Yes I know that it sucks that James Marsters isn't reading Ghost Story, after thirteen books, counting the short story collection Side Jobs, it is definitively a disappointment that Marsters was unable to find time in his schedule to read this Novel. But it's not like they pulled some schmuck off the street they got John freaking Glover. Lionel Luther from Smallville, and countless other film and television credits. Despite my apprehension to a new reader, and no matter who they found no one would live up to the attachment all of us have to Marsters, Glover is actually quite good, yes the voices he uses are different, but he is a very good voice actor and he still brings the story alive, all be it in a different way. Give it a chance, Glover is a talented and experienced audiobook reader, and if you just give it a chance you will enjoy it. I still miss Marsters, but only because no matter how good Glover is Marsters is still Dresden, I can't even watch old Buffy episodes with out thinking that, but that's no reason to pass up the audiobook of Ghost Story just because of that detail. Marsters more than likely will be back for book 14, I don't think its unrealistic to deal with this one story without him. Glover is not emotionless, he is not monotone, he is a wonderful reader, and this is an amazing story. Don't hate it just because Marsters didn't care enough to read it. Give it an honest shot and you WILL like it.
I finished listening to Ghost Story in one marathon session. Butcher has again provided an intricately woven, entertaining and satisfying story that fits neatly into the Harry Dresden universe. Nothing out of place, nothing contrived. No deus ex machina either, which I think some of us feared. Just as book twelve left me waiting for this book, so am I already anticipating books 14, 15, 16 and beyond because the story of Harry Dresden is far from over and is not growing stale.
I do want to caution those who are approaching this series for the first time. If you start here, you are not only missing out on the depth of the universe, but the ending might seem contrived. Seen with the background of the universe established over twelve previous books and a pile of short stories, the ending is anything but contrived and is completely consistent with what has gone before. Butcher does well with back story, but there is just too much ground to cover to provide an adequate backstory for the events in this book. I read and listen (over and over again) to the Harry Dresden books to walk around in the world that Butcher has imagined. Start at the beginning. It???s worth the time.
I was very pleased with the narrator. I did notice that John Glover is not James Marsters. It???s probably a good thing that they have different names so you don???t get confused. The upset over the change in narrators is ironic considering that an over-arching theme of the Dresden books is the changing nature of the world and the need for us to roll with those changes and adapt. As Harry might say, ???You deal with the way things are, Padawan, not the way you would have them.??? As I note above, I read these books to walk around in the universe Butcher has created, not to listen to any one narrator???s interpretation. I appreciate Marsters??? performance and, after twelve previous books, probably would choose it over Glover???s. Nevertheless, Glover is very talented and offers a superb narration.
Another great story by Jim. Good ole Harry having another twisting adventure in to the unknown. But, having Glover read this was was not the best. James Marsters knew how to really make the book come alive over the 12 he had already done. The individuals seem somewhat blurred together and in some cases, Bob the Skull for example, have lost their identity all together because of the new reader.
Most books don't get to have the same reader all the way through and in most cases it doesn't hurt the story. But in the case where we have a long term reader making the change to Glover was not awesome.
Great work again Jim. Keep them coming!!! I can't wait for the next one!!!
I've read the entire series, and feel that this was the weakest by far. I'd go so far as to say that I really didn't enjoy it. Harry goes on, and on, and on with internal monologue that seems to be trying to be deep and profound but really isn't. And the two "surprises" of the plot are things that you can see coming from a mile away.
Ok... So I too am feeling the pain and an image of Marsters on a milk carton keeps coming mind, but this really is an awesome book... I started reading/listening to the Dresden series late and actually had the honor of listening to books 1-12 straight through, and was of course DYING to find out what happens next.. GHOST STORY did not disappoint.. I was cheering the last several chapters..
That said, if this was a rating/review for just the book, it would have 5 stars, NO QUESTION.. However, since this is for the audiobook, I just can't give it that much praise.. Marsters IS Dresden in my head, and his narration matches Dresden's soul like few narrators can.. This is no offense to John Glover either.. I would feel the same if anyone else had read it too..
So, all in all, GREAT BOOK.. I was able to get past the narration change and began not to notice too much around halfway in, but there was DEFINITELY something missing and I feel a bit robbed of the experience because of it..
IF the change by Penguin was in fact so they wouldn't lose money with another delay, then some advice.. "hardcore fans don't care about delays ultimately if they get the experience they expect in the end".. If money was the force driving the decision, it probably failed... Simply reschedule with Marsters and let him read it (unless it really just wasn't a scheduling problem)
and I'd bet everyone will forgive you.. The fans that keep your lights on REALLY want a redo..
Hey, we all make mistakes.. :-). But Hells Bells, this was a doozy..
I will admit that having a change in voices can take a bit of getting used to, however if James were to never do another book, John Glover is a great replacement. I truly enjoyed this addition and after a couple hours I had to admit that the change wasn't too noticable. So to everyone complaining about the change GET OVER IT!
I was worried about Masterson not narrating this book. John does a great job! Like all other books in this series Jim Butcher introduces another realm of the magical world, like werewolves, vampires and shape shift's for example, This is a ghost realm and remember he is a detective not just some jedi wizard all the time. One way I look at John Glovers performance is Harry is getting old and wiser and John's voice reflex that. He does the other characters just as good as Master's. I think it is a win/win having a different narrator with great acting chops to change it up a bit. Or we could get a speaker box from Burger King to narrate it. Get the book enjoy diversity and a good Jim Butcher story.
Great story! New reader (not Marstens) takes a little getting used to if you've been an audio fan of this series. Harry is even more of a wise a$$ as a ghost! I don't want to spoil anything, but I do hope there are more stories in the future! Molly, Karen, Butters...they make a great (corporeal) team!
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
Ghost Story is a great Harry Dresden book but the change in narrator after 12 books is very distracting! Marsters narration is comparable with Kate Reeding & Michael Kramer so John Glover (the new narrator) has big shoes to fill. He is a good narrator but he is NOT Marsters. I know what Harry Dresden sounds like; I know the inflections in his voice when he talks to Mouse or when he is mad at Murphy. Marsters has added another dimension to the books that can't be replaced by another narrator. Completely changing narrators after so many years doesn't make any sense. Whether due to a scheduling conflict or if it was a $ disagreement it is apparent that Jim Butcher did not have his readers' interest at heart!
While he doesn't bring the same spin on Harry as James Marsters, John Glover does an excellent job. I really can't understand why everyone has the attitude that no one can do a credible job with this series except James. While everyone is complaining about how bad the narrator is or that this seems to feel like a filler novel i am grateful for another addition to the Dresden files Dossier and look forward to the next entry. Truthfully when i read it or listen to the audiobooks for this series i see and hear Paul Blackthorne as Harry since i saw the show before i read the books. A big thanks to Jim for yet another great book.