As many have already stated, this is not narrated by James Marsters. John Glover does an excellent job and really seems to get into the characters as the story unfolds. With that said, I would still be interested in getting James Marsters to narrate this story as well and I would gladly purchase it. The story was interesting and any differences from previous Dresden books I believe comes from the fact that in this one Harry is dead so he is in a totally different world. He can't be the same old Harry we know and love, but as the story progresses we start to see glimpses of him as he gets used to the new world he is a part of now. All in all, I thought it was an excellent story and I can't wait for the next book.
I have listened to every book because Marsters did such a great job with characters. Dresden and each of the characters came to life for me. I found this book hard to get into. I couldn't get the flow of the story because the reader was bland, and didn't give enough definition to the different characters. A far inferior reading. I would have waited to get the book that would have kept me on edge. When a book is being read to you it is not just about the quality of the book but how the reader can bring the characters to life! This was a very poor decision to go with another reader!
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I too at first was disappointed to hear there was a change in narration, but that didn't last past the first chapter. I thought the new narrator did a great job and I would honestly be fine with either narrator finising the series...both did a superb job. Don't pay attention to all the people complaining about the switch, most of them admit they didn't finish listening to it.
The book was another great addition to the Dresden series. If you liked the previous books then don't hesitate to get this one, and don't wait to see if they will have the other guy narrate it later or resort to reading it if you normally listen to it. I promise you that its a great production. My only complaint is that after waiting for a year or so for the book to come out that I am now back to waiting on the next one...and this one just came out. Bummer!!
First, and quickly, about the new narrator. Like everyone, I was shocked when there was a change. However, I found the narration to be well done. The major difference is that the old Harry was kind of sad while the newer one seems more confused. Considering he has just died in this book, I think it works well.
I lucked into the Dresden Files by mistake. Now, I calendar the release date for each new installment. "Ghost Story" carries on the excellent story telling of Jim Butcher.
As odd as it sounds, with Harry being dead, this book is a little less dark than some of the recent ones. We discover, as does Harry, how the other side sees our world. And it is, at times, funny in a way that only the Dresden Files can do "funny as dead". The characters are the same but there is a shift in who takes the lead with Butters and Molly (and a couple of new ones) having significant roles.
I don't do synopsis of a book because you can get that anywhere and because I don't like spoilers.
As a ghost, Harry has to contend with not being able to be seen or heard, an inability to touch or be touch, and the usual evil-ness that seems to inhabit the areas near him. Because the characters have changed, even in the 6-month-book-world of "Ghost Story", the series MUST be read in order to get full enjoyment.
And, as always, Butcher ends with a cliffhanger, not a cheesy old Saturday serial one, but one that lets him segue into the next book.
There is so much that can be said about the Dresden Files, but only one thing matters. You need to read them.
I have heard some bad narrators, the one who chewed gum to keep her mouth moist, in an early J.A. Jance book, is a case in point. However, John Glover is not one of them. I have listened to all of the Harry Dresden books and although James Marsters has pretty much defined Harry, Mr. Glover did a fine job on this book. I have no complaints about his narration. This is simply a very engaging, well written book, a worthy addition to the series.
I thought I would hate this audiobook, John Glover has a different voice than James Marsters; Fortunately Jim Butcher writes good book. Before I knew it was I was lost in the story and I loved it even the end. I think the inconsolable will remain that way, James Marsters was very good but it even took him some time to get the Harry Dresden voice we love. Listen to the first recordings of the series, really listen. If James comes back now that Harry is alive again great and if John is the voice of Harry evermore that is great too. It is all about the story.
This book was possibly one of the best of this series. And no matter what other people say, John Glover did a wonderful job narrating it. There are minor differences from when James Marsters narrates, but different doesn't mean it's bad. Great job all.
Well like many, I waited with anticipation for this installment to finally come out and was disappointed by the narration. I bought the audio book as soon as it appeared without even reading the reviews (no spoilers) and ignored the narrator was not Marsters. Ouch, bad surprise! The absolute worst part was that Glover's reading made both Harry and Murphy sound querulous and whiny, because their declarations often ended in an higher tone (like a question). Limited differential of character voices and new york accents were also distracting. About the story itself - Flashbacks seem to link in many short stories nicely, but the length of some episodes slow down the plot considerably. 3 starts because it's still a Dresden file novel, but I won't be so nice the next time. Whatever the issue with Marsters - make it work!
I would like to express that I miss the old narrator, and that James Marsters did an excellent job. When I first started hearing John Glover tell the story, it was very noticeable. But by the end of the book, when you are captivated by the story, the narration is good. Some of the range of accents and character voices are more limited than Marster's performances.
They story did seem to move a bit slower than previous books, but I can't wait for book 14!
Narrator John Glover did an excellent job with this book. I found him to be a pleasure to listen to. I wasn't sure if anyone other than James Marsters would be up to the task but, with him unavailable, the producers did an excellent job finding a substitute. The story was also engaging, if not as dramatic as the previous story. I enjoy seeing how the Dresden Files characters grow and develop from book to book.