This is definitely the best so far, and James Marsters is Harry Dresden without a doubt. I don't even want to read one of this series, cause I don't think I will enjoy it half as much.
This installment introduces a lot of new characters, and we hear more from Bob in this one. Thomas and Michael are brought in, each with their own special appeal. Susan is more developed with this story. All and all it's a new cast of very intriguing characters, with non stop action of Harry getting into one bad situation, only getting out of it by getting into a worse one. You just can't go wrong with this series if you like things that go bump in the night with a side dish of humor.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reader
The Dresden Files is one of my favorite series. I've read them all (excluding Cold Days) once and now I'm listening to the audio versions. When I started listening to Storm Front, the first in the series, it reminded me why I love the series and the same was true for Fool Moon. But then I listened to Grave Peril and I realized that even though I loved the first two novels, the third was somehow even better.
Grave Peril is much like the first two novels in many ways, but it's also better in a lot of little ways. The plot is delightfully twisty, new and interesting characters make their first appearances, and Harry is, to be frank, a total badass--all of which are standard fare.
But what makes it all the better is that the story actually slows down a bit. Instead of throwing Harry into one spot after another, Butcher devotes more time to developing the characters and their relationships, to building Harry into a realistic, if flawed, character. And it's awesome.
Dresden has a nose for finding trouble and, in the first two novels, he makes his way out relatively unscathed, if more than a little battered. But Butcher makes it clear in Grave Peril that the stakes are getting higher and so are the consequences.
In addition, Butcher introduces two of the best supporting characters in the entire series in this novel: Michael and Thomas. Personally, I think Michael kicks ass. His quiet resolve lends very well to Harry's brash tendencies. Plus, he's a knight and that's pretty hard to beat.
Overall, I thought Gravel Peril was a fantastically entertaining read, a ton of fun, but also a bit deeper than the first two. If you enjoyed those, keep reading, because it gets even better. Highly recommended!
I am of the opinion that this is the first book in this series, even thought it is actually the third. This book contains the first part of the overarching plot that extends through the next eight books. If you are new to the series, start here.
I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
Grave Peril easily ranks in the top five. It's that good!
Dresden followed by Bianca. Largely through no fault of his own, Dresden is the consummate mess-up desperately striving to "get it right". Bianca is the ultimate nemesis- beautiful but deadly smart.
Are you kidding me? Marsters brings the characters to life like very few narrators in the business can. I dare say, Marsters is in the top echelon of narrators.
There is a reason why Grave Peril remains one of the top purchased books in the Dresden Series. Definitely worth every penny!
En Dieu Ma Foy
A lot of critics have proclaimed this as the book where Jim Butcher hits his stride. I disagree for one reason, the introduction of the Knights of the Cross and the world of Faire. Butcher does a fantastic job of coming up with these new characters, but I didn't feel as if he filled them out as much as he could have. It is my personal opinion that it takes this book and the next before you really get a firm grasp on Harry's world. Here you get a crash course on the Knights and in Summer Knight you get the same on Faire. These characters become so intigral in the Dresden Files that reading Summer Knight is truly necessary to grasp the complete story. Butcher still comes out with a great book and when you listen to Grave Peril and Summer Knight back to back it gives you the firm grasp you need to continue with the series.
James Marsters continues his role as Harry and hits another one out of the park. Marsters truly understands Butcher's work and brings it to life in a way that will hold the listener's attention and spark their imagination. Marsters truly is a master vocal thespian.