Maybe I'm biased, alright I'm biased, but as a huge Butcher fan it's nice to hear a good rendition of the stories you like and love. Call me master of the obvious if you will, but sometimes you just want to rest your eyes and let someone else weave the story into your brain matter.
Grave Peril, is the third in a series of books where the larger picture starts to take some shape. If you are a fan of the noir/fantasy/monster genres, one and or all, I would happily recommend this series to a total stranger... And have.
With high re-readability this series offers characters and situations where growth and surprise are par for the course.
This story, to me, is the first we see of the grander scheme in the Dresden world.
You begin to see reoccurring characters and themes that carry the larger story to a much deeper plot.
James Marsters performs impressively well, taking the time to craft the story and characters with believability and grace. His camber lends itself to the tale while his meter and tone is more than acceptable.
His portrayal of the main character, Harry Desden, is about as close to what I may have had already envisioned for him and his persona. I think at this point the only other person I may find adequate in these readings would be the author himself.
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!
The story line is awesome, but James Marsters brings to life. Jim Butcher and James are a great team.
Of course Harry, but I truly admire Michael Carpenter.
I knew him as Spike on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and I liked him then as well.
I listened to it at work, but when I got off of work I couldn't do anything else but continue to listening to the book.
Keep them comming....please!
Just the way it's read.
The depth of the emotion put into the story
It is awesome that I can buy a book with my credit
This audiobook is supposedly unabridged but it is completely missing Chapter 5! A WHOLE, IMPORTANT chapter. How could audible be so negligent?
In the first two books, Harry was a little unpolished and many times the plot was predictable. Not this time. James has created a Harry that is more real, more tangible than in any of the previous books. I find myself setting in the car, not wanting to stop listening and choosing to be (a little) late for work rather than shut it off. Good work Jim. The one thing that I have noted is that Harry vacillates between self deprivation and being a conceited jerk - like when dealing with the dragon. Harry needs a little more humility and respect when dealing with the creatures that he deals with.
When Harry went to the vampire ball. There are points that are so unexpected, so tangible and visceral that they make your skin tingle.
Have not read it
Vampire Courts most Least love story
Wizard Private Eye
A lot of new characters and groups were introduced without enough explanation about them. His love interest with Susan Rodriquez also jumped from something casual to something serious, without any development.
Grave Peril is the beginning of the story. I have read all of the books of this set thus far released and this is the story where it all begins. In the previous two books you have the setting and a lot of characters introduced. While the previous books are important to the story, this book is the first in which where you rely begin to see that story take shape.
I enjoy the fact that the author in this story is willing to treat his characters as if they were real because they are real. At least they are real in the story of this book. They have a life of there own and you are able to see that life grow and take shape.
The character that I most enjoyed as preformed by James Masters would have to be the Knight of the Cross.
Have only listened to audio.
This is my first book narrated by Marsters. He handled the characters superbly. I especially like his Harry Dresden. Marsters does more than read, he gives the characters depth and personality, almost "acts" the character. Well done without being over the top.
I was entranced throughout. My first Jim Butcher book. Enough supernatural to make it interesting, enough police story to satisfy my who-done-it, with lots of easy humor. Great characters.
Will definitely buy more Butcher/Marsters books.
Yes. great pacing, many plot threads from book 1 come together. Very exciting
Harrys refusal to back down in the face of evil.
"Spike" does a great job reading. perfect naration.
Wizards Vs Vampires!
Read the first book before this one, but do not make up your mind about the series until you have read this book. It takes off on book 3 and never stops being great.