My favorite character, other than Harry, is Harry's stepmother. She is just too spooky!
When the knight's wife was in the graveyard. You knew something bad was going to happen, you just didn't know what.
I stumbled across this series by accident. I fell in love with the books from the beginning. The writing is simple, engaging and believable. The characters come to life through the written word as well as the ASTOUNDING PERFORMANCE by James Marsters. Mr. Marsters is such a chameleon (thinking of him as Spike), but that image of him that falls away as reads these books as if they were HIM. I can so easily see this series in the form of a TV show, with Marsters being the lead character.
I like how Mr. Butcher develops his characters and describes the settings with just enough detail. The first book was good, the second even better...and the third (this one) is GREAT. Of course Harry Dresden is a wizard, though he does struggle with the hidden gifts of his talent. I think he struggles because he is still human, full of doubt and trepidation..not to mention quite a bit of skepticism. Bianca is a bad, bad vampire and what she does to innocents and Harry's friends...let's just say you need to read/listen to the book. The ending made me scream in my car...wanting more! I don't have any credits left this month so I guess I'm just going to have to buy the next book!
Mr. Butcher, please do not stop using James Marsters to read these books. Mr. Marsters please keep doing what you do!
I loved the story and the reader is actually quite good. I love his characterizations and voices. But I find it very distracting when he repeatedly mispronounces words like 'dais' and 'writhing'. Isn't someone listening to him as he reads? Does anyone involved with this production claim English as their native language? IS THERE NO QUALITY CONTROL?
I've listened to the first three Harry Dresden books and I *so badly* wanted to get into them. Many friends have recommended them and are totally hooked by Harry....alas I found myself tuning out long periods of it because I was just...well, bored. There is so much crisis in these books that there ends up being no suspense. The story is not well developed and I personally don't think it is worth the cost or the credit. Disappointing.
Unfortunately the story about the wizard/private eye in Chicago is losing ground to over the top, just in the nick of time, somehow I'm not dead yet implausibility that never seems to end. The best thing about the character and the story was that, just maybe, he COULD in fact control energy and nature with his will, concentration, knowledge. The godmother, vampires, demons, ghosts: can't you just pick one and streamline it a little? And it goes on and on from one dire death defying sequence to another with no realistic consequences for any of the main characters. Too bad, I really liked the first two books.
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Other then the fact that the main character Harry makes the teen protagonists of slasher movies look brilliant in comparison for their ability to stay out of danger, I find myself enjoying the story. As much as anything though, I'm enjoying the reader. He truly demonstrates the difference a talented professional actor can have when reading and (to a small extent acting it out).
The is the best book of the 1st 3 in the series. Dresden, at last, showed what he can do and the power that he actually have. The 1st 2 books showed him in a really useless light but this book broke that mold and showed how powerful he actually is.
When Dresden used the last of his power to call up the ghost from the past, giving them power a avenge themselves.
The part where Dresden called upon
These books just keep getting better and better!! The only thing that makes Jim Butcher's writing better is the masterful reading by James Marsters.
I have already read the entire Dresden Files series. I got my fiance hooked on them by playing these audiobooks on long car trips. James Marsters reads these books in a great tone of voice, he sounds just like I imagine Harry Dresden sounds like. I can't wait to read more of this series!
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.