OK, so, a lot of Dresden fans that I know were disappointed in Ghost Story. An overlapping subset were disappointed in the lack of James Marsters narration in Ghost Story. In this book, both Harry and James are back in full form.
Harry Dresden is Harry Dresden, right down to the overprotecting his friends who don't need it and too dense to see what's in front of him. This book has action, combat, frenetic running in the wrong direction, little bit of romance...All the best things about this series. We also get some backstory on a couple of major characters in the series who have looked like minor characters up to now. Things are going to get really interesting for poor, tired, Harry now..... but who needs sleep anyway, right?
The narration is spot-on, just what we've come to expect in the first twelve books. Butcher's writing remains superb, and I love that in Harry's pop-culture references (always scattered through the books) he's finally worked in an homage to Terry Pratchett. Thank You, Jim!
Love it! Have recommended the series to a friend! So excited I stumbled upon it. Kind of wish I found it after it was complete though. Listened to the first 11 books in a row and then had to wait. 'sigh' Cold Days nicely pieces together many things that were brought up in previous stories. It plants the seeds for many things to come and you see other items slowly germinate as we learn more information. I cannot wait until we fill in some of it. Butcher does a great job leading people through the story. He makes references to previous books so that readers/listeners who pick up the series after the first book are either intrigued or know enough to be able to get through the book without scratching their heads. LOVE DRESDEN and Butcher's work.
Very difficult to pick a favorite character. All are very important to the story line. Murphy rocks at one point in the story and then frustrates me at the end of the story. Kind of want Butcher to stop with the sexual tension between them. 'sigh' I realize it is important for the overall story and will understand when the series wraps up but...Want to learn more about all of the characters. Inspiration takes time and one must be patient as the author needs that. Love what Butcher is doing!
James Marsters voice is the voice of Harry Dresden. I came across this series on Audible. Have never read any of it in print. I always struggle when I hear someone read a book in a series after I have read some of it. SO VERY HAPPY that I was introduced to Dresden via Audible. Never really got into the Angel/Buffy series (even though I am of an age that should have) so I had no preconceived connotations with Marsters. I have listened to Marsters perform other audible projects and he does very well transitioning into other characters. He is very talented and allows for you to easily differentiate between characters in the Dresden series without one even realizing that he has transitioned into someone else. Marsters rocks!
HEL...HECK YEAH! Started listening to it on a 5 hour drive home while traveling home for a work trip. Woke up in the hotel throughout the night checking my audible app to see if I could download it yet. Probably good that my audible app was being persnickety and difficult. Otherwise likely would have begun listening in the wee hours of the morning and would have been dragging on that five hour ride to my home!!
Anxious for the next book in the series...and the next. Do not want to pressure Butcher because I know that these things take time. 'sigh' Keep it up Jim! And the powers that be...please ensure that Marsters continues to read Dresden. Would love to hear Ghost Story done by Marsters. John Glover did a fine job but...Marsters is Dresden. Keep it up Jim and James!! You guys rock!!!
The characters are defined and the voices give them life.
It does wrap up a bit too quickly and neat.
The voices, tone and passion.
No, it was broken over several sessions of traveling.
Not the best reviewer but I try
CAN'T GET ENOUGH
“Okay," I said to Karrin. "Let's move."
"Uh," she asked, without turning her head. "move where?"
"The island," I said.
"Harry, this is a motorcycle."
"It'll work," I said. "Look at it."
Karrin jerked as she noted the appearance of the Harley. "You want me to drive into the lake."
"You have to admit," I said, "it isn't the craziest thing I've ever asked you to do. It isn't even the craziest thing I've asked you to do tonight.”
He is Harry Dresden. It is amazing I started listening to it thinking Spike reading and now I watch Buffy and hear Harry in a British accent. Such a great voice there.
This series is my background music at home. It is an amazing world Mr. Butcher made, waiting for Skin Games now.
Exciting, sexy, MORE!!
James has a mastery of inflection and an even greater mastery of his voice. Every time he speaks a character to life I believe it to be real, I believe the character has jumped off the page and speaks for him or her self. I can't tell you how many times I got goose-bumps when the author was trying to invoke feelings within me and James spoke them into existence as if he were a wizard himself and I was merely apart of his 30+ hour spell.
I spend many hours on the road every day, so I have little better to entertain myself then the radio, my own thoughts, and my new love for audio books. I also didn't know that this was not Jim Butcher's last book in the series so I am excited beyond measure for the next installment. I only hope that when the paper book hits shelves audible can provide me with the audio book before my patience runs thin and I'm tempted to read, instead of listen, while on the road.
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.
Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.
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.
Harry and Co is back! This is so much better than the last book in the series. Great story line, great twists and turns. Keeps you riveted to the very end.
Butcher continues to amaze with this great story and our boy Harry Dresden is bigger and badder than ever. As the Winter Knight (and Mab's play thing), Harry has to battle not only the Winter Knight's Mantle that is trying to take him over, but Mab, Maeve, and seemingly the entire Winter Court. Throw in Outsiders, Demonreach, and oh, Harry trying to deal with all the relationships he had before dying and coming back, Molly, Karrin, and Thomas, and you've got a fast paced roller coaster ride that seemingly will never end as more and more obstacles get thrown in Harry's path.
If there is one problem I have with this book (and it's happened in several of the other Dresden books, though not frequently) is that Butcher seems to continue to pile on Harry's troubles. There is the requisite "issue" Harry is dealing with, and the little subplots that surround it, but then Butcher just keeps adding more and more roadblocks, issues, and problems that seem to stretch Harry beyond his capacity. It just feels, I don't know, like he's making it overly dramatic just for the sake of doing it. It always ends up working out in the end and I do realize that it all has a purpose in moving the story forward. Butcher also does this thing where he puts Harry up against immortals and such that severely outclass him, and Harry even says in the books "there is no way to beat such and such a creature" and yet, in the end, Harry miraculously prevails and finds some loophole. It's a minor gripe, and doesn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. This is still an excellent book and great continuation of the series. I can't wait for the next book!
James Marsters narration gets better and better with each book and he does an excellent job reading Cold Days. When I first started listening to this series I wasn't crazy about him, but now, he IS Harry Dresden!