I didn't think I could handle Harry Dresden without James Marsters, but I still loved it! John Glover did a fine job!
We last saw Harry's world a few minutes after Dresden was shot (at the end of Changes) in a short story from Murphy's point of view. This story ties in bits and pieces from several earlier stories allowing us to see a bit more of some minor characters & people only mentioned in passing. It is an awesome treat! Harry being handicapped by certain conditions forces him to stretch his imagination to some interesting results.
Moments of reflection offer insight into Dresden backstory. I especially enjoyed his retelling of days with Justin and his confrontation with a demon. Both of these stories have been mentioned before, but they are now fleshed out.
To those who are whining about the change in narrator: John Glover does a fine job. He seemed more transparent to me than James M. ever did. Don't get me wrong, I liked the job he did on the previous 13 recordings, but his pronunciation of certain words were so off from American English that they pulled me out of the story. I didn't have that problem with John. He did a fantastic job..though I did picture Lionel Luthor once or twice during the story. ;)
People need to get over the fact that James Marsters wasn't available to read the book. Too many of the reviews sound like they were written by petulant children. I loved how he read the other books and would have preferred him as the narrator. However, John Glover does a fine job as well.
The novel itself is very much in line with the other books in the series. Similar humor, adventure, and guilt ridden angst. At points, it does seem to be a bit more like a bridge between the story arch of the last book and what ever is coming next than its own novel -- sort of a method for rapid advancement of the other characters. It is compelling though and kept me interested until the very end.
This is typical Jim Butchersesque awesomesauce! John Glover does a great job sitting in for Mr Marsters as a narrator and some of the voices were darn close to the previous readings. I was worried this book wouldn't advance the meta plot at all and boy howdy was I wrong! A must read
Darrel . Bend, Oregon (7/28/2011)
upon reading all the reviews and comments about the book I was unsure about purchasing this one, but being a die hard Dresden fan I took the chance. I was surprised and very pleased to find that after listening to this book that in fact the narrator (John Glover) had done a very good job and the story was humerus and lively. I highly recommend this audio book to one and all.
Of course any Dresden fan is going to be disappointed with the narrator...It's like changing the Harry Potter actor after the 5th movie or something, and the other reviewer is correct - Marsden IS Harry Dresden. I read the paper book first with Harry's voice in my head...then downloaded the audible version. I have fixed it in my head that Harry's voice wouldn't be the same as a ghost (more tinny) than if he was in his own body...and this narrator does sound like he's "reading" the book". However, that said, the story itself is as always awesome, and a must read.
Fans' fears of the switch from Marsters to Glover are largely unfounded, as far as I'm concerned. While I do prefer Marsters' performance, he's also had thirteen books to get to know Harry and his friends, so it's natural his voices will match up a little better with the voices in my head. That said, Glover's freshman performance is still solid enough to garner five stars from me. I hope folks will be open-minded enough to give him a try. The book and Glover's audio interpretation are well worth your credits!
At first, I wasn't going to buy this because of the change of narrators. Curiosity got the better of me however and I'm glad it did. This is such a good story. As I listened, I became used to Mr. Glover and enjoyed the story even more. I think both Butcher and Glover did an excellent job. I will listen to this over and over. It was worth the wait.
Although I am a hugh fan of Jim Butcher and the Dresden Files, I was dissapointed in this book mostly due to the writing. Very little action, Dresden's actions were illogical and the story dragged. I would skip it and move on to the next book in the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the performance. I thought the narration by John Glover was as good as Marsdens. Can't wait to listen to the next one.