I keep trying Jim Butcher books b/c everyone that likes the same books I like recommend them so highly. But I'm afraid I just don't get it. Jim's books aren't horrible but they're not great either. This type of book is great for audio books since I can listen for the 1 hour commute to & from work then forget about it when I have better things to do.
I have to confess to being an embarrassing fan-girl for James Marsters so that's the real reason I bought Grave Peril. Take that into consideration when I say he did a GREAT job. :) He really brought Harry to life and I loved the voice for Bob. I pretty much had that voice in my head for Bob while reading the first book.
Even though I love James, I found myself drifting off while listening but then he would change the pitch of his voice and capture my attention again. With any other reader I would have given this book 2 or maybe 3 stars but because of James I gave it 4.
Say something about yourself!
This was a great Audio book and a fantastic Narrator. I was hooked on the book after the first 20 min. Great story line ( all tho a little long) and the narrator read with passion and excitement, great rendition.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
From here out the author has hit his stride. The stories and characters are top notch. I love Harry's evil faery God-mother. That means a lot as I normally despise and shun any books with faeries. The fact I actually like them and they are some of my favorite characters in Butcher's work says a lot for his skills. Great author and narrartor. You can't go wrong with this series.
Grave Peril suffers on a revisit. Having listened to every book in the Dresden files thus far, the performance in this novel feels muted, like James Marsters was whispering through the entire narration. It gets better when he speaks up, which does not happen often.
A less jumbled and convoluted plot which hinged on a more inventive premise.
No, I will still try another Dresden novel. But if the next one is as poorly written and conceived as this one, I doubt that I will buy any more.
I liked the character of the knight.
Irritation at Jim Butchers attempts to force a love story into this book.
I liked the narrator best, he always does a good job and really acts out the characters. The thing i liked the least was the story which was just like the other books.
Yes this is the third Dresden book I listen to, since it is the third in the series. They are all structured the same. Harry is in trouble, Harry doesn't know why, Harry gets hurt, Harry fights, Harry finds out who is behind all the trouble, Harry wins.
He becomes Harry and really acts out his emotions.
*Book source ~ Purchased from Audible
Harry teams up with Michael Carpenter, a Knight of the Cross, when the ghost world starts going haywire. Something is stirring up the spirit world and Harry is determined to figure it out and put it to rights, if at all possible. Because nothing is worse than spirits gone wild.
A ~ my 16-year-old daughter
T ~ my 14-year-old son
K ~ my 13-year-old son
We meet some new characters in this book, ones the kids hope will continue on in the series. Everyone loves Michael and his sword Amoracchius. Actually, I think they just like any swords, but Amoracchius does have special abilities since it has a nail from the crucifix in its handle and not just any Tom, Dick or Harry can wield Amoracchius. Thomas, a vampire of the White Court, is also turning out to be a cautious favorite. The kids do not like Harry’s faerie Godmother, Leanansidhe, who is a Sidhe of the Winter Court. T said she is a ‘B’ meaning beyotch which I can say and he is not allowed until he’s older. Father Forthill is another favorite. A thought the Nightmare was a very interesting character and the barbwire spell was pretty cool if nasty. T & K thought the Nightmare was a nasty baddie.
The plot was twisty enough to keep them interested in the proceedings and the description of the Nevernever wasn’t quite what they expected. A said she thought it would be more like the Nether (from the game Minecraft), but overall it was pretty cool.
Favorite part: When Harry goes to the Bianca’s Vampire Masquerade Ball dressed as a vampire including fake fangs. 2nd favorite: When Harry encounters the Nightmare in his dreams.
“Holy sh*t," I breathed. "Hellhounds."
"Harry," Michael said sternly. "You know I hate it when you swear."
"You're right. Sorry. Holy sh*t," I breathed, "heckhounds.”
Bring on Summer Knight!
Doctor of misanthropy
I have to say that I HATE fantasy, but I LOVE Harry Dresden. Leaves me open to a lot of "I told you so" sniggering from my friends who are fantasy fans.
Well Dresden is worth that indignity. I love the characters that he builds across the series, I love the humor, and I especially love Bob and the choice of Marsters as the lector.
I've been listening to these out of order, and each one, including this one, have left me sitting in the car listening, long after reaching my destination.
This, or any of the other Dresden books are well worth the expenditure of a credit. Just do it.
After seeing all the great reviews, coupled with the fact that it is narrated by James Marsters (who narrates expertly), I really wanted to like this series and actually purchased most of the series on Audible.com when it was part of a really good sale. Unfortunately, I just can't get into it.
This is the 3rd book in the series and in the first two I was so sick of the same thing over and over again - the police would ask for Harry's help, then suspect him of the crimes, detain him by locking him up in some fashion, and finally Harry would have to do something crazy, almost get himself killed, but eventually he saved the day. Oh, and he always put Murphy's life in danger. It drove me crazy that Murphy would ask for Harry's help and inevitably she would not trust him and consider him the perpetrator of what ever bad thing is going on at the time. It got old. There is MUCH less of Murphy in this book, but I unexpectedly found myself missing her.
There are many players in this book and it was difficult for me to keep track of who is who. It seemed odd to me that Michael and Harry seem to be a long-ago formed team that typically conduct "business' together, yet I don't remember Michael from the first two books. I also had to keep reminding myself which character was Lea and which was Lydia. Then when Rachael is brought in at the end, I wondered if I was really supposed to remember her. Kyle and Kelly (I think) are another example of characters brought back in to the story and yet I couldn't remember how they fit in at the beginning of the story. It was all too confusing.
I have enjoyed many books in this genre, but I just don't think I can do it with this series. I will be really surprised if I listen to any more of this series, and that is upsetting since I already purchased a lot of them.
I loved the entire book. Well written, lots of unexpected twists, lots of drama, perfect narration! If you're a Dresden fan, or just like fantasy/sci-fi or mystery novels, you will love it.
The plot was excellent. Emotional, dramatic, unexpected twists, perfect!
I honestly can't say. There were too many that I liked. It was really just an all around great book.
I'm picky about books. I love them, it of they don't capture my attention in the first few minutes, chances are I won't finish them. This book grabbed me immediate,didn't let go till the end, and left me wanting more. Excellent!