This is a good continuation of the series. There are some good twists and turns, and per the usual, Butcher gives the reader a little nugget of information that reveals a bit more about Harry's past and keeps you coming back for the next book to learn more. I also liked the inclusion of Susan and her role in the book.
There is one thing about the book I didn't care for. By this point in the series it seems that Butcher is kind of falling into a pattern and each book seems to follow it. It goes like this: "Harry stumbles across some BIG trouble from a seemingly innocuous task. Nigh unbeatable bad guy appears, Harry is beaten to within an inch of his life, is miraculously saved at the last second, recovers within hours to chase said bad guy down, defeat (or least chase off) bad guy, solve mystery, everybody's "happy" at the end." Yes, that's a bit simplistic, but that's what it feels like. It won't keep me from continuing the series though. It's a good series. Also, one thing Butcher does do well is grow Harry as a person. You can see him changing as a person as the books continue. It's subtle, but it's there, and very well done.
I was not impressed in the least bit by James Marsters narration. This is the first of this series I've listened too (I read the first four) and James added nothing to the book. Most of the time it felt like he was stressing the words wrong, his inflection was off, his tone didn't match the scene, etc. I don't doubt that it is incredibly difficult to narrate/act out a book, I doubt seriously I could do it, I just wasn't impressed, hence the two stars for performance.
The story is good and many unexpected turns. I may listen to it again in a few months. I don't usually go back to books but you never know.
This one has more turns and twist than the previous 4 books. The intrigue is very good. You also get to understand Harry a little better and how he sometime makes stupid decisions.
Yes, it is very good. The way it is read, the different tones that are taken during the reading increases the enjoyment of listening. Very good.
Sometime you get frustrated by the obvious stupid decision Harry makes, but he does make you laugh at the situations he get's himself into.
I am going on to the next book. So far so good and I am enjoying myself.Thanks and don't drop Harry.
Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!
A heartbreaking episode for Harry Dresden with the return of Susan and her leaving again. In between there was the hottest Dresden sex scene in the series thus far, along with tears, laughs, and plenty of adventure and danger. As always, Jim Butcher's writing and James Marsters' performance brings you into each scene as if it were playing out in front of your eyes. Wonderfully done. Highly recommend this book and this series. It is impossible to not love Harry Dresden with all his flaws and struggles - always trying to do the right thing.
Harry goes from one battle to the next with no sleep. The story is filled with humor and a steady but not obnoxious amount of feeling. The battle of good and evil are salt and peppered throughout.
The humor!! Harry's self banter. All of the characters are intriguing. There are enough characters to keep your interest but not so many you need to take notes. There are also characters such as Harry that are not all good or evil.
I have listened to almost all the Dresden books he has performed. No one could do it better. I will look up some more books he does because he could even make a mediocre book great.
Harry Dresden's immortals, good and evil race for the shroud.
This is one of the top 3 of his books. It is fast and moves from one fire to put out to the next. His friends really add to the experience.
Judging from the excellent ratings, many people enjoy books about magic,witches, wizards, talking headless bodies, and monsters morphing into people. My taste is different from theirs.
The price... seriously, how is it possible to be more entertained for less than 50 cents an hour? I love the Dresden files, specifically the universe created by Jim Butcher. Each story introduces us to new characters, some good, some bad and some purely evil, but all of them have a thing in common, they are always believable.
Besides Dresden of course, my favorite character is the duo formed by the Archive (Ivy) and Kincaid, they fit perfectly in the Dresden universe.
I've listened to the four first books of the series read by Marsters and all of them are excellent. He reads with enthousiasm and listening to him is similar to listening to a friend who tells us about his adventures, he makes the experience extremely personal and enjoyable.
I laughed aloud a lot of times and I almost cried at Shinto's death. The rest of the time I was happily smiling...
I am listening to audio books while working, lucky me my job allows me to do that and I had the chance to get all the Dresden books at 4.95, so happy I bought them all, I can recommend them enough. If you like urban fantasy, Dresden is the best for you.
fabulously fun fantasy
Harry and Susan at the laundromat...I loved Susan tossing the machines around.
James brings depth to each of the characters. He has a voice for each character, and NEVER mixes them up. His reading of this book is not only good, it's great. I would give him 10 stars if I could.
Yes...it's hard to stop, but I always looked forward to getting back to it.
This was the first of the Dresden Files I have listened to. It was so good I bought all the rest.
Jim Butcher's continuing story-line as told by James Marsters.
Any other of Jim Butcher's Book
James brings a wonderful performance and great continuity to the stories.
The Da Vinci Code meets the Vampire Lestat.
Wonderful story worth a second, perhaps third go around.
Star Wars Death Troopers. Both have scary as hell moments.
When Harry had to leave Susan again
This book will make you laugh, cry, and curl up in horror. It has it all.
Apples and oranges. I love to read, always have, always will. Listening to a book is a recent thing for me, and I like it, too. If there is an advantage of one over the other, it's the voice of James Marsters. I am not ashamed to say that is why I started the series in the first place!
Perhaps one of J. R. Rain's, but the various characters and cultures Mr. Butcher presents have more depth, seem more possible, at least to me.
I love a book that can make me laugh out loud (with or without Mr. Marsters' excellent delivery, but I prefer with). Even Dresden's most serious situations seem to have a bit of the lighter side tossed in that still does not detract from the emotionally charged or life-threatening or frustrating tone of the scene. That takes a deft hand and Jim Butcher has it.
While I often appreciate comments that give a synopsis of a book, I would be lousy at it, so I'll simply say: I have listened to the first five books in the series, and have enjoyed each one. this is my current favorite, but only because I just finished it.