i think the readers who are flipping out about the new narrator for this installment of the dresden files are overreacting. yes, john glover is different than james marsters, but both men bring great talent to the task of voicing the inner monologue of our beloved "wizard for hire." glover's voice does sound a bit too old for my mental image of harry, but i've heard marsters' voice for so many other characters (e.g., spike, capt. john hart, brainiac), that i've never been able to completely embrace his voice as harry's either. i'm fine with the publisher using different narrators as long as they get voice actors of quality, and i think they have done this with both glover and marsters.
aside from the narrator issue, i think jim butcher has crafted another winner for this series. the previous installment, changes, seemed to take harry a bit off his regular track, but this book brings him back to his familiar role as an old school street detective, solving interesting criminal puzzles while trying to abide by an ever more elaborate set of magical rules and restrictions. long standing fans of this author who are in it for the story -- and the various campy sci fi and fantasy references -- should be able to adjust quickly to the change in reader and enjoy another wild trip through the dresden files.
John Glover does a good Job but I did miss James Marsters. I may have to double dip and listen to the recording with him whenever it comes out. The story felt more like an interlude but there's some resolution. Overall the listen is enjoyable.
The book is as good as any in the series (writing and narration). While I was scared at first that there was a new narrator this fear proved to be unfounded. John Glover does an excellent job. Please take any poor reviews about this book with a grain of salt, people always react poorly to change. I quite enjoyed it, I expect most people who like this series will as well.
Bad decision to go ahead with a different narrator.
Don't know that I will purchase anymore of the audiobooks unless they bring back Marsters.
As a matter of fact, why don't you just redo the whole thing, use Marsters, and make us - the customer - happy?
I'm sadly disappointed with John Glover as the narrator. Not that he's bad at it, he's actually pretty good, but when you've had one narrator as the voice of Harry Dresden for 12 other books, suddenly having a new voice for the character is makes it a little difficult to concentrate on the story line. Penguin should have done whatever was necessary to get James Marsters for this version. Very disappointing.
This series is wonderful. This is just one more in a long line of seriously wonderful books. I didn't like the new narrator nearly as much as the last one. Sometime Harry sounded more like what Butters seems to sound like. On that note, Butters was perfect. If you like the series so far and can work with a good but different narrator then you'll love this book.
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I found Ghost Story to be an excellent addition to the Dresden mythology. It filled out the characters, tied up loose ends all the while sustaining a plot that keeps you interested until the end. I found John Glover to be a fine narrator and not detracting any of my enjoyment from the writing. If you have read all the other Dresden books then this one is a must read for you.
I bought this the first day it was released and listened to it before anyone had written reviews. Thought it was a great way to pass the drive to and from work. Didn't have any issues with the new narrator, he was of course different, but very good in his own right. Perhaps it helped that I had listened to a few series inbetween books 12 and 13, and watched the TV Dresden series? Anyway, give it a try and make up your own mind. Sure, different sound, but good story and it's still a Dresden book.
I love Harry Dresden and was afraid he was gone forever. After so many books in the series, this was a new twist, a more ironically "human" and philosophical version of Harry. All our questions are answered, even some we didn't think to ask, with thrills mixed with good humor and the on-going fight between good and evil. Harry is no saint, but he is one of the good guys whose greatest gift is recognizing and protecting other good guys. Dead or alive, Harry's legacy will go on. This book was gratifying and fullfilled my expectations. I highly recommend it.