Ok I am still listening. I am on part 2. I read the other reviews about the narrator and was going to avoid getting it on Audible. But I had to get it now. I have waited so long for this. The narrator, John Glover, is not that bad. He is a good substitute for James Marster. I am glad that Penguin Audio did not make the same mistake that Kim Harrison's company did when a narrator change was made deep in a series. That was horrible. This is not. Plus they did a good job in preparing you with the change. Harrison's group did not. John seems like he had listened to previous recordings and attempted to keep the voice the same. Unlike Kim Harrison's group. The One time narrator in that series did not even try. So with my experience, to listen to John is very doable. He even gets one of my favorite characters voice right. I still love James though. Can't wait for the next book with James back on.The book so far is excellent and exciting.
Okay, I also really miss James Marsters as the narrator for this book. I hope they bring him back for the next book. However, I find John Glover to be a very good reader. He's a good substitute. These crazy negative reviews are just too much. I've heard some very bad readers that ruined other books for me, and this is not the case here. I was able to very much enjoy the story. Harry is back to being relatively powerless, having to struggle, and it makes the story more interesting. Only about halfway through at this point, but I'm completely engrossed. No annoying kids so far, all the standard characters are back in form.
It is a great story, thanks Jim! John Glover is a wonderful reader. Different yes, but still a good choice.
Of course I would preferred James Marsters as the Dresden Files narrator. Hey, in a way he IS Harry! ......but John Glover effort is appreciated. I am of course hoping that James Marsters will be able to continue his great job for the next books.
You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
Okay, so I agree that I would prefer the continuity of Marsters. *However* how many of you have been listening to this series from the beginning? Marsters *sucked* (pun intended) the first three books and was only marginally better for books 4 & 5. I plowed through those first books, cringing at every bad pronunciation and awkward break, wondering if there actually *were* editors involved in the process. True, by 12 he could actually pronounce every word properly, the story moved smoothly and Marsters had become a distinctive "voice" for Harry. Thing is, I stuck through it all not for Marsters, but because I love the writing. If you want to get all cranky about a new reader, while you're at it, demand that Penguin have Marsters re-read the first five books!
There are some truly bad narrators out there, and John Glover doesn't even begin to rank among those. He's a solid reader, with excellent character differentiation in accent and tone.
The book itself is a little wobbly at the start, but still satisfying in true Dresden style.
Now that I have listened to most of this, I would just like to say that it is not nearly as bad as so many of you are making it sound. Yes this is a new narrator. No, this is not Harry's voice as we have come to know him. What we have is John Glover telling us Harry's story, and doing a fantastic job of it. The characters are voiced very well, and his cadence is easy to listen to. I am of course hoping that James Marsters will be able to continue his fantastic story telling for the next books. However, I think this is a perfectly acceptable interlude in the series, especially for a book that is set outside reality anyway.
Also, the story is amazing!
You've got to figure that it would be intimidating. Yes, twelve books into the series. Yes, James Marsters has a multi-series 15+ years cult-like fan base following him. Yes, he is absolutely the voice of Harry Dresden...and he was absolutely unavailable. Meanwhile, the book publishing business is a BUSINESS, and businesses generally like to make money, so they can pay their bills, so they can make more money, so they can pay....you get the idea.
So, you've got to figure, it would be intimidating to be tapped as the guy to be Mr. Marsters's substitute. I wouldn't want to be in charge of THAT classroom. Would you?
So thank you, John Glover. Thank you for your courage, your grace, your voice. Thank you for your style, your creativity, your imagination. Thank you for doing a simply AMAZING job of stepping in at so late a date, and giving 100% to embodying the flavor, tone, and timbre of a series already so well established. You read it cold, and you made it sound like you've been doing it for years. Do you sound like James Marsters being Harry Dresden? No. You sound like John Glover being Harry Dresden, and there is nothing wrong with that.
I dare anyone who has listened to this series faithfully to go back and relisten to Storm Front. How perfectly fluid and knowledge of the characters did James really sound back then. Could we all agree that he's gotten better with each new book?
John Glover. Congratulations. Well done. Brilliant work. You have kept Jim Butcher's amazing series alive and breathing. You did it your way, and it was awesome.
So, THANK YOU.
I was spoiled by Marsters also but I don't mind the new narrator. I see many of the other reviews have been negative due to the new narrator but he does fine. I also prefer the original but conflicts do occur and cannot be helped. The writting is great. We all waited for a wonderful book and here it is, get over the new narrator and enjoy it! It is wonderful. Thank you Jim Butcher!
After reading all the negative reviews for this audiobook i grew concerned. While i much enjoyed Marster's readings of the last 13 'Dresden Files' novels (...and i hope they can get the schedule straight for the next novel). Still, i have to give Glover credit for his telling of Ghost Story.
When they released the first chapter, i was underwhelmed to say the least. It was hard to get into the spirit of things, so to speak. Now that i have listened to the whole product, i can safely say Glover got the hang of things really quickly, growing into the characters and finding a voice for the otherworldly part of the Dresden universe.
For those on the fence regarding this reading i would recommend it. This is the one book in the series where the premise has changed and the main character is seeing his universe from a whole new light. If they had to change out an voice actor for one book in the series, i'm glad they picked Glover and i'm equally glad it was for this book.
It's already apparent that my boycott of the audio version of this book will have no affect so I'm buying a copy because my wife only listens and doesn't read for pleasure and I want to discuss this book with her. It's already a best seller on audible so my vote and those of many other will go unnoticed. I guess that demonstrates the strength of the story and the appeal to many listeners. It also demonstrates how James Marsters made Dresden real to so many listeners.
I hope that my comment and the comments of so many others draw the attention to the decision makers. Mr. Butcher please don't ignore the fan base that made you wealthy. Demonstrate the strength of you writing and bring back the voice of Harry, and insist that James is the Narrator moving forward. I'm two hundred pages into the book and the story deserve a five star rating however, the audible version is a complete disappointment
Ok,ok, ok...yeah, I prefer Mr Marsters as well, but Mr Glover does just fine. I've always enjoyed his appearances in various tv shows; perhaps it helps my acceptance. I haven't listened to any Dresden books since Changes, over a year ago, that helps. (I enjoyed the TV show as well...so mavbe rabid fans are shaking heads about that too) I haven't finished yet, but wanted to offer my opinion about the STORY...its great!