Marsden is an incredible narrator, more than that he takes you into the story in great performance. I've been loving the audible version of each in the series.
While the previous books help establish some of the tone of the world of Harry Dresden, Grave Peril marks the time when Butcher is really able to construct his vision of magical America & the world at large beyond Chicago, helping to cement the characters within our minds.
Marsters gives it his all in his performance; it's a little hamfisted in some places, especially earlier one when impersonating a ghost, but even that is in line with the pulpy feel of the novel.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
I like Harry and his friends. I love James Marsters as performer. I love Jim Butcher as a writer; however, I am getting bored with the Dresden Files series. Each book is exactly the same formula as the last. Harry goes from brilliant world class wizard to a stupid screw up and back again up from minute to minute. I am tired of Harry's all of a sudden understanding of the situation at the last critical second. It is just too frustrating. Also, I have a difficult time keeping up with what in the world is going on.These books are no longer exciting and in fact have become tedious. I do not plan to continue with the series.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Nice plot, great world building (just Chicago but ....), well paced, just good story telling. Relies on "digging deep" more than he should but it was a very good story.
if you start here you will miss some character and wold building. but this being my second pass at the series i can comfortably say you will miss critically important by choosing this as a start point.