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.
Butcher gets better with each story, and leaves one wanting the next installment as soon as the book ends. I was a bit disappointed in the narration. John Glover did great, but he just isn't Harry.... or many of the other characters. It may be different if he had been "Harry" from the beginning. Definitely still worth the listen, though I hope Marsters is available for the next story.
As for the story itself, it's not Butcher's best. I generally find the Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Star Wars references hilarious but they were a bit overdone in this installment. I also continually found myself frustrated by all the limitations the protagonist had by virtue of his being a spirit. I missed mouse, the lab, the blue beetle...McAnally's...all the things that made Harry, Harry. Nevertheless, playing the game from the other side of the fence was still an inventive idea and the story had a refreshingly clever ending.
With regards to the audio itself, Glover did a good job. He has a pleasant sonorous voice that is easy to listen to. Did he pickup on all the subtle inflections and nuances we've seen Marsters develeop over the last 12 books? No. Were the voices quite as good? No. Nevertheless, I found him easy to listen too and enjoyable. While I do hope Marsters returns for the next book, they could have done a WHOLE heck of a lot worse than John Glover.
As usual, once started, it was difficult to put down the earbuds... I was a bit worried about the change of reader as James Marsters has given a close-to-perfect performance of books 1 to 12, but John Glover has followed with his own near-perfect reading of book #13! Great writing, great reading, great listening! I hope there will be a book 14 next year?
The story is excellent, however the narrator missed the mark by not defining the known characters by no change in voice - it was difficult at times to discern what character was speaking. The important thing to remember is that the author has written another Dresden book that provides another captivating story. I enjoyed the story but would re-purchase if James Marsters was to do the narration.
I have to agree with all of the folks who are upset with not having Marsters reading. If I could get my credit back, I would. It was bad enough that they didn't wait for Marsters, but they changed narrators on a longer than usual book, so you had to persevere through more mediocre narration to just get through the story.
The story itself was a good un-hang of the previous cliff. What happens to the supernatural power struggle when the red vamp place setting is removed from the table?
Can you beat the Fey Winter Queen at her own game? Who do you call when you need a Ghost-Whisperer?
However, I take a star off the book because it gets bogged down in Harry's self-pitying introspection and remembrances. It could use a bit of editing there and in a battle scene.
Bottom Line- I'll keep reading Butcher's Dresden series, but I'm not bothering with the rest of the audiobook series unless they get Marsters back.
The book was worth the wait. I had to get used to the new voice of Dresden and the others but that was the only downside.... now I have to wait for the next book to find out what happens next...... curses!
Hes back baby! Harry can't even die without people messing with him. Harry's needs to solve his murder and save his friends. A great follow up to changes. If you have read changes but not aftermath from side jobs make sure to read it first. The New reader just can't do the level of SNARK we have come to love but a good book.
I realize there were a lot of poor reviews for this book because it was not read my James Marsters. I will admit, I was thrilled that James Marsters did the other Dresden books, he is an amazing narrator and it very entertaining, and at this point if a movie is made I'd want to see him as Harry (and Curtis Armstrong, the guy that played Booger in Revenge of the Nerds, as Butters).
I will admit, it was different, and in fact the whole book was different because Harry was walking around sans body, so another voice in a way kind of kicked that in a bit more. As much as I enjoy the work of James Marsters, I listen to these for the book itself, and that book is written by Jim Butcher. This is still a Jim Butcher novel, and though it is not James Marsters reading it, after listening to the book in it's entirety, I can say without any reservations that John Glover did a wonderful job. I would wholeheartedly recommend this audiobook because it was fantastically entertaining!