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This volume was high on magic, but low on detective work which wasn't the best trade-off; however the action and characters helped to re-balance the scales. Murphy was particularly awesome in this installment as was Harry's brother, Thomas. Molly got on my nerves a bit with her complete disregard for how her actions impacted others. She's learning though, as was evidenced by her growth towards the end. I really liked Ramirez too. When he called Dresden out on his sketchy behaviour, I expected the worst, and he surprised me. Lasciel's plot thread was another aspect that caught me off guard as well. Ooh, and MOUSE! And, here I was thinking that *I* had the best dog in the world. WHITE NIGHT definitely had a lot to offer, and I can't wait to discover what mischief Harry & co get into next.
In my opinion this series just gets better and better. The characters more complex and James Marsters's performance is seamless. Every voice portrays the personalities in a way that does not seem like a parody or fake accent. I'm on my way to download the next one now...
Another very good installment in the Dresden Files series. I love that the characters keep growing and that Butcher doesn't make the choices easy or trite. This book opened up some new plot points for the series, and stayed compelling, action-packed, and very "real" to human emotions. Thomas and Harry's relationship and dynamic is the main focus in this one, and it is a compelling change from the Harry/Murphy emphasis in previous books. I liked that Harry has more than one source of emotional support. I particularly liked the interaction between Harry and his apprentice Molly in this one. Not that this book was all about the feelings - there's lots of action as well.
If you have listened to these books in order as I have, you won't be disappointed. It's another winner for Jim Butcher's writing skills and James Marsters excellent narration, bringing this cast of characters to life. This one is like 'ol home week', as a whole cast of familiar characters gather for a showdown of sorts. New alliances are made, and Harry gets freed from old ones. Thomas almost has a leading role in this story, as he comes under suspicion for multiple murders, which made the book even better, since Thomas next to Harry is my personal favorite. It's jam packed with action from the wizards, vampires, and ghouls in a fight for top spot in the supernatural world.
I missed a lot of the book. The download was damaged and I kept missing large portions of the action. As always I really enjoyed Jim Butcher's storyline but audible missed the mark with file preparation.
The pacing in these books is very similar, there is a lot of great action with a little bit of character building in each one to keep them growing. I really appreciate that about this series, none of the characters have become stale for me and I am still interested in each character’s life and want to see how they evolve.
The only thing getting on my nerves the number of times the basics are explained and re-explained in the books. I understand that it is important for each book to be accessible to a new reader who has not read the previous books, but does the entire system for how magic works really need to be explained in great detail in every book?
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It's missing some thing, but it adds to the overall story of the series.
Harry, because the series is from his perspective.
The scene at the end where he finds out what his brother has been doing. Or when the go blasting out of the tunnel like a cannonball.
Hero, teacher, lover, fighter.
I enjoyed this book, listened to it over a period of about a month or so. Easy to follow, and enjoyable.
The story line in this book is great. I love the continued inclusion of the White Court and Marcone and how Harry gets deeper and deeper with both. Treachery in the White Council? Hmmm, me smells trouble in Harry's future. Butcher continues to peel layers back from Harry and it just gets better and better the deeper we go.
Yes, I plan to listen to it again in a couple days while lacing a tree. It was exciting and tense. He develops the characters, plot and suspense. So worth it! He doesn't leave gaps and wholes. After listening to other authors I appreciate that immensely.
Harry, Murphy, and Thomas. Mouse is great too. Elaine was intriguing.
He is 5 star or more. He makes the book and all characters. I probably wouldn't even finish the book with out him because he nails it.
I felt touched a few times. He evokes laughs, tears, personal investment.