I love the Dresden Files, and I've been astonished at how much I've enjoyed the novels as read by James Marsters. This particular story is the one where the series really gets its feet under it, but I could be biased as a huge fan of Michael Carpenter. My sole complaint is the occasional odd mispronunciations from Marsters that jars me out of my reverie...but I think of him as Harry Dresden's voice, and he carries off the character well. These novels are a great pleasure to hear.
This was a better experience all-around, compared to my listen of the first novel in this series. I fully admit I listened to the first only because James Marsters was the narrator, and was disappointed. I gave this one a chance only because it was on promotion at a very low price. Being his first effort as an audiobook narrator, he still had kinks to work out in his narration style; I think he was going for a sort of noir-blasé vibe, but he ended up sounding bored. His style for this book (and possibly the second book in the series, I haven't listened to that one) was much more dynamic and engaging. Aside from narration, I felt that the novel itself was also much better than the first in the series and I really appreciated the more modern approach -- still invoking noir-style detective but with a self-awareness of the slightly ridiculous nature of the material. Overall, much stronger narration and more solid material. I think the series has come into its own, and I will be listening to more.
I am easily amused!
Fantastic book with absolutely brilliant narration. Jim Butcher has a wonderful way with words and Harry Dresdan is one of the best characters I have ever met! This book will hook you immediately and keep your interest to the very end. My favorite in the series so far.
This is actually of an update to a review on book 2. I had concerns regarding some inconsistencies in the plot, but I happy to say that after listening to this and several others in th3e series I am glad i continued. Excellent narration and story. I am also glad that the author does not continue to re-explain all the magical pieces in each book. The only downside is that if starting with about book 4 or later it may take a little while to catch up.
This is an enjoyable adventure with a nice twisty plot and nice twisty characters, but someone needs to tell this poor narrator that, for example, "runes" is not pronounced like "ruins." He also consistently mispronounces "writhed," "wretched," "demesne" and a few other fairly basic words. His voice has a wonderful timbre, but his inept grasp of spoken English is continually irritating.
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This is where James Marsters' narration really takes off. It's almost like the sound guy woke up in the booth and started taking note of how to adjust the volume, and background noise.
Mr. Marsters provides an EXCELLENT Harry Dresden. He delivers the lines with the wonderful sarcasm, the breathy laughs, and delightful accents that bring the characters to life. Jim Butcher paints some beautiful scenes, and writes Harry as a very human character. Where as a buff dude from a Hollywood blockbuster would stoically set his jaw and soldier on, Harry breaks down and cries, he hurts, laughs, and grows angry in the most human ways, making him a very sympathetic character.
I've enjoyed the books, and have just purchased book 4. Urban fantasy is one of my favorite subjects, and the Dresden Files is set pretty much in my old hometown (I hope it gets its mention!)
I look forward to continuing this series!
Im a machinist. Listening to audiobooks at work get me thru my day. I listen mostly to mysteries but also like sci-fi and spy thrillers
Jim Butcher talks at the beginning of this book and says that a lot of fans say that this book is really where the series begins to take off. He couldn't have made a truer statement. This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. As far a suspense goes, this book doesn't stop, every time you think something is resolved it just blows back up but not in a dull or typical way. The intensity never lets up at any point and even the last sentence in the book is a perfect fit. If you only mildly enjoyed the first or second books then please don't quit there give this series one more shot and you will be hooked!
Funny, but too contrived. There was always something else happening that the main character just didn't see coming. It was as if the author had ideas for five plots and tried to cram them all into one book. Thanks for the laughs, but I don't think I'll come back for seconds.
I love both the Dresden Files and Codex Alera series. Jim Butcher writes books that keep me glued to my iPod. This book was adventure from the start to the end. Not as much humor as the first 2 books, but tons of adventure. I am just downloading book 4 right now.
The first book was ok. I was a little disappointed but decided to keep trying. The second book was better and I really liked the 3rd one. To me, he started off in the first book as somewhat of a bumbling, untalented wizard but now he has earned up to his reputation. I look forward to more books