"fast paced fun"
easy listening fast paced funny good characters what more can you want from a book
"Perfect second installment"
Entertaining fantasy with a sense of humour and more than a touch of style. Beautifully read by James Marsters.
Loving theses books, Can't seem to stop wanting to listen to more...... Narration is good and the characters lead you into a magical world.
I have listened to a number of the Dresden files, Jim Butcher does not do things by halves, his stories are just full from beginning to end, they keep you absorbed and entertained. Harry is an interesting and very human protagonist and brilliantly protrayed by James Marsters. This story centres on the world of werewolves and the many different incarnations of them.
"James Marsters is Harry"
I've read all the Dresden files before and listened to the last one as audible (wothout reading it first).
To be honest, going back to the start I thought it would be riddled with inconsistencies (X-men and Wolverine origins, anyone?!) but two books in, it's not.
James sounds less gritty, less angry than he does in the latest offering- but that makes it even better.
In audio form, there's a new dimension added. For anyone who prefers dramas over narratives, give these a go. The only dissappointment will be realising you'll be spending the next year buying them!
The story is great, the characters realised brilliantly- I have a better view of Karen and Harry that even the Tv show didn't give me. Love it!
"Odd, but addictive!"
To being with, there's something odd about the style of narration - all breathy and sighing and in the first person, which isn't very common, but as odd as it seems to begin with, it really gets you INTO the character and not just listening as an objective outsider.
I really enjoyed the stories and like the fact that Dresden isn't completely infallible and perfect - he's "human" in a wizardy way!! I also like the fact that the stories aren't SO supernatural that you're having to come to grips with a whole new world, but there's enough "real world" to keep it familiar, but enough magic to keep it entertaining.
Overall, I only recently downloaded Fool Moon and I have just today downloaded Book 3 and have the remaining books in the series in my wishlist!
I would definitely recommend this series, but with the caveat that you need to give it some time to get used to the style, it's worth it!
"A wonderful second novel to the series."
Harry is back and his life is as complicated and as difficult as ever maybe even more so. The story moves along at a very past pace and is well narrated and the time just flies as you listen to the story.
The magical world that Harry lives in is developed a bit more with there being a virtual infestation of were-wolves all of the place with chaos and mayhem following.
Harry's view of the world, the people around him and life in general tends to make things harder for him but is an endearing trait for the rumpled wiztective. He treads a fine line between all the factions around him and frequently discovers that it is impossible to achieve this.
This novel is highly recommended and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Only one small issue. At time especially in between chapters the sound goes completely dead resulting in a small loss of continuity.
"Enjoyed it as much as the first"
Story – 4/5
I enjoyed it quite a lot, much like I did the first novel. There is still nothing groundbreaking here, but I am still holding out for books 3/4 for when it does apparently become so. Each of the existing characters are developed further very nicely, with some interesting new additions to add to the fray. I especially enjoyed seeing another side of Dresden; showing a more emotional/sensitive side at times alongside his usual witty sayings and anecdotes.
There is plenty of action in this one, more so than the first, and as the title suggests, involves a lot of werewolves and their variations. This is not your cliché vampire/werewolf story though; there are a lot of ideas and fantasy additions here so Jim Butcher has made it his own.
Jim Butcher has managed to remove the trivialisation barrier of danger and peril in first person stories, by making the fear about other characters’ safety. This, in my opinion, added more depth to the story than the first.
Performance – 5/5
James Marsters is an absolute star, his addition to the Dresden audio-books is perfection, as he reflects the character superbly, and enhances the film noire feel to the stories. A lot of other reviews say “James Marsters IS Dresden”, and after 2 audio-books, I have to agree. His voice acting is distinctive and he portrays Dresden’s mood and the pace of the story extremely well.
No production issues in this story like at the beginning of the first book, so a well deserved 5/5 for performance. It doesn’t get much better than this.
On a side note, to those who aren’t aware, James Marsters is the guy that played Spike in Buffy the Vampire slayer according to a colleague of mine. Just in case you are a particular fan of his…
"The story continues ..."
This is a slightly different story to the first in the series in that it introduces were creatures. There are still deaths, I'm guessing that lots of 'people' die around Harry! However it was excellently narrated by James Marsters again and he has the right edge of sarcasm in his voice to come across as how I would expect Harry to sound. Worth listening to in order to build background for the rest of the series, and to enjoy! Also, who knew that supernatural creatures could be bribed with delivered pizza!
"The only thing my 15 year old son and I agree on!"
Too many great moments to choose.
Perfect comic timing.
“I can't be under arrest now... I don't have time.” - Harry
“Black wizards don't just grow up like toadstools, you know. Someone has to teach them complicated things like summoning demons, ritual magic, and clichéd villain dialogue.” - Harry