The salvation to this story is Butters and Mouse, maybe Thomas too. The plot just became overly complicated. I get the feeling it was meant to set up future books. Not bad but not as enjoyable as others.
The reader has great inflections equally assuming the voice and tone of both males and females during quotes and moments of internal conflict. His voice rises, falls, speeds and slows with the tension of the story.
The story maintains a current, slowly drawing you then pulling you forcefully through the twists, turns, bumps, and spins of the center of the plot. Characters develop towards the paths they may, and relationships are fleshed out. However, the story loses one star due to the trade of realistic main character decision for plot advancing elements. Though subtle, there is one point that Dresden claims he needs to "have faith," is saved (predictably) by that faith, and turns around and slaps any more faith away by taking a sour deal from which he had been running.
good character development and suspense. always takes my mind off of whatever else I'm doing.
I love to read but never have the time anymore. I found Audible and it has been a wonderful surprise!
I have not read the print, but I know that each have their plus and minuses.
Sue - Cause she's a freaking T-REX and just awesome!
When Harry and Butters are on Sue from the Museum to the wardens
As with every Dresden book I laughed a lot and shook my head. There was the point when Harry was getting tortured that I had to skipped a head because I just... NOPE!
Great, but the first in the series with an error I noticed. Otherwise, well performed and written turning point in the series.
I love this series, but after reading the first four, I switched to Audible. James Martsters is the BEST narrator I have come across. He does all the voices and is great with accents! Dead Beat is a good story within itself, and adds to the continuing complex relationships Harry has in his life. My favorite parts of the book are when he talks to his Dad and Sue. The author has such fun writing the ending to this book, it is hilarious.
Second time through, just as good. Humor is the best counter to evil and sarcasm with a smile will disarm the strongest villain.