kindle books. Just wish they could fiddle with the cover lion in Photoshop and make him gray like in the story. In short, a WONDERFUL audio book worth getting even if you have read the book many times. Plus there is a steep discount if you also own the kindle version, so I didn't use my monthly credit on it.

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  • Perrine
  • 2017-06-15

Le coup d'envoi d'une série extra-ordinaire

Recommanderiez-vous ce livre audio à un ami ? Expliquez pourquoi.

Clairement, je suis une fan de la série des Kate Daniels. Si le premier opus n'est pas le meilleur, il nous révèle quand même une histoire prenante et des personnages hauts-en couleur. Un bon premier pas dans un univers fantasy très riche (profondeur des mythologies, diversité des personnages...). Une romance "adulte" qui se mets en place sans précipitation.

Quel caractère - joué par Renée Raudman - était votre favori ?

J'ai bien aimé redécouvrir Mahon a travers la voix de la lectrice, qui lui apporte un coté plus doux et plus paternel que mes souvenirs de lecture papier. Grosso modo, j'ai un bon souvenir de l'ensemble des personnages. La lectrice réussi même à différencier les pensées de Kate et ses paroles. On n'a aucun mal à suivre l'histoire sur ce point.

Auriez-vous pu écouter ce livre audio en une seule fois ?

Euh... j'ai écouté le livre en deux jours. Mais encore un fois je suis fan de l'auteur.

Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?

Le niveau d'Anglais est relativement riche (vocabulaire fantasy et mythologique)

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