The performance of this work is really well done - it's why I choose audio books!
The story has wonderful descriptions and is a good mystery. I'm beginning to enjoy fantasy because of this writer. He does a good job of mixing suspense with fantasy.
I had hoped that this book would show Harry learning from his own dumb actions in the first book but the bodies pike high as Harry refuses to believe that anyone but him is capable of dealing with all the weird paranormal crimes but that hope literally tucked and rolled out the passenger door of Susan's car and things just got worse from there.
For entertainment, this book will hit the spot if you like goofy hocus pocus and mysteries but the weak spot is the characters.
the reading actor has a few flubs here and there but they are rarely pulled me out of the story. I think he does a great job of illuminating the character.
I enjoyed Storm Front (book 1) so thought I'd like this but most of the story is about various werewolf types biting each other's throats and organs and it gets very tedious. I still like the Harry Dresden character, Karrin Murphy annoyingly predictably obstructive. Like the performance but not sure I'll read another one. I did read somewhere that book 5 in the series is really great.
I am impressed with Butcher's inventiveness and realize that he had tee'd off a couple of big ideas in this novel that could have been home runs but instead feel like missed opportunities. We see Harry Dresden face a demonic evil in himself and this power turns out to be more threatening then the PAPER THIN villains that perpetuate in the story. The world: A- Jim. You could flesh out more hints about the white council and Harry's past. The characterization- it's pretty woeful after the awesomeness of Harry D. - the rest of the characters need work. My advice: read Stephen King and stop playing so much D&D, Mr Butcher.. And - I still love you for trying - you are a genius of invention. Noontime rush these gems - serve the stories not the deadline!
While this book could be a stand alone book, I highly recommend you start with book one in the series. The background laid out there will aid in understanding the story here.
First of all, you have to have a pretty open and lively imagination to read books of this genre. If you don't, this book will be too weird for you. If, however, books like Harry Potter entertained you, then this series should appeal to you.
The first book introduced us to Dresden and his abilities. In this second book, Dresden comes to life more and the interactions with other characters from the first novel expanded upon. The bad guys, as always, are very entertaining as well, and they are a large part of Dresden stories. As well, not all monsters are monsters, and the lines between good and evil are, in Dresden's world, blurred. This makes for some good sub-stories.
James Marsters does an excellent job again, and it seems the production and recording issues of the first audio-book have been cleaned up.
So, if you're looking for some light entertainment in a world with magic, then this should appeal to you.
I'm going back and re-listening to all the Dresden books and it's fantastic to see how many of the basics, characters and charm of the series are already in place even in the first and second book.
I think all fans of the series should do this. Clues are everywhere.
I'm a long time fan of both the author as well as the narrator James Marsters. This is my third time though the Dresden Files and anticipate another turn when the time is right, until then