I am a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology
I had been worrying how Harry Dresden would pull off sticking to his moral and ethical stances once he is sworn to his post as the Winter Knight. I did not want Harry to make choices that I couldn't at least defend to an extent, as part of why I love him as a character is that I can understand his thought process and how he makes decisions when things fall apart. I can relate to his moral prerogatives and concerns, and even when he makes mistakes, they aren't the sort that make me feel like he has irreversibly betrayed some precious moral code.
I found myself liking how Jim Butcher handles Harry's role as the Winter Knight, since luckily Harry manages to maintain a grasp on his moral compass. Furthermore, Harry is never subservient by nature, and even when under the thumb of queen Mab, he finds ways to do things his way.
I do see that Harry is having some changes, mostly becoming more primal and angry in heated moments, so I hope that Jim Butcher does not keep Harry committed to the Winter Knight post too long. I continue to dread the day that Harry's character loses his grip on his moral senses entirely and does something that will make me feel distaste and disappointment with the series. So far, it's been a tight rope walk that keeps me guessing but which has ended to my satisfaction, but the Winter Knight business is the biggest threat yet to Harry's moral compass.
I love having Marsters back as Harry's voice, I do not want the series to stray from Marsters again, as one of the biggest attractions of the audio books has been the fantastic performance that Marsters does. I have a huge crush on Harry Dresden, because I have had a huge crush on Marsters ever since he was Spike in Buffy.
The series continues to tease us about whether Harry finds a happy, romantic outcome with Karen Murphy. Harry has been single way too long, but his life is complicated, and his feelings for Karen have continued to develop. I have my hopes up that the moral, stabilizing force of Karen in his life will help Harry in the future, especially if the personality changes brought on by being the Winter Knight continue to progress.
As Harry tries to regain his old life and priorities while being the winter knight for Mab. Can he hold on to his ethical standards and not end up insane like previous knights? As the saga of Harry Dresden and his friends continue, the characters continue to develop and grow. A must listen.
I stumbled onto the Dresden Books by chance and now I seem to fight with myself in putting anything different in my player. The latest addition, Cold Days, has been listened to about 3 times already since I got it and each time I catch clues and hints that I have missed before.
If people are reading this wondering IF they should get it...you are not a fan of the Dresden story line. I can not, in good faith, give out any spoilers. All I will say is that Harry is made of stronger stuff then even he thought. I do have to add I love Butchers lore of the Kingdoms of Winter and Summer.
Marsters IS the voice of Harry. He is a very skilled story teller that pulls no punches. The voices, inflections and emotions are perfect...you could almost slip in the puddles of sarcasm James (Harry) comes up with. If they were to change performers they would have a VERY hard act to follow.
The only true listing time I have is on the commute to work so I got Cold Days twice a day for 45min. I found it a health dose...or I would have never slept until it was over.
Be aware that the Dresden Books can be addictive and are important to read in order. Don't forget the short stories between books too ;)
Yes, the story is amazing and the man reading it is amazing.
To answer this I'd give away spoilers, so I won't.
Having read the book a few times myself, as well as listening to it, James gives Harry a voice and a tone that I can't reproduce in my own head.
Oh yes. And I've read it all in one sitting too.
He is the voice of Harry Dresden. The timing in the sarcasm and the passion of the geek speak I don’t think could be matched by anyone else.
This book is a grand continuation of a magnificent series.
Full of plot twists, plentiful magic and mythical creatures. I can’t say enough good things about this series.
Avid audible listener!
It is definitely on my re-listen list. I love listening to James Marsters. He is one of my favourite narrators.
After Ghoststory, I wasn't sure where the story could go, but this book takes a leap forward in keeping the series alive and exciting. Once again, can't wait for the next book.
Without giving anything away, the choices made on the island.
I like James interpretation of Harry the best. But all of them are great.
If I had the time, I would have listened all at once.
Jim Butcher's books just keep getting better.
Jim and James make a perfect pair.
I had lost faith in JB over the dead Dresden storyline, but Cold Days got me back on the bandwagon again as it is in the same spirit and fashion as the first 8 or 9 books. Well written, with intricate multiple story lines going on concurrently, never boring. I can't imagine the mental and emotional energy necessary to build so many stories and weave them together into one book. And Jim Butcher has done it well, over and over again. Thank you.
This is a wonderful series and I look forward to listening to the next instalment. Sorry, no spoilers! This was well worth the credit and I do recommend that if you are thinking of getting it, start with the first book.
I LOVE the narrator, James Marsters, and it would lose a lot of colour and depth if he wasn't the one narrating, so please don't change. His interpretation of how the MANY people in the book would sound depending on what is happening, their emotional predicament, etc. is spot on and the voices don't change or pick up a funny accent over time. His timing, phrasing and the ability to portray droll sarcasm has me wondering if that is who he really is behind the script. A solid performance.
Proud book worm!
Harry is back from the dead...Yay for that...but he has healing to do and Mab on his heels with her training of him. People from his life needing him and he's torn between helping them, saving himself from Mab's training and suspecting everything that is going on. He also learns more about the Island. Jim Butcher has put twists all over the place in this book and it is wonderful!! Another in the A+ column!
Good edition to the series.
Finding out where this series was really heading.
Brings characters to life helping the feel of the story.
Already have the TV series which is a good introduction. But "Anyone for a game of chess?"
In an interview the author said that "Ghost Story" was the half way point in the series. Has he giving us enough parts of the puzzle to work our what is real the problem/point?
My heart belongs to fantasy and sci-fi! Throw in some thriller/suspense, the occasional crime or romance or classics.
Everything i ever wanted and so much more! I cant wait for the next book.