Great story overall (my favorite in the series) & there are so many little things that are seeded throughout the story that blossom into great moments down the line.
I love this series, and this book is definitely one of the best. James Marsters is perfect in his narration, as well.
lesser of evils
Never mind that The Dresden Files are spectacularly entertaining. Never mind that the characters and plots are masterful. Add to all that James Marsters' performance: Best audio books ever!
Not until I get the entire series completed. Then I am sure I will want to listen to them all again.
I am not sure I could single out one scene..
How many home runs in a row can Jim Butcher hit? I am just now through book 7 and have enjoyed the entire series thus far. I just keep waiting for that letdown but it never comes, each story is as good if not better than the last.
If James Marsters quits reading the series, I think I will have to give up audio books...he has become one with this series - fabulous job!
Was a great book. I just finished it and I am already down loading the next. Can't wait to start.
The part with the dinosaur.
Jim Butcher does a wonderful job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, and at the same time making you laugh. He has a wonderful way of letting you visualize the moment, and James Marsters does Harry Dresden like no one else.
The world and secondary characters keep me reading this series, and each book gets a little better, but over time, many things are wearing on me.
My biggest problem is the way Dresden stops everything in the middle of a fight to explain a bunch of stuff, some already previously explained, some already crystal clear in context, none of it necessary right that moment. Some of the explaining is necessary, but do the people trying to kill him really just freeze so he can stop and lecture the audience about what's about to happen or how it can? Kills the tension, breaks the believability bubble, and takes me out of the story every time. I look at my Kindle and ask who cares. If it were a book, instead of audio, I'd just flip forward to get back to the story. Huge chunks of this story can be skipped and that's a lot of fluff.
It's one of the poorest executions of first person narrative I've encountered. First person is as close as a narrative can be, yet he manages to distance it at every startling or crucial moment by showing himself blink instead of how he feels or how the info changes the game for him. It's the author's point of view, not the character's. Intrusive and jarring. Why does it matter that he blinked? Why is he so aware of his own every blink? What does it mean? So many exterior shots of himself lend a narcissistic quality to Dresden's character that I doubt Butcher intends him to have.
I'm still put off by his misogyny. That he needs to stop the action to justify it only makes it worse. He does at least seem to be trying to let the capable women be capable, but again, it's counterweighted by his need to stop and explain.
Everything is 'scratched AT', 'rubbed AT', etc. Rarely is it an occasion where the actions was intended but stopped before it could happen. He scratches AT Mouse's ears all the time. I bet that poor puppy wishes he'd actually pet him just once. Don't know why rubbing at his eyes a gazillion times matters enough to mention if he doesn't actually rub his eyes. Or why he's so focused on his own stage direction when there's so much going on around him.
The narration has improved greatly over the series, and I thoroughly enjoy the life he breathes into the characters.