Ok, so at first I was skeptical too. until I remembered who John Glover was. Yes the voice it different, yes his tone & inflection's are different.
Look at it this way, he is dead, so don't you think that might make things sound just a shade off true.
Also you have to look at what the book does for the rest of the supporting cast. With Harry out of the way, it gives massive character growth which couldn't have happened if he was still around. And be joyed that in JB's own word's. " Now the fun stuff begins".( or something like that)
There are plenty of reviews of this story at this point, so I don't think covering the fundamentals of the story is of much use to a savvy audiobook connoisseur such as yourself. You want to know if you should blow a credit or drop some green on this audiobook.
Did you like the previous 12 Dresden books?
Did you like Lionel Luthor when he became benevolent?
Do you want the opportunity to write your own review on Audible so you can bash John Glover and/or kiss up to JB?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you should indeed blow a credit or drop some green on this audiobook.
If you want a feel good about this decision, I would suggest skipping the first 3 weeks of reviews on this audiobook (starting on July 26). Those reviews were pretty well split between the Marsters fan-boys who were bashing Glover primarily because he is not Marsters, and the Butcher fan-boys who were kissing up to JB in hopes of securing an invitation to the Butcher compound in scenic Missouri. They are pretty much only a flame war and devoid of useful content.
Reviews after that will be of more use to you.
This is an audiobook, so both content AND narration are important. A good narrator with a bad book can only do so much. A bad narrator with a good book can commit innumerable literary atrocities.
This is a good story with good narrator.
Is Glover a Marsters impersonator? No.
Does his take on the Dresden universe make you want to claw out your eyes and fill your ears with hot glue? No.
Glover does an excellent job of narrating the story. The continuity of character presentation is broken, and that sucks, but I think you'll survive. I don't really have the time to read at home any more, so I rely on audiobooks during the daily commute, and I don't regret buying this one.
JB ties up a number of loose ends in this book and Glover brings it to you in a different, but not unpleasant way.
If this is the first book of the series you are reading (something I find very unlikely), then you will love it. You wont be jonesin' for Marsters.
If you have listened to the last 12 books, you'll muddle through. Plus, you always have the option of going old school and cracking open the book...
I am not sure where those of you who criticize the narrator are coming from. Sure, he's a little different, but his performance is excellent. The book and story also are oustanding. I delayed listening to this title for several weeks due to the negative reviews. I regret my decision. I found this book to be the best of the series so far. Butcher's writing and approach to Dresden has deepened throughout the series. This installment takes the expansion of the Dresden character to an entirely new level. Excellent work, I look forward to the next book.
I will admit that I was incredibly bitter that James Marsters was not narrating this 13th installment of The Dresden Files.
I listened to the first free chapter and decided, no way!
I held off buying it for a couple of months but finally gave in. The story sets the path to what is coming up for Harry Dresden and has me counting the months until book 14 is on the shelves.
Even though I adore John Glover as an actor, I grumbled through a few chapters as I listened. Glover's performance is top notch. His accents are flawless and he creates distinctive character voices but he just doesn't have that hard boiled, world weary sarcasm that James Marsters has honed perfectly through reading the first twelve books.
If you can put your bias for the change in narrator aside, this is still Harry Dresden read by a talent actor.
Rev. D. B. Johnson, MDiv.
Where is Masters. Why would you do this to us die hard fans of Harry. You cannot change his voice without changing his character. You've ruined it for me! You've taken one of JB's best efforts and made it sound like an amateur's work.
I never regarded James Marsters as a remarkable narrator, but he had become the voice of Dresden and defined the supporting characters. This narrator is much too old to pull off Dresden's wise-cracking, and the supporting characters are all misinterpreted (or at least different from what I've become accustomed to over 12 previous books).
The story is just okay. Way too many flashbacks and asides in the midst of action, which is Butcher's worst indulgence. It's like time dilation -- action that takes one minute for a character could take half an hour to read. I hope the series finds some brevity.
Excellent book, I was worried where the story was going to turn after the epic events of Changes but he really brought it through and in such a different manner from the past.
The book was great. Excellent chapter to the overall series. But having John Glover read it just isn't the same. After 12 books, James Marsters IS Harry Dresden. It's not really fair to Glover having him step in like this. It's like following Led Zeppelin on stage.