Great story, I can't wait for the next one! Very glad they brought back James Marsters as the narrator, just wasn't the Dresden Files without him.
I would definitely listen to cold days again, just as I have for all the Dresden Files books. A lot of people had problems with the last book, but this one comes out of the gate fast and doesn't let up. Old characters are reintroduced after Harry's "Hiatus" and all have been effected differently, making for some interesting character changes. Jim does an amazing job of keeping us on our toes, and this book is no exception. With an unbelievable twist at the end, any followers of the series realize at the same time that not only is the Dresden universe about to be changed forever, but that "S*&% just got real." Amazing listen as James Marsters reprises his role as the "True" voice of everyone's favorite wizard for hire, and does an fantastic job bringing everyone back to pre-ghost story Harry. I have a hard time choosing a favorite Dresden book, but this one is definitely in the running.
Marsters back at the helm is a great start. The story was great, changes in characters created by the events in "Ghost Story" where evident in some characters more than most, but where a welcome change. Harry's ever increasing power, and the interaction with as always, more beings from the fairy courts gives you the story structure you expect from Butcher. Though the book follows the typical Dresden formula, as usual Butcher has found a way to make a simple formula so much more than that. Knowing how things usually shake out, you're still kept guessing till the end, WHICH IS LIFE CHANGING., for anyone thats a fan of the series.
Marsters has done a fantastic job as Harry in the past, and became "The" definitive voice for Harry over the course of his work on the series. You can ask any fan of the audio books and they'll tell you Harry isn't Harry, unless its James Marsters. As usual James delivers at or above the bar, giving fans exactly what they missed in Ghost Story.
Look out Faerie, theres a new Knight in town.
If you've read the other Dresden Files books, buy this one, you wont be dissapointed. If you haven't read the Dresden files, you're a little late to the party, do yourself a favor and go buy Storm Front and learn what the rest of us already know. Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is probably the greatest thing to hit the fantasy scene since D&D.
Avid in Car listener who commutes about 3 hours per day. Audible keeps me sane in LA traffic.
First 2 chapters as Harry returns to the world
Harry and Thomas
And you thought it was over
Great return novel for Harry Dresden. Much like Sherlock Holmes, Harry comes back from the dead to meet the supernatural challenges head on. Unlike Holmes, Harry has a world of human foibles to contend with as well as a host of supernatural beings on his case. A wonderful restart to the series and kudos to the author for not ending the series and leaving us Dresden less.
this can't be the end!! can't wait for book 15 , what a great series, and i am glad that James was back to narrate this book he is Harry!
For all the fans of the Dresden Files that were disappointed by Ghost Story; fear not! Jim Butchers has out done himself this time and completely made up for Ghost Story tenfold. On top of that James Marsters has to be the most incredible narrator ever. I am a very avid audio book listener and he is my favorite narrator. He makes the story so dynamic that it feels more like a movie than a book. Cold Days is nonstop, action packed, Dresden goodness. If you are a fan of the Dresden Files, this listen will not disappoint. Enjoy!
Harry was dead, yet not. Now he is working his. Good on the other side. Love this
He is amazing. His voice characters are perfect. I wish he read the other books I like....
No, just kept me wanting more
More more more. Please don't make me wait a year or more though
Enjoying life, sharing joy, and shaping compassion in each moment.
I wouldn't recommend starting with this book, there's way too much backstory involved, but if you've been reading this series I'd tell you to forego the print and let James Marstars make the books just that much better.
Normally, I give Marsters readings a 5, but in this book he seems to lack some of the lustre that prompted me to come straight to the audio version of the book.
I know this may sound like I'm not recommending this book but, in spite of my heightened expectations, this book is a rock pile of hurdles for our intrepid hero Harry Dresden and James Marsters continues to breathe life into the story inflating the characters so the action stands up off the page; he makes the story into a 3D graphic novel.
There are two paths in pretty much every genre: the action-driven plot and the character-driven plot. The Dresden series is action-driven.
I enjoy stories that juxtapose realities and the Harry Dresden series does that with varying degrees of effectiveness. The stories are, generally, at least good and sometimes rollicking roller coaster rides. Increasingly it seems like the author just isn't as into it anymore and he compensates with bigger and nastier looming disasters.
In this book our magical mystical tour protagonist, Harry Dresden, is faced with the war torn countryside in which resides a collection of relationships he's brutalised and abandoned throughout the previous 13 stories of his life. I'm hoping that he learns *something* about relationships but I'd understand if the author continues to let this emotionally damaged individual live in his self-absorbed inability to connect with and be changed by those he professes to love. Every opportunity to learn, to grow as person is approached and then dropped when the danger factor is ratcheted up a notch or seven. Our dauntless hero is addicted to the adrenalin of danger and he flinches from personal commitment and relationships. When faced with angry friends he seems only to be capable of a forehead slap or hangdog foot shuffle accompanied by "Oops."
That inability to grow as a person and the hobbled emotional life makes Harry look like lots of people and maybe that's part of why I'm not put off by it and keep coming back every time a new book comes out. Most of us are damaged children wearing adult bodies and racing through life like the next thing on the horizon is more important than not just noticing we made mistakes but sitting down and really *looking* at ourselves.
The story reminds me of the trials of Hercules and I found the pace in this, the 14th book, exhausting. Harry is faced with as many complications as the previous 13 books combined. Ok, that's an exaggeration. The story arc does seem to have an arc *because* Harry is hanging on, barely, while he's chased down a mountain by an avalanche of epic proportion. Oh, and while that's happening yetis sudden appear and start throwing trees at him; a weird yeti version of the caber toss but they don't wear kilts. But wait! Now there's a freeway with rush hour traffic and you've got not just evade the avalanche and caber tossing yetis, but you've got to find a way to protect all these individuals from the danger. And so on.
Poor Harry, he can't grow up and he can't seem to die.
When 2 of the Queens were killed
So much more now to do with Harry
YES! Only James Marsters can be Harry Dresden.
Thomas. I love the way he is always poking Harry with a verbal stick and yet one can tell that the half brother white court vampire loves Harry.
His tone. Difficult to explain. He IS Harry.."Hell's bells" if he isn't!
several. Harry's "ah-ha" moments are always moving.
NEVER replace J. Marsters again! In fact, I think you owe the readers of Ghost Story a FREE re-do....with Marsters doing the narrative. Now, THAT would be a righteous and classy thing for Audible to do. Looking over the numerous reviews, I don't think I'm alone in this...
I am of the firm opinion, that opinions are onions
This is a must listen for all fans of the series and for those of you who need James Marsters he's back too. I found the previous tale to be a lull in the dresden's legacy, this book however is the exact opposite. The most exciting of Butcher's dresden series yet.