Battling the darker side of his nature as he recovers from his near death experience and becomes the Winter Knight, Harry struggles with maintaining his self identity as he fulfills his commitment to the Winter Queen. Without giving away too much - he and his friends work together to stop release of world-shattering entities. Twists, turns - the end will leave you begging for more - and absolutely amazed at the mind of Jim Butcher. I cannot recommend highly enough.
Performance - James Marsters seems to personify the Dresden series. Yes, he still mispronounces words, but as he shows a finesse and understanding of the world of Harry Dresden, much is forgiven.
Again - great listen!
Jim has uncorked another wonderful page-turner. When added to James' storytelling this is one of those books that seriously endangerd my ability to keep my job! I just had to keep listening to the end of the Chapter. (Okay, maybe one chapter more!)
This book rates near the top of my top-ten!
Kringle! Jim doesn't know it, but he gave me the best Christmas present when he wrote Kringle into this story. First time (IIRC) that he's been talked about since Jim's original short story. I'm a professional Santa, and began listening to this book about 10 days before Christmas as I was driving to a gig. I'm afraid that the drivers around me got a bit nervious as a "whooped" when Kringle showed up at the party!
It has to be the "Santa Beat Down"!
As I said, I made quite a public display as people saw Santa driving down the highway hooting and hollering as I listened to the story on my way to an appearance!
So the next one is coming out when?????
YES. Because Jim Butcher gets infinitely better with each novel and James Marsters is the best Narrator for the job.
Harry's relationships - you get to be much more satisfied in that regard than you were in the last.
A depth of character to Dresden. He really breaths an extra spark into the already larger than life Dresden.
Laugh, gasp and tear up.
If you have not read this series - you are missing out on one of the best authors and stories of our generation.
Engaging, fast paced and timely all describe the latest installment of The Dresden Files. True to form, Jim Butcher delivers on the (mis)adventures of Wizard, Harry Dresden
The twist at the end leaves you wanting more!
James Marsters's performance is masterful as he effortlessly switches between characterizations. His performance completely brings you into the story.
I was left stunned with the twist at the end!
Welcome back James Marsters!!!! Not that the other reader was bad but James just has a way of bringing the characters to life and bringing the listener in more and more. This book is another gem in Jim Butcher's crown of great story writing. This is a well written story of Harry trying to recover his life. We look forward to the next installment and hope that James continues to narrarate.
Action. Action. Action.
Harry is my favorite character, however, I love all his nearest and dearest almost as much.
I adore Mouse, I love the scene where he and Harry reunite.
I do have a small bone to pick with Mr. Butcher. It seems like this book may be a bridge to the future Harry story lines. I VERY much missed more interaction between Harry and his cohorts. There was a smidgen here and a smidgen there, but mostly the book was about Harry preparing for the action in the book, then Harry being in the action, etc.
Obviously Dresden is evolving and staying fresh, although I am not sure I like the current twist in the story line. Too much Fae and invincible mad queens for my taste. On the other hand with James Marsters back as narrator it kind of makes up for the loss of the quintessential Harry.
When I say this is one of the best stories ever, I do not just mean the story or performance or even overall... I mean ever, and I can't wait for the next one.
Jim Butcher, James Masters & other people who helped.., I hope you are reading this and want you to know; The Dresden Files from beginning to this last one were “relate ably” down to earth in a way that often and regularly carried me off, while somehow always keeping me grounded. The narration in the beginning books thru this last one, felt humble to the auther and slowly over books of time from the first one, grew into the very solid character “Harry Dresden” while keeping the autors truth in a way that was as easy to listen to as decency.
Speaking of "Decency," or at least one aspect of it- Parents, this is not a story I would recommend to hormonal teens or younger. There were adult moments in the story that may not have been able to be told much differently with the same emotional effect, and I will also add because many will concern about this next bit.., there are just under a handful sum total of words in all of the stories together that could have been evaded.
That being said, this was one of the best fictional adventures I have ever taken, and my imagination will never be the same.
You have my most sincere thanks and appreciation!
Fast. Nuanced. Compelling.
No spoilers here, but this book allows Dresden to come into his own at moments instead of just on the defensive end of things. Some character growth a long time coming, and worth the wait.
Marsters is Dresden. I listen to these books because the marriage of Dresden and Marsters brings things to a new level. It is a performance without being overwhelming, and the moments that need that extra punch, it is always delivered. I wish Marsters had more audio books under his belt!
Definitely laugh out loud moments in this book, some from the dialogue, some from the great performance.
Worth the wait, and probably one of the top three titles in the series if not top. Glad I spent the credit on the book, it was long enough to keep me entertained for a few days, and some great closure at the end.
Absolutely! The whole series is fantastic. Its funny and compelling, twists and turns ... and just when you think the story line must be wrapping up BAM! It leaves you wondering where the next book is going to take you. I can't wait for the next book. I love the narrative of the old style detective novel but with the sci-fi twist.The sarcastic humor has had me burst out laughing while listening to it.
I can't think of any that I can compare it too
Definitely Harry ... James Marsters does a brilliant job