I honestly can say I would like or dislike either of them.
With the return of James Marsters who does a simply amazing job bringing the story to life, and the enjoyable way that each book is written I simply couldnt stop listening.
He really puts his energy in to making Harry Dresden come to life.
Please, Jim Butcher, stay healthy? We're only a little more than 1/2 way through your planned Dresden series, and there's so much more to experience.
Now, that aside, this was exactly what I was hoping for in this book. Great dialog, a gripping story, a few nicely placed story line twists, and an ending that just blew me away. Nice to hear Marsters back as the narrator, although I was one of the few who was fine with John Glover's performance in Ghost Story. I'm definitely going to go back and give this another listen in a few months as there were some parts of it that I need to confirm before the next installment, so that should give an accurate representation of my opinion of this book. If you're not a Dresden fan, go back and give the first few books a listen. They are more or less "stand-alone" novels up until around book 7, then they really fall into place as an ongoing epic. Cold Days reinforces that movement very well and has me salivating at the thought of book 15 next year!
The newer, bolder more confident Harry Dresden gives the story a great twist.
The reveal of the newest Winter Lady
His characterizations are top notch. He brings life to everyone he voices. Why this man hasn't won an Audie is beyond me.
Cold Days - Hell has really frozen over!
Keep 'em coming Jim. Kudos to you once again, James. Welcome back!
For those who've been through the Dresden Files starting at book one, the voice of James Marsters has become very familiar. I was heartbroken when I picked up book 13 to discover a new narrator.
John Glover is a talented man. I still remember his Devil character from Brimstone. And his reading of Cold Days was good. If he'd read the twelve books before it, I'd probably be fine with him. But he didn't, and when a new voice comes out of someone's mouth, it's jarring. Harry, Murphy, Molly...no one sounds the same and the cadence of the narrative voice is a little different as well. Marsters has a rhythm to certain phrases that Butcher uses regularly, such as when Harry sarcastically points out his shortcomings by saying, "(adjective), that's me."
But the return of James Marsters to narrate the series is like wrapping one's self in an old familiar sweater and settling in by the fireplace in a nice tall chair. It's familiar and comfortable. Returning to Dresden's Chicago with Marsters feels...right. It's as though everything has gone back to the way it's supposed to be. Which is an odd thing given the contents of the story.
Butcher is in top form. He makes big decisions about the direction a story will take and he sticks to them. As a fan of comic books, nothing annoys me more than when writers decide to ret-con a bold decision out of existence, or rewrite entire back-stories. Ok, technically Butcher had a character come back from the dead, but we all knew that was going to happen. In the end, the early events of the series shape the way later stories will unfold, and while Butcher will sometimes leave a few threads hanging, it is not without reason and he never discards them. For example, while the Black Council does not feature as prominently in this story as it has in others, it's clear that they are still out there and will no doubt feature in future novels.
Like so many other Dresden Files books, I finished this one and immediately went online to see if there was any release date for the next one. I also thought about starting it over again immediately. Even though they're mysteries and I know what's going to happen, I still love this series. I've been through books 1-13 at least twice (some three times), and I'm one who rarely rereads (re-listens to?) books.
If you've come this far in the Dresden universe, you will not be disappointed. If you're new to the series, what are you doing reading a review of book 14?! Go back and start at 1. What's wrong with you?
...ok I'm starting this one again right now.
Marsters is back, thankfully, and Cold Days was one of the better additions to the series. It's hard to review these books individually since they all have a formula that just works. But I do have favorites....starting obviously with Changes....then grave peril and dead beat probably tie for second....and I would fit cold days in there at number 3.
Anyways, if you already a fan then this review is pointless, if you haven't read any dresden files yet then you are a horrible person.
The plot of the Dresden files just gets better can't wait for the next book!!!
Dresden's story continues in a really relevant and poignant (and exciting!) way. I don't want to give away any spoilers in this section, but this series is really just one amazing story that comes in volumes, this new addition being no exception. Butcher keeps giving more detail and insight into the amazing world he has constructed and it only enriches the story.
Dresden's Birthday Party - Court Intrigue isn't even a major theme (well....), but wow! it could be.
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice....
If you are new to the Dresden Files, go listen to Storm Front (http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B002V8KYMI) asap.
If you and Dresden have met before... well, you already know, don't you?
I love this book. Of all the Dresden Files, this is my second favorite. Good mystery, no deus ex machina to save the day, interesting character development. If you are a fan of the series then this is a must listen title.
Thank goodness Dresden has his body back and his friends behind him. Cold Days is a return to action. Dresden is never better than when he has his friends to give him grief and bad guys to stomp.
James Marsters IS Dresden. I can't listen to anyone else narrate these books; even when reading them, I hear his voice. He has a great grasp of all the characters and brings them all to life, but Dresden is the key.
A Fun Stroy
Good characters and a dramatic reading.
If you made it this far in the seris you'll love this book.