I'll be honest John Glover does a fantastic job narrating the book, he's a thousand times better than when James started the series in Storm Front, and in my opinion he does a better job than James did in Changes as well. Don't listen to the 'omg it isn't James!' reactionists John does a fantastic job and I'd not mind him narrating the rest of the series.
I have never taken the time to write a review but felt this time I must. I almost didn't buy this because of all the complaints against a change in narrator. Yes, I miss Marsters. I read the pleas for a re-record. So I went on-line to see what was going on. According to Butcher's people, there will be no re-record. Marsters pulled out on the day of recording (for undisclosed but perhaps personal reasons) and Glover was found last minute. Butcher was thrilled to get Glover and the thought of a re-record would be a slap in Glover's face. I agree. Butcher has written another fantastic book in this series and Glover has done an amazing job. He clearly took the time to listen to previous recordings because there are times where I completely forgot that there was someone new. And mostly I just got lost in the book and was able to forget about who was doing the narration because the characters were doing all the talking. If you are a purist, by all means skip this one, but if you want to hear another great installment in the Dresden Files series, do yourself a favor and get this book.
Get over the narrator change. It's done. John Glover does a fine job. Not as good as Marsters, but give him a break. It's not like they pulled some nobody off the streets. It's John Glover! The voices aren't as distinguishable, but he puts a lot of feeling in to his performance. After about an hour it was all just part of the story. If Jim Butcher is happy with the performance, so am I.
Now on to the really important part of the review.
The book is awesome! Another great journey. It's classic Dresden. There is plenty of right and wrong internal conversation. The usual philosophy monologues(which I love). Plenty of friends. And a lot of Kicking Butt. I think I'm going to listen to it again.
Not only is the most compelling story in the past few books (how else can you tame a seemingly immortal and bad ass wizard? You kill him!), but the narration is ... well it's sort of awesome.
I don't know if these folks just have a thing for the previous narrator but this guy follows the queues from Marsters but makes it his own work. And he is GOOD!
So for me, a good story plus a very good narrator made this the first book I sat down and listened to over three days straight (and yeah it's 17 hours long).
So please don't listen to all of the 1 star crybaby reviews and listen to folks who actually payed attention to the story, enjoyed the characters and really liked how this book took the onus out of magic and put it squarely on characters and plot.
If you like Harry Dresden and you want to see him actually get back to being a regular person surviving on his wits, you will LOVE this book.
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.