Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Well paced, good story. Nice differentiation between Warewolf types. Harry gets too lucky too often. He should be dead.
I enjoyed the first in the series, mainly because the focus was more on the very-likable main character and his life as an actual wizard working in Chicago alongside the police. I'm not a fan of the blood-and-gore schtick and tiptoed my way through that part of book one. No way to avoid it in the blood bath that is the second book in this series. Yuck! No thanks.
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I can't review this properly. Harry Dresden took me right out of my book funk. I mean, who can be in a funk while listening to James Marsters??? No one! It is a proven fact.
I don't even care that James Marsters makes all of his characters sound almost the same. I don't care that he swallows and clears his throat all the time. His voice is perfect for Harry Dresden and I love him for it.
I love Bob the skull, I love how Harry cries when he is injured like a real person, I love the world that Jim Butcher created. My only wish is that there were fewer misunderstandings, especially between Harry and Murphy. Silly misunderstandings ranks up there among my most hated pet peeves.
Can't wait to read the next. Rock on, Harry Dresden.
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This is an impressive series. This one isn’t one of my favorites, probably because I don’t like werewolf stories, but the characters continue to develop and stakes get higher. The audio versions read by James Marsters are really terrific.
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
I was upset that the main story line was not so nicely spun as the first in the series. I do believe the writer wanted to invite us to share Harry dipping into his most primal fears or desires. I was happy when it was over but that was my perception, other listeners might have liked it.
I might give Book 3 a try nonetheless.
The loup garou becomes a "loop garou", for a French speaker this becomes annoying after a while. The "p" in the French word loup is silent, it sounds more like "loo" than "loop" ...
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
Dresden books are so great! He's such a fantastic, master-mess, kind of sexy, (In a weird way), wizard.
Returning superb cast members make this another outstanding read. I was looking forward to seeing all the regular suspects that make up Harry's motley crew of friends, enemies and co-workers; it was like seeing old friends.
According to my favorite, "flippant-English, talking skull, ancient-spirit guy," "Bob". There are three different types of werewolves and they get pretty ruthless in this second installment of Dresden's adventures. A great detective story that can carry a serious side while throwing in just enough humor to keep the story entertaining without becoming silly.
Butcher keeps the suspense flowing throughout his writing without forcing the storyline and Harry would not be Harry without being narrated by Marsters. I'm hooked on Harry and this series.
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane. Reviewer at BiblioSanctum.
The second book in The Dresden Files takes place a bit after the events in Storm Front. After business slows down resulting in Harry taking some odd magical jobs here and there, Karrin Murphy contacts Harry for his help on a murder case. She takes him to a crime scene where one of Marcone's men has been brutally murdered and strange paw prints are left at the scene. Add the fact similar murders have been taking place during and around the full moon for a few months, and you have a formula.
I've read the first book twice now, and even though I liked it, I hadn't ventured any further in the series until now. I just get so bogged down with other books I want to read. I had to work out of town for two days, and I figured this would be the perfect read for my trip since I wouldn't be able to do much book reading. I try not to listen to anything too heavy and this was the perfect audio book with it's fast, easy pace. I found myself quickly caught up in the story.
I thought Butcher's take on werewolves was refreshing, especially how he used "lycanthropes," who aren't really werewolves, but people born with the ability to tap into the spirit of rage. When they are under the power of the spirit, they are more aggressive, stronger, and they heal quickly. His four definitions of werewolves in the story gives them real weaknesses and strengths (other than the silver bullet bit, but it comes into play as well) with the werewolves we typically think of, called loup-garou, not being as common in Harry's world as the other three types.
And Harry, good ol' self-deprecating Harry. He had me arguing with him so much in this book. His sense of heroic honor seems to make him do the dumbest things and aptly illustrates the point in one of my favorite quotes about just how much dumb luck the good guys have. I'm sure I would've been much more annoyed with him if I'd been reading this instead of listening to it because I would've spent a ridiculous amount of time rereading and trying to make sense out of the Harry's madness.
Regardless, I can't help but like the guy, even when I wish I could reach my hands into the book and throttle him while screaming, "Why would you do that?" That means I care about the character. It's only the characters I don't want to suffer so much that I argue with. But I do have to give him credit for the really ingenious things he did do during the course of this story. Also, he half quoted Spider-Man when he went on his "Knowledge is Power. And Power comes with responsibility!" rant. How can I hate a man like that?
Also, I'm glad that Harry was able to understand that he shouldn't withhold information about the supernatural from people like Murphy. They need that information to have a fighting chance. It's not enough to say, "It's dangerous," and leave it at that, especially when Murphy's job is to deal with the unknown. They may not use this information as intended, but he would be giving them the knowledge they need to try to stay alive. I'm not saying that he should spill everything he knows. He knows what's pertinent and what's not. How can he expect anyone, such as Murphy, to truly understand the gravity of the supernatural when he is only giving them half-information?
James Marsters is a wonderful narrator. True, I did balk a little at first, and I'm sorry for that. I was one of those people who got into the series because of the old Syfy show, and it's pretty much branded into my mind that Harry is Paul Blackthorne. Marsters really brought the characters to life for me after we crossed that Blackthorne hurdle. He did his best to give each character a distinct personality and a distinct sound, even the women. I loved the voice, the clipped, immaculate pronunciation, he used for Tera. It was like someone who learned English as a second language and still doesn't understand all the nuances of the English, which I guess that would describe Tera to a "T." I love his Murphy as well.
I heard one glaring mistake, though. When the lycanthropes captured Harry, during that moment when he was goading Parker, he called Parker by Marcone's name. It wasn't dialogue, just Harry's narrating/thinking part. He said, "Instead Marcone spun in his heel, picked up a tire iron, and turned back to me..." He meant Parker spun on his heel. Marcone hadn't even showed up yet at this point. But overall, Marsters' narrating pretty much made this story for me. I've already decided that I'll listen to the rest of the series, except for the book he didn't narrate.
I am hooked on the Dresden story and will read this series all the way through. I say "read" because about half way through this audio I couldn't take the narrator anymore and decided to buy the book instead. I loved the first story so much that I dealt with the narrator but this time it proved to be to much for me.
Where to start.. First off I understand that Dresden has a bit of a dark outlook on life and maybe the narrator was trying to get Dresden's bad attitude across with by sounding completely put out by having to even tell this story, but in trying to sound down he ends up making these crazy loud exasperated sighs after almost every sentence. Half the time it sounds like he is coming up for air after almost drowning. Second.. At first I thought his weird gulping and spit noises right into the mic were just a mistake, but after a while I realized he was doing that on purpose to further portray the "I don't give a damn" attitude of Dresden. The result is hearing close up the disgusting spit noises that eventually make you cringe if you are listening on headphones.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This is actually my first read into the Dresden books, although, I have watched all the tv episodes so I had fair idea what I was getting into. I love the creativity of Jim Butcher in his making of this world of magic and mystery. The characters are for the most part enjoyable and leave a want to learn more about them. What I didn't like was the moaping around Dresden would go through and constant worry about not hurting people that were trying to kill him and the kissing ass to a women dective that beat him up because she had a little pms going on. The start of this book was very hard to get into with the narrator breathing very loudly and pausing, probably for dramatic effect, however, it came off very distracting. Over a time I was able to get used to him and it became less noticable.
Anyway, overall I would give this book a 2 and a half stars. I know this is a good series from the characters, weaving of this story, and the potential I saw from the TV show version and I will get another book in the series.