While James Marsters' performances of the Dresden files are usually excellent, in this performance not only does he forget the voices he used for the specific characters in previous books he also forgets the voices he used for specific characters IN THIS BOOK. I don't know if he was high, lazy, or just didn't care but it made it a lot harder to stat immersed when one chapter a character has an Italian accent and in the next they sound like Murphy. "Gentleman Johnny Marcone" who in all previous books sounded intelligent, sophisticated, and educated, now speaks like a cheesy Brooklyn construction worker. I love the series, I hope Marsters hasn't just stopped caring. I'm about to dig into "Turn Coat" please don't suck!
10 books behind and i want more! I love Harry I love Mouse...I Love them all! All the carecters are so balanced between other that you are really sad if you lose one..bad or good. I like that schemes are complicated and books do not allways end when all is revealed. James Marsters voice is raspy and readin style really fits this kind of "old time private eye"-style. Thank you!
*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible
Wizard Harry Dresden is out doing work for his other job, as a private detective, when he gets stuck in one helluva snow storm. To much snow, too fast and before he knows it Queen Mab, Faerie Queen of the Winter Court, is standing before him with a demand he make good on one of the favors he owes her. Mobster extraordinaire, Gentleman Johnny Marcone is missing and Mab wants Harry to find and protect him. Ok, find a mob boss. Harry’s an excellent PI. How hard could this be? Oh, Harry. Seriously?
A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 15-yr-old son
K ~ my 13-yr-old son
Yep, still loving the series. Humor, magic, mystery, great characters; what’s not to love? As always the big finale is hit with everyone though one of our favorite characters gets seriously injured. The plot is twisty and tricky and involves the Courts of Faerie. The hated Denarians are back and causing trouble, too. Man, we really hate them. But that means the Knights of the Cross are in this book. Yay for Michael and Sanya! Along with Thomas, Murphy, Marcone and Mouse there are some more favorites back: Kincaid, The Archive, Ms. Gard, Hendricks and Capt. Luccio. New baddies are some denizens of the Summer Court, the Billy Goats Gruff. Yowzers. Add in a battle, helicopter, Ride of the Valkyries, weapons, magic and a cool island and you pretty much have all the excitement you can handle. T does want it recorded for all time that he no longer likes Murphy due to a decision she made at the end that I will not reveal so as not to spoil. A & K don’t agree and still like Murphy. T also said he didn’t like what Harry was saying at the end of the book until the janitor walked into the chapel.
“’Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?’
‘Nay, but prithee, with sprinkles ‘pon it instead,’ I said solemnly, ‘ and frosting of white.’”
“’You rush a miracle worker, you get lousy miracles!’”
“’Ha-ha! Ah-hahahahaha! I am wizard; hear me roar!’”
“’Tiny,’ Sanya rumbled to Michael, clenching a demonstrative fist. ‘But fierce.’” ~ talking about Murphy
In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something
The narrator's reading style, Jim Marsters, makes these characters come alive. Wouldn't be the same with another reader. I would recommend a listen to this book as well.
I am an auditory learner. . . This is my third favorite in the series! It starts add to the "Death Masks" legend.
I never get tierd of Bob the Skull. His changing fancies are always amusing.
A request for a doughnut.
I'm not very emotional.
Jim Butcher and James Marsters have created this wonderful fantasy world that I love to enter every now and then. I've got the books but yet to read one, because of the excellent narration. I know my mind couldn't top all the emotion of James Marsters' performance. So, every now and then I download the next installment and savor it like a great cup of coffee. This episode brings together all my favorite characters, Thomas, Michael and Murphy to help Harry in his latest quest to save mankind from the evils that we don't know about. It's funny, suspenseful and dreadful at times, with a large dose of sadness that will have to be dealt with at a later date most likely. Love this series!
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Always, Dresden is the best series out there
The archive kicking butt
He is dresden, I wanna see him play him in a movie.
Middle School Teacher / Proud Nerd
James Marsters' narration
The introduction of soul fire (at the end) peeked my interest. The plot until that point was not quite as interesting as the earlier books in the series.
Diverse and well-preformed inflection of new/minor characters... and as always, he shines as THE voice of Dresden
This wasn't my favorite book in the series so far, but I think that is because this book serves to set up more interesting plots in later Dresden novels.
Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.
Harry has been carrying out his job as a Warden on the White Council. Life is calm. There have been no wars or death threats recently, but this is about to change. Mab, Queen of the White Court of the Sidhe, has called in a favor from Harry and he must go into battle against the Denarians to save the life of mobster, Johnny Marcone, and also the life of a young child, who is known as The Archive. This adventure will test his strengths and those of Michael Carpenter, a Knight of the Cross, and Kincaid, a paid assassin, who is acting as The Archive's guardian.
I've loved this series since I picked up Storm Front and discovered the short lived tv-series. Right up to and including White Night I've read every book as paperback, but I decided to pick up the audiobook version of Small Favor as I'm trying to listen to more audiobooks. Let's talk about the story and then I will share my thoughts about the narrator.
The story is dynamite. I got really interested in the concept of the "black council" in White Night. A council that is a secret and is working against the White Council. Harry doesn't know too many details about this suspected Council but he has shared his thoughts with a few people. In Small Favor we learn that the Black Council might be spread further than Harry initially expected, right through to the Supernaturals working against each other. We also learn about The Archive, who is a magical construct and repository of all knowledge and wisdom. The Denarians want The Archive to turn her into one of the "Fallen" and Harry and his friends set out to save her.
There was so much going on in Small Favor that I felt like I was almost holding my breath the entire time as I listened to the book. There is adventure, supernaturals (although less vampires than usual) and hidden plots. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone that hasn't read it yet, but it is all awesome and cements my thoughts that this is one of the best urban fantasy series out there. It is not just focused on vampires or angels or faeries - it is everything and it is fantastic!
I loved learning more about The Archive and towards the end we find a revelation about a comparison between The Archive and Bob (a skeleton head spirit that resides with Harry) that left me wanting to pick up the next book right now to find out what happens next.
James Marsters (Spike from Buffy tv show for those that have watched it) is the narrator for this book and he is fantastic. He is the voice of Harry Dresden. After having listened to him narrate this book I will definitely be listening to the rest of the books on audio now. He does the voices just perfectly and I love the tone he uses when Harry screams out his spells in battle.
I recommend this series, but I highly recommend listening to it on audio. James Marsters definitely makes this series even better, if that is possible!