Story is still great and the narrator is more lively than previous books. The swallowing noises are less but still very apparent. The fault is solely on the audio engineer.
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Things are really getting personal for Harry Dresden. I hope we’ll be seeing more of his friend Michael after this book. Also, more Bob, please.
The narration is expertly done, conveying Butcher's blend of black humor, drama, and suspense without swinging to extremes. Voices of the other characters are effortlessly distinct. My only criticism would be that there is occasionally a lack of contrast and energy in Dresden's internal monologues.
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.
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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.
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.
great author, great story, horrible narrator. whoever okayed his whispering of every other paragraph needs to be fired. DO NOT listen to this while whearing ear phones. you'll have to turn it up so loud that when he finally does talk in at an almost normal volume your ear drums will hurt. I have no hearing loss as of my annual hearing test, but I imagine that after listening to this my next test in october will show some. hate this narrator!!!!
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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.
The story itself is very good, but the reader is awful. His sighs, speaking too close to the mic so you hear every lip smack, mispronunciation of common words & attempts at voice changes per character are distracting and annoying. Jim Butcher writes a wonderful entertaining captivating story, but get a different narrator! I hoped time would improve his reading as this is the third book I've listened too, but I'll buy the paper copies instead for the remainder.