While I'm not sure "Enthralled" is the best title for a story featuring so many supernatural elements, I was enthralled. It was hard to stop listening to do things that others seem to think are necessary, like eat, sleep and work. I listened during my commute and any other minute I could squeeze in.
James Marsters, the narrator, does an excellent, nay - amazing - job of binging the characters to life. When I hear his voice, I know which character he is portraying. He delights!
If you're not already a fan of Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files" this is not the place to start. There have been 13 previous books that led to this book. While you don't have to read all the stories before you get to this one, it does help.
If you're a fan, the story is an excellent extension of a long arc that has been building since we met Harry's Godmother and the Faery. There is so much character development and such great plot twists that I was carried along wishing that James Marsters could read a little faster... and knowing if he did that the story would end too soon. And after something like 14 hours, the story still ended too soon.
I am left counting the hours until the next book is released. Why? I could tell you, but that would be a spoiler, and I don't want to spoil this book for anyone.
I love a good story no matter what kind it is, and to me a good story is more that just good grammar, tight structure, colorful characters, or intricate plots. A good story makes a reader care about it.
The latest installment of my favorite series did not disappoint in the least! As usual the action was excellent and I have to marvel at how well Jim Butcher lays a battle so that the reader is aware of the craziness of the situation but is not confused by it. Despite the otherworldly characters, encounters, and actions our hero, wizard Harry Dresden, must contend with, I am able to clearly see in my mind's eye what is going on. I am always saying to myself, "He just did WHAT!?" rather than "What did he just do?" I feel this is a testament to both Butcher's ability to convey his vision of the story with his words and narrator James Marsters' ability to bring them to life. Bravo to both of them.
As for the story, it is amazing to see how far Dresden has come since that first book, Storm Front. In the beginning, he was over-matched by a single Warden of the White Council and now he regularly interacts with, and blithely threatens, the entire Winter Court. Such power has certainly come at a high cost, though. This book is a fine demonstration of Harry stretching his new-found muscles as the Winter Knight and much like the last few books of the series (excepting Ghost Story, as that felt something like an interlude) the world as Harry knows it is spun on its head in the most devastatingly delicious way possible.
I already cannot wait to give this book another listen (I am sure I missed some of the implications he hinted at throughout the novel) and the next book simply cannot come out soon enough.
Avid reader, mom, business owner.
Harry is Back!
I love James Marsters's performance, in my mind he is the voice of Harry. He has that great timing and dry witty humor that is the trade mark of these books. I sorely missed him in ghost story.
The story takes our characters on a sharp left turn, after ghost story many of the characters have been altered deeply. They are the same but fundamentally off. It's sad, almost like running into an old dear friend and realizing you can never go back to those crazy college day.
Some reviewers are really disappointed in this, but I think it show great growth in butcher's writing. If we look at the characters as developing "living, breathing" people, then after everything that has happened, what else should we as a read expect. Heck personally I'm surprised some of them haven't been institutionalized yet.
Once I started I just couldn't let it go. John Glover did an excellent job as a narrator but James Marsters is Harry Dresden.
I wouldn't recommend this Audiobook.... I recommend this series!The main character "Harry Dresden" is like a very good old friend that comes around once a year and you spend the night and part of the next day catching up.
Harry Dresden because he never disappoints and as far as character development goes... he keeps getting better.
"Butters," James Marsters is absolutely comical doing this character.
James Marsters is, for me, the voice of The Dresden Files. I bought the hardcover first and devoured it in 2 days. I had already preordered the audio book but had to read it myself before listen. I just finished both and must say the compliment each other well.
For me personally, there is no comparison. All of Dresden's books stand alone. But to give an idea where I'm coming from I put Jim Butcher up there with Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Kim Harrison, Arthur C. Clark and Robert Ludlum. These are authors whose books I can read again and again. For me it's not about endings or spoilers, it's about the journey through the story.
Thomas. If they make a movie I would love to see James play Thomas.
I could neither put the book down until it was done, nor could i stop listening to the audiobook until the ending.
I didn't have problems with Ghost Story like a few did. I think every Harry Dresden story gets better then the last. Cold Days is no exception to this rule.
I heart scifi, and have become addicted to listening instead of reading, or even watching tv.
I mean it's Harry, we all love him. He's not a ghost, he's back to his corporeal self and he's messing sh*t up and fixing it at the same time all over Chicago to save friends and the world. It's great. I tried as hard as I could to stretch it out so it lasted as long as it could. But it eventually ended and I'll have to wait another year again. Loved it.
I started the Dresden series on audio books with number five and was immediately hooked. I was able to get books 1 through 4 from my library in the audio book format after that. I would not recommend starting with this book because you need to get to know the characters before you can really enjoy and appreciate this book number 14. It has been enjoyable getting to know the characters and watching them grow and mature and I read this series as much to see how they are doing as for the story itself. I have found myself recommending these books to my friends because they are just a fun read. The only downside has been the authors need to include gratuitous sex for some reason in this book. Heinlein did the same thing in his later books which I felt detracted from their enjoyment. Looking forward to book 15.
The development of the characters.
He just sounds like Harry. I can't believe Audible let the production folks use someone besides Marsters to do book 13. It really detracted from the series.
Looking forward to 15
The return of Harry Dresden to the land of the living.
Harry Dresden of course! Though all of Jim Butchers characters are great in this series.
James Marsters IS the voice of Harry Dresden.
I like books that are about the paranormal. It doesn't matter if it,s educational or fictional. I get my list from coast2coast am radio.
I Love all of the Desden Files. My son and I are BIG fans of Jim Butcher.
Best action adventure writer of the Century. I first read his book after I saw the tv series the Desden files. I wanted MORE!