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.
I enjoyed the past books narrated by James Marsters and it it took a while to switch gears. But once I got into the story, which is very well written, I was easily able to enjoy it.
John Glover is one of the best narrators that I've listened to.
As many others, I was very disappointed that Marsters didn't read this book, and the fact that they would let a scheduling conflict lead to changing the reader for the 14th (counting Side Jobs) book in a series makes me really question whether or not to start a nes series from the same publisher.
I also agree that the New Jersey sounding voices for some characters seemed a bit odd, and of course not hearing the same voices for all of the characters that had been there throughout the series was annoying, but honestly by the end of the book I was overall pretty happy with the new narrator.
I hope that Marsters comes back for any future books in the series, and I would like to hear a re-recording of this one by him (although I think the chances are very slim), but if he doesn't come back then I hope that they keep the same narrator and at least let us get used to one new person instead of a string of new voices for each book.
I'm sure some of you will prefer to just read this volume for yourselves, but if you're afraid that this audiobook is as unlistenable as all of those 1 star reviews would suggest, take them with a grain of salt. John Glover isn't James Marsters, but he hasn't done much to earn such enmity either.
I gave this book a chance and did not write a review until I heard to whole thing. I now have to go buy the book so I can read it the way James Marsters would have. It would have to be one of the more important stories that this would have to happen to. I really enjoyed the writing but I am having a HARD time getting through the reader. It was a BAD choice. The man is a competent actor but he obviously does not know the story and how ???Dresden??? acts. If the powers to be, chose to use him again instead of James Marsters, I WILL no longer follow the story. Perhaps go so far as to no longer use Audible.com although I will be checking out the new series that James Marsters is doing, simply because he can act out a story with his voice and not minimally read it.
It would have been better (scratching my head) to have waited for James Marsters to be available and put out first-class products then to do this. This is so frustrating to wait for this book, with such a cliffhanger, and to be given such great work in such an unfortunate way. Please, Please, Please is there someone out there with some money that can pay James Marsters to read this story and have them put it out so we can have ???Harry??? back! I am simply appalled.
Although a little different, Glover is another superb narrator of the Dresden Files. Enjoyed the story too. Hope we don't have to wait too long for the next installment.