Made you wish the tv show was still on. Enjoyable listening...it was hard to hit that pause button when it was nessesary to do so.
I really liked this book. It had just about everything a story needs to really shine. Was it some kind of moving literary masterpiece that changed my world view and altered my life to be a richer and more complete experience? No. But it did entertain me through some really boring busy-work and kept me inspired and attentive throughout. Very well done.
The fifth star would have come from a little more creativity in some of the language that could potentially be kinda awkward every now and then, but I'm niggling.
This is the first Audible audiobook I've downloaded where I really have felt the user reviews were not entirely on the up and up here. I managed to suffer through two chapters before deleting it. The narration is not just bad, it is absolutely horrendous. The dude can't seem to finish a sentence without taking a deep loud breath. He often will begin a sentence, pause then mumble through the rest of it, and then immediately, without pause, begin the next. Besides the gasping for air he seems to be eating something while talking, and the result altogether is a confusing and somewhat disgusting experience. Because the narration is so hopelessly distracting I cannot really say if the book itself is poor or just average but I can you tell that it is not very good.
Take it from someone who got fooled, ignore the planted reviews here and don't waist a penny(or credit) on this, you will regret it if you do.
Perfect combination of gum shoe and fantasy, two of my favorite genres. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
If hearing the narrator swallow or move papers around bothers you then you should definitely skip this book. On the other hand, if you can give your attention to the story and characters then you will really like this. Besides the background sounds, the narrator is perfect in the role of Harry Dresden. His characters are distinctive and he has a wonderful "surly attitude" sound to his voice that makes it easy to believe that you are listening to the really Harry Dresden. The book also takes a more grown-up, adult approach to magic. The reasoning behind spells and their pseudo-science is explained in a way that makes it a consistent world. This book isn't for kids but I must admit that I wish I had read it when I was a kid. Lots of fun!
A great listen! One of the best audio books I have listened to! The book kept me interested start to finish for 8 hours of listening in one sitting.
This is an interesting concept and an interesting execution. I'll definitely pick up the next novel. The reader is very breathy (i.e. you can hear him take breaths, sigh, etc.) but considering the genre of the novel, like a film noir detective movie, it kind of works.
Yes, there is a lot of breathing. I almost skipped this one based on reviews of the narration but I am glad I didn't! I am as shocked as anyone to say that I found the story enjoyable. Butcher's supernatural world never felt forced or cliched to me - in fact, it seemed very, well, natural. The characters were vivid (though I never could get a clear picture of Murph in my head). I was worried that it would be too gory for my taste & though the murders were not pleasant, Butcher never had to rely on shock value--this was just really good storytelling.
The narrator's breathiness had to be purposeful (there was so much of it) and it actually worked with the lead character's personality. It made him seem more real somehow. In fact, I liked most of the character's voices & I thought he did a good job with the female voices, which can be tricky.
All in all, a great one to check out!
This was a pretty fun book. Like many other listeners, I found the author's sighing and breathing into the microphone excessive and distracting at times, but it didn't ruin the book.
I agree with another review. The narrator detracts drastically. While I would like to be focusing on the story all I can hear are sounds of breathing, swallowing and lip smacking. I would love to hear another one in this series but with someone else narrating.