While I was dissapointed to hear that James Marsters would not be reading the next installment in the Dresden Series, I was quite pleasantly surprised with John Glover's read. As a fan whose listened to all the audio books, Glover doesn't dissapoint. As for the book itself, Butcher once again delivers. While not my favorite book in the series, (CHANGES wins that award for me) the character and plot developments continue to add depth and understanding about Harry's Chicago, and left me satisfied and hungry for the next installment. Don't want to say much else and ruin the book for anyone... but if you are a fan.... you'll love it... and if your not, do yourself a favor, and start reading the series and catch up!!! You won't be dissapointed!
I almost didn't use a credit to get this because of the review about the narrator change, but I had a credit, and didn't happen to have cash to buy the book in another format, and I wasn't willing to wait, so there you have it. I am very glad I bought the audiobook!
I just discovered the Dresden Files this year, and have been enjoying the whole series on audiobook. The change in narrator was disconcerting at first, but after a few chapters I had settled in with the new one pretty well. As far as narrator changes go, this one was a really mild adjustment...nowhere near as bad as some (for example the, "Song of Ice and Fire" and "Altered Carbon" books had much more difficult changes in narrators IMO). I think John Glover did a nice job and that he managed to keep the continuity of the story very well despite being new.
The book itself, in my opinion, was the best yet in the series. There were a number of fresh ideas and different perspectives to enjoy. The emotional value of the book was stronger than previous ones (except, perhaps, for "Changes"), I found my eyes tearing up on a number of occasions. All, of course, with plenty of humor thrown in.
All put together, I had to give four stars instead of five for changing narrators on us. Despite that, as long as you can be mildly tolerant of a narrator who doesn't read exactly like the normal one, then it's definitely worth the credit. The book is fantastic, and fans of the series should love it. Of course, if Penguin Audio wants to produce the book again with James Marsters reading, I'd be thrilled to get a free copy of it from Audible. :-) Heck, I might even buy it.
The story is as riveting as all the other Dresden novels are. The narrator isn't James Marsters, but he still does a marvelous job. We're just used to Harry's voice as being Marsters' is all...
First and foremost this is a captivating saga, one of Jim Butcher's very best. Harry's ghostly presence provides a host of new challenges - he can't muddle through relying on 'fuego' to roast his enemies. He has to depend more than ever on his wits and insight. Butcher uses this situation to creatively expand on his imaginary world and to bring in novel elements. New and refreshing characters are introduced and a few choice characters fleshed out. Further, Ghost Story brings to a satisfying conclusion the story arc that Jim developed over the last few novels, while leaving us hungry for Harry's next set of adventures. This is a vital not-to-be missed component of the Dresden Files. Several reviewers have given the book hideously low scores because of the switch in narrators. Yes, the switch from James Marsters to John Glover as narrator is disappointing, perhaps like missing that long anticipated hot date with Karrin Murphy, but not as devastating as a large caliber rifle round through the chest. Glover reads well – pleasant voice, good emotional expression, excellent pacing. What he doesn’t do particularly well are unique character voicings. Nevertheless, I was hooked from the outset and relished the ride.
Hopelessly addicted to audiobooks!
Reviews of audiobooks often (and justifiably) touch on the quality of both the storytelling and the narration; in this case, I think the Martsers vs. Glover for narrator reviews are bit overboard. Particularly in giving only one or two stars to the book as a whole. If I had paid them much heed, I would have skipped the book altogether. Given that Marsters was unavailable to narrate this book, Glover was an excellent choice in my opinion. His style of narration is somewhat different, but in many places his voice and delivery are so like Jim Marsters, that at times I forgot there was someone different speaking for the characters. It seemed to me that Mr. Glover was particularly adept at mimicking Marsters's inflections and dynamic range for the various characters, giving them a very similar if not perfect "je ne sais quoi" that makes them each the characters we all know and love (or love to hate) as delivered by Marsters.
Personally, I find this far preferable to adapting to a completely new and different interpretation of characters, which often accompanies a change in narrators for a series. That, plus the fact that Dresden is "not exactly himself" makes it all pretty easy for me to swallow. I did take advantage of listening to the "free first chapter" available here on Audible and only needed a short listen before I was certain I wanted to buy the audiobook. Decide for yourself.
That being said, this book is one of my very favorites in the series. It has all the thrills, humor and plot twists along with the layers and layers of meanings and misdirection to love about the Dresden stories. I never get tired of the wonderfully cheesy references to Star Wars, Star Trek or The Princess Bride. Even as Jim Butcher pushes the characters beyond what you think they can possibly withstand, he shows that the more things change, the more they remain the same and that going over the edge can just as easily mean losing it completely as it can mean finding yourself.
I have been a Harry Dresden fan for years and have recently gone back and listened to the preceding books so I could be up to date for this one. While the narrator isn???t the same, unlike others, I feel he did a credible job. No, he isn???t Marsters, but he did do a good job with the story.
I am disappointed by the story itself. I feel this book was one long breast-beating, self-examination soliloquy after another ??? the angst factor is very high. The first half absolutely plodded along but finally did pick up. The supporting characters haven't the depth I???ve come to expect, they feel almost ???throw-away???. Scenes feel disjointed and haven't the flow as in past books. I had the bad guy figured out almost immediately. This review may sound harsh and I don???t mean it???s a bad story. The book is OK - but just OK. I just feel letdown as this is not the superior level of writing I???ve always enjoyed with the Dresden series.
Yes, I loved Marsters as Harry Dresden.
Yes, I'm upset that there is a change in narrators.
But DON'T MISS THIS AUDIO BOOK because of that. I'm at Chapter 3 and Glover is doing a wonderful job. If we'd never had Marsters we'd be singing Glover's praises. Really.
And I love Butcher's version of the AFTERLIFE. So will you. If you don't run off and pout about the change in narrators.
GREAT LISTEN so far. . .
I think the book is great--the set peice with the Star Trek theme is hilarious (you've got to make it to the 3rd part); a worthy addition to the series. As some other reviewers have noted, Marsters wasn't always that great (what was the director thinking with that first book?)--Marsters and Butcher's series sort of grew up together. If you simply take Glover's reading at face value, without the comparisons, you may find, like I did, that he did a great job.
I too would have wanted to have James Marsters as the Narrator, however as we all know it is not a perfect world. I don’t think I could have waited another minute for “Ghost Story” to come out.
John Glover does an admirable job dealing with an audio book that has such a history with the same Narrator. Think of it this way, the “Harry” in this book is not Harry from the previous books; it is his shade, his ghost, just asks Mortimer Lindquist. With that being said I loved the book. It was very well written and oddly enough the ending left me feeling elated and somewhat complete and willing to wait patiently for a possible next installment of the story.
Thumbs up to both Glover and especially Butcher.
I don't see what all the negative fuss is about. John Glover is an excellent narrator and storyteller and I think he does a great job telling Ghost Story. I've listened to all 12 Dresden books numerous times and love James Marsters performance. John Glover may not be James Marsters, be he IS an excellent narrator. I'd hate to see fans of the series turn away from the audiobook version just because there is a new narrator.
And look at it this way, John had some BIG shoes to fill going into this, and it appears that he did his homework in preparing to read Ghost Story. It's a very good story read by a very good storyteller.