Damn...really wish I had read the reviews before I blindly purchased. I'm 30 min into it and so far the story seems pretty good. The problem is that having John read it changes the whole "feel" of the Dresden series.
No, no, no, no, no! Mr Glover sounds more like Kasey Kasem instead of Harry Dresden. Please do whatever it takes to get Mr Marsters to pick up the narration. If this continues, I would most likely go back to reading the book instead of listening.
Mr Glover is talented and excellent in his other roles, but this is not one of them.
I first read the ebook, and loved it. I have listened to all of the audio books, and was looking forward to hearing James Marsters for Ghost Story. I was greatly disappointed with the new narration. Nothing against the new guy, but after 12 books, you look forward to hearing the voices a certain way. Honestly, I will not purchase future audio books in this series if they are not narrated by Marsters. I'll even go so far as to say that they should have this one re-recorded. So I rated the book on the narration, and not the content (which would have garnered 5 stars)
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
The story was, as always, excellent. A really moving addition to the series.
I was definitely missing James Marsters as the narrator though, after 13 other books (including Side Jobs, which included a story set right before Ghost Story) James, to me, really WAS Harry Dresden. I'm really hoping he will be back for the next installation in the series.
I read the reviews and wanted to give the new narrator a chance. I have to admit I was very disappointed. The voices of the female characters were odd to say the least, and Dresden was not as “witty” as in the voice of the narrator for the earlier books. Such a shame!!! The book however was great and I would recommend reading this one verses listening to it. (But listen to all the others, they rock!!).
Are you kidding me?! If you needed to wait for James Marsters, then do so! Whoever made this decision is in the wrong line of work. And Jim Butcher shouldn't have allowed it to happen! If I could have given a -star for performance, I would have. John Glover may be a fine narrator but he is NOT the voice of Harry Dresden! I feel like I've totally wasted my hard earned money & I'd ask for a refund if that was possible.
I would never have purchased this book if I had read the reviews first & realized that a different narrator had been hired. I was so excited about book #13 and I never, ever thought about there being a change. Anyone should have know it wouldn't work.
I'm sure the main reason was money.....well, guess again! It's going to backfire on you!
I LOVE the Dresden Files & listen to them over & over. Even my daughter has started listening to them & called me from Florida to tell me how much she likes them. The voice of James Marsters was & IS Harry Dresden. His voice reminds me of the actor who did the tv series, Paul Blackthorne.
I hope these reviews are read by the powers that be. And also by prospective buyers. If you've been following this series....you're going to be disappointed.
PLEASE republish with James Marsters! I will re-buy it & so will the rest of the Jim Butcher fans, I'm sure.
But for future notice, I will NEVER buy another Dresden Files audio book unless it's read by James Marsters.
After 12 books, using a different narrator just totally ruined the book for me. I'm extremely disappointed.
The story was great. The big difference if John had a hard time with the different voices. He would slip from the one into another than back. Several of the characters had the same voices it was so confusing. I truly gave him a chance, but it was not good in the end. Please go back to Jim I would have waited another month for him to free up his schedule if need be.
I came late to the series, so I binged and listened to all 13 books in order. I loved how James Marsters was able to differentiate between the characters so much that I could tell which was speaking based on his inflection. The first-person narrative created a sense that I was actually listening to the character, not just to the narrator. Oh, why did Penguin Audio have to so jarringly change narrators? I agree with other reviewers- whatever scheduling conflict there was should have been worked out. If it meant waiting a while for the audiobook to be released, I would wait. If they re-release the book narrated by James Marsters, I would buy it again, just to hear "Harry" again. I had difficulty telling the difference between characters, and some of them have new accents. When did Father Forthill turn into Father Flanagan?
This book has a different feel than the others, which isn't a bad thing, but with the combination the change in flavor of the book and the change of narrator, I was disappointed. If James Marsters will narrate the remaining Dresden Files, I will gladly give him a portion of my paycheck in perpetuity.
I love Jim Butcher's books, and I love James Marsters' portrayal of Harry Dresden. I also think Glover is an actor with a lot of range and versatility and I enjoy his performances. He was not, however, a wise choice for narration of this book. I felt like some of his reading was off the mark and that he did not have a good grasp of the characters. Not knowing the back story on how these things are produced, I am disappointed that the publishers did not delay recording the audio until Mr. Marsters was available. If this book got re-recorded with Marsters, I would buy it again!
For 12 books I've listened to James Marsters and now another reader is trying to read Dresden. I am so disappointed. He might be a good narrator otherwise but he's no Marsters. Can you guys please redo this one?