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.
In some places redundant and a bit of a shock that John Glover did the narration but he did a good job.
One of the reasons I have enjoyed this series so much is how Dresden's mind works. He has this ability to have nurturing reason for being stubborn. Reason two, how he grows and does not grow when challenged by new concepts. Just like real people. One of the hardest lessons to lean is How to let go.
I was initially unhappy to find out about the new narrator for this series, but after listening to the book I don't thing the change in narrator detracted from my enjoyment of the book. It was a bit jarring for the first 15 minutes or so, but the difference quickly becomes immaterial. Glover is a good narrator with his own strengths, and easily on par with Marsters for ability.
As for the book itself, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't my absolute favorite in the series. Much like the last novel, it tends to drift across the fine angst line into emo at times. Also some of the plot reveals were a bit too predictable. That said, while it's not timeless literature, it was definitely a fun way to spend the daily commute. If you like the rest of the Dresden books you like this one.
Ok, this audio book is GOOD. Disregard all the wailing above from those pining for Mr. Marsters to return. While I agree that Marsters would have been preferable, John Glover does an EXCELLENT job with the material. His voice is relatively similar to Marsters in a lot of ways, so its not as bad of a shock to the system. His inflections and voices for the other characters are not bad, even if they aren't great. This is a fun book to listen to, narrated by an excellent actor who truly knows his craft. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is due to some minor nitpicks in the way he reads it. He is not able to do female voices as well as Marsters, but I chalk this up to his voice simply being different, and unable to hit the higher ranges as easily. Also, the 5th star is withheld because I would prefer to have Marsters narrate it, and do sincerely hope he returns to the future titles. Despite these little things, the book is worth listening to, and Mr. Glover does an excellent job given the newness of the material to him. I plan on looking for other works narrated by him after hearing him do this book.
A lot of people are upset that its not James Marsters While I loved his reading, John Glover does a good job at it and it is a very good story. It wasn't until the third book that James got into it really, and for a first time i think he did a good job.
I am a huge fan of this series and have listened as Jim and James developed the characters through pen and voice. I was very disappointed to hear that James was not going to be reading this book but I figured I'd give John a chance. I went in with an open mind and glad I did. James is not John but as a stand in, he is pretty good actually. He does different voices for everyone and most match fairly close to James' interpretations of the characters. If you truly give it a chance and listen to the performance that John has put on I don't think you will be disappointed. You just have to try to go in unbiased. I know it is difficult especially if you have followed the series thus far... Just my two cents (for all that is worth). All except for the Peewee Herman voice... Extremely annoying (although I think that is what John was going for). That being said, I am very much hoping that James comes back for Cold Days.
As for the book itself, another solid step in the development of Harry. Thanks Jim! Let's just say that if James read the book I would have given it 5 stars.
Because there was a change in the narrator and because of the complaints from the naysayers, I thought I would have a problem listening to this book. But, I am happy to report that I thoroughly enoyed the book and the narrator. My only complaint is that I have to wait so long for another book. Jim Butcher get to work!
I formerly gave this book a 1 star for the free 1st chapter. I hate that James Marsters is not the narrator, but John Glover is a great narrator (he is not Dresden to me). I just finished listening to the whole book and loved it. I am now anxiously waiting for the next book in the series. If James Marsters records Ghost Story I will buy it and listen to it again. When Frank Muller was hurt in a motorcycle accident and could't finished recording Stephen King's Dark Tower series I understood. I see no reason not to have James Marsters come back.